Resources by Cory Williams

Resources by Cory Williams

The Gospel and Marriage

This week, we ask how the gospel informs marriage.  The gospel reminds us that marriage is not just an ordinary relationship.  Marriage is a profound gift from God and symbolizes the relationship between Christ and the Church.   Ephesians 5:21-33 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church,…

The Gospel and Communication

This week, we ask how the gospel informs how we communicate.  The gospel teaches us that our words have great power; therefore, we ought to use them wisely.  In its simplest, gospel communication is communication that builds others up rather than tearing them down.  As believers, the words we speak and the tone we use ought to reflect Christ such that He is made real to all who hear us.   Ephesians 4:29-5:4 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out…

The Gospel and Rest

This week, we ask how the gospel informs our rest.  The Lord created us as spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual, and social beings.  Rest, in all these areas, becomes essential to our overall well-being.  Though there are practical steps we can (and should) take to rest well, the goal of rest is ultimately to point us to the One in whom are souls find their deepest rest: Jesus.   Mark 6:30-36 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all…

The Gospel and Work

This week, we ask how the gospel informs our work.  In our passage, we learn that the Bible teaches that work is a gift of God and deeply significant.  More than that, the gospel informs the manner in which we work, our motivation for our work, and, finally, the opportunity we have to work on mission.   Colossians 3:23-4:1 3:22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their…

The Gospel for Life Itself

To begin our series on how the gospel relates to tangible aspects of our lives, we start in the book of Philippians.  In this passage, we receive a call to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel.  To conduct ourselves in such a way as this, regardless of circumstance, communicates the beauty of the gospel and makes Jesus real.  Philippians 1:27-30 (Philippians 1:27-30) 27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I…

Relief

In this passage, we wrap up the book of Esther with two reminders about the work of God in our lives.  First, He is working even when we cannot see Him.  Second, He uses all of us to accomplish His purposes through our unique gifting.  Wherever we are, God has commissioned us to be Christ there.   Esther 9:1-10:3 9 On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, the edict commanded by the king was to be carried out.…

The God of Reversals

In this passage, two reversals take center stage.  First, Mordecai experiences a reversal of fortunes as he goes from outcast to joining the king’s leadership.  Second, Esther leads the charge in the reversal of Haman’s decree against the Jews.  These two reversals remind us that God has a habit of redeeming broken things, and in fact, that is the very work He is doing presently.  While we may not personally experience the redemption of what is broken, we know that…

Evil Will Not Prevail

In this passage, we learn about how God deals with evil and how we can respond faithfully to it. Esther 7:1-10 7 So the king and Haman went to Queen Esther’s banquet, 2 and as they were drinking wine on the second day, the king again asked, “Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.” 3 Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have…

Deliverance Comes From God

Esther 6:1-14 1 That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. 2 It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.3 “What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked.“Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered.4…

The Way of Wisdom & The Way of Foolishness

Esther 5:1-14 5:1 On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. 2 When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. 3 Then the king asked, “What…

The Moment of Decision

Esther 4:1-17 1 When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. 2 But he went only as far as the king’s gate, because no one clothed in sackcloth was allowed to enter it. 3 In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many…

Power, Persecution, and Providence

Esther 3:1-15 3:1 After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles. 2 All the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor. 3 Then the royal officials at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why do you disobey the king’s command?” 4 Day after…