Because Friendships Are Hard | The Debrief Show

The bible says “bad company corrupts good character” - so how do you find and keep the right friends? Listen in as Pastor Matt talks about friendships, the most dangerous thing to Christianity and the best thing to help a toxic person in your life.

How you approach your friendships can dictate a lot about your life, and when you start following Jesus the friends you have will either encourage and direct you toward God or back toward your own desires. How do you know when you need to cut ties with old friends and how on earth do you make new ones?

In this episode, Pastor Matt shares from his own experiences in friendships, from leaving behind the guys he used to smoke weed with to having hard conversations with the friends he’s needed most over the years. The conversation moves from the friend zone to dating and back again and hits on what it can look like to have healthy friendships with people of the opposite sex.

This week’s discussion wraps up with an honest talk about whether or not Jesus would be friends with negative, toxic people and when - if ever - it’s time to just throw in the towel.

Get the connect:
Find us on Facebook:

Show notes:

Other Videos


What Bethel Church Believes About The Gospel and The Cross | Rediscover Bethel

What Bethel Church Believes About The Gospel and The Cross | Learn More Here:

Watch as Bethel Senior Leader Bill Johnson and Bethel Associate Pastor and Dean of BSSM Dann Farrelly discuss what Bethel Church believes about The Gospel and the power of The Cross. They also talk about how Bethel has adjusted their church services over the years so that people could come to know Jesus and receive ministry.

Bill Johnson and Dann Farrelly also talk about how the Bethel worship team and Bethel Music sings songs and writes songs about the Cross to add theology into the songs sung during worship. We invite you to watch this video as they also discuss the difference between preaching about sin and preaching about Jesus Christ.

Rediscover Bethel is a video series that addresses common questions and misconceptions about Bethel Church in Redding, California. This series specifically covers Bethel's theological beliefs, teachings, and practices—featuring Senior Leader Bill Johnson, Senior Associate Leader Kris Vallotton, and Associate Pastor and Dean of BSSM Dan Farrelly. This series includes videos on Bible translations, Jesus' Deity, Physical Manifestations of the Holy Spirit, Theology of Healing, The Gospel of Repentance, Prophecy, and much more. You can learn more about it here:

Learn more about Bethel Church:
Bethel Church on Facebook:
Bethel Church on Instagram:

Bethel Church in Redding, CA, is a congregation rooted in the love of God and dedicated to worldwide transformation through revival. It's our goal for God's love to be manifest in signs, wonders, and miracles. The atmosphere at Bethel is charged with faith and exuberant joy, which manifests in all we do. We believe we're on the edge of the greatest revival of all time. It's our vision to see history become His-story as the kingdom of this world becomes the kingdom of our God. We welcome you to join us in this adventure!

Bethel's mission is revival – the personal, regional, and global expansion of God's Kingdom through His manifest presence.

Bethel Church
Musicbed SyncID:

#bethelchurch #thegospel #billjohnson

Is Everyone Punished the Same in Hell? // Ask Pastor John

The Bible describes degrees of happiness for the saints in heaven. Does that mean there are degrees of despair in hell?

Today’s question comes from Callum in Southampton, England. “Hello, Pastor John. After listening to episode 996, ‘Will Some People in Heaven Have More Joy Than Others?’ I remembered a number of passages in the New Testament where Jesus seems to suggest that there will be people for whom the day of judgment will be worse — even than for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah or Tyre and Sidon (Matthew 10:12–15; 11:21–24). And in 2 Peter 2:19–22, it describes people who ‘have known the way of righteousness’ and then turned back. To them Peter explains that it would be ‘better for them never to have known the way.’

“Revelation 14:19 describes the enemies of God being gathered and swept into the ‘winepress of the wrath of God.’ This doesn’t seem to leave much room for a ‘hierarchy,’ so to speak. I loved the explanation in episode 996 about the differing capacities for joy in heaven, about how the most joyful in the kingdom will in fact be the humblest. Amazing. But does something like this happen in reverse in God’s judgment? Are some people in hell able to perceive greater despair than others?”

Read or listen to this interview at our website:

Find other recent and popular Ask Pastor John episodes: