Episode 145 – Lenses of Context Pt 2: Cultural

Key Passage(s): Ephesians 5:6-13

If you’ve ever felt confused by the Bible, chances are you’re suffering from biblical culture shock (and probably don’t even know it). One way out of the confusion and into understanding is by learning to see any biblical passage through the cultural lens of its day. By way of illustration, this episode explores a well-known expression from the apostle Paul about walking in the light. As the cultural context of Paul’s Roman connection is brought into view, you’ll see a stunning new reality emerge of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Furthermore, by the end of this episode, you’ll be equipped with a set of questions and resources to help you learn the cultural background of any biblical passage you read.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • How does understanding the background of the Vigiles Urbani enhance your understanding of what it means to “walk in the light?” 
  • Paul says, “for once you were darkness.” What darkness has God rescued and delivered you from in your life? (P.S. The more specific and concrete you are, the better). 
  • This cultural insight highlights the importance of people walking in the light together in groups in order to create a safe space for others on their journey. Take some time to discuss if and how your circle/community has created this safe space for others. 
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?  

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  1. Wesley+H+Campbell January 25, 2022 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Brother Brad, you are ‘ Da Mahn!!!’!

    • Brad Gray January 25, 2022 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      So thrilled you enjoyed this episode, Wesley!

  2. Authur Johnson March 27, 2022 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Please provide the link showing how to read and exegete parables.


  3. Karin August 3, 2023 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Love these videos! They’re so insightful and I’m learning so much

  4. Jo Stone March 14, 2024 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    So good! Marc Naugler??? I wondered where he went! How do I get the ebook? I have the older one and want to update. Can’t find it.

    • Brad Nelson March 19, 2024 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Marc is definitely a keeper! Glad you found the e-book as well!

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