Spoken Gospel

The mission of Spoken Gospel is to equip the church to speak the gospel out of every corner of scripture. Co-hosts and close friends, David Bowden and Seth Stewart, sit down every week to talk through a Bible passage and see how it points us to Jesus.

Religion & Spirituality
Zechariah Overview: A King on a Donkey
Zechariah ends with a vision of a King riding a donkey to challenge the corrupt leaders of God's people. David discovers a donkey is the steed of a King, and Seth talks about the way Jesus is not only a Messiah who saves but is saved by God.
63 min
Zechariah Overview: The Day of Small Things
Zechariah is an intense book of dreams and visions. But they all communicate one clear point: if God's people return to him, God will return to his Kingdom. Seth and David talk about four horses, a basket of women, and how Jesus returns to his true home in us.
71 min
James: You are Saved by Works, Not by Faith Alone
James makes one of the more controversial statements in Scripture. 'You are saved by works, not by faith alone." Seth and David talk about the book several church leaders have wanted to remove from the Bible and why it's good news that Jesus didn't save us by faith alone.
53 min
James Overview: Jesus, the Smartest King Who Ev...
The book of James is a mash-up of the book of Proverbs and Jesus' sermon on the mount. It's an exploration of the wisdom of King Jesus, the Messiah. Seth and David talk about what it means to be a model citizen in Jesus' Kingdom and how death and resurrection is the truest fact about our world.
49 min
Titus Overview: Jesus Just Appears
Crete was notorious for its immorality, but Paul, in his letter to Titus, says the greatest threat to Christians is religion. Seth and David talk about the good news of Jesus "appearing" and how getting into God's family by grace instead of circumcision is worth getting angry about.
55 min
1 Timothy 6:3-21: How to be Content
Paul ends his letter to Timothy talking about contentment. Seth and David discuss how contentment isn't saying "no" to things but begins with accepting God as a generous giver.
55 min
1 Timothy 5:1-6:2: How to Correct Your Family
Paul gives Timothy advice on how to address and correct three different groups of people who now live in God's house: widows, elders, and slaves. Seth and David talk about God's heart for widows and orphans and how to make sense of Paul's commands about slaves.
53 min
1 Timothy 4: How to Save Yourself
Paul tells Timothy that through his striving and toil, he can save both himself and his church. Seth and David talk about what it means to save yourself and how God's power to save is only enhanced when he chooses to use men and women like us.
41 min
1 Timothy 2-3: Men, Women, and Leadership in Go...
The apostle Paul calls the church God's House, the assembled of the Living God, and the bedrock of Truth in a world of lies. And every member of this house must live as if God is their Father, Master, and Truth. Seth and David talk more about the way men and women interact in leadership throughout the Bible and how godly leadership should look.
40 min
1 Timothy 2-3: Men, Women, and Leadership in Go...
The apostle Paul calls the church God's House, the assembled of the Living God, and the bedrock of Truth in a world of lies. And every member of this house must live as if God is their Father, Master, and Truth. Seth and David talk about the good news of being part of God's house.
58 min
1 Timothy 1: The Gospel of Patience
The apostle Paul says he is a living example of God's patience towards false teachers. Seth and David talk about God's patience as one of Paul's favorite ways to talk about the good news of Jesus.
55 min
1 & 2 Timothy Introduction
The apostle Paul has left a young Timothy in charge of a church filled with false teachers. Paul calls this church "God's House," and Timothy's role as a member of that house is to make sure it meets the standards and expectations of their heavenly Father. Seth and David talk about the broken leadership inside the Ephesians church and the hope a godly home brings to the world around it.
52 min
Philemon Is Not About Slaves
The book of Philemon is not about slaves, masters, or their freedom but about the power of Jesus to reconcile brothers at odds with one another. Seth and David talk about the only letter of Paul to have no mention of Jesus's death and resurrection but how Paul acts like Jesus to reconcile a slave and a master in conflict.
56 min
Daniel 11-12: Not a When, But a Who
The final visions of Daniel are some of the most interesting and leave us asking, with Daniel and the angels around him, "When will all this happen?" But instead of getting an answer to "when", we're told about "who." Seth and David talk about the good news of a God who knows history, even when we don't.
66 min
Daniel 10: A Shining Metal Man and the Prince o...
Daniel has a vision of a terrifying spiritual being and hears battle reports about a conflict with the "Prince of Persia." Seth and David talk about how God breaks the apocalyptic genre because he is the only international deity who rules over all the nations of the world.
45 min
Daniel 9: 70 Weeks and a Prayer for Mercy
Daniel has just read the book of Jeremiah, and Jeremiah prophesied that in 70 years, Israel's exile would end. Daniel asks God for forgiveness and mercy and wonders if the 70 years are finally up. An angel appears to give Daniel good and bad news. Seth and David talk about Jesus as the fulfillment of the 70 weeks and spend way too much time talking about covenants.
73 min
Daniel 8: Rams, Goats, and Abominations
Daniel dreams of a ram and a goat with one horn (a uni-goat). An angel tells Daniel that these beasts are images of two coming kingdoms that will lead to a great abomination. Seth and David tackle the abomination that causes desolation and the significance of the destruction of the temple.
69 min
Daniel 7: A Cloud-Riding Son of Man
Daniel sees a vision of an enthroned white-haired man being approached by another man riding a cloud. What's odd is both the enthroned judge and the cloud-rider seem to be God... is God riding on a cloud... towards himself? Seth and David talk about how Jesus is the "Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven."
78 min
Daniel 6: The Lion's Den
Daniel is thrown into a "trial by lions." If the lions eat him, he's guilty. If they leave him alone he is innocent. Over and over Daniel is declared "innocent" in this story, and he is vindicated when he rises from his pit. Seth and David talk about Jesus in the context of lions, false tribunals, and a "trial of death".
43 min
Daniel 5: The Writing on the Wall
King Belshazzar has taken the throne, but Babylon falls under his leadership. Instead of learning humility from his father, Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar is a proud man, and God humbles him for it. Seth and David talk about the inevitable fall of proud leaders and the good news that Jesus is coming to number, weigh, and divide.
69 min
Daniel 4: Nebuchadnezzar Goes Insane
Nebuchadnezzar has a dream that predicts a coming period of insanity that will ultimately lead to his humility before the God of Heaven. Nebuchadnezzar disregards the warning and turns into a beast but is then raised back to his throne. Seth and David talk about the good news of humility and how even the proudest can be rescued.
53 min
Daniel 3: A Raging Furnace
Nebuchadnezzar builds a giant statue of himself. And Daniel's friends, Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego, are offered a choice: to bow or to burn. Seth and David talk about the significance of Nebuchadnezzar's "image" and why Jesus as the "image" of God matters so much to the story of Daniel 3.
50 min
Daniel 2: A Statue of Four Kingdoms
Nebuchadnezzar has a vision he can't understand but refuses to tell. He threatens to kill all of his closest advisors unless they can both reveal what he dreamed and what his dream means. Only Daniel can do it and, in the process, shows us that God is the God who reveals impenetrable mysteries. Seth and David talk about the dream God has had since the beginning of time and how Jesus, like Daniel, reveals God's dream and blesses the world.
63 min
Daniel 1: A Test of Allegiance
God has sent Israel into exile in Babylon. Stolen from his home, Daniel is scrubbed of his Hebrew identity and promised prestige and power by King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel is being tested. Will he bow before the king who offers the wealth of the empire, or will Daniel trust the God that sent him into Nebuchadnezzar's hand in the first place? Seth and David talk about exile, priesthood, the end of proud empires, and most importantly, how Daniel is all about Jesus.
53 min
Daniel Introduction
Daniel is a Jewish exile in Babylon. Stolen from his home and in the belly of a monstrous empire, Daniel has been a role for many in the church. But Daniel is more than someone to look up to. Seth and David talk about how Daniel is a picture of Jesus resurrected and ascended to a throne above all earthly powers; and how Jews in exile give us a picture of the hope of the world. As promised, here's our outline for the book of Daniel. Have fun reading this week. BOOK OF DANIEL OUTLINE 1 Exile Begins 2 Vision of 4 Kingdoms 3 Fiery Furnace . 4 Humbled to Exaltation 5 Humbled to Death 6 Lion’s Den 7 Vision of 4 Kingdoms 8-12 Exile Ends
41 min