This podcast by Pastor Sean Cole of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Sterling, CO, seeks to encourage Christians in understanding our core beliefs as well as to engage skeptics with the claims of Christianity. For more information and resources visit www.seancole.net
No Neutrality! LUKE 7:29-35
You can’t be neutral with Jesus.
Jesus will either foster antagonism or ambivalence. Anger or apathy. But you really can’t be neutral when it comes to Jesus.
We see two definitive responses to the ministry of John the Baptist who pointed ultimately to Jesus.
What are these two responses? Listen and find out!
What Actually Condemns a Sinner? Interacting with Leighton Flowers' Confusing Statements
What actually condemns a sinner to hell? Is it merely and only rejecting Christ’s words, or is it their nature as a result of the fall, their guilt imputed from Adam, and their own personal sins that flow from that fallen nature?
In a recent YouTube clip, leading Provisionist Leighton Flowers made some confusing statements about what sinners will ultimately be held responsbiel for on the day of Judgement. He argued from John 12:48 and 2 Thessalonians 2:10 that the ONLY reason sinners will be held accountable is for failure to receive the truth of Jesus' Words so as to be saved. Is that the ONLY reason for a sinner's condemnation and final judgment? What about those who have never heard the gospel and had the chance to either accept it or reject it? Do they go to heaven or hell? Based upon what?
The Reformed view of Original Sin, Original Guilt, Total Depravity, and understanding o f the role of the Law and works help give a fully developed answer to the question: What actually condemns a person to hell on the final day of judgment.
The Times They are a Changin' How Do We Interact with the Government ROMANS 13
As we see our American culture moving further and further to socialism, woke ideology, and an abandoning of God’s law, how do we as Bible-believing Christians respond? What are we to do?
In light of the COVID lockdowns and government overreach, Romans 13 has been used frequently the past year to argue for shutting down the church and to do whatever the government tells you to do no matter what—without any qualifications.
Dr. Sean Cole dives into this passage and others and shows how we as Christians should respond to the governing authorities. We also explore how the governing authorities should govern justly as ministers of God who will be accountable on the day of Judgment.
We cover a great deal of controversial issues in this teaching.
The Disappointment of Unmet Expectations LUKE 7:18-28
John the Baptist suffers in prison with major doubts as to who Jesus truly is. Did he somehow get it wrong about Jesus being the Messiah? What does it mean to be offended by Jesus? Why is John the greatest man to ever live according to Jesus? What does this difficult passage of Scripture teach about how we respond to God when He doesn't meet our expectations.
Listen and find out.
Loving Power in Heartbreaking Moments LUKE 7:11-17
Jesus shows up in loving power in the midst of life’s most heartbreaking moments. When we experience death or loss, we may be tempted to question both the love of God and the power of God. Jesus never promises to take us OUT of trials, but promises His presence THROUGH those trials. What does the raising to life of the widow's son teach us about the final resurrection and the hope we have in Christ? Listen and find out.
The Times They are a Changin' How do we RESPOND? Part One
We’ve seen the 5 major truths that are under attack today.
Truth One: God is the sovereign Creator and Ruler of everything.
Attack: The autonomous self is the ruler of all things and self-expression is the highest value.
Truth Two: The Bible is God’s inerrant, authoritative, and sufficient Word.
Attack: The Bible is not inerrant and we cannot be certain about what it says. It brings up more questions that answers. The real issue comes in the questioning, but we can never be so dogmatic that we can be certain of absolute truth.
Truth Three: Jesus is the ONLY way of salvation.
Attack: Jesus is a good and helpful model for how to live, but we cannot be so narrow-minded to say that salvation comes exclusively through Jesus alone.
Truth Four: A holy God must punish sin and rebellion through the substitutionary atonement of His Son.
Attack: The chief attribute of God is love and we must not discuss His wrath, justice, a bloody cross, or the reality of hell as these are offensive to modern sensibilities.
Truth Five: God’s written Word remains the eternal and righteous standard which defines the issues of marriage, gender, and human sexuality.
Attack: We have evolved over time to see that the Bible is outdated on these issues and we must be open, affirming, and accepting on how people express their gender, marriage, and sexuality.
We’ve also seen the 5 major TACTICS used by the secularist to silence or marganilize Christians.
1) Rewrite history and demonized our past
2) Use social media and schools to further progoganda
3) Curb free speech through shame and cancel culture
4) Sexualize children and confuse at an early age
5) Celebrate socialism and denounce capitalism
Now we must ask the harder questions: How do we respond? What do we do?
We must declare boldly and live out faithfully Biblical truth no matter what the cost. This involves discipling the younger generation to be equipped with a biblical worldview on these key issues.
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Sean is so knowledgeable and thorough. He has an accurate grasp of scripture and communicates in a way that people can understand clearly. I so wish I still lived in Sterling and could attend his church! Thanks for being faithful to God's calling to share the good news!
Smart, exegetical, historically accurate
This a podcast that looks at the exegesis of Scripture and comes to a conclusion. Sean Cole is intelligent and well versed in church and SBC history. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone who desires to understand the Christian faith from a reformed baptist perspective.
Typical Calvinism tripe.
As other Calvinists do, Sean cherry picks scripture to find support for his assumptions while ignoring more clear passages that would contradict his position. Many of his statements begins with words like " what if" or "suppose that". Of the half dozen podcasts I've listened to I have never heard him mention, never mind consider the foreknowledge of an almighty God. There's almost a glee about the fact that those who are not "the elect" are damned to hell for no other reason then the fact God didn't choose them. That's a Christianity I don't want to understand. I want to understand a God who "is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."