The Focus of the Ministry Part 2 – 2 Cor Study 16

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:1-6. What is true Christian ministry? God acts in a powerful and miraculous way to shine light on our hearts through the preaching of the gospel, so that we see his glory in the face of Jesus Christ!

16 – The Focus of the Ministry Part 2 – 2Cor4 1-6 – Cary Cox

Psalm 9 – The Helper of the Weak

Cary Cox, from Psalm 9. David and God’s people are experiencing oppression from enemies, but David praises God and encourages himself with truth: God reigns as King! He will judge the wicked, and he will vindicate his saints! This truth allows us to give our pain to God and find refuge in him, even as we wait for justice.

Psalm 9 – Helper of the Weak – Cary Cox

The Focus of the Ministry Part 1 – 2 Cor Study 15

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:1-5. Paul continues to describe true Christian ministry to us, as he defends his own ministry to the Corinthians. Preaching is at the heart of Christian ministry. We proclaim God’s word, which culminates in the gospel of Christ. Paul tells us what we do not preach, and what we do.

The Focus of the Ministry Part 1 – 2Cor4 1-5 – Cary Cox

The Enemy of the Ministry – 2 Corinthians Study 14

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:1-4. Christian Ministry is a ministry of the word of God. And there is an enemy of Christian ministry, the devil, who seeks to hinder the word of God and blind unbelievers to the glory of Christ.

14 – The Enemy of the Ministry – 2Cor4:1-4 – Cary Cox

The Image of God – Psalm 8

Cary Cox, from Psalm 8. David praises God for his glory in creation, and supremely in his design for mankind – setting man over all God made! We were created in the image of God, for his glory, to rule as kings over creation. This was broken in our fall into sin, but is being restored in Jesus Christ, the perfect Man!

Psalm 8 – The Image of God – Cary Cox

Having this Ministry – 2Cor Study 13

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 3:17-4:2. Believers are called to ministry, fueled for ministry, shaped for ministry by the Spirit of God. A look at Christian ministry, and how to stay encouraged when ministry is hard.

Was Blind But Now I See – 2 Cor Study 12

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 3:12-18. Paul compares the veiled glory of the old covenant with the unveiled glory of God seen in the gospel, the new covenant in Jesus Christ. We are transformed by the Spirit of God as we look at his glory with God-opened eyes!

Was Blind But Now I See – 2Cor3 12-18 – Cary Cox

I Need Grace – Psalm 6

Cary Cox, from Psalm 6. What do believers do when we are miserable, sick, under the discipline of God for our sin? David shows us how to cry out to God in our pain, pouring out our heart, seeking his grace, and desiring to give him glory. See how the Lord works through David’s prayer to bring encouragement to his heart!

Psalm 6 – I Need Grace – Cary Cox

The Glory of the Gospel – 2 Corinthians Study 11

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 3:7-11. Paul contrasts the old covenant ministry, which can only bring death and condemnation (because we can’t keep the law), with the permanent and more glorious new covenant ministry – the gospel of Jesus Christ!

The Glory of the Gospel – 2 Cor 3:7-11 – Cary Cox

The Spirit Gives Life – 2 Corinthians Study 10

Cary Cox, from 2 Cor 3:1-6. Paul describes his ministry of the new covenant, which is evidenced by the Spirit of the living God giving life to people through the preached gospel of Jesus Christ! God is alive, and God gives life and transformation!

The Spirit Gives Life – 2 Corinthians 3:1-6 – Cary Cox

Psalm 5 – The God of Love and Justice

Cary Cox, from Psalm 5. David prays to the Lord when he is under attack from the wicked. We see the contrast between the people of God and those who are given to their sin. God is both the God of love and the God of justice.

Psalm 5 – The God of Love and Justice – Cary Cox

Gospel Ministry – 2 Corinthians Study 9

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 2:14-17. Paul describes and defends his gospel ministry. As God’s people are crushed in this world, we release the beautiful fragrance of Christ, to the glory of God. Ministry requires our willingness to be humble and even suffer for the Lord, and it requires us to be men and women of integrity and holiness as we represent Jesus.

Gospel Ministry – 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 – Cary Cox

Gospel Victory – 2 Corinthians Study 8

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 2:12-14. Paul’s troubled heart affects his ministry, but the triumph of Christ brings gospel victory even in the midst of hardships and pain. We suffer, but praise God anyway!

Psalm 3 – Peace in Time of Trouble

Cary Cox, from Psalm 3. David cries out to the Lord in his great distress, and finds peace and strength.

Gospel Forgiveness – 2 Corinthians Study 7

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 2:5-11. Paul instructs the Corinthian church to forgive a man they’ve recently disciplined. We see that the Lord’s church must commit to (1) holding its members accountable for sin, and (2) freely forgiving those who repent, as God has forgiven us in Christ.

Psalm 2 – God and His King

Cary Cox, from Psalm 2. The nations rebel against Yahweh God and his chosen King. But salvation and blessing will only come through submission to God and his King, ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ!

The Goal is Gospel Joy – 2 Corinthians Study 6

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:4. Paul seeks to restore his relationship with the erring Corinthians. In this passage we see the difficult duty of a pastor, to deal with sin in the church. And we see the heart of a pastor, the spiritual and emotional investment in the lives of the believers. Our goal is to work together for each other’s joy in Jesus! But that requires us to confront each other when we go astray.

Faith and Prayer – Luke 18

James Cox, from Luke 18:9-14. Pastor Cary’s dad, James Cox, discusses Jesus’ parable of the two men who went to the temple to pray. When we understand that we are sinners in need of mercy from God, we must call out to God in faith-filled prayer!

Psalm 1

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!

Gospel Fueled Integrity – 2 Corinthians Study 5

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.

Brokenness in Relationships – 2 Corinthians Study 4

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.

God Gives Us More Than We Can Bear – 2Cor Study 3

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!

Christians and Suffering – 2Cor Study 2

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.

The Atonement

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!

It’s Complicated – 2 Corinthians Study 1

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!

Trusting in Kings and Empty Things

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!

God’s Punishment of Sin – Nahum Study 3

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!

I Am Against You – Nahum Study 2

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?

The Fierce Anger of God – Nahum Study 1

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!

Life and Ministry in the Church – James Study 24

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.

God of Compassion – Jonah Study 9

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.

God of Repentance Part 3 – Jonah Study 8

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?

Patient Faith in Suffering – James Study 23

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.

God of Repentance Part 2 – Jonah Study 7

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.

God’s Judgment of Rich Sinners – James Study 22

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?

God of Repentance Part 1 – Jonah Study 6

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?

God Over the Grave Part 2 – Jonah Study 5

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!

God Over the Grave Part 1 – Jonah Study 4

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!

If the Lord Wills – James Study 21

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.

God of the Storm Part 2 – Jonah Study 3

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?

God of the Storm Part 1 – Jonah Study 2

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.

Jonah and the Uncontrollable God – Jonah Study 1

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?

Repentance – James Study 19

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.

Book of Revelation – Encouragement for the Church

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.

Only Two Roads – James Study 18

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!

Gospel Glory – Romans Study 100

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.

War in the Church – James Study 17

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.