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


  • Sean Cole Interviewed by Ben Hansel at Primal Truths YouTube

    07/06/2021 Duration: 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 Duration: 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 Duration: 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 Duration: 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 Duration: 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 Duration: 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 Duration: 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 Duration: 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 Duration: 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 Duration: 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 Duration: 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 Duration: 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 Duration: 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 Duration: 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

  • The Three Tremendous Truths of EASTER Acts 13:27-39

    04/04/2021 Duration: 40min

    In the synagogue in Pisidia Antioch, the apostle Paul preaches the resurrection of Christ. Dr. Sean Cole explores this sermon and shows us three tremendous truths of Easter. In light of these truths, how should we respond to the empty tomb? www.seancole.net

  • JONAH 1:1-17

    01/04/2021 Duration: 01h14min

    Dr. Sean Cole begins a new Wednesday night in-depth teaching through the book of Jonah. Jonah is a story of running away from commitment. It is a story of evangelism. It is a story of revival. And it is a story that makes us evaluate ourselves in light of God’s great commission to preach the gospel to all creation and make disciples of all nations. www.seancole.net

  • The Fear of God in the Storms of Life LUKE 8:22-25

    28/03/2021 Duration: 46min

    Jesus calms the storm and the winds and waves obey Him. What does it truly mean to FEAR the Lord? Why were the disciples more afraid AFTER the miracle than before? We explore this passage as Pastor Sean gives four encouragements on how we can grow in our fear of the Lord. www.seancole.net

  • A Deep Dive into EPHESIANS 1 and Interactions with Provisionism

    23/03/2021 Duration: 01h05min

    The major point of contention between Calvinists and Provisionists over the doctrine of election--especially in Ephesians 1 is this: When does a person get "in Christ?" Does a person ONLY get "in Christ" on the excecise of free will to choose Jesus and thus become one of the elect group? Or are the elect In Christ before the foundation of hte world in the covenant of redemption? Is God's election of individuals to salvation unconditional? Or is God's election of a group that is conditioned on faith? Listen as Dr. Sean Cole takes a deep dive into Ephesians 1:3-14 and attempts to show the major differences among the Reformed understanding of election versus the Provisionist understanding. www.seancole.net

  • Are You a True Child of God? LUKE 8:16-21

    21/03/2021 Duration: 45min

    In this passage, Jesus teaches that a true child of God will obey the Word of God. What does it mean to be a true child of God? How do you become a child of God? What does this obedience look like? How does it relate to the parable of the soils and final judgment? Listen and find out. www.seancole.net

  • What is the Condition of Your Heart? LUKE 8:4-15

    15/03/2021 Duration: 44min

    Pastor Sean preaches on the parable of the soils. In this sermon, he focuses on four main topics: (1) What is a parable? (2) What is the purpose of a parable? (3) The majority of the sermon is exploring the four types of soils and (4) Three practical encouragements in regard to doing evangelism and trusting in the sovereignty of God. www.seancole.net

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