Cay Cox, from Romans 8:35-39. Paul brings his rousing, tidal wave of hope for believers in this fallen world to a glorious conclusion at the end of Romans 8. Nothing – absolutely nothing – will ever separate believers from the love of God in Christ!
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:33-34. How does the gospel minister to our guilty conscience? How can we speak peace to our souls when we feel the weight of sin? Paul shows us how to encourage ourselves in the gospel of Christ!
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:31-32. Paul is building up to a joyful climax of truth in Romans 8! His questions are calling us to consider the gospel and respond with faith, joy, and hope in Christ. We have no threat because God is for us. We have no lack because in Christ, God has given us all things!
Steve Davis, from Acts 4:23-31. The early church responded to persecution by praying together to the sovereign Lord for boldness!
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:28-30. God has a special people, and he is working out his sovereign purpose for his people in everything that happens! We find encouragement and hope in the unbreakable chain of God’s saving purpose in Christ!
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:28. An amazing promise – God will make all things work for the eternal good of his people in Christ! Who can claim this promise and receive its encouragement? And how does God make bad things work for our good?
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:26-27. We have great weakness. But we have great help from the Lord! The Holy Spirit is with and in believers, helping us in prayer. We are weak, but He is strong!
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:18-25. Paul describes the future glory that is coming for those who are in Christ. New bodies, new heavens and a new earth, where we will enjoy God forever with no sin, no curse, and no suffering! Because of this truth, we can endure present suffering with hope while we wait for the glory that is coming.
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:12-17. God as made believers part of his family – sons and daughters of God! He has promised us a glorious future inheritance! As we live in this world of suffering, we have hope in Christ, knowing that glory is coming.
Cary Cox, from Ephesians 5:25-27. See the epic vision of the Bible for God’s glorious church! A holy, healthy, God-glorifying church is worth any price God asks us to pay. It was worth it to God – he gave his Son! It was worth it to Christ – he gave himself! It was worth it to the Apostles – they poured themselves out to build the church. Is it worth it to us?
Cary Cox, from Matthew 16:15-19. We look at the authority of the local church, who uses the keys of the kingdom of heaven, declaring who is and who is not a Christian. The church is called to exercise church discipline when members give themselves to unrepentant sin. What does this look like?
Cary Cox, from 1 Timothy 3:1-7. Who leads the church, according to Scripture? Who are these leaders, what are their qualifications, and what is the responsibility of the church towards them?
Cary Cox, from Revelation 1:9-20. John describes his vision of Jesus Christ for the churches. Jesus is alive forevermore, reigning in glory!
Cary Cox. Our afternoon Systematic Theology class looked at God’s attributes of freedom, sovereignty, and glorious beauty! He is the God who rules over all as King, and who satisfies us forever!
Steve Davis, from 2 Corinthians 4:7-18. Elder candidate Steve Davis encourages us to continue serving the Lord, even in the middle of afflictions. We are pouring ourselves out for the glory of God and for the good of his church!
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:14-16. The Holy Spirit ministers to the hearts of believers, by giving them confident assurance that they are beloved, adopted children of the Father! We have assurance as we follow the Spirit of God in the pursuit of Christlikeness.
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:12-14. Paul teaches that the Holy Spirit always leads believers to go to war against the sin in our lives. But what does killing sin look like? How do we follow the Spirit into this pursuit?
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:12-14. The Holy Spirit is at work in all Christians, leading us to wage war against sin in our lives, and to pursue Christlikeness.
Paul has been focusing on the Holy Spirit in Romans 8, so in this study we pause and look at the Person and work of the Spirit. Who is he, and what does he do in our lives?
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:5-9. Christians have the Holy Spirit within, and therefore exhibit signs of spiritual life. Unbelievers do not have the Spirit, and therefore show signs of spiritual death. What are the signs in your heart and lifestyle saying?
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:5-9. How can we know if we are saved? Paul describes what a Christian looks like, and what a non-Christian looks like. If we have the Holy Spirit, there will be signs of spiritual life in us. We will love God and the things of God, and this will overflow in how we live.
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:4. Why are we declared righteous in Christ? For what purpose are we not condemned? Paul shifts his focus from justification to sanctification; from our positional righteousness in Christ, to our practical obedience in this life, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:1-4. We have studied what ‘no condemnation’ is and where it is found. Now in verse 3 we see HOW God achieved this salvation for us. We see the theology, or doctrines, that explain how God accomplished no condemnation.
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:1-4. Where is the blessing of ‘no condemnation’ to be found? It is not automatic for all people. This salvation is only for those who are in Christ Jesus, the safety zone God has provided.
Cary Cox, from Romans 8:1-4. An overview of this passage, and an answer to the question, “What is ‘No Condemnation?'” See how glorious this good news really is!
Cary Cox, from Romans 7:13-25. Paul shows us the truth about our human condition – our total inability to please God in our own natural strength and resources. The enemy is within. We cannot keep the law. We need Christ!
Cary Cox, from Romans 7:13-25. An overview of the most controversial passage in Romans. There are different views, but all agree that the Christian life involves struggle. Christians are not immune from pain, suffering, temptation, and difficulty. But ultimate salvation and present encouragement are found in Jesus Christ!
Cary Cox, from Romans 7:7-13. God’s Law is good and holy, but sin works through the commands to provoke our rebel hearts and make our sin problem even worse! Therefore, the law can never save us. We need Jesus!
Cary Cox, from Romans 7:6. We explore what the internal life of faith in the Spirit looks like in real life. Pulling the weeds from the garden of our souls. Setting our thoughts and affections on Christ. Fighting the fight of faith!
Cary Cox, from John 1:1-14. The Bible describes the birth of Jesus, and his coming into the world, as light breaking into the darkness.
Cary Cox, from Romans 7:1-6. Paul explains how the gospel can teach that Christians are not under the law, without living as lawbreakers and sinners. We are joined to Christ, like a kind of marriage union, and obey God in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Cary Cox, from Romans 6:19-23. In Romans 6, Paul lays out 2 (and only 2) paths of living. One is the path of sin that leads to death and destruction. The other path is the way of faith-fueled holiness, through Jesus Christ, which leads to eternal life. You can’t walk the path of sin and end in heaven. It matters how we live.
Cary Cox, from Romans 6:15-19. Paul deals with the objection that, since we are not under the law (v14), we can sin with no consequences. He shows that if we give ourselves to sin, we are slaves to sin. This road leads to death. Since believers are free in Christ, we must live that truth by serving God and his word.
Cary Cox, from Romans 6:12-14. The gospel tells us who we are in Christ, and then calls us to go act on that belief. Christians have real power to resist sin and to serve God in Christ!
Cary Cox, from Romans 6:5-11. We look at the doctrine of union with Christ – we are in him, and share the results of his death and resurrection! There is power and freedom and victory over sin and death for those who are in Christ!
Cary Cox, from Romans 6:1-4. Paul stops to deal with misunderstandings of the gospel of grace. Genuine believers cannot live a lifestyle of sin, because we have been united with Christ at conversion. False Christians keep on sinning, but real Christians keep on repenting.
Cary Cox, from Romans 5:12-21. What Adam brought to us affects us daily in a real and powerful way. We experience the effects of sin and death in our lives, and we cannot free ourselves from this evil master. But Christ has undone what Adam did, and those in Christ are under the reign of grace! The gospel makes a difference in our lives, now and forever!
Cary Cox, from Romans 5:12-21. Dig in to Paul’s deep theology, and discover how we can live with joyful hope, even though Adam brought sin and death to all men! Christ has overcome!
Cary Cox, from Romans 5:12-21. Why do all people inevitably sin? And why do all people die? Paul answers these questions by unpacking the Fall of man – what happened to us when Adam sinned. And then he shows us the infinitely greater impact of the grace of God in Jesus Christ!
Cary Cox, from Romans 5:6-11. A look at the love of God, shown at the cross! What is God’s love? How can we know we are loved? How can we enter into the enjoyment of the love of God?
Cary Cox, from Romans 5:1-5. Paul unpacks several benefits of being justified by faith, giving us sufficient reasons for living with joyful hope!
Cary Cox, from Romans 4:17-25. Paul describes what justifying faith looks like, using vivid imagery from the life of Abraham. We look at what saving faith is, and what it is not.
Cary Cox, from Romans 4:13-17. Paul explains the difference between trying to earn God’s blessing by our efforts, and simply trusting God to do what he has promised. Faith looks away from self and believes the Lord!
Cary Cox, from Romans 4:9-13. Who are the people of God, the descendants of Abraham? Who will inherit the glorious inheritance promised by God to Abraham’s offspring? It is the multi-ethnic church of Jesus Christ; all who have faith in Jesus, whether Jew or Gentile!
Cary Cox, from Romans 4:1-8. Paul shows that Old Testament saints were justified by faith, not by their works. Abraham and David experienced the grace of God and were counted righteous by faith.
Cary Cox, from Romans 3:27-31. Salvation is all about the glory of God. He rescues his people for the sake of his great name! Justification comes to us by faith in Christ, not by our works, so that no one will be able to boast before God, and so that he alone will be glorified.
Cary Cox, from Romans 3:25-26. The cross is a statement about the character of God, showing that he is not soft on sin. After passing over sins before the cross, forgiving people all over the Old Testament, it could be asked how God could be so patient and forgiving, and still be a just God. The cross answers that objection once and for all, vindicating the honor of the justice of God. God forgives sinners because Christ paid for sins at the cross!
Cary Cox, from Romans 3:25. Paul looks at God’s salvation through the lens of propitiation. God, in his love, acted to satisfy his wrath against the sins of his people, through the cross of Jesus Christ!
Cary Cox, from Romans 3:24. We are studying what Robert Mounce called the most important theological segment of the New Testament. In just 6 verses, Paul sets a gospel feast before us! In this sermon we focus on the concepts of justification and redemption. What does it mean to be redeemed through Jesus Christ?
Cary Cox, from Romans 3:21-24a. The great problem with mankind is our lack of righteousness before God, and the resulting wrath. But Paul now transitions to the good news – the solution God has provided in Christ. God’s saving righteousness is on display in the gospel, and he credits sinners with the righteousness of Christ by grace, through faith.