Understanding Christianity



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


  • Three Reasons to REJOICE! Luke 10:17-24


    Jesus gives us three reasons to rejoice. (1) Be joyful in Christ's victory over Satan, (2) Be joyful that your eternal salvation is secure in heaven, and (3) Be joyful that God chose you for salvation before the foundation of the world. Our names are written in heaven and Jesus has chosen to reveal the gospel to us in sovereign grace. www.seancole.net

  • The Privilege and the Peril LUKE 10:1-16

    18/07/2021 Duración: 45min

    In this hard-hitting sermon, Pastor Sean preaches the difficult words of Jesus where He pronounces woes on the Jewish town of Capernaum for rejecting HIm as their Messiah. It will be greater for the Gentile pagan cities of Sodom, Tyre, and Sidon on the Day of Judgment. Greater exposure to Jesus means greater judgment in hell if you reject Him. Sean challenges us as American Christians who have over-exposure to the gospel not to neglect such a great salvation when there are over 3 billion unreached people around the globe who have never heard the gospel. www.seancole.net

  • Critical Concerns about the Progressive Direction of the SBC

    01/07/2021 Duración: 35min

    As a life-long Southern Baptist, Dr. Sean Cole gives his reflections on the recent annual meeting in Nashville. He expresses grave concern over the progressive drift in the convention in the areas of Critical Race Theory, the ordiantion of women, and the election of Ed Litton as president. Listen as he shares his reflections of what transpired at the SBC meeting and how we should respond. www.seancole.net

  • Where is Your Focus? LUKE 9:43-50

    27/06/2021 Duración: 43min

    The disciples get into a stupid argument about who is the greatest in the Kingdom. Jesus corrects them by addressing their lack of focus. When you keep your focus ON the CROSS, you will keep the focus OFF yourself. www.seancole.net

  • Two Tragedies Overcome by One Victory LUKE 9:37-43

    20/06/2021 Duración: 41min

    The Renaissance painter Raphael worked himself to death on the most famous oil painting in the world "The Transfiguration" which resides in the Vatican today. This painting depicts the two distinctly different scenes of the glory of Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration contrasted with the disciples down below who failed miserably in casting out a demon. In this sermon from Luke 9:37-43, Pastor Sean shows us two tragedies overcome by one victory. www.seancole.net

  • Luke 9:28-36 The TRANSFIGURATION

    16/06/2021 Duración: 45min

    Peter, James, and John see Jesus transfigured in all of His majesty glory. The big idea of this passage is this: Followers of Christ must continually listen to Christ. In Luke 9:28-36, (1) we see the glory of the new Exodus (vs. 28-31) (2) we see a misplaced eagerness to control Jesus (vs. 32-33), and (3) we hear the approving voice of the Father. (vs. 34-35). Pastor Sean urges us to LISTEN to Jesus in the written Word of God. www.seancole.net

  • Sean Cole Interviewed by Ben Hansel at Primal Truths YouTube

    07/06/2021 Duración: 52min

    A few weeks ago, Sean was invited on Susan Morales's (a Provisionists) YouTube Channel to debate Calvinism. You can watch the original dialogue here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=navTAopg_5I His partner was Ben Hansel of Primal Truths YouTube. This is the audio of the YouTube discussion. We discussed Leighton Flowers, total inability, Open Theism, the authority of Scripture, and other topics. You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_3lIHedPHM

  • Ephesians 2:1-9 IS FAITH A GIFT?

    02/06/2021 Duración: 43min

    In Ephesians 2:1-9, Paul describes total inability and spiritual deadness in graphic terms. He also explains the nature of saving grace whereby God makes us alive in Christ. What exactly does spiritual deadness mean? What is the nature of grace? is it a mere offer or a sovereign work of God? Is faith itself a gift? Dr. Sean Cole gives a detailed explanation of this passage of Scripture to show how Reformed theology differs greatly from other views such as Provisionism. Listen and enjoy. Check out Sean's book "Your Identity in the Trinity: Discovering God's Grace in the Gospel" at amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Your-Identity-Trinity-Discovering-Gospel-ebook/dp/B07RWTJK9K/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Sean+Cole+Trinity&qid=1622651745&sr=8-1

  • The Cost and Reward of Following Jesus LUKE 9:18-27

    23/05/2021 Duración: 40min

    What does Jesus truly mean when He calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily, and follow Him? Can we do this in our own power? What is the cost of following Jesus? What is the reward for following Jesus? Pastor Sean answers these questions in this sermon. Listen and find out!!! www.seancole.net

  • Beth Moore, Saddleback, and Women Preachers???

    19/05/2021 Duración: 40min

    The role of women in ministry has made major headlines in Southern Baptist life in the past few weeks. Beth Moore announced her exit from the SBC because she is now an egalitarian. Saddleback Church ordained three women last week. Many SBC megachurches and NAMB church plants had women preaching on Mother's Day. What does the Bible teach about the role of women preaching? Dr. Cole gives a strong complementarian view that one cannot separate the office from the function of an elder. The conclusion: Women should not preach in a mixed congregation on the Lord's Day. Listen and find out more... www.seancole.net

  • JUDE 17-23 Final Lesson

    19/05/2021 Duración: 01h23min

    Pastor Sean closes out this study on the book of Jude. How can we abide in the love of God and not succumb to false teaching? Listen and find out. www.seancole.net

  • More than a Happy Meal! LUKE 9:10-17

    16/05/2021 Duración: 39min

    In the feeding of the 5000, we see the inadequecy and weakness of the disciples. This is exaclty where Jesus wants them to be so that HE can show up in power. Do the crowds truly understand that Jesus is the Bread of Life, or do the simply want to continue to get a free meal. Listen and find out. www.seancole.net.

  • JUDE 8-16

    05/05/2021 Duración: 01h24min

    Jude continues to describe in graphic terms these false teachers who had crept into the church. He compares them to three notorious sinners in the Old Testament: (1) Cain, (2) Balaam, and (3) Korah. How do we practice discernment to recognize heresy? Listen and find out. www.seancole.net

  • LUKE 9:1-9 What is the Mission of the Church?

    02/05/2021 Duración: 44min

    Jesus sent out His disciples on a mission. How does their mission serve as a bluebrint for our mission today as God's church? Listen and find out. www.seancole.net

  • JUDE 1-7

    01/05/2021 Duración: 01h27min

    Dr. Sean Cole begins a short series on the epistle of Jude. This letter begins with a wonderful Trinitarian theology of our identity and the warns us about the dangers of false teachers. How do we contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints? www.seancole.net

  • JONAH Chapter Four

    01/05/2021 Duración: 01h24min

    The LORD sovereignly saved Nineveh from wrath and Jonah burned with anger because of God's compassion. How does Jonah respond to God's grace? How can we compassionately share the gospel with those who are unsaved? Listen and find out. www.seancole.net

  • The Giver of Peace and Hope LUKE 8:40-56

    18/04/2021 Duración: 38min

    Jesus encounters two desperate people who are at the end of their ropes. Jairus, the synagogue ruler, has a 12-year-old daughter who is dying. An unnamed woman with a discharge of blood for 12 years touches the fringe of Jesus' garment. How does Jesus give both of these helpless and hopeless individuals what they needed most? Listen and find out. www.seancole.net

  • JONAH Chapter THREE

    16/04/2021 Duración: 01h14min

    Jonah is a sinner saved by grace in the belly of the great fish. He came to the realization that salvation is of the Lord. With a renewed urgency, he enters Nineveh and preaches a sermon calling them to repent. What happens when God brings revival to a city? Dr. Sean Cole explore this question by showing evidences of authentic spiritual awakening from Jonah Chapter 3. www.seancole.net

  • Mercy in the Midst of Mayhem LUKE 8:26-39

    12/04/2021 Duración: 39min

    Jesus encounters a man with thousands of demons whose name is Legion. This passage in Luke shows Jesus' commanding power over the spiritual forces of evil. This man is the most lamentable, tortured person in the Bible. What spiritual truths do we see in this event that relate to our lives before we were saved by grace alone? Listen and find out. www.seancole.net

  • JONAH Chapter 2

    08/04/2021 Duración: 01h29min

    Like the Prodigal Son, Jonah runs away from God in rebellion. He cries out in distress at the bottom of the ocean and the LORD hears his cry and saves him. In this teaching, Dr. Sean Cole focuses on verse 9: Salvation belongs to the LORD. He explains the "Order of Salvation" to show how God saves sinners. He focuses on predestination, effectual calling, regeneration, justification, sanctification, perseverance of the saints, and glorification. www.seancole.net

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