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?
Cary Cox, from Hebrews 3:7-19. Israel could not enter the promised land because of unbelief – God swore they would not enter his rest. The writer of Hebrews warns Christians not to repeat this mistake of hardening our hearts at God’s better word – Jesus Christ. He calls us to watch out for the poison of unbelief in the church congregation by devoting ourselves to daily ministry to our brothers and sisters in Christ!
Cary Cox, from Colossians 2:6-10. Believers are called to walk out the faith we have received by living Christ-centered lives. But this Jesus-focused life is lived out in the context of a war! We must guard against Christ-less worldviews and stand strong in the gospel. All these competing worldviews are empty; the grass is not greener on the other side! Jesus is our all; we are complete in him!
Cary Cox, from Colossians 1:21-23. Christ not only died to restore the entire broken universe, he died to reconcile his people to God through his death on the cross! Paul warns the Colossians to continue in the faith. Christ is enough, and his people must cling to the gospel until the end!