Episode 77 – Man Fully Alive

In celebration of St. Irenaeus’s feast day, Brett & Jake break down his famous quote: “The glory of God is man fully alive.” Taking inspiration from the life of St. Irenaeus and his fight against heresy in the early Church, they dive into what it means for us to live an abundant life and how we should use our freedom.

Key Points

  • St. Irenaeus is Doctor of the Church from the second century, who fought against heresies, particularly gnosticism
  • We ask the question, “What does it mean to be fully alive?”
  • The archetype for a fully alive man is Christ
  • Living abundantly is not only good for us, but God delights in us when we are living an abundant life
  • What is true freedom? We provide some definitions
  • Brett has a surprise guest towards the end of the podcast

Discussion Questions

  • How do you celebrate big moments in your family?
  • How do you find joy in busy/difficult seasons in your life?
  • What is your relationship with Christ like right now? Is it life-giving? 
  • What is one area of your life that you can practice choosing the good rather than yourself?
  • In what ways do you feel “fully alive”? In what areas do you need change in order for this to be true?