Christians Walk in the Light – Romans Study 86

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!

Christians Walk in the Light – Romans 13:11-14 – Cary Cox

Doers of the Word – James Study 7

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?

 

Doers of the Word – James 1:22-25 – Cary Cox

Christians Live in Love (Part 2) – Romans Study 85

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.

The Woman at the Well – People Who Met Jesus 6

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.

Hearing the Word – James Study 6

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.

The Unchanging God – Mickey McCall

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.

Nathanael Meets Jesus – People Who Met Jesus 5

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!

The Unchanging Goodness of God – James Study 5

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!

A Father and a Sick Woman Meet Jesus – People Who Met Jesus 4

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!

Trials, Tests, and Temptations – James Study 4

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!

Nicodemus Meets Jesus – People Who Met Jesus #3

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.

True Status – James Study #3

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!

Zacchaeus Meets Jesus – People Who Met Jesus #2

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!

Single Minded Devotion – James Study #2

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.

The Sinful Woman Meets Jesus – People Who Met Jesus #1

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!

We Are Not Home Yet – James Study 1

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.

The Faithfulness of God

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.

Jesus Requires Faithfulness

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!

The Book of Job

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!

A Call to Repent

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!

Christians Live in Love, Part 1

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.

Christians and the Government

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.

How Christians Treat People, Part 2

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!

How Christians Treat People, Part 1

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.

How Christians Serve

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!

How Christians Love

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!

Christians Serve the Church

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.

Renewed Thinking

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.

The Gospel Changes How We Think

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?

The Gospel Changes How We Live

Romans Study Part 74. Cary Cox, from Romans 12:1. The second half of Romans shifts from theology, what we believe about the gospel, to practical implications – how we live in light of the gospel. Christians serve God with our bodies.

Be Faithful Because God Is Faithful

Cary Cox, from Hebrews 10:19-25. An encouragement and a challenge as we end the year and begin a new year. God IS faithful, and he has been faithful to us in Christ! And he commands those who have experienced his faithfulness to act in faithfulness – we must be faithful to God and to his church.

The Lord Has Come

Cary Cox, from Luke 2:6-20. We close our December series, Jesus is Born, by focusing on the deity of Jesus Christ. This baby born in the manger is not only fully man, he is fully God! In the passages of Scripture known as the Christmas Story, the Bible teaches that Jesus is the Lord, he is the holy Son of God, and he is God with us! Let us bow to the Lordship of Jesus!

A Child is Born – Clint Pitman

A look at the humanity and humility of Jesus Christ. Jesus was born as a man, just like us except without sin. He came to serve and to save. Stand in awe of the humble Child from God!

The Promised King – Mickey McCall

Mickey McCall, from Matthew 2:1-11. Jesus was born, not just as Savior, but also as King! He fulfilled the prophecies of Scripture, and reigns as the victorious, rescuing King!

To Him Be Glory Forever! – Romans Study 73

Cary Cox, from Romans 11:33-36. Paul’s response to the first 11 chapters of Romans, the deep, meaty, theology of the gospel, is an outburst of praise to the God of glory! Learn from Paul’s example of biblical worship, that is emotional, theological and scriptural. Theology overflows in doxology!

The Sovereign Mercy of God – Romans Study 72

Cary Cox, from Romans 11:28-32. Paul sums up all his teaching from chapters 9-11 on Israel and the Gentiles. God’s people have hope only because of the sovereign choice of God, and his faithfulness to his promise! The glory of God’s mercy will be seen forever – both his mercy to Jews and also to Gentiles – in Christ!

 

Israel’s Future Salvation – Romans Study 71

Cary Cox, from Romans 11:25-27. Paul explains a mystery that has been revealed through the gospel, which helps us understand God’s plan in history, in the present, and even in the future! The fullness of Gentiles will come into the people of God, and then God will bring salvation to many in the nation of Israel.

Grafted In – Romans Study 70

Cary Cox, from Romans 11:17-24. Paul’s parable of the olive tree shows God shaping the tree of his people according to his own purposes. Gentiles have been grafted in through faith in Christ, but are warned not to be proud. Are there any second-class citizens in the people of God?

The Surprising Plan of God – Romans Study 69

Cary Cox, from Romans 11:11-16. Giving us hints of Israel’s future hope, Paul pulls back the curtain to show us the purpose behind the way history has unfolded. God has worked out his plan through unexpected and surprising events, for his glory and the salvation of people all over the world. We can trust God when life surprises us.

Hardened by God – Romans Study 68

Cary Cox, from Romans 11:7-10. God chose a remnant of gospel-believing Jews, but hardened the rest. What does it look like when God hardens a heart? Apathy for the things of God. But the same God who hardens hearts also softens hearts!

There is Always Hope for the People of God – Romans Study 67

Cary Cox, from Romans 11:1-6. Since Israel rejected Christ, has God rejected them? Paul gives us reasons why God has absolutely not abandoned Israel. Because of the sovereign love of God that never quits on his people, there is always hope for the people of God!

No Excuses Before God – Romans Study 66

Cary Cox, from Romans 10:18-21. Paul makes his case that Israel is to blame for their willing rejection of Christ and the gospel. Using the Scripture as evidence, he shows that they were given every opportunity to believe the gospel, while God showed patient, tender mercy.

Faith Comes From Hearing – Romans Study 65

Cary Cox, from Romans 10:14-17. Paul explains the necessity of hearing the gospel of Christ to be saved. It is through the method of preaching the gospel that God works to awaken faith. We must respond to the word by believing it. Do you understand the great importance of continually gathering with the church to hear God’s word proclaimed?

Two Approaches to God – Romans Study 64

Cary Cox, from Romans 10:5-13. Paul contrasts two completely different approaches to God. Israel approached God on the basis of works-righteousness, and failed. The only acceptable approach is through faith in Jesus Christ. Law focuses on doing, doing, doing. The faith approach focuses on what God has already done, through Christ.

The Necessity of Faith – Romans Study 63

Cary Cox, from Romans 9:30-10:4. Paul has been focusing on God’s sovereignty in salvation, but now he shifts to the necessity of human faith. We must believe the gospel! Israel failed because of God’s plan (from God’s perspective – Romans 9). But Israel also failed because they rejected God’s free gift of righteousness through faith in Jesus, seeking to establish their own righteousness through works of the law (from the human perspective – Romans 10).

Who Are the People of God – Romans Study 62

Cary Cox, from Romans 9:24-29. God’s people are chosen by God before time, and powerfully called in time, through the gospel. The Gentiles are graciously included, and a remnant of Israel mercifully remains. The people of God is the multi-ethnic church in Jesus Christ.