Cary Cox, from Genesis 4:1-16 (Genesis Study 14). God’s promise to send a serpent-crushing offspring through the woman is traced in the tragic account of Cain and Abel. We can look at the entire Bible through the lens of the two family lines. God’s promise runs straight to Jesus Christ, through the family of the woman. And all along the way, the serpent’s offspring – people in rebellion against God – persecute and oppose the people who belong to the Lord.
Mickey McCall, from Matthew 26:36-46. In the garden, Jesus prayed to the Father as he prepared for his mission – drinking the cup of judgment and wrath for our sins. His prayer – and the Father’s answer – show us that there was no other way for God’s people to be saved. Praise the Lord for this great salvation he has provided in Christ!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 3:14-15, 20-24. In Genesis 3, we not only see the righteous wrath and judgment of God, but we also see the surprising, amazing grace of God on full display! God had previously given no promise of mercy or forgiveness – just that they would surely die. But here, as God gives punishment, he also promises victory for humanity over the serpent! Jesus came in fulfillment of that promise, crushed the enemies at the cross, and pours out the grace of God on all who come to him in repentance and faith! Praise God for his grace!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 3:7-24. What happened when Adam and Eve sinned? What changes took place in them? What effects did the Fall have for all humanity?
Cary Cox, from Genesis 3:1-6. Suddenly, there is a serpent in the garden, speaking with the woman about God’s word! He leads her astray, and his point of attack is the word of God. We have an enemy. But we also have a Savior, who has defeated the enemy at the cross! With trust in Christ, let us stand firm on the word of God!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 2:24-25. At the end of Genesis chapter 2, the Lord gives a lasting decree for all humanity about marriage. The New Testament writers quote this important text to teach husbands and wives about marriage, and to show how marriage points to the great love of God for his people in Christ!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 2:18-25. God creates the woman and brings her to the man. We are designed for community, relationships, fellowship. Here in just the second chapter of the Bible we have the institution of marriage for all peoples, in all places, for all time. We look at God’s good gift of physical intimacy in marriage, as well as the limitations he has placed on sex.
Cary Cox, from Genesis 2:4-18. The Bible begins to zoom in on God’s personal and intimate care for mankind. We see the overflowing, generous, and gracious goodness of God on display! See how our Creator loves us! See how the Bible points us to Jesus Christ! God is so good!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 2:1-3. God finished his work of creation and rested. There is a spiritual rest in Christ for those who cease working for salvation and trust in Jesus’ finished work on the cross. (The end of the recording was cut off by accident)
Clint Pitman, from Micah 6:1-8. Through the Prophet Micah, God called Israel to stop covering up hearts and lives of sin with external worship rituals. God wants the heart! He calls his people to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God. Jesus Christ lived this out perfectly for us, and he died for our failure to do it. Risen from the grave, he now empowers his people to increasingly do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 1:26-28. God made us in his image and gave us dominion over all the earth. We were meant to rule under God, as stewards and managers, imitating his creativity, bringing beauty and blessing and order out of chaos around us. When we fell in sin this dominion was corrupted – we either abuse it or abandon it. But Jesus came as a Man to restore what was lost. Jesus overcame sin, death, and the grave, and has all authority and dominion. In Christ, we will reign!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 1:26-31. God defines who we are on the first pages of the Bible. We are created in his image, as male and female, with a purpose for men and women to unite in marriage and fill the earth with image-bearing children, for the glory of God.
Cary Cox, from Genesis 1:26-31. The very first chapter in the Bible tells us who we are as humans. The Bible is the great “Owners’ Manual” from our Creator, and it defines us, explains us, and records our purpose. God created us in his own image and likeness. What does this mean?
Cary Cox, from Genesis 1:3-25. As we study the days of creation, we see God’s power on display, as well as his purpose for what he made. Genesis 1 is laying this foundation: God gets to say what is good and what is not good. God gets to define the purpose for everything he made. God gets to set limits and boundaries and parameters around all that exists, because it is his. Sin is when we reject God’s definitions and stated purposes, and when we cast aside his limitations and distinctions to say that we can be and do whatever we want.
Cary Cox, from Genesis 1:1-3. God turns the barren wasteland and emptiness of the land into something beautiful, useful, and good. How? By his Spirit, through his Word! God works by his Spirit through his Word throughout the Bible and in salvation. He can make something beautiful in our lives through Jesus Christ!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 1:1. The Bible begins by bringing us into the presence of the Person of God! It is all about him. And through Jesus Christ, we can know and enjoy our Creator and Lord.
Mickey McCall, from Psalm 78:1-8. Mickey unpacks Psalm 78’s call for God’s people to proclaim God’s ways and word to the coming generations, so that they will hope in God. A plea for Family Worship Time in our households!
Clint Pitman, from Isaiah 42:2-3. Clint focuses our attention on the kindness of Jesus towards believers who are struggling. Jesus’ character, as prophesied in Isaiah, is different from rulers of this age. He does not seek the celebrity and fame of this world. He does not beat his people down, but lifts us up. And he brings justice in the way he treats people, in his punishment of the wicked, and in his atonement of his people! (The audio cuts off the end of the message)
Cary Cox, from Jude 24-25. Jude closes his letter with a glorious doxology – an outburst of God-centered praise! Jude knew that the hope of the church is not in our ability to keep his instructions or get rid of false teachers. No, the hope of the church is in HIM, who is able to keep us from stumbling!
Cary Cox, from Jude 17-23. Jude turns his attention away from the false teachers to give instructions for the church. What should the church do during times of scandal, attack, or suffering? It’s not a time to give up; it’s a time to grow up! A time to minister, to persevere, to build up the body of Christ!
Cary Cox, from Jude 14-16. Jude looks ahead to the day of Judgment: Christ is coming in staggering glory with the host of heaven to pour out justice and wrath on sinners. Jude lists the damning evidence against the rebels in the church; their ungodliness demonstrates the just nature of God’s judgment. Christ rescues his people from the judgment of God!
Cary Cox, from Jude 11-13. Jude doesn’t just list the sins of the imposters who have infiltrated the church. He takes the time to describe how bad sin is, by comparing these men to the worst sinners of the Old Testament. He poetically describes the selfishness, emptiness, and uselessness of these men, the danger they pose to the church, and the certain judgment they will receive from God. Let us see how bad sin is, and let us run to Christ!
Cary Cox, from Jude 8-10. Jude brings his formal indictment of the imposters to the church, listing their sins to show the church who these men really are. They rely on their dreams instead of the word of God, the faith delivered to the saints, and these dreams propel them into sexual sin, rebellion, and arrogant spiritualism. The church must see who these men are and separate from them.
Cary Cox, from Jude 5-7. The church in every generation will face some form of the lie that you can live in sin and not be judged by God. Jude reminds the church that God will absolutely judge unrepentant sin, fiercely. He gives us 3 examples from Scripture to show that when we step outside the boundaries God has set over our lives and our bodies, God will judge this rebellion. Christ saves us from the wrath of God!
Cary Cox, from Jude 3-4. Jude writes to the church, charging us to fight for the faith, which is the set of teachings handed down from Jesus to the church, through the apostles in the Scriptures. The faith does not change, though wicked men creep into the church and attempt to do so, twisting God’s word to allow for sin. But God will judge the wicked.
Cary Cox, from Jude 1:1-2. Jude writes a letter to the church – those who are effectively called by God, beloved by the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ! What a privilege to be a part of the Lord’s church!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 13:11-14. Paul closes his letter by calling the church to live out the gospel together, pursuing healing in the church. The presence of God himself among them is the answer.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 13:5-10. Paul calls the Corinthians to examine themselves to see if they are in the faith. What is “the faith?” What evidence should we look for when examining ourselves?
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 12:19-13:4. Paul begins to close the letter by dealing with some unfinished business – the minority in the church who are still in sin. Paul warns the church that he is coming and bringing the powerful judgment of Christ against their sin, unless they repent. What is church discipline?
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 12:11-18. Paul gives a gentle rebuke to the Corinthians, and we see what healthy relationships should look like in the church between church leaders and church members. We owe each other loyalty and love!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 12:1-10. Paul’s vision and his thorn. The great lesson of 2 Corinthians, the true nature of the gospel – Christ’s power is made perfect through our weakness!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 11:16-35. Paul lists his ‘greatest hits,’ his big accomplishments, and they amount to his sufferings and weaknesses! This is true Christianity, the path of the cross. Not our strengths and abilities, but our embracing of the cross to follow God’s will.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 11:5-15. Paul boldly exposes the false apostles in Corinth as servants of Satan, who look at outward appearances, boast in abilities, and selfishly take advantage of the church. We are not consumers, we are servants! We embrace weakness, we give, we love, we serve, for the glory of Christ!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 11:1-4. We are bombarded with dangerous false teaching all the time, whether we realize it or not. The enemy attacks us in the realm of thoughts, ideas, arguments, beliefs. Paul warns us about false Jesuses being presented, false spirits, and false gospels. We must know the truth and cling to Christ!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 10:12-18. Paul explains how the false apostles have rejected the boundaries and assignments set by God. They have invaded the area of Paul’s ministry authority by coming into the Corinthian church he planted, and turning them away from the gospel and from Paul. God sets limits and boundaries in our lives, for our good and his glory. Sin is when we step out of these bounds, not satisfied in what we have been assigned. But our responsibility is to gladly accept these loving limitations from God.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 10:1-11. Paul shows us what real spiritual warfare is all about. He is tearing down the strongholds of bad ideas, which produce bad behavior, using the weapon of truth! Our battlefield is in the realm of ideas. God’s people must oppose demonic teachings by clinging to the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. Paul teaches us what Christian giving looks like.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 8:16-24 and 9:1-5. Paul gives instructions about the collection for the Jewish saints, and, in the process, shows us the importance of handling money with wisdom and integrity. The way we live before a watching world, specifically how we handle money, can bring honor to the Lord or shame to his name. The gospel changes how we live!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 8:10-15. Paul helps us think rightly concerning our financial giving.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 8:1-9. Paul encourages the Corinthians to faithful giving in light of the extravagant grace and generosity of Christ in the gospel!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 7:9-16. Paul points out the Corinthians’ visible fruits of repentance. Repentance is a change of mind and change of heart that results in a change of lifestyle. Bear fruit in keeping with repentance!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 7:2-10. Paul risked offending the Corinthian Christians with his ‘severe letter,’ calling them out for their sin. But God used it to bring them to repentance! God breaks us and humbles us as he awakens us to our sin, but this ‘godly grief’ produces repentance that leads to salvation!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1. The church is the temple of the living God! Believers in Christ are blessed and honored to be the house of God, the place where God’s presence and message is manifested! We are the family of God, his sons and daughters, in Christ! All of these blessings call us to be holy – the unique people of God. It is time to cleanse the temple!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1. God is a separating God, who separates light from darkness, good from evil, and his people from the unbelieving world. God calls his people to be separate – a unique people, different from the world, and set apart to God.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 6:3-10. How well are you representing Jesus and his church? Paul teaches us the right heart and the way to live it out as we minister in Jesus’ name as his people. A great concern for the glory of God, and a great awareness of his future judgment, will overflow in great attention to personal integrity and faithfulness!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 6:1-13. When we are reconciled to God through Jesus, we are also reconciled to his church! When we get Jesus, we get his people, too! Following Jesus involves keeping things right between us and the church. Showing that we are genuine Christians means we continue to receive Jesus’ messengers and message – the preachers he gives us who proclaim the gospel. This is what we learn in chapter 6. Paul is defending his ministry as sent from God, and calling the Corinthians to respond by receiving him and his gospel, because now is the day of salvation!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 5:21. One of the most amazing verses in the entire Bible! Paul cuts to the heart of the gospel, showing us what was happening as Jesus was on the cross. Here we see what God accomplished for us to make having a relationship with him possible. Jesus became sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him!
Mickey McCall, from Psalm 34. David learned that God is near to the brokenhearted, and he saves the crushed in spirit. But how do we know if we have a broken heart or a hard heart?
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. Paul explains the gospel using the language of reconciliation. Our sins had separated us from enjoying God, but God freely chose to deal with this problem through Christ’s death and resurrection. Believers are now able to enjoy fellowship with God forever in Christ!