Cary Cox, from Genesis 16:1-6 (Genesis Study 33). Abram and Sarai have a setback in their faith. After years of waiting on God to give them a child as he promised, they take matters into their own hands, and try to help God out. But God doesn’t need our help, and we get into all kinds of trouble when we fail to wait on him and trust him. God is able, and God is faithful: wait on the Lord!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 15:7-21 (Genesis Study 32). God makes a covenant with Abram and tells him what will happen to his offspring in the future. God is the faithful, covenant God who invites us to trust him!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 15:1-6 (Genesis Study 31). God speaks encouragement and promise to Abram. Abram believes God, and it is counted to him as righteousness!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 14 (Genesis Study 30). Lot’s foolishness gets him in trouble, but Abram comes to the rescue. However, the real battle for Abraham is a test of spiritual discernment in his meeting of two kings. Melchizedek speaks God’s word to Abram, which helps him see through the temptation from the wicked king of Sodom. Our trust must be anchored in the Lord. Our treasure is in him alone!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 13 (Gen Study 29). Abram and Lot make choices that reveal the condition of their hearts. Abram is trusting and treasuring God. Lot is pursuing his own way and showing no spiritual discernment. What is our Treasure? Where is our Hope? Are we walking by faith or by sight?
Steve Davis, from Luke 24:44-49. The resurrected Jesus Christ opens the Scriptures to his disciples and sends them out on the mission: to proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name to all nations!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 12:10-13:4 (Genesis study 28). Abram stumbles when his faith is tested, but God’s grace intervenes. The Lord will not give up on his promise or his people! Literary connections in this passage anticipate the Exodus of Israel, emphasizing God’s continued grace and faithfulness to all his people, for future generations!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 12:4-9 (Gen. Study 27). Abram responded to God’s call with the obedience of faith! Our faith in God must show itself visibly in our outward obedience to God’s word.
Cary Cox, from Genesis 11:10-12:3 (Genesis Study #26). After the Tower of Babel incident, God’s word goes straight to the genealogy of Shem in order to trace the family line of God’s promise and blessing all the way from Adam to Abraham. This is a treasure map, with clues pointing us to the location of God’s blessing. Christ will come through the family of Abraham. He is the Treasure!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 11:1-9 (Genesis Study 25). Mankind unified themselves in rebellion against God at Babel, grasping for power and glory, in disobedience to God’s word. But God overruled and scattered the nations, for our good and for his glory. Now, through the gospel, God is gathering the scattered nations to himself in Jesus Christ!
Benton Glass, from Luke 5:12-32. Jesus makes clean those who are unclean, meets our most desperate needs, and calls those who are far from him!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 10 (Genesis Study 24). The table of nations shows us how the three sons of Noah grew to become all the nations of the world. God is sovereign over the nations, and he has a heart for the nations – to save people from all nations through the Messiah who comes from Shem, through Abraham, and through Israel. Trace the family line and see Jesus, the hope of the nations!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 9:18-29 (Genesis Study 23). An awkward and embarrassing text that powerfully points us to Christ, and helps explain the entire trajectory of the story of the Bible! In Noah’s sin we have a second fall of man, and another curse and blessing pronounced. This passage is a map that identifies the seed of the Serpent, and the location of the blessing of God!
Cary Cox. An overview of the ministry and office of deacons in the church. Deacons show us the heart of God to save, and the humility of God to serve!
Rick Bobbin, from Matthew 16:24-28. Rick Bobbin shares the story of how God called him to faith in Christ, and unpacks Jesus’ call to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him. What would it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?
Cary Cox, from Genesis 9:1-17 (Genesis Study 22). After Noah gets off the ark, God gives him the ‘house rules for Creation 2.0,’ what life will look like after the Flood. He is the God of new beginnings. The Lord also establishes a covenant with creation, giving precious promises! Creation and Covenant point to Jesus Christ! In Jesus, we relate to God in a new covenant while we wait on the new creation that is coming!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 8:20-22 (Genesis Study 21). Noah’s sacrifice after he got off the ark moved God’s heart. What was it about animal sacrifices that were effective? It was never the animals that took away sin. God forgave – and still forgives – sin only and always on the basis of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 7-8:19 (Genesis Study 20). The account of the Flood is written in a way to draw our attention to God himself. He is sovereign over all that is happening; he reigns as King over the Flood, Lord of the chaos, God over all! He is showcasing the glory of his wrath in judging sin, and he is displaying the glory of his mercy in saving his covenant people. We can trust him in the chaos and the storm.
Cary Cox, from Genesis 6:9-22 (Genesis Study 19). Apologize for Bad Audio. Noah is separated from the sinful world by his walk with God. God speaks to Noah to warn him about the coming flood. God’s warnings come with instructions. He instructs Noah to build the ark, God’s gracious provision for his salvation from judgment. God makes a covenant with Noah, so that Noah’s faith rests in the promise of God. All of this points to Jesus Christ, who is our rescue from the future judgment.
Cary Cox, from Genesis 6:1-8 (Genesis Study 18). In part 1, we focused on man’s increasing sinfulness in the days before the flood (Gen 6:1-4). Now, we look at the response of God to man’s sin in verses 5-8. God’s word in this passage takes us to the very heart of God, and reveals him to us as the God of great wrath against sin, and also the God of surprising grace!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 6:1-8 (Genesis Study 17). In the days before the Flood, mankind collapsed into a freefall of sexual sin and violence. God’s boundaries were crossed. Demonic influence prevailed. Sin increased. Until God brought judgment. God’s wrath comes on the sin of man, but there is rescue through his grace!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 5 (Genesis Study 16). The genealogy of Adam through Seth shows us that Adam and Eve’s sin passed down to their children, along with the consequences of death and the curse. In Adam all die. And yet, this passage also gives us glimpses of great hope! Because of the work of Christ, who came through this family line, death is not the ultimate end for those who walk with God!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 4:17-26 (Genesis Study #15). The author of Genesis sets before us a vivid contrast between the family line of Cain and the family of Seth. Cain’s family had cultural advancements and cities, but no mention of God. A godless society that celebrated self and pride and sexual sin. But God gave Adam and Eve another offspring in the place of Abel, and their family had the Lord! Worldliness or worship – what does your family have?
Cary Cox, from Genesis 4:1-16 (Genesis Study 14). God’s promise to send a serpent-crushing offspring through the woman is traced in the tragic account of Cain and Abel. We can look at the entire Bible through the lens of the two family lines. God’s promise runs straight to Jesus Christ, through the family of the woman. And all along the way, the serpent’s offspring – people in rebellion against God – persecute and oppose the people who belong to the Lord.
Mickey McCall, from Matthew 26:36-46. In the garden, Jesus prayed to the Father as he prepared for his mission – drinking the cup of judgment and wrath for our sins. His prayer – and the Father’s answer – show us that there was no other way for God’s people to be saved. Praise the Lord for this great salvation he has provided in Christ!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 3:14-15, 20-24. In Genesis 3, we not only see the righteous wrath and judgment of God, but we also see the surprising, amazing grace of God on full display! God had previously given no promise of mercy or forgiveness – just that they would surely die. But here, as God gives punishment, he also promises victory for humanity over the serpent! Jesus came in fulfillment of that promise, crushed the enemies at the cross, and pours out the grace of God on all who come to him in repentance and faith! Praise God for his grace!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 3:7-24. What happened when Adam and Eve sinned? What changes took place in them? What effects did the Fall have for all humanity?
Cary Cox, from Genesis 3:1-6. Suddenly, there is a serpent in the garden, speaking with the woman about God’s word! He leads her astray, and his point of attack is the word of God. We have an enemy. But we also have a Savior, who has defeated the enemy at the cross! With trust in Christ, let us stand firm on the word of God!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 2:24-25. At the end of Genesis chapter 2, the Lord gives a lasting decree for all humanity about marriage. The New Testament writers quote this important text to teach husbands and wives about marriage, and to show how marriage points to the great love of God for his people in Christ!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 2:18-25. God creates the woman and brings her to the man. We are designed for community, relationships, fellowship. Here in just the second chapter of the Bible we have the institution of marriage for all peoples, in all places, for all time. We look at God’s good gift of physical intimacy in marriage, as well as the limitations he has placed on sex.
Cary Cox, from Genesis 2:4-18. The Bible begins to zoom in on God’s personal and intimate care for mankind. We see the overflowing, generous, and gracious goodness of God on display! See how our Creator loves us! See how the Bible points us to Jesus Christ! God is so good!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 2:1-3. God finished his work of creation and rested. There is a spiritual rest in Christ for those who cease working for salvation and trust in Jesus’ finished work on the cross. (The end of the recording was cut off by accident)
Clint Pitman, from Micah 6:1-8. Through the Prophet Micah, God called Israel to stop covering up hearts and lives of sin with external worship rituals. God wants the heart! He calls his people to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God. Jesus Christ lived this out perfectly for us, and he died for our failure to do it. Risen from the grave, he now empowers his people to increasingly do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 1:26-28. God made us in his image and gave us dominion over all the earth. We were meant to rule under God, as stewards and managers, imitating his creativity, bringing beauty and blessing and order out of chaos around us. When we fell in sin this dominion was corrupted – we either abuse it or abandon it. But Jesus came as a Man to restore what was lost. Jesus overcame sin, death, and the grave, and has all authority and dominion. In Christ, we will reign!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 1:26-31. God defines who we are on the first pages of the Bible. We are created in his image, as male and female, with a purpose for men and women to unite in marriage and fill the earth with image-bearing children, for the glory of God.
Cary Cox, from Genesis 1:26-31. The very first chapter in the Bible tells us who we are as humans. The Bible is the great “Owners’ Manual” from our Creator, and it defines us, explains us, and records our purpose. God created us in his own image and likeness. What does this mean?
Cary Cox, from Genesis 1:3-25. As we study the days of creation, we see God’s power on display, as well as his purpose for what he made. Genesis 1 is laying this foundation: God gets to say what is good and what is not good. God gets to define the purpose for everything he made. God gets to set limits and boundaries and parameters around all that exists, because it is his. Sin is when we reject God’s definitions and stated purposes, and when we cast aside his limitations and distinctions to say that we can be and do whatever we want.
Cary Cox, from Genesis 1:1-3. God turns the barren wasteland and emptiness of the land into something beautiful, useful, and good. How? By his Spirit, through his Word! God works by his Spirit through his Word throughout the Bible and in salvation. He can make something beautiful in our lives through Jesus Christ!
Cary Cox, from Genesis 1:1. The Bible begins by bringing us into the presence of the Person of God! It is all about him. And through Jesus Christ, we can know and enjoy our Creator and Lord.
Mickey McCall, from Psalm 78:1-8. Mickey unpacks Psalm 78’s call for God’s people to proclaim God’s ways and word to the coming generations, so that they will hope in God. A plea for Family Worship Time in our households!
Clint Pitman, from Isaiah 42:2-3. Clint focuses our attention on the kindness of Jesus towards believers who are struggling. Jesus’ character, as prophesied in Isaiah, is different from rulers of this age. He does not seek the celebrity and fame of this world. He does not beat his people down, but lifts us up. And he brings justice in the way he treats people, in his punishment of the wicked, and in his atonement of his people! (The audio cuts off the end of the message)
Cary Cox, from Jude 24-25. Jude closes his letter with a glorious doxology – an outburst of God-centered praise! Jude knew that the hope of the church is not in our ability to keep his instructions or get rid of false teachers. No, the hope of the church is in HIM, who is able to keep us from stumbling!
Cary Cox, from Jude 17-23. Jude turns his attention away from the false teachers to give instructions for the church. What should the church do during times of scandal, attack, or suffering? It’s not a time to give up; it’s a time to grow up! A time to minister, to persevere, to build up the body of Christ!
Cary Cox, from Jude 14-16. Jude looks ahead to the day of Judgment: Christ is coming in staggering glory with the host of heaven to pour out justice and wrath on sinners. Jude lists the damning evidence against the rebels in the church; their ungodliness demonstrates the just nature of God’s judgment. Christ rescues his people from the judgment of God!
Cary Cox, from Jude 11-13. Jude doesn’t just list the sins of the imposters who have infiltrated the church. He takes the time to describe how bad sin is, by comparing these men to the worst sinners of the Old Testament. He poetically describes the selfishness, emptiness, and uselessness of these men, the danger they pose to the church, and the certain judgment they will receive from God. Let us see how bad sin is, and let us run to Christ!
Cary Cox, from Jude 8-10. Jude brings his formal indictment of the imposters to the church, listing their sins to show the church who these men really are. They rely on their dreams instead of the word of God, the faith delivered to the saints, and these dreams propel them into sexual sin, rebellion, and arrogant spiritualism. The church must see who these men are and separate from them.
Cary Cox, from Jude 5-7. The church in every generation will face some form of the lie that you can live in sin and not be judged by God. Jude reminds the church that God will absolutely judge unrepentant sin, fiercely. He gives us 3 examples from Scripture to show that when we step outside the boundaries God has set over our lives and our bodies, God will judge this rebellion. Christ saves us from the wrath of God!
Cary Cox, from Jude 3-4. Jude writes to the church, charging us to fight for the faith, which is the set of teachings handed down from Jesus to the church, through the apostles in the Scriptures. The faith does not change, though wicked men creep into the church and attempt to do so, twisting God’s word to allow for sin. But God will judge the wicked.
Cary Cox, from Jude 1:1-2. Jude writes a letter to the church – those who are effectively called by God, beloved by the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ! What a privilege to be a part of the Lord’s church!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 13:11-14. Paul closes his letter by calling the church to live out the gospel together, pursuing healing in the church. The presence of God himself among them is the answer.