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.

The Purpose of the Potter – Romans Study 61

Cary Cox, from Romans 9:21-23. Paul explains the purpose of God, which is his pursuit of his own glory in all things. God will display his glory, both in his punishment of the wicked, and in his salvation of his chosen people in Christ. We look at the reason evil exists, and how all things will ultimately work for God’s glory and the good of his people.

The Freedom of the Potter – Romans Study 60

Cary Cox, from Romans 9:19-21. We are concerned about our rights, but Scripture upholds the right of God as Creator to rule over all his creation according to his own will and pleasure. He is the Potter, and we are the clay. We discuss the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man.

Is it Unfair for God to Choose? – Romans Study 59

Cary Cox, from Romans 9:14-18. Paul answers objections to his teaching that God sovereignly chooses some and rejects others. Is it unfair for God to choose? What does God himself say about it? We look at the free and grace of God, who gives justice to some, mercy to some, and injustice to no one.

Not All Israel Is Israel – Romans Study 58

Cary Cox, from Romans 9:6-13. A look at the sovereign grace of God, and his purpose of election. Paul explains how God’s word has not failed to Israel, despite the nation’s rejection of Christ. God has chosen a remnant within Israel to be his people – not all Israel is Israel.

God’s Word Has Not Failed – Romans Study 57

Cary Cox, from Romans 9:1-6. An introduction to Romans 9, looking at the big problem/question Paul is addressing in this new section. If God made such great promises to Israel, why did they reject their Messiah and not believe the gospel? Has God’s promise failed? Has he been unfaithful to his people? We see that God works in surprising ways, but he is always faithful, and his word never fails!

What Shall We Say, Part 4 – Romans Study 56

Cary Cox, from Romans 8:31-39. Practical application of Romans 8. Preaching the gospel to ourselves. Fighting the fight of faith and joy! How to get up every morning and turn our eyes to the gospel, rather than letting ourselves live defeated, distracted, fearful, and worried lives.

What Shall We Say, Part 3 – Romans Study 55

Cay Cox, from Romans 8:35-39. Paul brings his rousing, tidal wave of hope for believers in this fallen world to a glorious conclusion at the end of Romans 8. Nothing – absolutely nothing – will ever separate believers from the love of God in Christ!

What Shall We Say, Part 2 – Romans Study 54

Cary Cox, from Romans 8:33-34. How does the gospel minister to our guilty conscience? How can we speak peace to our souls when we feel the weight of sin? Paul shows us how to encourage ourselves in the gospel of Christ!

What Shall We Say? (Part 1) – Romans Study 53

Cary Cox, from Romans 8:31-32. Paul is building up to a joyful climax of truth in Romans 8! His questions are calling us to consider the gospel and respond with faith, joy, and hope in Christ. We have no threat because God is for us. We have no lack because in Christ, God has given us all things!

The Unbreakable Chain – Romans Study 52

Cary Cox, from Romans 8:28-30. God has a special people, and he is working out his sovereign purpose for his people in everything that happens! We find encouragement and hope in the unbreakable chain of God’s saving purpose in Christ!

The Indestructible Children of God – Romans Study 51

Cary Cox, from Romans 8:28. An amazing promise – God will make all things work for the eternal good of his people in Christ! Who can claim this promise and receive its encouragement? And how does God make bad things work for our good?

The Spirit Helps Us – Romans Study 50

Cary Cox, from Romans 8:26-27. We have great weakness. But we have great help from the Lord! The Holy Spirit is with and in believers, helping us in prayer. We are weak, but He is strong!

Glory is Coming! – Romans Study 49

Cary Cox, from Romans 8:18-25. Paul describes the future glory that is coming for those who are in Christ. New bodies, new heavens and a new earth, where we will enjoy God forever with no sin, no curse, and no suffering! Because of this truth, we can endure present suffering with hope while we wait for the glory that is coming.

Heirs of God – Romans Study 48

Cary Cox, from Romans 8:12-17. God as made believers part of his family – sons and daughters of God! He has promised us a glorious future inheritance! As we live in this world of suffering, we have hope in Christ, knowing that glory is coming.

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?

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!