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!
Cary Cox, from Romans 14. Paul addresses a disagreement in the Roman church. Christians lay down their opinions on secondary issues in order to prioritize the pursuit of peace, love, and unity in the church around the matters of first importance. We walk in love, willingly give up our personal freedoms in Christ, and seek to build up others in the church – even those with whom we disagree.
Cary Cox, from James 1:26-27. Worthless Religion Vs. Pure Religion. James gives helpful and practical examples of what hearing and doing the word looks like in everyday life.
Cary Cox, from Romans 13:11-14. Christians not only live in love, but Scripture also calls us to walk in the light, to pursue holiness. We are not darkness, but light in Christ, and must live accordingly. A call to throw off works of darkness – things not compatible with Christianity – and put on the Lord Jesus Christ!
Cary Cox, from James 1:22-25. Although hearing God’s word is of utmost importance, it matters how we hear! It is possible to hear without obeying, which is false religion and completely worthless. James calls us to hear and do God’s word. Biblical, saving faith always goes on to obedience/works. But what does this look like in the regular life of the church?
Cary Cox, from Romans 13:1-10. Living in the tension of citizenship in two worlds, two kingdoms. Balancing allegiances of this world and the kingdom of Christ. Christians are new covenant citizens of heaven, and we focus on faith and love.
Cary Cox, from John 4. Jesus cuts through the cultural taboos and ethnic tensions to show kindness to the Samaritan woman at the well. He brings up her sin as he offers to her the living water of eternal life in him.
Cary Cox, from James 1:19-21. Nothing is more important than hearing the word of God. Faith comes by hearing, and God’s word saves our souls. James calls us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. We look at the Christian’s commitment to hearing God word, and to loving others by listening to them.
Mickey McCall, from Malachi 3:6. In our changing world, God is the Rock who does not change. All of his attributes are also immutable. But our response to the unchanging God is that we must change! We must be changed by the unchanging God.
Cary Cox, from John 1:43-51. Nathanael is changed forever with just one meeting with Jesus. Jesus claims to be the ladder to haven, the gate of heaven! He is the way, the truth, and the life!
Cary Cox, from James 1:16-18. God is good, and he consistently gives his people every good and perfect gift. By nature, God never changes, and therefore, neither does his generous goodness to us! The greatest example of his good and perfect gifts is his free choice to save us through the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Cary Cox, from Mark 5:21-43. A rich, religious, powerful man of means and a poor, ritually unclean woman both meet Jesus in their desperation, and are transformed through faith in Christ. Jesus washes the unclean and gives life!
Cary Cox, from James 1:12-15. James encourages us to endure through trials. God tests us for our good, to reveal what is inside us. But temptations come from our own corrupt desires. Sin leads to death. Let us run from sin and put our faith in the Lord, even as we suffer through trials. There is joy on the other side!
Cary Cox, from John 3:1-18. It’s not just “great sinners” who need Jesus. Nicodemus learned that even religious, “good” people need to be born again and put their faith in Jesus Christ.
Cary Cox, from James 1:9-11. A look at the “Great Reversal” theme in the New Testament: God sees things differently and looks at things differently than the world. Up is down and down is up in the kingdom of God. James instructs rich and poor Christians not to look at their status the way the world does. Rich or poor, our true status is in Christ!
Cary Cox, from Luke 19:1-10. This series highlights people in the gospels who met Jesus and experienced transformation. Zacchaeus is changed from greedy to generous; from a sinner to a saint. His idol was crushed in the presence and grace of Jesus Christ!
Cary Cox, from James 1:5-8. Living out the faith requires pursuit of the wisdom of God, trust in the character of God, and single-minded devotion to God, rather than double-minded doubt.
Cary Cox, from Luke 7:36-50. A woman with a sinful reputation meets Jesus and finds forgiveness and grace. A beautiful passage of Scripture that highlights the truth: we are all sinners, and we all need Jesus!
Cary Cox, from James 1:1-4. An introduction to the letter of James. We learn from James himself, look at the church as the people of God scattered over the earth, and learn to face suffering in faith.
Cary Cox, from Exodus 34:4-8. A look at the essential nature of God – he is faithful! He cannot be unreliable or untrue. He binds himself voluntarily to his covenant people, and shows loyal love to us in Christ. His faithfulness fuels our faithfulness to him, and is our only hope.
Cary Cox, from Acts 11. Jesus requires faithfulness from his servants. A call for faithful men and faithful women!
Cary Cox, from Matthew 24 & 25. Jesus requires his followers to be faithful to him. We are entrusted with different giftings, assignments, abilities, and opportunities, to be used for the work of the kingdom of God. Jesus will return and settle accounts with his servants. We will answer for how we have lived. May he find us faithful when he returns!
Cary Cox, from Job. An overview of the book of Job helps us think rightly about God, Satan, suffering, and our response to difficult days. Receive encouragement and hope from the sovereign God, who is worth treasuring, no matter our circumstances!
Cary Cox, from Psalm 139 (recorded during our midweek livestream, April 22, 2020). God-centered, meaty encouragement! The intimate omniscience of God!
Cary Cox, from Luke 13:1-9. Jesus used the news reports of a national tragedy and a natural disaster to call us to think deeply, theologically, and spiritually about our own sin, calling us to repent. As we face the pandemic of the Coronavirus, Jesus’ words speak to us clearly. God is giving us time to repent! Don’t waste your pandemic!
Romans Study 84. Cary Cox, from Romans 13:8-10. Paul calls Christians to live in love. Loving people is a debt we owe to everyone, and sums up everything God requires of us beyond loving him.
Romans Study 83. Cary Cox, from Romans 13:1-7. Christians live in light of the gospel of Jesus by submitting to our government leaders. We are not rebels and troublemakers. We are good citizens who obey, pray for, and respect our leaders, who have been placed in authority over us by God.
Romans Study 82. Cary Cox, from Romans 12:21. Christians overcome evil with good, because Christ overcame for us in his life, death, and resurrection!
Romans Study 81. Cary Cox, from Romans 12:15-18. Christians are called to treat each other with a sympathetic love that slows down and enters into the joys and sufferings of their brothers and sisters in Christ. We are called to pursue peace instead of division. And we are instructed to be humble, associating with the lowly. This is how God has treated us in Christ!
Romans Study 80. Cary Cox, from Romans 12:14-20. How do Christians treat our enemies, those who hurt us and abuse us and persecute us for our faith? We refrain from revenge, and even actively love, bless, and serve them! Christians treat others the way God has treated us in Christ.
Romans Study 79. Cary Cox, from Romans 12:11-13. As Paul continues to teach us what daily, practical Christianity looks like, we learn that Christians serve. How do Christians serve? God calls us to eager diligence, not lazy, half-heartedness. God calls us to spiritual fire, not cold, prayer-less efforts. God calls us to endure hard trials, still serving, by refueling our present joy through future hope. And God calls us to generous mercy, sharing the needs of the saints and seeking opportunities to serve strangers. May God raise up an army of faithful, fiery servants of Christ!
Romans Study Number 78. Cary Cox, from Romans 12:9-10. Paul describes biblical love, which differs from the world’s understanding of love. Biblical love hates what God says is evil and embraces what God says is good. It accepts the church as family, and puts others above self. This is the love shown by Jesus Christ for us!
Romans Study 77. Cary Cox, from Romans 12:6-8. Paul teaches us what it looks like to live as a Christian. He zeroes in on our unbreakable connection to the church. Each Christian is a part of the body of Christ. Christians go to church, because we are the church, together. And Christians serve the church, using the gifts God has given us to build up the body.
Romans Study 76. Cary Cox, from Romans 12:3-5. How a Christian thinks. Paul explains what a mind looks like that is being renewed by the Spirit. We think of ourselves in a humble way before God, embracing the limitations he assigns to us. And we see ourselves as part of the church.
Romans Study 75. Cary Cox, from Romans 12:1-2. Our response to the gospel not only includes giving our body, our external actions, to the service of the Lord. It also includes surrendering ourselves to the ongoing, transforming work of the Lord! What is shaping you, the world or the Lord?