A Holy Church Is Worth Any Price

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?

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Biblical Church Discipline

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?

Biblical Church Leadership

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?

Alive Forevermore – The Risen King of Majesty

Cary Cox, from Revelation 1:9-20. John describes his vision of Jesus Christ for the churches. Jesus is alive forevermore, reigning in glory!

The Freedom, Sovereignty, and Beauty of God

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!

Do Not Lose Heart – Steve Davis

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!

Spirit-Led Sons of God – Romans Study 47

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.

Kill Sin by the Spirit – Romans Study 46

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?

Led by the Spirit – Romans Study 45

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.

The Spirit of Life – Romans Study 44

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?

The Spiritual Mindset Part 2 – Romans Study 43

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?

 

The Spiritual Mindset Part 1 – Romans Study 42

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.

The Purpose of No Condemnation – Romans Study 41

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.

The Theology of No Condemnation – Romans Study 40

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.

The Location of No Condemnation – Romans Study 39

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.

No Condemnation in Christ Part 1 – Romans Study 38

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!

 

The Struggle is Real Part 2 – Romans Study 37

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!

The Struggle is Real Part 1 – Romans Study 36

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!

Christians and the Law Part 2 – Romans Study 35

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!

The New Way of the Spirit – Romans Study 34

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!

Christians and the Law Part 1 – Romans Study 33

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.

The Two Paths – Romans Study 32

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.

Serve Sin or Serve God – Romans Study 31

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.

Go Be Who God Says You Are – Romans Study 30

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!

United with Christ – Romans Study 29

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!

Christians Can’t Live in Sin – Romans Study 28

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.

The Reign of Grace – Romans Study 27

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!

In Adam or In Christ – Romans Study 26

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!

The Super-Abounding Grace of God – Romans Study 25

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!

The Reconciling Love of God – Romans Study 24

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?

Reasons for Joyful Hope – Romans Study 23

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!

Unwavering Faith in God – Romans Study 22

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.

Trusting Not Trying – Romans Study 21

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!

The Heir of the World – Romans Study 20

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!

Counted Righteous by Faith – Romans Study 19

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.

The Glory of God in Salvation – Romans Study 18

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.

The Vindication of God – Romans Study 17

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!

The Wrath Remover – Romans Study 16

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!

The Redemption that is in Christ – Romans Study 15

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?

The Gift of Righteousness – Romans Study 14

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.

The Whole World Accountable to God – Romans Study 13

Cary Cox, from Romans 3:19-20. There is nothing we can say to clear our guilt before God. There is nothing we can do to rescue ourselves from his righteous wrath and judgment. There is only Christ! The gospel removes every false hope until only Christ remains. Hope in him!

All Under Sin – Romans Study 12

Cary Cox, from Romans 3:9-18. Paul explains God’s legal charge against all people: we are under sin. He brings out the evidence against us, humbling us before God. We are in need of the gracious salvation God has provided for us in Jesus Christ!

God on Trial – Romans Study 11

Cary Cox, from Romans 3:1-8. Paul continues to answer objections and destroy excuses. He is showing that all the world is guilty before God; there are no loopholes, no flaws in God, no way out. God is righteous! We must humble before him and come to him through Jesus Christ.

The Just Judgment of God Part 4 – Romans Study 10

Cary Cox, from Romans 2:12-29. Paul removes all excuses from Jews and Gentiles. He kicks away everything we might trust in to protect us from the wrath of God, to show us how great is our need for Jesus Christ!

The Just Judgment of God Part 3 – Romans Study 9

Cary Cox, from Romans 2:6-11. God will judge all people according to our works – what we have done, and what we seek in life. We will give an account for the outward things, and for our hearts. Christ is our only hope!

The Just Judgment of God Part 2 – Romans Study 8

Cary Cox, from Romans 2:1-5. Paul turns from the “wicked” sinners to the “good” sinners; from the unrighteous heathens to the self-righteous hypocrites. All are under sin, and face the just judgment of God. The Lord is good to restrain his wrath from us in kindness, giving us time to repent. Jesus took the judgment of God upon himself for us on the cross.

The Just Judgment of God Part 1 – Romans Study 7

Cary Cox, from Romans 1:24-32. Man rejects the true worship of God. God judges this by giving man over to their sinful desires, including unnatural sexual sins. Unnatural worship leads to unnatural sin. But hope is found in Christ!

Repentance Gratified in God – Jacob Bentley

Jacob Bentley discusses true, God-glorifying repentance. It produces the fruit of holiness and sanctification in a church. From 2 Corinthians 7:2-13.

The Righteous Wrath of God – Romans Study 6

Cary Cox, from Romans 1:18-23. Why do we need to be saved? Because God is righteous and we are rebels against him! The first major section of Romans deals with the wrath of God. We tend to avoid this subject today, but it is absolutely essential to understanding the gospel of Christ. What is God’s wrath, and how can we be saved from it?