Handling the Money – 2Cor Study 36

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 8:16-24 and 9:1-5. Paul gives instructions about the collection for the Jewish saints, and, in the process, shows us the importance of handling money with wisdom and integrity. The way we live before a watching world, specifically how we handle money, can bring honor to the Lord or shame to his name. The gospel changes how we live!

Handling the Money – 2Cor8 16-24 and 9 1-5 – Cary Cox

Thinking Right on the Money – 2Cor Study 35

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 8:10-15. Paul helps us think rightly concerning our financial giving.

Thinking Right on the Money – 2Cor8 10-15 – Cary Cox

The Grace of Generosity – 2Cor Study 34

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 8:1-9. Paul encourages the Corinthians to faithful giving in light of the extravagant grace and generosity of Christ in the gospel!

The Grace of Generosity – 2Cor8 1-9 – Cary Cox

The Fruit of Repentance – 2Cor Study 33

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 7:9-16. Paul points out the Corinthians’ visible fruits of repentance. Repentance is a change of mind and change of heart that results in a change of lifestyle. Bear fruit in keeping with repentance!

The Fruit of Repentance – 2Cor7 9-16 – Cary Cox

The Joy of Repentance – 2Cor Study 32

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 7:2-10. Paul risked offending the Corinthian Christians with his ‘severe letter,’ calling them out for their sin. But God used it to bring them to repentance! God breaks us and humbles us as he awakens us to our sin, but this ‘godly grief’ produces repentance that leads to salvation!

The Joy of Repentance – 2Cor7 2-10 – Cary Cox

Cleanse the Temple – 2Cor Study 31

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1. The church is the temple of the living God! Believers in Christ are blessed and honored to be the house of God, the place where God’s presence and message is manifested! We are the family of God, his sons and daughters, in Christ! All of these blessings call us to be holy – the unique people of God. It is time to cleanse the temple!

Cleanse the Temple – 2Cor6 14-7 1 – Cary Cox

The Separating God – 2Cor Study 30

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1. God is a separating God, who separates light from darkness, good from evil, and his people from the unbelieving world. God calls his people to be separate – a unique people, different from the world, and set apart to God.

The Separating God – 2Cor6 14-7 1 – Cary Cox

Commending Our Ministry – 2Cor Study 29

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 6:3-10. How well are you representing Jesus and his church? Paul teaches us the right heart and the way to live it out as we minister in Jesus’ name as his people. A great concern for the glory of God, and a great awareness of his future judgment, will overflow in great attention to personal integrity and faithfulness!

Reconciled to Each Other – 2Cor Study 28

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 6:1-13. When we are reconciled to God through Jesus, we are also reconciled to his church! When we get Jesus, we get his people, too! Following Jesus involves keeping things right between us and the church. Showing that we are genuine Christians means we continue to receive Jesus’ messengers and message – the preachers he gives us who proclaim the gospel. This is what we learn in chapter 6. Paul is defending his ministry as sent from God, and calling the Corinthians to respond by receiving him and his gospel, because now is the day of salvation!

Reconciled to Each Other – 2Cor6 1-13 – Cary Cox

The Basis of Reconciliation – 2Cor Study 27

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 5:21. One of the most amazing verses in the entire Bible! Paul cuts to the heart of the gospel, showing us what was happening as Jesus was on the cross. Here we see what God accomplished for us to make having a relationship with him possible. Jesus became sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him!

The Basis of Reconciliation – 2Cor5 21 – Cary Cox

Comfort for the Broken and Afflicted – Psalm 34

Mickey McCall, from Psalm 34. David learned that God is near to the brokenhearted, and he saves the crushed in spirit. But how do we know if we have a broken heart or a hard heart?

Comfort for the Broken and Afflicted – Mickey McCall – Psalm 34

The Ministry of Reconciliation – 2Cor Study 26

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. Paul shows us what gospel ministry is, which centers around the message of the cross. God has chosen to save people through the preaching of human representatives, who proclaim the message of the gospel! What is the message? Who are the ministers?

The Ministry of Reconciliation – 2Cor5 18-21 – Cary Cox

Reconciled to God – 2Cor Study 25

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. Paul explains the gospel using the language of reconciliation. Our sins had separated us from enjoying God, but God freely chose to deal with this problem through Christ’s death and resurrection. Believers are now able to enjoy fellowship with God forever in Christ!

Reconciled to God – 2Cor5 18-21 – Cary Cox

The Gospel Changes Everything – 2Cor Study 24

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 5:14-17. What is the gospel? What does Paul mean by the love of Christ, or the death of Jesus? How does the gospel transform us?

The Gospel Changes Everything – 2Cor5 14-17 – Cary Cox

Motivated by the Gospel – 2Cor Study 23

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 5:11-15. Paul was motivated for ministry by the gospel event itself – the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Jesus died for us so that we would live for him and not ourselves. The gospel changes everything!

Motivated by the Gospel – 2Cor5 11-15 – Cary Cox

Motivated by the Judgment – 2Cor Study 22

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 5:9-11. Paul is motivated for present ministry by the truth of the future judgment! We must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Motivated by the Judgment – 2Cor5 9-11 – Cary Cox

Motivated by the Resurrection – 2Cor Study 21

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 5:1-8. Paul encourages himself for difficult ministry in the present by looking toward and longing for the future resurrection of the body. What does Christianity teach about what happens to us after we die?

Motivated by the Resurrection – 2Cor5 1-8 – Cary Cox

Encouraging Ourselves for the Ministry – 2Cor Study 20

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. Paul is concerned about what we are looking at. Though there is visible brokenness in this world and in us, we must lift our eyes up to see the unseen spiritual truths of Christ, by faith. As we look to the Lord, we find encouragement to keep pouring ourselves out for his glory. We do not lose heart!

20 – Encouraging Ourselves for the Ministry – 2Cor4 16-18 – Cary Cox

Why Continue the Ministry? – 2Cor Study 19

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:13-15. Paul has explained that the Christian life and ministry involves embracing self-denial and death, so that others can be built up and receive life. Since ministry comes at such a high cost, why continue? Paul explains in this passage why he continues in the ministry.

The Nature of the Ministry – 2 Cor Study 18

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:7-12. Paul gets to the very essence of Christian ministry, and the Christian life: selflessness. We embrace daily the death of Christ. We die to self in order to serve others. This is what Jesus both taught and modeled for us. Christ gives us the power as believers to humble ourselves and walk in selfless love!

The Nature of the Ministry – 2Cor4 7-12 – Cary Cox

Psalm 11 – Refuge in the Righteous God

Cary Cox, from Psalm 11. In a time of crisis, David rejects bad advice and turns his eyes on the Lord! David’s theology supports him in the time of trouble; he knows who God is, and that he will judge the wicked and rescue his righteous people. What about our advice? Our theology?

Psalm 11 – Refuge in the Righteous God – Cary Cox

The Context of the Ministry – 2Cor Study 17

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:7. We have this treasure – this glorious gospel ministry in Jesus – but we carry it in jars of clay. Ministry happens in the context of brokenness and weakness. God uses us in our weakness, so that he will get the glory!

The Context of the Ministry – 2Cor 4 7 – Cary Cox

Psalm 10 – Still on His Throne

Cary Cox, from Psalm 10. When it looks like the wicked are winning, when it feels like God is far away, and when it seems like God doesn’t care about the suffering of his people – it is then that we must put our eyes on God (not our problems and enemies), pour out our hearts to him in prayer, and remind ourselves of truth. God is still on his throne. He will judge the wicked and bring justice for his people! We walk by faith, not by sight or feelings.

Psalm 10 – Still on His Throne – Cary Cox

The Focus of the Ministry Part 2 – 2 Cor Study 16

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:1-6. What is true Christian ministry? God acts in a powerful and miraculous way to shine light on our hearts through the preaching of the gospel, so that we see his glory in the face of Jesus Christ!

16 – The Focus of the Ministry Part 2 – 2Cor4 1-6 – Cary Cox

Psalm 9 – The Helper of the Weak

Cary Cox, from Psalm 9. David and God’s people are experiencing oppression from enemies, but David praises God and encourages himself with truth: God reigns as King! He will judge the wicked, and he will vindicate his saints! This truth allows us to give our pain to God and find refuge in him, even as we wait for justice.

Psalm 9 – Helper of the Weak – Cary Cox

The Focus of the Ministry Part 1 – 2 Cor Study 15

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:1-5. Paul continues to describe true Christian ministry to us, as he defends his own ministry to the Corinthians. Preaching is at the heart of Christian ministry. We proclaim God’s word, which culminates in the gospel of Christ. Paul tells us what we do not preach, and what we do.

The Focus of the Ministry Part 1 – 2Cor4 1-5 – Cary Cox

The Enemy of the Ministry – 2 Corinthians Study 14

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:1-4. Christian Ministry is a ministry of the word of God. And there is an enemy of Christian ministry, the devil, who seeks to hinder the word of God and blind unbelievers to the glory of Christ.

14 – The Enemy of the Ministry – 2Cor4:1-4 – Cary Cox

The Image of God – Psalm 8

Cary Cox, from Psalm 8. David praises God for his glory in creation, and supremely in his design for mankind – setting man over all God made! We were created in the image of God, for his glory, to rule as kings over creation. This was broken in our fall into sin, but is being restored in Jesus Christ, the perfect Man!

Psalm 8 – The Image of God – Cary Cox

Having this Ministry – 2Cor Study 13

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 3:17-4:2. Believers are called to ministry, fueled for ministry, shaped for ministry by the Spirit of God. A look at Christian ministry, and how to stay encouraged when ministry is hard.

Was Blind But Now I See – 2 Cor Study 12

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 3:12-18. Paul compares the veiled glory of the old covenant with the unveiled glory of God seen in the gospel, the new covenant in Jesus Christ. We are transformed by the Spirit of God as we look at his glory with God-opened eyes!

Was Blind But Now I See – 2Cor3 12-18 – Cary Cox

I Need Grace – Psalm 6

Cary Cox, from Psalm 6. What do believers do when we are miserable, sick, under the discipline of God for our sin? David shows us how to cry out to God in our pain, pouring out our heart, seeking his grace, and desiring to give him glory. See how the Lord works through David’s prayer to bring encouragement to his heart!

Psalm 6 – I Need Grace – Cary Cox

The Glory of the Gospel – 2 Corinthians Study 11

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 3:7-11. Paul contrasts the old covenant ministry, which can only bring death and condemnation (because we can’t keep the law), with the permanent and more glorious new covenant ministry – the gospel of Jesus Christ!

The Glory of the Gospel – 2 Cor 3:7-11 – Cary Cox

The Spirit Gives Life – 2 Corinthians Study 10

Cary Cox, from 2 Cor 3:1-6. Paul describes his ministry of the new covenant, which is evidenced by the Spirit of the living God giving life to people through the preached gospel of Jesus Christ! God is alive, and God gives life and transformation!

The Spirit Gives Life – 2 Corinthians 3:1-6 – Cary Cox

Psalm 5 – The God of Love and Justice

Cary Cox, from Psalm 5. David prays to the Lord when he is under attack from the wicked. We see the contrast between the people of God and those who are given to their sin. God is both the God of love and the God of justice.

Psalm 5 – The God of Love and Justice – Cary Cox

Gospel Ministry – 2 Corinthians Study 9

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 2:14-17. Paul describes and defends his gospel ministry. As God’s people are crushed in this world, we release the beautiful fragrance of Christ, to the glory of God. Ministry requires our willingness to be humble and even suffer for the Lord, and it requires us to be men and women of integrity and holiness as we represent Jesus.

Gospel Ministry – 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 – Cary Cox

Gospel Victory – 2 Corinthians Study 8

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 2:12-14. Paul’s troubled heart affects his ministry, but the triumph of Christ brings gospel victory even in the midst of hardships and pain. We suffer, but praise God anyway!

Psalm 3 – Peace in Time of Trouble

Cary Cox, from Psalm 3. David cries out to the Lord in his great distress, and finds peace and strength.

Gospel Forgiveness – 2 Corinthians Study 7

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 2:5-11. Paul instructs the Corinthian church to forgive a man they’ve recently disciplined. We see that the Lord’s church must commit to (1) holding its members accountable for sin, and (2) freely forgiving those who repent, as God has forgiven us in Christ.

Psalm 2 – God and His King

Cary Cox, from Psalm 2. The nations rebel against Yahweh God and his chosen King. But salvation and blessing will only come through submission to God and his King, ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ!

The Goal is Gospel Joy – 2 Corinthians Study 6

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:4. Paul seeks to restore his relationship with the erring Corinthians. In this passage we see the difficult duty of a pastor, to deal with sin in the church. And we see the heart of a pastor, the spiritual and emotional investment in the lives of the believers. Our goal is to work together for each other’s joy in Jesus! But that requires us to confront each other when we go astray.

Faith and Prayer – Luke 18

James Cox, from Luke 18:9-14. Pastor Cary’s dad, James Cox, discusses Jesus’ parable of the two men who went to the temple to pray. When we understand that we are sinners in need of mercy from God, we must call out to God in faith-filled prayer!

Psalm 1

Cary Cox, from Psalm 1. The first psalm shows us what true worship looks like – the man who is blessed rejects sin and the counsel of this world; instead, he delights in the word of God!

Gospel Fueled Integrity – 2 Corinthians Study 5

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:15-22. Paul defends his character and ministry against false accusations. God requires that his people have integrity, and he transforms us into people of integrity through the gospel of Jesus Christ. A challenge and an encouragement about the character of those who follow Jesus.

Brokenness in Relationships – 2 Corinthians Study 4

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:12-14. One kind of suffering that we face in this fallen world is brokenness in relationships, even in the church. Paul is willing to wade through the messy difficulties of complicated relationships in order to restore his relationship with the Corinthian church. Why? Because, for Christians, the glory of the Christ we represent is at stake! God wants us to forgive, to love each other, to do what we can to bring restoration and healing. This is possible through Christ, who restores our relationship with God.

God Gives Us More Than We Can Bear – 2Cor Study 3

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:8-11. Paul shares a personal example of his own suffering and deep pain. God gave Paul more than he could personally bear, to teach him to rely on God. There is purpose in our suffering, and God comforts us in it, giving us hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Christians and Suffering – 2Cor Study 2

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. A theology of suffering. Christians suffer just like non-Christians. The difference is in our response to suffering. We show we are God’s people, not by escaping suffering, but by enduring suffering well by the gospel of Jesus Christ! God comforts us that we may comfort each other.

The Atonement

Cary Cox. A study of the atonement God provided for sins. Jesus Christ fulfills the sacrificial system given to Israel, bringing believers to God through his blood!

It’s Complicated – 2 Corinthians Study 1

Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:1-2. Paul’s relationship with the Corinthian church was…complicated. Painful at times. Frustrating. There was opposition from false teachers, emotional episodes with the members. Life in this broken world for God’s children is…complicated. But the gospel gives us all the resources we need to endure with joy and hope and faith while we wait for the coming glory!