Cary Cox, from Psalm 1. The first psalm shows us what true worship looks like – the man who is blessed rejects sin and the counsel of this world; instead, he delights in the word of God!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:15-22. Paul defends his character and ministry against false accusations. God requires that his people have integrity, and he transforms us into people of integrity through the gospel of Jesus Christ. A challenge and an encouragement about the character of those who follow Jesus.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:12-14. One kind of suffering that we face in this fallen world is brokenness in relationships, even in the church. Paul is willing to wade through the messy difficulties of complicated relationships in order to restore his relationship with the Corinthian church. Why? Because, for Christians, the glory of the Christ we represent is at stake! God wants us to forgive, to love each other, to do what we can to bring restoration and healing. This is possible through Christ, who restores our relationship with God.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:8-11. Paul shares a personal example of his own suffering and deep pain. God gave Paul more than he could personally bear, to teach him to rely on God. There is purpose in our suffering, and God comforts us in it, giving us hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. A theology of suffering. Christians suffer just like non-Christians. The difference is in our response to suffering. We show we are God’s people, not by escaping suffering, but by enduring suffering well by the gospel of Jesus Christ! God comforts us that we may comfort each other.
Cary Cox. A study of the atonement God provided for sins. Jesus Christ fulfills the sacrificial system given to Israel, bringing believers to God through his blood!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:1-2. Paul’s relationship with the Corinthian church was…complicated. Painful at times. Frustrating. There was opposition from false teachers, emotional episodes with the members. Life in this broken world for God’s children is…complicated. But the gospel gives us all the resources we need to endure with joy and hope and faith while we wait for the coming glory!
Cary Cox, from 1 Samuel 12. Israel demands a king, rejecting God as their king. Samuel responds, calling them out. Anything or anyone we trust in besides the Lord is “empty” – it cannot save or satisfy! God is sovereign over world history, nations, kings, and choices. Our help and our trust is in the Lord!
Cary Cox, from Nahum chapter 3. Nahum shows us that God is justified to punish Nineveh for their sins. He is right and good in the expression of his fierce anger. God is glorious when he punishes sin, and glorious when he forgives sin. Christ took the wrath of God at the cross for us, so that we could experience the mercy of God in him!
Cary Cox, from Nahum 2:1-13. Nahum vividly describes the coming defeat of Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. God declares that he is “against” them. Who is God against? Who is he for?
Cary Cox, from Nahum ch1. What happened to Nineveh after they repented at the preaching of Jonah? Nahum tells us the rest of the story, and reveals God as the glorious and powerful God of wrath and vengeance against his enemies. God will destroy the wicked, and he will rescue and comfort his people!
Cary Cox, from James 5:13-24. James shows us what normal life looks like in the local church. Church members pray and minister to each other under the leadership of the church elders/pastors.
Cary Cox, from Jonah 4. Jonah’s selfishness and anger is contrasted with the surprising, unstoppable compassion of God! His love is bigger than Israel, and he is glorious in his patience, kindness, and sovereignty.
Cary Cox, from Jonah 3:8b-10. We answer some important questions about God himself, in order to think rightly and biblically about God. What does it mean that God relents from sending disaster? Does he change his mind? How can he change his mind if he knows all things? How can God just forgive sinners without justice being served?
Cary Cox, from James 5:7-12. Christians are called to live in this broken, fallen world of suffering with Patience, waiting for the Lord to return and make things right.
Cary Cox, from Jonah 3:10. God not only requires repentance, he also grants repentance! Repentance is the gracious gift of God, as taught throughout Scripture. It was always God’s will to bring Nineveh to their knees before him, through the powerful working of his word.
Cary Cox, from James 5:1-6. James announces the fiery judgment of God against rich sinners, who live for treasures of this world and exploit the poor. What is our treasure? Where is our hope?
Cary Cox, from Jonah 3. What happens after the fish? Jonah obeys. Nineveh repents. And God relents! A look at the repentance of Nineveh. Are we repenting before the Lord?
Cary Cox, from Jonah 2:1-9. Jonah prays to God from the belly of the fish. He praises the greatness of God in his salvation, his sovereignty, and his steadfast love!
Cary Cox, from Jonah 1:17 and 2:10. Why was Jonah swallowed by the fish? What really happened, and what was the purpose? See how Jesus interpreted this story, and how it points us to his death and resurrection. The God of the storm is also God over the grave!
Cary Cox, from James 4:13-17. Does our speech show that we honor and glorify God, and submit to his rule? James condemns speaking as if we know what tomorrow holds, or in a way that does not honor and glorify God.
Cary Cox, from Jonah 1:7-16. This passage contrasts Jonah’s hardened heart with the responsive hearts of the sailors. What is the condition of our hearts before God? What do we do with our hurts and discouragement and sin?
Cary Cox, from James 4:11-12. Humble speech and humble thinking towards each other in the church.
Cary Cox, from Jonah 1:4-6. Jonah finds that he cannot run away from the word of God. And the Greater Jonah, Jesus Christ, answers the great question of God’s love for us.
Cary Cox, from Jonah 1:1-4. An introduction to the book of Jonah. Who was Jonah? Why did he run away from God? What do we learn about God? How are we like Jonah?
Cary Cox, from James 4:6-10. Which sinners will receive the amazing, undeserved grace of God? Only those who repent. James shows us what biblical repentance looks like.
Mickey McCall, from Revelation. An overview of the book of Revelation. This book is written to give encouragement to the church, by revealing the glory of God in his unfolding of future history.
Cary Cox, from James 4:4-10. James sets two mutually exclusive roads before us. We can either be loyal to God, or loyal to this world, but not to both. A look at spiritual adultery, the jealousy of God, and his surprising grace!
Cary Cox, from Romans 16:25-27. Paul ends the book of Romans with a doxology of praise and glory to God for the gospel! In it, we see six aspects of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Cary Cox, from James 4:1-3. False converts wreak havoc in the church, pursuing passions and selfish desires instead of treasuring Christ, fighting and arguing, and making a mockery of worship. A call to examine ourselves, and to seek pure membership in local churches.
Cary Cox, from Romans 16:17-20. Paul warns the church of the dangers of false teachers. We must be vigilant and discerning, studying the word of God to recognize what is false and destructive.
Cary Cox, from Romans 16:1-16, 21-23. Paul’s list of personal greetings show us how the gospel transforms our relationships in the church! We are family in Christ! We have affection in the church! We partner together in ministry and fellowship, for the glory of God!
Cary Cox, from James 3:13-18. There is a false wisdom that puts self above others, lived out by imposters in the church. This results in the rotten fruit of all kinds of damage in local churches. But James calls believers to walk in humble, gentle wisdom from God, that produces the good fruit of peace in local churches.
Cary Cox, from Romans 15:30-33. Gospel Prayer Part 2: Your Will Be Done. Paul asks the Romans to pray for him about his upcoming ministry and travel plans. In the Book of Acts, we see how God answered those prayers! God doesn’t always answer prayers the way we expect. Christians must learn to submit our plans to God, and to pray Your Will Be Done.
Cary Cox, from James 3:7-12. James emphasizes the extreme wickedness and inappropriateness of using our speech against people, who are made in the image of God. Our language reveals the condition of our heart and the genuineness of our faith.
Cary Cox, from Romans 15:30. Paul asks the Roman Christians to pray for him. In Paul’s prayer request we see six aspects of Christian, gospel prayer.
Cary Cox, from James 3:1-6. Our speech reflects our heart. Our words are evidence of our faith. James warns us of the sins of the tongue, beginning with church leadership. May we repent of speech-sins, and bring our tongues under control, for the glory of God!
Cary Cox, from Romans 15:24-29. Paul was not ashamed to ask for money for the mission of the gospel and his ministry to the churches. The gospel changes how we view money and how we use money.
Cary Cox, from James 2:25-26. James holds up Rahab the prostitute as an example of the right kind of faith – a faith in God that shows itself in outward works of obedience.
Cary Cox, from Romans 15:15-24. We see the apostle Paul’s heart shining through as he describes his gospel ambition. Paul’s passion for the glory of God is the heartbeat of God himself! God is passionate about his glory in all the nations, through the gospel of Jesus! This should be the driving heartbeat of the church. Do you have gospel ambition?
Cary Cox, from Romans 15:14-21. Paul’s heart is on full display! As he describes his work in the gospel of Christ, we see that he has an inward vision for ministry to the local church, and an outward vision for the mission to the nations! As Christians, our hearts should beat for the same things!
Cary Cox, from James 2:18-24. James drives home his argument that true, saving faith is always shown by our works. Inward, invisible faith is seen in our outward, visible acts of obedience. We also compare James’ teaching with Paul’s teaching on faith and works.
Cary Cox, from Romans 15:13. Paul closes the main body of his letter with a prayer for the church, for HOPE. The local church is an oasis of hope in a broken world! Our hope comes from the God of hope, through faith in Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Cary Cox, from James 2:14-17. James is teaching us what true, saving faith looks like. Real faith always shows itself genuine by overflowing into works of obedience. A self-professed, so-called faith, without works, is dead.
Cary Cox, from Romans 15:7-12. God is building his unified, multi-ethnic church through the humble sacrifice of Jesus Christ, for the purpose of the praise and glory of God! This is why we work through problems, disagreements, and issues in our messy, imperfect, and beautiful local churches.
Cary Cox, from James 2:8-13. The Lord really does expect Christians to love people, and to show mercy to the weak, the poor, the unlovable, the unpopular; to be kind and gracious. We show mercy toward others in this life because we have received mercy from God in Christ, and our merciful actions serve as evidence that we can expect to receive mercy on the Last Day.
Cary Cox, from Romans 15:7. As Paul calls the Roman believers to not quit on each other in their time of disagreement, he continues to weave into his message three big matters of importance for the church to rally around in agreement. There are some matters that Christians in every age must rally around together in unity.
Cary Cox, from Romans 15:1-7. Paul prays for unity in the local church, using vivid musical language to paint a picture of the church as a big choir, not a bunch of solo acts, all singing together in harmony with lives that amount to one unified voice of praise to God!
Cary Cox, from Romans 15:1-7. Paul calls Christians to look away from self in order to serve others in the church – even those with whom we disagree. This is just what Christ did for us!
Cary Cox, from James 2:1-9. As we hold the faith together as the church, we must not show partiality against people. God has chosen those the world rejects for his own glory in the church!