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The Follower Podcast
A podcast that explores what it means to live in deep friendship with God and invite others to experience that friendship for themselves.
6 days ago
The Prayer of Examen with Matthew Lewis
In this episode, our very own Matthew Lewis runs us through an introduction to the prayer of Examen. In particular, he looks at this prayer form through a historical, biblical, and sociological lens to help us understand where it came from, how we can find scriptural validity for it, and why it's a valuable practice in our time. As always, if you found this episode helpful please like, share, subscribe, and leave a review. If you would like to help us create more content like this with a once-off or ongoing donation you can do that by visiting www.wearefollower.com
Nov 26, 2023
Intercessory prayer with Jill Weber
In the second episode of our three-part series on prayer, Jill Weber gives us some valuable insight into the practice of intercessory prayer. Jill serves with 24/7 Prayer in several capacities including helping establish a community of prayer at Waverly Abbey. But, more than any of the roles that she fulfills, her greatest gift is the person she has become in a life given to prayer. It's from this rich resource that she serves us in this episode. We hope you find it helpful. As always, please like, share, subscribe, and leave a review. It helps us get the podcast to others. And, if you would like to support this work with a once-off or ongoing donation, you can go to www.wearefollower.com
Nov 19, 2023
Contemplative prayer with Liam Byrnes
This is the first episode in a three-part series on prayer. In this episode, Liam Byrnes introduces us to contemplative prayer. Among other things, Liam explores the prayer forms of Lectio Divina, Centering prayer, and imaginative prayer. If you found this episode helpful please like, share, and leave a review. If you would like to help us keep creating content like this please consider becoming a financial supporter of the podcast with a once-off or monthly donation at www.wearefollower.com
Nov 12, 2023
The Rough Cuts: Deliver us from Evil
In the final episode of The Rough Cuts series, Matthew shares a few thoughts on the realities of Evil and our need for deliverance. This is the final episode in the Lord's prayer series. Please like, share, and leave a review if you find it helpful.
Nov 9, 2023
The Rough Cuts: Temptation
In this episode, Matthew shares a few thoughts on temptation inviting us out of any condemnation we might carry in our weakness and encouraging us to build our lives on scripture as a pre-emtive way of resisting temptation.
Oct 22, 2023
The Rough Cuts: Forgiveness
In this episode of the rough cuts, Matthew shares thoughts on the power of forgiveness. In particular, he speaks about acknowledging our need for forgiveness, rejoicing in God's desire to forgive us, forgiving ourselves, and forgiving others. We hope this episode serves you well. Please like, comment, share, and leave a review. It helps the podcast get in people's ears.
Oct 15, 2023
The Rough Cuts: Our Daily Bread
In this episode Matthew continues our journey through the Lord's prayer by sharing a few thoughts on what it means for us to pray for our daily bread. If this episode is helpful for you please share it with your world and leave review, it helps us get the podcast into the ears of more people.
Oct 8, 2023
The Rough Cuts: Your Will be done
In this episode, Matthew uses the model of Awakening, purgation, Illumination, and union as offered in Robert Mulholland's Invitation to a Journey to discuss the process of moving from willfulness to willingness in our relationship with God. Find the book here.
Oct 1, 2023
The Rough Cuts: Kingdom Come
In this episode, Matthew offers a few unedited thoughts on what we mean when we pray for God's Kingdom to come. In particular, he considers the Kingdom of God and how it comes to our lives. You might like to watch the following teaching from Dallas Willard for more on this topic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mY1gTqTUVQ
Sep 24, 2023
The Rough Cuts: Holy
In the third episode of the rough cuts, Matthew shares thoughts on what Jesus means by inviting us to pray that The Father's name would be kept Holy in our lives. In particular, he invites us to consider the call to have our lives rightly ordered under the rule and reign of God.
Sep 17, 2023
The Rough cuts: In Heaven
In this second episode of the rough cuts Matthew shares a few thoughts about the Transcendent Immanence of God that is to be discovered in the reality of a Father who is in Heaven.
Sep 8, 2023
The Rough Cuts: Our Father
Welcome to the first in a series of raw, unedited episodes that we're calling The Rough Cuts. In this episode Matthew pulls up a chair in the garden as the sun sets over the Durban horizon and birds settle in for the night to share a few thoughts on approaching God as Our Father. Matthew references Tyler Staton's book; Praying Like Monks Living Like Fools in this episode. You can find it HERE
Aug 21, 2023
Communion 3: Expectation
In this episode, Matthew ends the three-part series in communion by pointing us forward to the marriage supper of the lamb and helping us understand the significance of our future hope and how it changes our present lives. If you would like to explore the practices mentioned in the podcast you can visit www.wearefollower.com
Aug 14, 2023
Communion 2: Remembrance
In this episode, Langa Mbonambi of the We Will Worship movement speaks to us about the Passover meal, how Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of this ancient practice, and how remembrance is so crucial to a life of obedience.
Aug 6, 2023
Communion 1: Between two trees
In this episode, Matthew introduces the communion focus in light of the Acts 2:42 community. He also gives a high-altitude overview of some of the stories that communion points us toward in the bible.
Mar 26, 2023
We are Follower: Missionally Present, a conversation with Lisa Koons
In this episode, we sit down with Lisa Koons to discuss what it means to be missionally present in our lives and as a community. Lisa is the National Mission & Justice Director for 24-7 Prayer USA. She helps lead teams & launch initiatives that equip people to talk & walk with God & do good in the world. Lisa lives as an urban missionary mobilizing prayer, mission & justice, efforting the work of diversity, & is a spiritual director to faith leaders around the globe. To find Lisa's book, Martyrs Wine, you can follow this link. For more from the Follower podcast, blog or community visit www.wearefollower.com
1 hr 10 min
Mar 19, 2023
We are Follower: Intimacy Called. A conversation with Amy Dinh
In this episode, we sit down with Amy Dinh to talk about what it means to live in deep intimacy with Jesus. Amy is a missionary who has served in various regions worldwide from South Asia, to Southern Africa and beyond. As a member of the Follower community, Amy carries the heart of what God has been building in our midst over the last few years with a passion that we hope will impact you as you listen to this conversation. For more information on Follower, you can visit www.wearefollower.com
Mar 15, 2023
We are Follower: Fully surrendered, Part 2
In this second part of our two-part conversation with Beth, a missionary in North Africa, we continue hearing her story of surrender in her friendship with Jesus. Beth speaks openly about here abusive marriage, her painful divorce, her miraculous recovery, and the God who resurrected her through it all. For more from Follower, you can visit www.wearefollower.com
Mar 12, 2023
We are Follower: Fully Surrendered Part 1
In the first part of this two-part conversation, we speak with Beth. Beth is a missionary in North Africa sharing the Gospel in unreached and closed Islamic regions. For her safety and the safety of her team, we can't use her real name or location, but we hope this conversation where she shares her story of surrender to Jesus through deep suffering will inspire you into a fully surrendered life of your own.
Mar 5, 2023
We are Follower: Jesus Centered
In this episode, we discuss the first Follower value of being Jesus centered. Using Matthew 16:13-20 we look at what it means to live into the revelation of who Jesus is in the midst of a contested and confused culture. If this episode served you well please consider leaving a review and sharing it with your world. For more from Follower you can visit www.wearefollower.com
Feb 26, 2023
We are follower: Community. A conversation with Chloe, Dani and Tiaan
In the episode, Matthew sits down with three people in the Follower community to discuss the call, the cost, and the gift of community in learning and practicing the way of Jesus. For more from Follower including a blog post that digs deeper into this idea you can visit www.wearefollower.com
1 hr 3 min
Feb 22, 2023
We are Follower: A conversation with Trevor Hudson about learning and practice
Trevor Hudson is a Methodist minister, pastoral therapist, and retreat leader in South Africa. He is the author of several books and travels widely to conduct conferences, workshops, and retreats In this episode Matthew speaks with Trevor about learning and practice in the way of Jesus. Among others things, Trevor reminds us in this conversation that we do not think or control our way into deeper friendship with Jesus. We interact our way there. To find Trevors' book Seeking God, you can follow this link To find out more about follower you can visit www.wearefollower.com
Feb 20, 2023
We are Follower: Learning and practice
In this episode, Matthew shares some reflections on Matthew 11:28-30. He speaks about what it means to take the yoke of Jesus upon you, and how that relates to learning and practicing the way of Jesus. You can find a blog post that dives deeper into this idea and get more information about Follower by visiting www.wearefollower.com
Feb 12, 2023
We are Follower: A conversation with Mark Scandrette on The Way of Jesus.
Mark Scandrette is an internationally recognized expert in practical Christian spirituality, and the founding director of ReIMAGINE: A center for integral Christian practice. He is the author of a number of books including, Practicing the way of Jesus, making him a great guest for this episode where we discuss what The Way of Jesus is and how it differs from contemporary Christianity. Mark also offers some helpful signposts as to how we live in Jesus' way in our everyday lives and encourages us to ask important questions of our own faith journeys and how they do or do not look like the Jesus we claim to follow. * If you found this episode helpful please leave a review and share it with your world. * If you would like to do further reading around this topic you can visit the Follower Blog and subscribe to receive articles, stories, and more on how we follow Jesus to the depths of His heart and the ends of the earth.
1 hr 1 min
Feb 5, 2023
We are Follower: Why?
This is the first episode in a new series on the Follower Podcast called We Are Follower. In this series, we will explore why Follower exists, what a community of learning and practice in the way of Jesus is, and who God has called us to be in His big story as we follow Him to the depths of his heart and the ends of the earth. In this episode Matthew explores the parable of the hidden treasure to paint a picture of the why behind the what of the follower community. For more information on Follower visit www.wearefollower.com
Jan 29, 2023
A conversation with Christine Westhoff
Christine is the Author and developer of ReFraming the Prophetic, a biblical reflection course on the gift and purpose of the prophetic. She serves on the Int’l team for 24-7 Prayer and is the founder of Akouo Missions. In this conversation, we talk about Christine's life, faith, and the many tensions she carries in walking that out. We also talk about the prophetic. What it is, what it isn't and how to learn to hear the voice of God and partner with Him to serve His purposes in the earth.
Dec 25, 2022
A conversation with Craig Westhoff: Part 2
This is the second in a two-part conversation with Craig Westhoff. In this episode, we talk about our transcendent need for God, moving from binary judgmentalism to compassionate co-investigation with Christ, and the importance of removing ourselves from the center of our stories. If you would like to hear more from Craig and explore the work he does with Illuminated soul you can visit him on his website. www.illuminatedsoul.org
Dec 18, 2022
A conversation with Craig Westhoff: Part 1
This is the first in a two-part conversation with Craig Westhoff. In this conversation, we hear Craig's story of growing up with a father who was once a Franciscan friar and a mother who was once in a catholic convent. We talk about Craig's journey through new-age spirituality to Christ, His own experience of clinical depression, and how God has used that to lead him into the work that he does with illuminated soul. Illuminated soul is a place where Craig offers spiritual direction & practical tools for emotional, mental, and spiritual health and well-being. You can find out more about Craig's work on his website. www.illuminatedsoul.org
Dec 11, 2022
A conversation with Afrika Mhlope
Afrika Mhlophe has been in ministry since 1998 and in 2002 he became the leading pastor of Good News Community Church in Port Elizabeth. He ministers across South Africa with a primary focus on calling Christians to bring kingdom influence into every domain of life. This is why he speaks and writes on difficult subjects such as racism, corruption, and idolatry. In this conversation, we talk about culture and the importance of being defined by Christ alone. Afrika's books include: * Christianity and the Veneration of the Dead * Freed by God Imprisoned by Culture * A Passion for Position You can find Afrika on social media platforms or visit his website at www.afrikam.co.za to find his resources and get in touch with him.
Dec 8, 2022
A conversation with Jill Weber
Life can sometimes be monotonous, perilous, and occasionally wondrous. In this conversation with Jill Weber, we unpack how we can reconnect with our Heavenly Father when life feels blurry, and look at the beautiful, powerful, invaluable gift of prayer. Jill Weber serves on 24-7 Prayer’s International Leadership team and is the Director of Spiritual Formation at Emmaus Road Church in Guildford. She is also the Global Convenor of the Order of the Mustard Seed, a lay ecumenical religious order. In this episode, she shares her gift of poetry with us, quoting extracts from her book, 'Even The Sparrow'. Resources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Even-Sparrow-Pilgrims-Prayer-Following/dp/1910012718/ref=asc_df_1910012718/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=344285135448&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5289844502207092978&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9045957&hvtargid=pla-835433872503&psc=1&th=1&psc=1
Nov 6, 2022
A conversation with Jay Kim
The technologies of our day are determined to keep us scrolling and swiping at all costs, plugged into a feedback loop of impatience, comparison, outrage, and contempt. How are followers of Jesus supposed to respond? What would it feel like to acknowledge God's holy presence in that space? Jay Kim, author of 'Analog Christian: Cultivating Contentment, Resilience, and Wisdom in the Digital Age' talks to us about how we can cultivate the contentment, resilience, and wisdom to not only survive but to thrive as we navigate the specific challenges of our age. Source links: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Analog-Christian-Cultivating-Contentment-Resilience/dp/1514003163/ref=pd_lpo_1?pd_rd_w=C4j8A&content-id=amzn1.sym.2d229339-2f42-4596-a90d-b81a4f52d6d3&pf_rd_p=2d229339-2f42-4596-a90d-b81a4f52d6d3&pf_rd_r=NXPXE3G1RN5NP9AHWGSR&pd_rd_wg=KH9mY&pd_rd_r=965db7f6-fcb6-492f-8ec4-ead31cbac941&pd_rd_i=1514003163&psc=1
Oct 23, 2022
A conversation with Alan Frow
Alan Frow joins us for a conversation on the wellbeing of our souls, spiritual depression, discovering comfort in the Psalms, and finding peace in a relationship of surrender with our Heavenly Father. “Our souls are not downcast because they are empty, but because they are full. So often we fill them with the wrong things… but in the Psalms we see how we can pour out our soul. In doing that, we are plunged into a waterfall of God’s love.” Links to resources referenced: ‘Psalms for a Saturated Soul’ Alan Frow https://www.amazon.co.uk/Psalms-Saturated-Soul-Ancient-Emotional-ebook/dp/B09YFXF8Y7 ‘Emotionally Healthy Leadership’ Pete Scazero https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Emotionally-Healthy-Leader-Audiobook/B012BZ0KWE?source_code=M2M30DFT1BkSH11221601A7&&ipRedirectOverride=true&overrideBaseCountry=true&gclid=CjwKCAjwzNOaBhAcEiwAD7Tb6KvFhoG5IFv0DUBJu6i_HWTINnyjbs4BkvF2XLOcor_CRmg5mEBs8BoCZAQQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds ‘Spiritual Depression’ Martyn Lloyd-Jones https:/…
Aug 14, 2022
A conversation with Pete Portal
There are people who live the Gospel in such a compelling way that it inspires you to do the same. Pete Portal is one of those people. Having lived and ministered in Mannenberg, Cape Town for the past 15 years, Pete has many stories to tell about what it means to follow Jesus to the depths and the ends. Pete is a husband to his wife Sarah, father to his daughter Simi, servant at Tree of life Mannenberg, and author of the book No neutral ground. But above all that, he is a follower of Jesus. As always I hope this conversation helps you follow Jesus well. All links mentioned in the conversation are below. No Neutral ground Tree of life Instagram The Irresistible revolution
Jul 31, 2022
A conversation Langa Mbonambi
Langa Mbonambi is a founder and member of the We Will Worship movement. You might be familiar with We Will Worship through songs like Malibongwe, Come Holy Spirit, and more. What you might not know is that Langa is also a husband and father to 4 children, a pastor, a teacher, and a businessman running a clothing label called Sinkwa Sethu. In this episode, we hear Langa's story. What it was like growing up in the back end of Apartheid through the tensions of township life and private school education. His experience as a model in the fashion industry. His journey to a place of hopelessness and the God who met him there. We speak about worship, church, family, and what it means to be set apart as a people devoted to Jesus at this time in our world. As always, I hope these thoughts help you follow Jesus well. To find out more about Langa and We Will Worship you can visit the sites linked above or check out @wwwmovement on Instagram
1 hr 11 min
Jul 24, 2022
A conversation with Carl Tinnion
Carl Tinnion is an Englishman who has worked with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) since 1994. Trying to define him is a bit like trying to nail jelly to a wall. He is unconventional to say the least. Having ministered in over 45 countries, led a number of missionary training communities, served as the National Director for YWAM England for 6 years as well as the European Regional Chair for over 10 years, and completed his master's degree in Applied Theology and Reflective Practice, Carl comes with a wealth of knowledge and depth of insight that I found so encouraging. Carl now lives in New Zealand where he and his family serve in the Anglican Church exploring fresh expressions of church planting in the region. We hope this conversation will help you as you grow in following Jesus each day and inspire you to think outside the box as you serve others in the love of God. To connect with more of what Carl is doing you can have a look at the following: Heavenly Nosh on Youtube Carl Tinnio…
Jul 17, 2022
A conversation with Madz Deyzel
Madz Deyzel is the founder of an organization called Edify that seeks to partner with local churches in order to offer hope to communities struggling with mental health needs. Madz has an BA Hons degree in Theology & Counselling through Brunel University UK & London School of Theology In this conversation, we speak about her own story of healing and how that has led her to the work she does now. We also talk about the importance of knowing our identity in Christ and living in the truth of who God says we are. I found Madz to be inspiring not only in the depth of her insight but in the passion with which she communicates. You can find Madz' book and all her other resources on her website www.edify-buildingthesoul.com
Jul 10, 2022
A conversation with John Lennox
In this episode, we talk with John Lennox. A professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, an internationally renowned speaker, and author of several books on the interface of science, philosophy, and religion. John helps us critically think through the value and validity of the Christian faith in the midst of the many ideologies that fill the narrative of our time. Resources mentioned in this podcast include the following. - Determined to believe, John Lennox - Against the flow, John Lennox - Where is God in a Coronavirus world, John Lennox - The Matter with Things, Iain McGilchrist - Have no Fear, John Lennox For more about John Lennox visit his website here.
May 29, 2022
A conversation with Os Guinness
In this episode, we sit down with Os Guinness for a brain-teasing, faith-stirring discussion on a broad range of subjects including worldview, secularism, and what it might mean to be a person of faith in the midst of a rapidly changing world. You can find more from Os on his website
1 hr 3 min
Apr 10, 2022
Into the Deep 7: Nathan Foster
In this episode, we speak with Nathan Foster about the paradox of a good God, a hurting world, and how we can move into the beauty of mystery. If you are wanting to find more of Nathan's work you can do so here: Podcasts The making of an ordinary saint Wisdom Chaser
1 hr 3 min
Apr 3, 2022
Into the Deep 6: Rich Hodge
In this episode, we sit down with Rich Hodge as he shares what he has learned over a lifetime of walking through storms with Jesus. We hear his heart as a grieving grandfather and glean his courage as a faithful follower even in the midst of his own pain. If you would like Rich to come and minister in your community you can get hold of him here: email@example.com To get hold of the book Rich mentions by Skye Jethani, you can follow this link.
Mar 27, 2022
Into the Deep 5: Xavier Moran
In this episode, I speak with long-time friend Xavier Moran about his journey through personal reformation and the challenges and joys of caring for his mother in her time of need. For more of Xavier's work and to listen to his podcast you can visit his website here.
Mar 20, 2022
Into the Deep 4: Trevor Hudson
I sit down with Trevor Hudson, writer, lecturer, and spiritual director, to discuss the realities of suffering and the choices that lay before us as we find Jesus and join Jesus in the midst of a broken world. You can find Trevor's new book here.
Mar 13, 2022
Into the Deep 3: Strahan Coleman
In this episode, I speak to Strahan Coleman of Commoners Communion about his journey through suffering and how he is finding Jesus in the midst of it all. You can find out more about Strahan here: Commoners communion Strahan Instagram Commoners Instagram
Mar 6, 2022
Into the Deep 2: Carolyn Arends
In this episode, I speak with Carolyn Arends about her own experience with suffering and some of the insights and perspectives she has gleaned along the way to follow Jesus into the deep. You can find out more about what Carolyn is doing in the following places. Renovare Her Website Instagram
Feb 27, 2022
Into the deep: Introduction
In this episode, I share a little bit of my own journey over the last few months and speak about a new series on The Follower Podcast called Into the Deep. The C.S Lewis quote on pain being God's megaphone can be found in his book, The problem of pain. The scripture passage I use is Luke 5:1-8 You can stay connected with all things Follower on our new Instagram Page
Nov 21, 2021
A conversation with Andy Squyres
I first came across Andy through his music, most recently I've been deeply encouraged by his writing. After one particularly poignant post, I reached out to him and asked if he would join me for a conversation on the podcast. He agreed, and this is what came out. Who is Andy? In his own words... "I am a man in my late forties. I have been married to my wife for 27 years. All my children are beautiful and smart. I have one grandchild and he is the joy of my life. I work as a pastor in a small church which I really love. I also write and sing songs and travel around occasionally to do that in front of people. When I enter my fifties my plan is to start taking art classes because I want to devote the last quarter of my life (75-100) to be a great visual artist working mostly in abstraction. I have a deep love for Christ and for His Church." If this conversation helps you as it helped me you can find more from Andy on his website @andysquyres.com
Sep 12, 2021
Inquire: Why Jesus is more intelligent than we could imagine, and why we should pay attention.
In this episode, I speak about what it means to inquire of the Lord. I discuss the two lies of our assumed competence and Jesus' assumed ignorance. And, I call us to the kind of repentance that hanging on every word from the mouth of god in the midst of a world that is trusting in everything else. I also answer a question from a freind of the show around Christ-centered preaching and making room to gaze at the beauty of God in our gatherings. As always, it's fully loaded. I hope it helps you follow Jesus well. The article I quote from Dallas Willard can be found here... https://dwillard.org/articles/who-is-your-teacher
Sep 5, 2021
Gaze: The matchless beauty of Jesus and its power to change our lives
In this episode, I ask the critical question; "Is Jesus beautiful to you?" Not just true, or good, not the right thing to do... Is he beautiful? From here, I discuss the importance of moving away from a spirituality of fleeting glances to focussed gazing on the beauty of God. Resources referenced in the podcast can be found here: Beauty will save the world. The weight of glory.
Aug 30, 2021
Dwell: Why God is closer than you think, and how to let him find you
In this episode, we explore another thought from Psalm 27:4. "That I may dwell in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life." I draw on wisdom from John Mark Comer's "Ruthless Elimination of Hurry", as we look at what it means to truly dwell with God and live as mini temples carrying the Spirit into a chaotically busy culture. As always please subscribe, share and leave a review of this episode. It helps us get these ideas into the ears of those who need to hear them. Also, I would love to hear your questions around following Jesus in the world today and, where I am able, to offer some thoughts that might help you do just that. Please head over to www.mattlewis.co.za and send your questions through, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 22, 2021
Seek: The necessary hiddenness of God, and the invitation to draw near.
In this episode, we explore a second thought from Psalm 27:4. "One thing I desire, that will I seek after." I draw on some thoughts from C.S Lewis and Dallas Willard on the necessary hiddenness of God and discuss James K.A Smith's ideas on finding a Model and a method in our journey of seeking God. As always please subscribe, share and leave a review of this episode. It helps us get these ideas into the ears of those who need to hear them. Also, I would love to hear your questions around following Jesus in the world today and, where I am able, to offer some thoughts that might help you do just that. Please head over to www.mattlewis.co.za and send your questions through.
Aug 15, 2021
One Thing: Biblical anthropology and the engine of desire.
In this episode, I reflect on the first line of Psalm 27:4. "One thing I have desired". For me, the key issues around this involve understanding who we are and how we work and allowing The Spirit to lead us to deep repentance around what we actually want. Don't forget to send us your questions at ASK FOLLOWER ANYTHING I would love to hear what's on your mind. You can look at the books I referenced in the podcast here: You are What You Love Renovation of the heart The Weight of Glory The Confessions of St Augustine
Aug 8, 2021
Return: The writing is on the wall
The first episode in a series called Return. In this series, I'll be sharing from the heart about what God has been stirring in me over the past season. This episode in particular focuses on the invitation that is available to us in the turmoil of what 2020 and 2021 have been. In simple terms, it is a call to repentance. May God meet you as you listen. Future episodes will have a segment of the podcast dedicated to answering your questions. Please send us any questions you may have by following the link at www.mattlewis.co.za
Nov 22, 2020
MBD 10: REVIVE
In the session I speak with my friend Hannah as we reflect on what, for us, was the most significant lesson of our time on mission. That Jesus is everything. That as we pursue him, he is faithful with everything else. To subscribe to the full video version of this episode you can follow this link.
Nov 15, 2020
MBD 9: ALL IN
In this session I speak with my friend Lara about her decision to become a missionary in Germany, about the cost of that calling, and about why she chose it anyway. We also reflect on our time in Cambodia and all that we learned from that phenomenal community. To subscribe to the full video sessions you can follow this link.
Nov 8, 2020
MBD 8: SEED
In this session I have a conversation with my friend Louise Dixon about the challenges of disillusionment and disappointment, and the power of simple faithfulness to see God move powerfully in His world. To subscribe to the full video version follow this link.
Nov 1, 2020
MBD 7: More
In this session I speak with my friend Kees-Jan Leegwater about the supernatural nature of God. We share some of our stories from our time in Nepal and discuss the importance of "Letting God out" of the box of our own understanding. To subscribe to the full video session you can follow this link.
Oct 26, 2020
MBD 6: LESS
In this session I reflect on my experience running ministry for little children in Nepal and how in choosing humility I discovered God's heart for others and his kingdom among us. To subscribe for the full video version follow this link
Oct 18, 2020
In this episode I reflect on my time in a Himalayan village, and recognise that by creating space in our lives, we can turn the noise around us down and the voice of God up. To subscribe to the full YouTube video you can follow this link.
Oct 4, 2020
MBD 4: Weak
In this session I speak with my friend Jonothan about the realities of weakness and vulnerability and how embracing them leads us to connection, communion and strength. I also share a story about having diarrhoea on a Himalayan mountain. For the full video of this episode subscribe to YouTube here.
Sep 27, 2020
MDB 3: Light
In this episode I continue our journey through the ten mountains I faced during my mission trip to East Asia by speaking about choosing conviction over compromise. For the full video version of this episode follow this link. VIDEO
Sep 21, 2020
MBD 2: Stay
In this episode I speak about the challenging of facing reality when it doesn't match up with fantasy, and the Kingdom of God that is to be found in the process. For the full video episode you can subscribe to YouTube here.
Sep 13, 2020
MBD 1: GO
In this session I share my reflections around what it means to go with God. Choosing surrender at the mountain of control I ask three questions as it relates to our role in mission and ministry. Do they really need to know? Do I really need to go? What difference will it really make? Watch the video version of this session here.
Aug 10, 2020
Thoughts on Spiritual Formation
In this once off episode I share some thoughts on Spiritual formation as an introduction to those interested in this stream of Christianity. This episode is an edited down version of a talk I recorded for Festival Church in the UK. I share it here in the hopes that it will serve you swell. For the video version you can go to www.mattlewis.co.za and find links to my YouTube account as well as other platforms.
Jun 8, 2020
Saturate session 7. Buffy and the sphere of Governance
This is the seventh in a Follower Podcast series called Saturate. Throughout the series I will be having conversations with people who are living out their faith in different spheres of society. We talk about their personal friendship with Jesus and about what they think it means to follow him in their Sphere in the wake of Covid 19. In this session I speak with my friend Buffy about her involvement in the sphere of Governance. MOVE FROM CONTACT TO CONNECTION IN 3 STEPS: * Subscribe to Youtube and turn on notifications here. * Follow on Instagram here. * Sign up for "The Latest" here.
Jun 1, 2020
Saturate session 6. Kevin and Rebeca Clark and Kelsey van der Merwe and the sphere of business
This is the sixth in a Follower Podcast series called Saturate. Throughout the series I will be having conversations with people who are living out their faith in different spheres of society. We talk about their personal friendship with Jesus and about what they think it means to follow him in their Sphere in the wake of Covid 19. In this session I speak with Kevin and Rebeca Clark and Kelsey van der Merwe about the sphere of business. RESOURCES MENTIONED IN OUR CONVERSATION * The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry * Accidental creative * Shoe Dog * Double Blessing * Beginners Pluck * This Cultural Moment * Bridgetown Church * Vintage Coffee * Bishops Coffee * Untamed Creative Society MOVE FROM CONTACT TO CONNECTION IN 3 STEPS: * Subscribe to Youtube and turn on notifications here. * Follow on Instagram here. * Sign up for "The Latest" here.
May 25, 2020
Saturate session 5. Jonathan McCririe and the sphere of family
This is the fifth in a Follower Podcast series called Saturate. Throughout the series I will be having conversations with people who are living out their faith in different spheres of society. We talk about their personal friendship with Jesus and about what they think it means to follow him in their Sphere in the wake of Covid 19. In this session I speak with Jonathan McCririe about the Sphere of family. MOVE FROM CONTACT TO CONNECTION IN 3 STEPS: * Subscribe to Youtube and turn on notifications here. * Follow on Instagram here. * Sign up for "The Latest" here.
May 18, 2020
Saturate session 4. Kenley Swart and the sphere of arts and creativity
This is the fourth in a Follower Podcast series called Saturate. Throughout the series I will be having conversations with people who are living out their faith in different spheres of society. We talk about their personal friendship with Jesus and about what they think it means to follow him in their Sphere in the wake of Covid 19. In this session I speak with Kenley Swart about the Sphere of creativity and the arts. The resources that Kenley mentions in the chat can be found here: Vergeet My Nie Movie Falling upwards Sex God Guardians of the flame MOVE FROM CONTACT TO CONNECTION IN 3 STEPS: * Subscribe to Youtube and turn on notifications here. * Follow on Instagram here. * Sign up for "The Latest" here.
May 11, 2020
Saturate session 3. Dean Cothill and the sphere of media and communication
This is the third in a new Follower Podcast series called Saturate. Throughout the series I will be having conversations with people who are living out their faith in different spheres of society. We talk about their personal friendship with Jesus and about what they think it means to follow him in their Sphere in the wake of Covid 19. In this session I speak with Dean Cothill about the Sphere of media and communication. The resources that Rebecca mentions in the chat can be found here: His website Carey Nieuwhof Podcast MOVE FROM CONTACT TO CONNECTION IN 3 STEPS: * Subscribe to Youtube and turn on notifications here. * Follow on Instagram here. * Sign up for "The Latest" here.
May 4, 2020
Saturate session 2. Rebecca Crook and the Sphere of Education
This is the second in a new Follower Podcast series called Saturate. Throughout the series I will be having conversations with people who are living out their faith in different spheres of society. We talk about their personal friendship with Jesus and about what they think it means to follow him in their Sphere in the wake of Covid 19. In this session I speak with Rebecca Crook about the Sphere of Education. The resources that Rebecca mentions in the chat can be found here: The Metis Collective Untamed: Glennon Doyle Centre for Action and Contemplation MOVE FROM CONTACT TO CONNECTION IN 3 STEPS: * Subscribe to Youtube and turn on notifications here. * Follow on Instagram here. * Sign up for "The Latest" here.
Apr 27, 2020
Saturate session 1. Trevor Hudson and the Church sphere
This is the first in a new Follower Podcast series called Saturate. Throughout the series I will be having conversations with people who are living out their faith in different spheres of society. We talk about their personal friendship with Jesus and about what they think it means to follow him in their Sphere in the wake of Covid 19. In this session I speak with Trevor Hudson about the Sphere of Church. The resources Trevor mentions in the Chat can be found here: Renovare Podcast Things above Podcast Friendship with God book Follow Trevor on Twitter here
Apr 16, 2020
Hope? Jesus 4. The Table
The final session in a four part series exploring the Gospel and why it brings hope even in the most difficult circumstances. In this session we explore the servant, his supper and what it means for those of us who live in its wake.
1 hr 20 min
Apr 15, 2020
Hope? Jesus 3. The Tomb
The 3rd in a four part series of teachings exploring what the Gospel is and why it offers us hope even in the most difficult of times. In this episode we discuss the significance of the empty tomb and how it changed the world.
1 hr 19 min
Apr 14, 2020
Hope? Jesus 2. The cross
The second in a four part series where we explore what the Gospel is and why it offers us hope even in the midst of difficult circumstance. In this sessions we discuss The Cross and why it is about so much more than we have made it.
1 hr 11 min
Apr 13, 2020
Hope? Jesus 1. The Christ
The first session on a 4 part series exploring the message of the Gospel and how it brings us hope in the midst of even the hardest situations. In this episode we explore who Jesus The Christ was and why it matters more than we realise.
1 hr 1 min
Dec 22, 2019
Journey to the heart, A faith worth sharing
In this final episode of recapping the DTS lecture phase, I talk about evangelism and why, even in a culture that tries to convince us of the contrary, we still have a faith worth sharing.
Dec 15, 2019
Journey to the heart, A picnic in a war zone
In this episode, we talk about the realities of spiritual warfare and how we can position ourselves as followers of Jesus to live into God's vision of our full humanity.
Dec 8, 2019
Journey to the heart, Your Worldview and why it matters
In this episode, I talk about our worldview and why it matters. We consider the fact that every worldview seeks to answer questions of Ontology, Epistemology, Axiology, and Teleology. I offer my perspective as to why a biblical worldview provides answers to these questions that best correspond with reality as it is.
Nov 9, 2019
Journey to the heart, Tom and Donna Cole
In this episode, I speak with Tom and Donna Cole about my experience of inner healing through their ministry Pure Heart. They also share their own stories of healing and together we discuss everything from true masculinity to true femininity and how we follow Jesus in all of it. If you want to connect with Tom and Donna or get hold of their book and other resources you can do that at www.pureheart.rest The music in the background at the end of the podcast is a song called Resurrecting by Emily Cole, their daughter. You can get a hold of her music at the following link. Emily Cole Music
1 hr 11 min
Nov 2, 2019
Journey to the heart, Dan Baumann
In this episode, I speak with Dan Baumann about his journey of following Jesus. It's a story that includes all kinds of twists and turns including a time of imprisonment in an Iranian jail. But of all that Dan has been through, there is one thing he would want you to know, that God is really, really, really, really good. When we lose ourselves in the overwhelming goodness of God our response is a natural result of joyful, powerful overflow. Dan's story and insight is something you don't want to miss. I hope that as you listen to it, the same joy that fills Dan's life stirs in your heart. You can find out more about Dan and even get hold of his books on his website. www.danbaumann.com
Oct 27, 2019
Journey to the heart, Holy Spirit
In the episode, we speak about the Holy Spirit, Tohuvavohu, and wasting time with Jesus. It's a good one. Leave comments, ask questions, share, like, follow, review. Do all the things:)
Oct 15, 2019
Journey to the heart, Without wax
In this episode we look at the importance of sincerity in our view of God if we are hoping to withstand the weight of his truth. In particular, we look at the gift of doubt, the difference between knowledge and knowing and the importance of right beginnings.
Oct 6, 2019
Journey to the heart, Hope to Hope.
In this episode we talk about the character and nature of God as revealed in the big story of God from Genesis all the way through to Revelation.
Sep 29, 2019
Journey to The Heart, Simple Faith
The first episode in a new series called "Journey to The Heart". Reflections on my journey to Germany and beyond as I seek God to take me deeper into his heart and lead into a clearer revelation of my own.
Apr 28, 2019
Heaven Crashes in
In this episode, we wrap up the "Death in the family series" by speaking about the new purpose we have because of the Gospel. Far from trying to get us into heaven, we find that Jesus intends to get heaven into us, and indeed, pour it out through us.
Apr 21, 2019
Dancing at a Funeral
"Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, He is risen". The resurrection of Jesus is a promise to all who would follow him, that we are not dealing with an empty ideology or philosophy, but a risen King. In this episode, we consider some of what that might mean for our lives.
Apr 14, 2019
The Day Death Died
In this episode we talk about the power of Jesus' death, and what it means for us today.
Apr 8, 2019
Jesus is The Gospel
What is The Gospel? This is an important question. Contrary to popular belief, my conviction is that the Gospel is not a list of statements. The Gospel is a person and knowing him is the point.
Mar 31, 2019
So this is human.
In this episode, we discuss the corporate implication of the Gospel. We discuss the power of what the Gospel and how it must necessarily lead us beyond the confines of our own preference and selfishness into the fullness of what it means to be human.
Mar 24, 2019
The Power of Is
In this episode, we explore the powerful truth that the reality of God is not only a future hope but also a present reality. If we will lift our heads to see it, we will discover a miracle that has always been hiding in plain sight.
Mar 16, 2019
Goodness is Godness.
This is the first episode in a #followerpodcast series called "A DEATH IN THE FAMILY AND OTHER GOOD NEWS." In this episode called "Goodness is Godness", we explore the need for us to embrace the Godness of Jesus if we want to experience the goodness of the Gospel. This pushes against so much of our reltivistic culture, but it remains and essential choice for each of us none the less.
Nov 27, 2018
EPISODE 8 - The Making of Rob Dasilva
In this episode I speak with Rob Dasilva. Rob is a "market place missionary" with Kryolan KZN in Durban, South Africa. He believes that as followers of Jesus we should "just get busy with the mission of God" wherever we are. He shares his journey of faith, his personal struggles and what he thinks it means to follow Jesus in the world today.
Nov 19, 2018
Episode 7- The Making of Kashif Masih
In this episode I speak with Kashif Masih. We discuss what it what like growing up in Pakistan, his time in the labour camps of the UAE and how God is using him in powerful ways to impact many lives all over the gulf region.
Nov 11, 2018
Episode 6- The Making of Arielle Katombela
In this episode I speak to Arielle Katombela. I find out about where she came from, where she is going and what she feels it means to follow Jesus in the world today. Subscribe, listen and share with your world to invite as many people into the conversation as possible.
Nov 4, 2018
Episode 5- The Making of Johan Mostert.
In this episode of "the making of..." we meet Johan Mostert. We discuss his life, his lessons and what he thinks it means to follow Jesus in the world today.
Oct 28, 2018
Episode 4- Candles, Cassocks and Conversions, Part 3
In this final episode of the Candles, Cassocks and Conversions series I discuss three key questions that every follower of Jesus needs to be asking to increase their "Response Ability". Who is Jesus? What is he doing? What does that mean for us today? It is these questions that lead us to a kind of "second conversion" beyond the boundaries of our own personal belief system and into the world we are called to serve.
Oct 21, 2018
Episode 3- Candles, Cassocks and Conversions, Part 2
In this episode we explore "The First Conversion" in the journey of following Jesus. When we consider the supernatural nature of Jesus our following of him inevitably leads us beyond the naturalistic worldview in which many of us live. To truly follow Jesus we must "step off the cliff" of the known into the relationship of the unknown.
Oct 3, 2018
Episode 2- Candles, Cassocks and Conversions, Part 1
This is the first in a 3 part series where we explore the idea of religion. Good religion, bad religion, what it tells us about ourselves and how we use it to follow Jesus in the world today. C.S. Lewis. Mere Christianity.
Oct 1, 2018
Episode 1 - The problem with Jesus: An introduction to follower.
Welcome to episode 1 of the follower podcast. Here I introduce the basic concept of the podcast and encourage us all to come on a journey in exploring the Jesus who calls us out of the boxes we have made to either accept or reject him and discover what it means to be truly human. Who is Jesus, what is he doing, and how do we follow him in the world today? That's what we will be speaking about in this podcast and everyone is invited to the conversation.