Step Into Scripture

Tina Wilson, author of Step into Scripture, develops Biblical literacy by exploring the nature of God, the centrality of Christ, the context and purpose of biblical texts, and shadow—fulfillment connections within the Bible. Learn more about her book and speaking engagements at stepintoscripture.com.

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Monday Jul 08, 2024

The Crushing Consequences of Sin | Step into Scripture Podcast
This episode will equip you to dive deeper into the word of God to Understand Sin by answering some of the following questions: 
1). What are some of the consequences of sin? 
2). Why is true repentance necessary for genuine worship?  
3). What were some of the prevalent sins during the time of Judah and Israel?
4). Can you identify any of these sins in your life or in our society today? And how can we work toward addressing those? 
5). What is the significance of the day of the Lord and how do you feel about the day of the Lord?
 
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Join Matt and Tina Wilson in this episode of the 'Step into Scripture' podcast as they walk through the Bible chronologically using the Blue Letter Chronological Bible Reading Plan and Tina's book 'Step into Scripture'. This week's readings span 2 Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 26-27, Isaiah 1-12, Amos, and Micah, focusing on the harsh judgments decreed for Judah and Israel due to their long-standing rebellion against God. The episode explores recurring sins like greed, self-indulgence, spiritual indifference, and pride, and underscores the importance of true repentance and righteousness. Learn how to recognize and address these sins in modern life and understand the looming 'Day of the Lord'.
 
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00:00 Introduction to the Step into Scripture Podcast00:40 Overview of the Weekly Bible Readings02:02 God's Patience and Final Call for Repentance03:17 The Prophecies of Isaiah05:49 The Crushing Consequences of Sin06:53 Amos and the Unpopular Truth13:19 The Six Woes in Isaiah19:38 God's Patience and Human Sin20:01 Misusing God's Word20:47 Cultural Contradictions21:47 The Sin of Pride23:05 Injustice and Social Status26:27 The Consequences of Sin28:07 False Security and Judgment35:53 Hope and Restoration37:01 Living Justly and Humbly38:44 Reflective Questions
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This episode of the "Step into Scripture" podcast, titled "The Crushing Consequences of Sin", hosted by Matt and Tina Wilson, goes deeply into the biblical prophecies and judgments found in the Old Testament. It explores the serious repercussions of sin, going through a chronological Bible reading plan, and emphasizes the importance of living righteously in the eyes of God.
The episode begins with an introduction by Tina, detailing their reading plan utilizing the Blue Letter Chronological Bible alongside Tina's book, "Step into Scripture". They contextualize their reading within the framework of the Bible, referencing various biblical passages from Deuteronomy, Kings, Chronicles, Isaiah, Amos, and Micah. They talk about harsh judgments delivered to Judah, Israel, and surrounding nations, which follow prophetic warnings stemming from the time of Moses.
Matt and Tina underscore the patience of God, noting his longing for repentance over punishment. However, history shows that neither Israel nor Judah heed God’s warnings, leading to their eventual conquest by Assyria and Babylon. Matt notes that this divine judgement was actively allowed and orchestrated by God as a consequence of the nations' rebellion and sin, illustrating it with analogies to modern understanding.
A substantial portion of the episode is devoted to discussing the six woes detailed in Isaiah 5, breaking down the sins for which Judah and Israel were being judged. These sins include greed, self-indulgence, spiritual indifference, ethical relativism (calling evil good and good evil), pride, and societal injustice. Each of these points is expounded upon with biblical references, modern parallels, and personal anecdotes, thereby making the ancient text relatable to contemporary listeners.
Matt and Tina also critique religious hypocrisy, noting that true repentance requires more than just outward displays of worship; it necessitates a sincere heart aligned with divine justice and righteousness. They stress that sin causes separation from God and others, highlighting the fracturing impact of sin on personal relationships and community cohesion.
In discussing societal injustice, Matt draws parallels to modern times, emphasizing how communities can crumble due to the favoritism and inequity that was also prevalent in biblical times. Their interpretation makes a compelling case that the warnings and judgments of the Old Testament are still relevant and deserve attention today.
Tina concludes with a hopeful note from the book of Micah, asserting that despite impending judgments, God's ultimate desire is to pardon and restore. The core message of the episode rings out in Micah 6:8, urging listeners to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. This threefold exhortation serves as an antidote to the six woes previously identified.
The hosts also provide reflective questions for listeners to ponder over: consequences of sin, the necessity of repentance for genuine worship, recognizing prevalent sins today, and the significance of the Day of the Lord. They emphasize a personal and communal examination of conscience in light of biblical teachings.
Overall, this episode is a thorough and contemplative exploration of the devastating impact of sin and the enduring hope of redemption through repentance and righteous living. Matt and Tina’s delivery effectively bridges biblical events and teachings with modern-day applications, encouraging listeners to introspect and realign their lives according to divine principles.
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Friday Jul 05, 2024

Stepping into Scripture: Understanding God's Prophets and Jonah's Journey
Join Matt and Tina in Season Six of Step into Scripture as they explore the minor and major prophets of the Old Testament. In this episode, they delve into the Book of Jonah, discussing its themes of repentance, God's love for all nations, and the purpose of prophetic announcements. They also touch upon various accounts of God's miracles and the overarching message of redemption and restoration. With a blend of historical context and personal reflections, this episode offers a deep look into how the prophetic messages aim to bring people closer to God.
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Key Takeaways 00:00 Welcome to Step into Scripture
01:35 The Book of Jonah: A Call to Repentance
02:23 God's Love for All Nations
05:26 Jonah's Mission to Nineveh
09:32 Israel's Long History of Rebellion
15:04 God's Judgment and Redemption
16:49 Examples of God's Restoration
18:52 Personal Anecdote: A Modern-Day Miracle
19:51 The Floating Ax Head: Another Miracle
20:41 The Healing of Naaman's Leprosy
25:20 Lessons from Gehazi and Jonah
27:48 The Parable of the Prodigal Son
33:09 Key Takeaways and Reflection Questions
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In this engaging and insightful episode of "Step into Scripture," hosts Matt and Tina dive deep into the prophetic writings of the Old Testament. They examine complex themes and characters from the Bible, offering listeners a thorough understanding of the historical and theological context. This episode, part of their ongoing sixth season titled "Sounds," focuses on the prophets and their messages that point towards Jesus.
Matt and Tina start by introducing themselves and setting the stage for the theme of the season. They express their excitement and challenge in navigating the intricate writings of the prophets. They recap the prior episode, emphasizing the principle that correct interpretation (exegesis) must precede application (hermeneutics) of biblical texts.
This week’s episode focuses on readings from the Blue Letter Chronological Bible Reading Plan, covering the book of Obadiah, Psalms 82 and 83, Second Kings chapters 1-14, Second Chronicles chapters 24 and 25, and the book of Jonah. The hosts hone in on the book of Jonah, drawing parallels between Jonah’s mission to Nineveh and modern scenarios of unexpected forgiveness and grace toward adversaries.
Throughout the episode, Matt and Tina highlight God’s justice and mercy, emphasizing that prophetic announcements serve to call sinners to repentance rather than just declare judgment. They explain how God’s intent is always rooted in love and the opportunity for redemption, even for those considered enemies.
The episode also delves into historical aspects, presenting how Jonah’s mission to Nineveh—a brutal enemy nation—illustrates God’s overarching plan for universal redemption. The conversation transitions into discussing various biblical accounts from Second Kings, showing God’s authority and ability to reverse curses and bring restoration. They explore examples such as Elisha purifying water in Jericho, providing for an impoverished widow, and resurrecting a Shunammite woman’s son.
Additionally, Matt and Tina analyze the poignant parallels between Old Testament stories and Jesus’ teachings in the New Testament, including the parable of the prodigal son. They emphasize the consistent theme of repentance and God’s boundless grace and justice throughout the Bible.
Matt and Tina also critically examine the reactions of Jonah and Elisha's servant, Gehazi, to God's mercy. The attitudes of these biblical figures are likened to the grumbling of the older brother in Jesus' parable of the prodigal son, highlighting the challenge of accepting God’s grace toward repentant sinners.
The episode concludes with key takeaways: God's offers of repentance and restoration are universal; God reverses curses through Jesus’ sacrifice; salvation is a gift of grace, not something earned; and believers should seek and celebrate the repentance and restoration of all people. The hosts encourage listeners to reflect on personal experiences of forgiveness and grace, urging them to consider the transformative impact of God’s love.
Join Matt and Tina next week as they continue to delve into the rich and multifaceted prophetic writings of the Old Testament, drawing lessons that resonate with contemporary life and faith.
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Intro to Sounds | S6 Ep. 1

Monday Jul 01, 2024

Monday Jul 01, 2024

Step into Scripture: Season 6 Introduction -- Sounds 
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This episode kicks off a brand new season on the Step Into Scripture Podcast. In Season 6, titled 'Sounds', Matt and Tina Wilson introduce the focus on the sounds of the prophets, covering minor and major prophets of the Old Testament. This introductory episode prepares listeners for the 14-week journey through various books using the Blue Letter Chronological Bible reading plan. It emphasizes understanding the meta-narrative of the Bible, the overarching story of God's plan and introduces the importance of context in reading and interpreting Scripture.
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Key Takeaways 00:00 Welcome to Step into Scripture
00:28 Introducing Season Six: Sounds of the Prophets
00:55 Books to Read This Season
01:58 Understanding the Metanarrative
03:56 Recap of the Bible's Story So Far
09:51 From Judges to Kings
15:10 The Divided Kingdom
18:10 Prophets and Their Warnings
18:46 Trust the Process
21:20 Reading Scripture with the Right Lens
27:29 Exegesis and Hermeneutics
29:40 Conclusion and Discussion Questions
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Monday Jun 24, 2024

Signposts: Lessons from Elijah - Season 5 Finale 
Join Matt and Tina Wilson in the final episode of Season 5 of the 'Step into Scripture' podcast as they dive into the life of Elijah. Tina, the author of 'Step into Scripture', and her husband Matt, walk through the Bible chronologically. This episode covers the divided kingdom of Israel, highlighting Elijah's perseverance, miracles, and deep faith. Reflect on the harsh realities of obedience to God amidst difficult circumstances, and prepare for the upcoming season as they explore the prophetic books of the Old Testament.
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Key Takeaways 00:00 Welcome to Step into Scripture
00:19 Recap of Season 5: Signposts
00:51 The Divided Kingdom: Israel and Judah
03:14 The Rise of Evil Kings in Israel
05:06 Introduction to Prophet Elijah
05:28 Elijah's Challenge to King Ahab
08:32 Elijah's Struggles and Obedience
11:33 The Widow of Zarephath
16:02 A Mother's Desperation
16:43 Elijah's Plea and God's Response
18:24 Lessons in Faith and Persistence
20:35 The Epic Showdown at Mount Carmel
26:41 Elijah's Triumph and Despair
29:19 Reflecting on Elijah's Journey
31:56 Recap and Looking Ahead
 
 
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Monday Jun 17, 2024

The Sin of Jeroboam, a Step Into Scripture podcast episode. 
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Welcome to the Step into Scripture podcast with Tina and Matt Wilson. In this episode, Tina and Matt walk you through the chronological reading of the Bible, focusing on days 168 through 174 of their 2024 journey. This week, they dive into Proverbs 25-31, Ecclesiastes, 1 Kings 10-14, and 2 Chronicles 9, marking the beginning of the end of Israel’s golden age. They discuss Solomon's wealth, his eventual turn to false worship, and its devastating consequences. Most importantly, they highlight Jeroboam’s sin of initiating false worship and its lasting impact on Israel’s monarchy. The episode underlines the importance of true, God-centered worship and provides questions to reflect on ensuring the same in our lives. Join Tina and Matt as they unpack these scriptures and offer insights and challenges for today’s believers.
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Key Takeaways 00:00 Welcome to Step into Scripture00:34 Solomon's Reign and Wealth04:17 Solomon's Downfall: False Worship07:10 The Kingdom Splits09:10 Jeroboam's Sin and Idolatry18:04 The Influence of Selfish Ambition18:47 Jeroboam's Conditional Blessing and False Worship20:46 The Legacy of Jeroboam's Sin24:11 The Lost Tribes and Samaritan Confusion26:39 True Worship vs. Self-Centered Worship32:43 The Call to Reject False Worship33:42 Reflective Questions and Conclusion
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Monday Jun 10, 2024

Understanding the Significance of the Temple in the Bible | Step into Scripture Podcast
Join Matt and Tina Wilson in Episode 12 of Season 5 of the Step into Scripture podcast. In this episode, we explore the profound question of 'Where does God dwell?' by taking a deep dive into the construction and dedication of the temple, its historical significance, and its symbolic representation. Learn about the temple's connection with key biblical events, from Moses and David to Jesus and the final vision in Revelation. Discover how the temple represents God's desire to be with His people and how Christ's sacrifice fulfills that ultimate goal. Don't miss the insightful discussion on the parallels between Old and New Testament events and what it means to have God's presence dwell within you.
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Key Takeaways 
00:00 Welcome to Step into Scripture01:35 The Significance of the Temple's Location02:12 Historical Context and Events Leading to the Temple03:40 The Temple's Construction and Symbolism07:49 Discrepancies and Changes in the Temple Over Time11:56 The Fate of the First Temple and the Ark of the Covenant14:24 The Second Temple: Construction and Historical Impact21:06 Intertestamental Period and Prophecies23:34 The Maccabean Revolt and Temple Restoration27:33 Herod's Temple and Roman Rule37:19 God's Desire to Dwell with His People41:12 The New Jerusalem and Eternal Fellowship44:59 Living in the Promise of God's Kingdom
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Monday Jun 03, 2024

The Danger of Simplicity: Proverbs and the Path to Wisdom | Step Into Scripture
Join Matt and Tina Wilson in this Step Into Scripture podcast episode as they go into Proverbs 1-21, uncovering the rich wisdom it offers and the perils of a simplistic mindset. They reflect on the importance of self-evaluation, teachability, and discernment in our spiritual journeys. The discussion includes lessons from Proverbs on practical wisdom, warnings against naivety, and real-life applications, like the story of a woman facing ethical dilemmas in her workplace. This episode also explores the characteristics of true wisdom versus folly through biblical examples and offers practical guidance on walking the path of wisdom in today's cultural context. Tune in to deepen your understanding and apply these timeless truths to your life.
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Key Takeaways 00:00 Introduction to the Podcast00:18 Weekly Bible Reading Overview00:41 The Wisdom of Proverbs03:15 The Danger of Simplicity04:54 Cultural and Historical Examples07:23 The Call of Wisdom vs. Folly18:14 Teachability and Leadership31:23 Conclusion and Reflection
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In this episode of the Step into Scripture podcast, hosts Matt and Tina Wilson go into the significance of biblical wisdom. They begin by highlighting their engagement with the Blue Letter Chronological Bible Reading Plan and their recent focus on Proverbs 1-21. The couple underscores how Proverbs offers practical wisdom and how one's actions reflect one's adherence to these principles.
Tina shares an impactful commentary on the importance of recognizing one's own foolishness and striving for wisdom. The episode explores what it means to be 'simple' in the biblical context, equating it with being naive or lacking moral direction. Matt and Tina use historical and contemporary examples to illustrate the dangers of simplicity and the necessity of wisdom for spiritual growth and moral integrity.
They further discuss how simplicity can lead to rebellion and how society's emphasis on open-mindedness can sometimes contradict absolute truths found in Scripture. Matt shares anecdotal evidence from a personal experience involving a gynecologist's office to stress how simplicity can manifest in everyday decisions and lead to moral and ethical dilemmas.
The conversation then shifts to the story of Absalom and his attempt to usurp King David, drawing parallels to how divisive figures can exploit simple hearts. This tale serves as a warning about the perils of being undiscerning or naive. They cite Paul's warning to Timothy about the dangers that evil people pose to gullible individuals, emphasizing the need for careful discernment in spiritual and personal matters.
A significant part of the episode is dedicated to exploring the qualities that oppose simplicity. Matt and Tina argue that true wisdom entails teachability—a willingness to learn and grow from others, especially those demonstrating good fruit in their lives. Matt recounts a personal anecdote about the challenges and benefits of remaining teachable in his role as a church leader.
Through biblical passages and personal stories, the hosts emphasize that discernment, submission, and humility are crucial for spiritual maturity. They discuss how teachability opens doors for personal and communal growth and stress the dangers of aligning oneself with false wisdom or divisive influences.
The episode wraps up with practical advice and reflective questions to help listeners examine their own lives. Matt and Tina urge listeners to commit to reading and studying the Bible independently while being part of a Christ-centered community. They present questions to ponder about cultural trends, the allure of folly, and the importance of seeking personal wisdom and discernment.
Listeners are encouraged to evaluate their own susceptibility to simplicity and to strive for a deeper understanding and application of biblical wisdom in their daily lives. The episode serves as both a caution and a guide for those seeking to grow spiritually and morally in a complex world.

Friday May 31, 2024

Trusting God vs. Self-Reliance: Lessons from David and Solomon 
Join Matt and Tina Wilson as they dive into Week 22 of the Blue Letter Chronological Bible Reading Plan, discussing important lessons from 1 Chronicles 26-29, 1 Kings 1-4, and 2 Chronicles 1. This episode emphasizes the dangers of self-reliance seen through David's census and Solomon's alliance with Egypt, and underscores the importance of trusting God for success and salvation. The discussion also highlights themes like generosity, parenting, and biblical literacy, encouraging viewers to reflect on their reliance on God in their own lives.
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Key Takeaways 00:00 Introduction to Step into Scripture00:34 Weekly Reading Overview02:11 David's Legacy and Solomon's Rise02:51 Lessons on Generosity and Parenting06:19 The Consequences of Self-Reliance08:58 Israel's Historical Victories14:26 Solomon's Golden Age and Its Downfall22:51 Modern Reflections and Warnings30:14 Conclusion and Reflection Questions
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In Episode 10 of Season 5, join hosts Matt and Tina Wilson for an enlightening journey through the scripture as they chronologically walk through the Bible in 2024. This episode of 'Step into Scripture' takes a deep dive into the Blue Letter Chronological Bible Reading Plan, offering enriching commentary and insights into this week’s readings: 1 Chronicles 26-29, 1 Kings 1-4, and 2 Chronicles 1.
Throughout the episode, Matt and Tina explore significant biblical narratives, such as David's preparations for building the temple, his example of generosity, and the events leading to Solomon's succession as king. This week’s readings offer a comprehensive look at complex themes like leadership, stewardship, and the legacy of King David, illustrated by the conflict arising from Adonijah's attempt to usurp the throne.
The episode also delves into the timeless principles of biblical parenting by examining parallel accounts from 1 Samuel and how lack of discipline had dramatic ramifications. A special focus is placed on Solomon's early reign, highlighting the dangerous alliance he formed with Egypt—a symbolic return to the oppression from which Israel was liberated.
In addition, this episode offers in-depth discussions on pivotal scripture passages like Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, extolling the virtues and perfection of God’s Word in a beautifully structured acrostic poem. Matt and Tina also touch on the Song of Solomon, encouraging listeners to revisit a previous podcast season dedicated entirely to love, sex, and marriage through the perspective of this unique biblical book.
The narrative underscores an urgent warning against self-reliance, illustrated by David's sinful census and Solomon's over-reliance on foreign alliances, drawing parallels to contemporary issues of national and personal pride. Matt and Tina connect these biblical lessons to modern-day scenarios, urging listeners to place their trust solely in God for true salvation and deliverance.
They also address America's current socio-political climate, pointing out that the nation’s prosperity and blessings are historically rooted in a sincere devotion to God.They caution against turning away from God's principles, suggesting that continued moral and spiritual decline may jeopardize these blessings.
The episode closes with a poignant modern-day illustration that captures the futility of self-reliance, drawing an analogy to a harrowing rescue operation where only divine intervention could save the day. Matt and Tina emphasize that like the driver saved from a dangling truck, we too must fully rely on God as our savior.
Listeners are invited to reflect on personal experiences where reliance on self rather than God has led to unfavorable outcomes. Matt and Tina encourage viewers to share their own stories of God’s victories in their lives, fostering a community grounded in faith and biblical literacy.
Don't miss this episode of 'Step into Scripture' as it guides you through the chronological readings and offers profound spiritual insights to enrich your daily walk with God. Tune in to deepen your understanding of the Bible and to draw closer to God's eternal wisdom.
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Dangerous Prayers | S5 Ep. 9

Monday May 27, 2024

Monday May 27, 2024

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Dangerous Prayers with Matt and Tina Wilson
In episode 9 of season 5 of the Step into Scripture podcast, hosts Matt and Tina Wilson dive into the transformative and challenging concept of 'dangerous prayers,' focusing on Psalm 139. They elucidate how prayers like 'search me,' 'know me,' 'test me,' and 'lead me' can be perilous yet profoundly beneficial in one's spiritual journey. The episode covers the importance of being honest and vulnerable before God, how testing and trials can bolster faith, and the significance of allowing God to guide one's paths. They share personal stories and insights, demonstrating the real-life implications of these prayers and encouraging listeners to embrace them in their own lives.
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Key Takeaways 
00:00 Welcome to Step into Scripture Podcast00:23 Embarking on a Chronological Bible Journey01:10 Diving Deep into Psalm 13902:05 Exploring the Intimacy and Majesty of God06:23 David's Shift from Worship to Righteous Indignation08:04 The Power of Self-Reflection and Repentance09:18 Navigating Spiritual Infections and Repentance11:48 The Discipline of God and the Path to Righteousness19:34 Embracing Vulnerability in a Social Media Age21:35 The Nature of Lies and Defensive Tactics23:41 Exploring the Depths of 'Know Me' Prayers26:31 The Power of Confession and Overcoming Trials28:16 Embracing Testing and the Journey of Faith35:49 The Transformative 'Lead Me' Prayer and Its Impact44:02 Reflecting on Dangerous Prayers and Their Significance
 
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Monday May 20, 2024

Embracing the Act of Confession: A Biblical Perspective
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In this episode of 'Step into Scripture,' hosted by Tina, the author of 'Step into Scripture,' and Matt Wilson, a pastor, the couple delve into the Act of Confession in their series aligned with a chronological Bible reading plan. Covering 2 Samuel 11 through 21, 1 Chronicles 20, and various Psalms, they explore the duplication of narratives in Samuel and Chronicles and the unique focus of each book. Chronicles omits David's weaknesses to highlight Messianic symbolism, in contrast to the detailed account of David’s sins found in Samuel. The hosts draw lessons from David's sin with Bathsheba and Uriah, emphasizing the spiritual discipline of confession. They distinguish between Catholic and Protestant practices of confession, outlining the importance of confessing directly to God. The episode further discusses the examples of David and Saul in dealing with sin, the snowball effect of unconfessed sin, and the importance of private, communal, and public confession, encouraging viewers to embrace confession for spiritual healing and restoration.
 
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Key Takeaways 00:00 Welcome to Step into Scripture: Season 5, Episode 800:25 Exploring the Chronological Bible Reading Plan01:03 Understanding Repetition in Samuel and Chronicles02:25 The Omission of David's Weaknesses in Chronicles04:22 David's Adultery with Bathsheba: A Case Study04:44 The Spiritual Discipline of Confession06:34 David's Sin and Its Consequences14:12 Uriah's Integrity and David's Deception17:01 God's Grace in Exposing Sin18:31 David and Saul: A Contrast in Confession20:33 The Power of Public Psalms and Personal Confession21:17 The Blessing of Forgiveness and the Burden of Silence22:50 The Path to Restoration: Confession and Repentance25:06 Embracing the Spiritual Discipline of Confession25:20 The Threefold Approach to Confession: Private, Communal, Public30:40 The Role of Communion and Corporate Worship in Confession34:57 The Call to Confession and Restoration
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Kindness of God | S5 Ep. 7

Monday May 13, 2024

Monday May 13, 2024

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Reflecting on David's Lineage and the Ultimate Kindness of Christ
In this podcast episode from 'Step Into Scripture', Tina Wilson, alongside her husband Matt, dive into the chronological reading of the Bible for the year 2024, focusing on episodes from 2 Samuel 6-10 and 1 Chronicles 17-19, along with a selection of Psalms related to the same time frame. They explore the significant events in the life of David, including his intentions to build a temple for God, and God's promise to establish an eternal kingship through David's lineage, leading to the coming of Jesus the Messiah. They reflect on David's acts of kindness as foreshadowing Christ's ultimate kindness and salvation offered to humanity. They draw parallels between David's actions and the gospel's message of grace and kindness towards enemies, encouraging listeners to consider how they can apply this understanding of God's kindness in their own lives through forgiveness, kindness, and gratitude.
 
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Key Takeaways 00:00 Welcome to Step Into Scripture Podcast00:22 Embarking on a Chronological Bible Journey00:41 Recapping This Week's Reading: David's Heart Through Psalms01:24 Understanding God's Promise Through David's Lineage06:03 The Unfolding of God's Plan and David's Kindness07:16 Exploring David's Acts of Kindness and Their Significance20:56 Reflecting on God's Kindness and Our Response23:16 The Parable of the Wedding Banquet: A Lesson on God's Invitation27:58 Clothing Ourselves in Kindness: The Path to the Heavenly Banquet29:53 Concluding Thoughts and Reflections

Worship | S5 Ep. 6

Thursday May 09, 2024

Thursday May 09, 2024

Exploring Worship Through Scripture with Matt and Tina Wilson
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In this episode of the Step into Scripture podcast, hosts Matt and Tina Wilson dive into the concept of worship as detailed in the Bible, focusing on their 2024 chronological reading plan through 1 Chronicles, 2 Samuel, and various Psalms. They discuss key events such as the death of Saul, David's conquest of Jerusalem, and the importance of heartfelt, orderly worship, exemplified by the relocation of the Ark of the Covenant. Highlighting historical context, they emphasize worship's integral role and the caution against neglecting or misapplying worship practices, drawing parallels to modern Christian life and the significance of active participation in worship.
 
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Key Takeaways 00:00 Welcome to Step into Scripture Podcast00:13 Introducing the Hosts: Matt and Tina Wilson00:34 The 2024 Chronological Bible Reading Plan01:20 Key Events in This Week's Reading02:25 Deep Dive into Worship: The Ark's Journey and Lessons Learned04:16 The Importance of Proper Worship and the Dangers of Neglect13:34 David's Second Attempt: Correct Worship and McCall's Criticism28:44 Concluding Thoughts on Worship and Invitation to Worship
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Teach and Testify | S5 Ep. 5

Tuesday May 07, 2024

Tuesday May 07, 2024

Navigating Genealogies and Psalms: A Journey of Discipleship - Step into Scripture Season 5, Episode 5
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In Season 5, Episode 5 of 'Step into Scripture,' titled 'Teach and Testify,' Tina Wilson and her husband, Matt, delve into the significance of reading the Bible chronologically, specifically focusing on the genealogies and Psalms listed in the Blue Letter Chronological Bible Reading Plan for week 17. They emphasize the importance of recognizing the overarching story of God's plan for salvation through Abraham's lineage and the role of genealogies in highlighting God's faithfulness across generations. The episode also explores how the Psalms provide insight into the emotional and spiritual struggles of figures like King David, offering a unique window into their hearts and minds. Tina introduces the concept of mind mapping as a tool for visualizing the interconnectedness of biblical narratives and the genealogies' pointing to the Messiah. Additionally, the importance of discipleship is underscored, with discussions on teaching and testifying about God's deeds, the necessity of authenticity and honesty in sharing personal testimonies, and the impact of discipleship on future generations. The episode concludes with a reflection on Psalm 78 and its lessons on remembering God's works and the critical role of intentional discipleship in cultivating a faithful, God-centered next generation.
 
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Key Takeaways: 00:00 Welcome to Step into Scripture: Signpost Season00:21 Diving into the Chronological Bible Reading Plan01:24 Understanding Psalms and Genealogies: A Deep Dive02:58 Mind Mapping the Bible: A Unique Approach04:33 The Power of Psalms: Prayers and Praise07:25 Exploring Psalm 78: Lessons in Discipleship08:59 The Importance of Discipleship in Christian Life21:59 Authenticity and Testimony: Sharing Life's Lessons29:22 Reflecting on God's Faithfulness and Future Generations39:40 Closing Thoughts and Reflection Questions
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Trust In God | S5 Ep. 4

Monday Apr 22, 2024

Monday Apr 22, 2024

Trusting in God Through Trials: Insights from David's Psalms
In this episode of 'Step into Scripture,' hosts Matt and Tina Wilson delve into the Biblical Psalms penned by David during his times of distress and persecution by Saul. They explore the importance of trusting in God not just during hardships but constantly seeking a genuine relationship with Him. The couple emphasizes how David's experiences and prayers reflect a profound trust in God, showcasing his reliance on God as his fortress, deliverer, and savior. They encourage viewers to apply David's lessons to their own lives, especially in times of difficulty. Additionally, the Wilsons touch on the role of David's Psalms in prophesying the sufferings of Jesus Christ and highlight the significance of seeking God's presence and correction. They conclude with discussion questions for viewers to reflect on their trust in God.
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Key Takeaways 00:00 Welcome to Step into Scripture with Matt and Tina00:24 The Journey Through the Bible in 202401:23 Trusting in God Through David's Psalms02:05 Personal Testimonies and the Power of Prayer02:57 Navigating Trials with Faith and Accountability11:10 David's Psalms: A Guide for Overcoming Slander and Isolation16:51 Finding Strength in God's Promises24:39 The Prophetic Connection Between David and Jesus33:25 Applying David's Lessons to Our Lives41:59 Discussion and Reflection
 
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Monday Apr 15, 2024

Profile of A Madman | Step Into Scripture S5 Ep. 3
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In season 5, episode 3 of the Step into Scripture podcast, hosts Matt and Tina Wilson dive into the life of King Saul to illustrate his journey from a humble beginning to his tragic fall into madness, as detailed in 1 Samuel and accompanying Psalms. They explore significant events such as Saul's anointing by Samuel, his initial humility, and subsequent disobedience and envy that led to his downfall. The episode emphasizes the importance of recognizing and addressing harmful traits such as insecurity, anxiety, denial, and envy to avoid spiraling down a similar path of spiritual and mental decline. Through Saul's story, the hosts highlight the significance of relying on God and the Holy Spirit rather than one's own strength, drawing connections to the New Testament teachings about spiritual warfare and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Wilsons call listeners to reflect on their own lives in light of Saul's story, encouraging them to seek humility and reliance on God to fulfill their divine purpose.
 
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Key Takeaways
00:00 Welcome to Step into Scripture Podcast
00:22 Unpacking the Profile of a Madman: Saul's Story Begins
03:36 Saul's Humble Beginnings and the Seeds of Insecurity
06:00 The Downward Spiral: Saul's Insecurity and Disobedience
12:57 Saul's Mental Decline and Its Impact on Israel
29:06 The Undoing of Saul: Prophecy, Nakedness, and Rejection
36:38 Reflections and Discussion: Learning from Saul's Life
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Monday Apr 08, 2024

Life Lessons From Ruth | Step Into Scripture S5 Ep. 2
In season five, episode two of 'Step into Scripture,' hosts Matt and Tina Wilson dive into the book of Ruth as part of their chronological Bible reading plan for 2024. They explore the significance of judges and kings in Israel as signposts pointing toward the Messiah, focusing on Ruth's genuine faith and the messy, yet purposeful, path toward God's redemption. The episode covers Ruth's journey from Moab to Bethlehem, her loyalty and dedication to Naomi, and her marriage to Boaz, highlighting themes of legacy, faith, redemption, and God's multi-generational purpose. Through Naomi's transformation from bitterness to blessing, the hosts emphasize the importance of addressing bitterness, honoring God's processes, and building a meaningful legacy for future generations. The discussion concludes by encouraging listeners to reflect on their lives and the legacy they're creating, setting the stage for the next episode on Israel's first king, Saul.
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Key Takeaways: 
00:00 Welcome to Step into Scripture: Unpacking the Book of Ruth00:19 Exploring the Chronological Bible Reading Plan01:17 Diving Deep into the Book of Ruth02:35 The Power of Faith and Redemption in Ruth's Story04:30 Navigating Life's Seasons: From Bitterness to Blessing20:56 The Impact of Testimony and Kindness in Our Lives22:55 Exploring Faith and Deeds Through Ruth and James24:07 The Frustration of Deedless Faith24:47 Ruth's Journey: From Need to Redemption25:46 The Threshing Floor: A Place of Judgment and Redemption30:00 Ruth's Bold Proposal and Boaz's Response33:45 Honoring the Process: Boaz's Integrity and Ruth's Legacy38:02 The Multi-Generational Impact of Naomi's Decision42:24 Laying the Foundation for a Multi-Generational Vision
 
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Signposts | Season 5 Introduction

Wednesday Apr 03, 2024

Wednesday Apr 03, 2024

Today Tina and Matt Wilson embark on the second season of their chronological Bible study journey, titled 'Signposts', as part of their 'Step Into Scripture' podcast. In this season Tina and Matt aim to cover the old testament books including, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, Song of Songs, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and selections from Psalms and Second Chronicles over the next 13 weeks. In this episode they emphasizes reading the Bible in a chronological and comprehensive manner to understand God's overarching plan for humanity's restoration. Highlighting the significance of a Christ-centered meta narrative, they discuss the pitfalls of a me-centered approach to scripture, influenced by historical misinterpretations. Through the exploration of Biblical characters and stories, such as Samson and the cycle of Judges, they aim to demonstrate that the Bible's stories, though filled with flawed characters, ultimately point towards Jesus Christ as the savior and centerpiece of God's plan. The podcast serves as a supplement to Tina's 'Step into Scripture' book and encourages listeners to follow along using the Blue Letter Chronological Bible Reading Plan for enhanced biblical literacy.
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Key Takeaways
00:00 - Welcome to Season 5: Diving into the Chronological Bible Study
00:38 - Unpacking the Reading Plan: Judges to Psalms
01:46 - The Christ-Centered Metanarrative: Understanding the Bible as One Story
03:07 - The Historical Context and Its Impact on Biblical Interpretation
04:11 - Exploring Biblical Cross-References and the Importance of a Unified Reading
05:11 - The Challenges and Rewards of Reading the Bible in a Year
15:02 - Introducing the Book of Judges: A Cycle of Sin and Redemption
18:22 - Samson's Story: Flaws, Faith, and the Foreshadowing of Christ
27:16 - Looking Ahead: Judges, Kings, and the Ultimate Deliverer
 
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Unwavering Commitment

Monday Mar 25, 2024

Monday Mar 25, 2024

Step into Scripture: Unwavering Commitment and the Power of Faith
In this episode of 'Step into Scripture,' hosts Matt and Tina Wilson continue this series going through the chronological reading of the Bible for the year 2024. Today's episode focuses on Joshua 12-24 and Judges 1-5. They discuss the concept of 'Shadows' in the Old Testament, highlighting how these narratives forecast the Messiah's arrival. The discuss the renewal of the covenant at Shechem as outlined in Joshua 24, tying it to the importance of covenant renewal for the longevity of the local church and contrasting the thriving churches in persecuted areas with the decline observed in Western cultures. Matt and Tina address the challenges modern churches face, including moral failures and a decline in ministry entrants, and emphasize the importance of discipleship and leadership within the church. They also discuss biblical examples of commitment and faith, such as Caleb's story, and encourage listeners to actively participate in their faith and the Great Commission. Today's episode concludes with a set of discussion questions for listeners to reflect on their commitment to God and participation in making disciples.
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Key Takeaways 
00:00 Welcome to Step into Scripture: A Journey Through the Bible00:39 Diving Deep into Joshua and Judges: Shadows and Signposts01:48 The Importance of Covenant Renewal in the Church and Personal Life02:19 Navigating Modern Challenges in Church Leadership and Parenting07:49 Joshua's Charge and the Call for Wholehearted Commitment15:08 Understanding the Depth of Our Commitment to God21:02 The Reality of Spiritual Burnout and the Importance of a Strong Foundation22:36 The Dangers of Bitterness and Failure23:14 The Importance of a Firm Foundation in Faith23:25 Understanding Our Role in God's Work25:03 Commitment and Integrity in Following God26:22 Caleb's Example of Unwavering Faith33:00 The Contrast of Faith and Entitlement38:56 The Call to Action for Modern Believers42:18 Reflection and Discussion: Living Out Our Faith
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Making The Church Immortal

Monday Mar 18, 2024

Monday Mar 18, 2024

Making the Church Immortal: Insights from Deuteronomy and Joshua
In this episode of Step into Scripture, Tina Wilson and her daughter Reagan explore the importance of focusing on the next generation for the church's longevity. They discuss their commitment to reading the Bible chronologically in 2024 and dive into the readings from Deuteronomy 24 to Joshua 11. The episode emphasizes the significance of memorials, renewal, perspective, successors, and audacious faith. Tina and Reagan provide illustrations and personal anecdotes to underline the need for the church to adapt and invest in young leaders to avoid 'aging out.' They also highlight the importance of biblical literacy and active involvement in church activities for all generations to ensure the church's future.
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Key Takeaways 
00:00 Welcome to Step into Scripture Podcast00:27 The 2024 Chronological Bible Reading Plan00:59 Focusing on the Next Generation: A Gen Z Perspective01:31 The Formula for an Immortal Church04:06 Essential Elements for an Immortal Church: Memorials07:54 Renewal: Reaffirming Our Commitment to God10:53 Gaining Perspective: The Accessibility of God's Word13:38 Educating Successors: The Importance of Biblical Literacy22:11 Audacious Faith: The Key to Immortality30:24 Concluding Thoughts and Questions for Reflection
 
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Monday Mar 11, 2024

Walking Through Wilderness and Prosperity: A Journey Through Deuteronomy with Matt and Tina
In this episode of the 'Step Into Scripture' podcast, hosts Matt and Tina Wilson w continue our series of having a chronological study of the Bible, focusing on Deuteronomy chapters 3 through 23. In this episode Matt and Tina share personal stories from their ministry and marriage, highlighting the challenges and miracles they've experienced in transitioning from leading a small Bible study group in their home to growing a mega church, Ekklesia Christian Church. Drawing parallels to the Israelites’ journey in the wilderness, Matt and Tina discuss the importance of faith during both difficult and prosperous times, emphasizing that God tests and prepares His followers for greater things. The couple delves into Moses' recap of the Israelites' journey, the significance of dependency on God rather than oneself, and the lessons learned from experiencing both wilderness and prosperity. Today's episode concludes with thought-provoking questions for listeners, encouraging them to trust in God through all seasons of life.
 
Key Takeaways 
00:00 Introduction and Welcome00:42 Personal Journey and Ministry01:02 The Church Planting Experience02:10 The Struggles and Triumphs of Ministry03:47 The Importance of Faith and Moving Forward05:14 The Journey of the Israelites and Deuteronomy07:55 Lessons from the Wilderness17:01 The Promise of Prosperity and the Danger of Forgetting God20:35 Conclusion and Reflection Questions

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Tina Wilson is a pastor’s wife and mom of seven. Alongside her husband Matt, she has committed her life to serving King Jesus as a church planter, Bible teacher, author, and advocate for all-in family ministry. She also serves on the board for the Christian Standard. She is passionate about making Christ and his church famous in South Carolina and beyond. 

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