All Y’All’s Theology


Episode Description

Ever wondered what it means to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”? Join us in this episode of Ryan and Brian’s Bible Bistro, where we start with some banter about our summer escapades and the quirks of our podcast routine. Brian then introduces a passage from Philippians 2:12-13 that he recently preached on, sparking a conversation about its theological significance and how it challenges common views in North American Christianity. An anecdote about a guest’s reaction to Brian’s sermon sets the stage for a richer exploration of understanding original biblical languages using tools like Blue Letter Bible. We then switch gears to examine the distinction between singular and plural pronouns in biblical texts, focusing on Philippians 2:12-13. By studying the original Greek text, we highlight how the passage addresses the entire church community rather than individuals, countering the individualistic interpretations common in modern readings. The discussion ventures into the evolution of the English language, from “thou” and “ye” to the modern “you,” and even touches on regional dialects like “y’all” to show contemporary ways of distinguishing between singular and plural pronouns. We clarify that “fear and trembling” represents a respect for God’s work, not a fear of losing salvation. Finally, we explore the broader implications of these linguistic nuances on our collective spiritual journey. By analyzing passages like Philippians 1:9-10 and 1 Corinthians 3, we emphasize the importance of community discernment and collective growth in faith, highlighting the metaphor of believers as individual stones building a spiritual house. Our conversation extends to practical teaching strategies for 1 Corinthians, focusing on Paul’s emphasis on unity within the body of Christ, and reflecting on how this communal emphasis should shape our worship practices. Join us and enrich your understanding of how unity and community are foundational to the Christian faith.


(00:11) Exploring Salvation and Grace

Ryan and Brian joke about podcast routine, then discuss Philippians 2:12-13 and the importance of understanding original biblical languages.

(08:49) Understanding Singular vs Plural Salvation

Nature’s use of plural pronouns in biblical passages, changes in English language, and regional dialects.

(23:14) Exploring Community, Spiritual Unity

English language’s lack of distinction between singular and plural second-person pronouns affects biblical interpretation and individualistic readings.

(35:44) Emphasizing Unity in 1 Corinthians

Unity in the body of Christ, using tools like Blue Letter Bible and Logos, and communal focus in worship songs.


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