Good Call with Andrew Farley

Good Call with Andrew Farley

Join us on Good Call - a podcast in which Pastor Andrew Farley answers theological questions from live callers, helping them break free from lifeless religion and rest freely in God’s grace. For more content like this, visit andrewfarley.org.

Episodes

October 14, 2021 7 min
Alex called in to our radio program to ask about Proverbs 6:32 and, in particular, about the meaning of “he who commits adultery… destroys his own soul.”

Alex’s question was a great opportunity to highlight the distinction between the forgiveness and grace we have in Christ versus the earthly consequences we still may experience due to foolish choices.
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There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. (1 Corinthians 12:4)

“What’s my spiritual gift?” “How can I tell?” These are questions that any thinking believer will ask at some point. And these were Michelle’s questions when she called in to our radio program.

In this episode, I share my thoughts on spiritual gifts, how to identify them, and how to keep them in proper focus given our identity in Christ.

I h...
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September 30, 2021 8 min
Do we fight sin? Does God do all the fighting? Is there anything we are supposed to do in confronting temptation?

This was Jerod’s question when he called in from Canada to our Radio program. In this episode, I discuss what our role is in response to the temptation of sin.

I hope this is clarifying and helpful as you confront enemy ideas in your thought life.
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September 23, 2021 8 min
George is 59 years old and lives in Florida. He has been a Christian for many years, but does not feel like he has accomplished a lot for God’s Kingdom in terms of leading people to Christ and making disciples. So, George has gotten down on himself lately.

In this episode, I share some encouragement with George. My hope is that it is a helpful reminder to you today of what real “success” in the Christian life actually looks like.
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September 16, 2021 18 min
A caller heard a pastor teach that not giving 10% means you’re under a curse and you won’t fulfill the destiny God has for you.

Well, there’s no clearer way to say it: This idea is nonsense!

In this episode, I share that a tithing mandate is nowhere to be found in the New Testament letters. I also address a follow-up caller who argues that tithing is connected to blessing.
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September 9, 2021 10 min
The Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of sin because of their unbelief in Jesus (John 16:8). But what about believers? How does the Holy Spirit relate to us when we’ve sinned?

In this episode, I answer this important question.
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As believers, we know God is capable of healing in miraculous ways. But we also know His ways are not our ways and the when and why of healing is a mystery.

Do our sins play a role in His healing decision? That was Kevin’s question, a recent caller to the radio program.

In this episode, I address whether God’s willingness to physically heal is contingent upon our performance or our faith (believing hard enough). If we try to do our p...
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August 5, 2021 11 min
Have you ever struggled with asking forgiveness for a sin you keep repeating? Barry, a listener to the radio program, called to share that an ongoing sin-repent cycle has led to feelings of guilt and dishonesty with God.

His call raises two essential questions for Christians. First, does our forgiveness happen little by little, as we ask? Second, what’s the key to breaking free from a sin struggle?
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If you’ve been in church for any length of time, you’ve probably heard teaching on “Lordship Salvation.” It’s the idea that you may have wanted Jesus as your Savior, but it’s not until the “extra step” of making Him Lord that you’re truly saved and God is pleased with you.

No one says it directly, but the message is that God’s in love with a future version of you that is finally more submissive. It’s nonsense. In fact, I’d go so far...
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Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is narrow and the way is constricted that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

A recent listener to the radio program, Lenny, called to ask if Matthew 7:13-14 indicates more people will ultimately be lost than saved.

It’s a timely question in light of cult...
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July 15, 2021 11 min
Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet; otherwise he is completely clean. And you are clean – but not all of you.” (John 13:10)

Many interpret the foot-washing conversation between Jesus and Simon Peter in John 13 as Christians still needing an occasional “touch up” cleaning, even if forgiven at salvation. This was the heart of a recent caller’s question.

In this clip, I address the radical servanthood demo...
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July 8, 2021 6 min
“I make peace, and create evil”- God says this in Isaiah 45:7! But what does it mean? Is the God actually the author of evil?

This was Carol’s question when she called in to our radio program. In this clip, I share my thoughts about the origin of evil and God’s goodness. Enjoy!
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July 1, 2021 10 min
Is a long-term sin struggle an indication you might not actually be a Christian? That was the heart of Steve’s question, a recent caller to our radio program.

Maybe you know your sin won’t cause you to lose your salvation, but you feel like God must be getting frustrated – or perhaps even disgusted – with your poor performance.

In this episode, I address the impact our failures have on how God views us. I share how the presence of a ...
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June 24, 2021 9 min
In Luke 14, Jesus talks about the cost of following Him. He mentions hating our family and our own life, carrying our cross, and giving up everything we have to be taught by Him.

What does Jesus mean by giving up “everything”? Does He mean we give up every single thing? This was Catherine’s question, a recent caller to the radio program.

In this episode, I talk about calculating the cost. But it’s not some sort of super-commitment yo...
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June 17, 2021 9 min
A recent listener to the radio program, Sue, called to ask about Hebrews 6 and if you can lose your salvation once you’ve been saved.

It’s a challenging passage that can sound ominous. Is this a word of caution to believers about falling away from the faith? A warning to people riding the fence about Jesus and the consequences of passing Him up?

In this short video, I address the point of this passage and the encouragement it contain...
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June 10, 2021 8 min
Ariana called to share her anxiety over striving to be perfect and her worry that falling short could mean losing her salvation.

It’s a fear many of us have experienced. If God’s scorekeeping and counting our sins, facing a final judgment should be anxiety-inducing!

In this short video, I share why you can have confidence that you are safe, righteous, and as close to God as Jesus. It’s an important filter we all need to help us stop ...
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June 3, 2021 11 min
John 1:29 says that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away sin. Yet we still struggle with sin, so what did John mean?

This was Courtney’s question when she called in to the radio program. In my response to Courtney, I also introduce some very important distinctions:

What is “the flesh”?
What’s up with the popular term “sinful nature”?
Why is understanding this such a big deal?
If you want to better comprehend your battle with sinful t...
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May 27, 2021 9 min
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

A recent caller to the radio program, Taylor, asked how the enemy functions in attacking Christians.

The evil one cannot touch us, but we’re told in Ephesians 6 to put on the full armor of God. It’s clear that God wants us to understand the types of attacks we’re going to need to endure.

In this short episode...
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This episode we talk about what your dialogue with God looks like after embracing the finished work of Christ. If it's not about more forgiveness, what is it? I hope this episode brings your clarity!
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May 6, 2021 6 min
In this episode, we talk with Ruidine about what being used by God means, and how it's been twisted in today's world. I hope you enjoy this episode!
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