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
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
Daniel Sermon: Only God is in Control
We're starting a new series in the book of Daniel! Here's a sermon of Seth's from a few years back introducing the book of Daniel, its main themes, and the hope that despite what it looks like, God is in control.
42 min
Habakkuk: The Righteous Live by Endurance
The book of Habakkuk asks how can God be good if he uses evil to judge evil. Seth and David talk about the cycle of oppressive nations devouring oppressive nations, how Jesus breaks the cycle, and how the people of God live by faith.
58 min
Halfway There
Spoken Gospel is halfway through its first project introducing 66 books of the Bible and talking about Jesus from 750 different passages of Scripture! Seth and David talk about how we got here and where Spoken Gospel is headed in the coming years.
23 min
So this is crazy...
In four months, the Spoken Gospel podcast has grown as much as it did in the first three years. Because of you, we have just passed 1 MILLION downloads. THANK YOU. God is doing something we cannot take credit for. Thank you for joining us in our mission to see Jesus in all of Scripture. We're excited for what God does next.
6 min
Nahum Introduction: God Will Not Clear the Guilty
The book of Nahum is a prophecy against Ninevah, but it is a word of warning to all nations built on cruelty and injustice. God will not clear the guilty of their charges and will execute swift and perfect justice against them. Nahum hopes for an age where evil doesn't exist, and that age begins in Jesus. Seth and David talk about God's justice, jealousy, and vengeance and how we should see Jesus in a letter about the destruction of cities.
65 min
Beholding and Becoming Like Jesus
Recently, David was asked to preach a sermon for his church about "Beholding and Becoming" like Jesus. It's based on 2 Corinthians 3-4. Here it is!
41 min
Micah 6-7: Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk ...
The final chapters of Micah offer a final look into God's justice against Israel's evil leaders and a final glimpse at God's coming rescue of the innocent. Seth and David talk about what it means to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly. And how Jesus is the only hope for God's people.
62 min
Micah 3-5: Swords into Plows
Micah prophesies an end to Israel's corrupt leadership and the emergence of a new ruler. This ruler will replace Israel's evil rulers, lead Israel into victory over their enemies, and establish them as co-leaders in a remade world. Seth and David talk about how Jesus is all over Micah's prophecies and how he leads us to be a new nation that does justice in the world.
65 min
Micah 1-2: Hope After Judgement
Micah is split into three court cases. In the first, Micah calls all nations of the world to join Israel in the defendant's box because what happens in Israel will happen to the rest of the world. Seth and David talk about hints of hope in an oracle of doom and how Jesus breaks through blockades of injustice and death.
67 min
Micah Introduction
The book of Micah is about restoration on the other side of judgment. Micah cycles three times through a pattern of promised judgment against Israel's rulers and then promises of restoration. Seth and David talk about why the restoration of Israel, Jesus, and ourselves only comes after judgment.
57 min
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It's been another great year of seeing Jesus in all of Scripture. We're going on a short break and will be back on January 13th!
6 min
What We Missed in Jonah
Seth and David talk about everything they missed in Jonah and why you should definitely preach the book of Jonah next Easter Sunday.
12 min
Jonah 4: Is God's Mercy Evil?
Jonah calls God's mercy evil. It's offensive that God would extend mercy to his persecutors, and God interrogates Jonah and his motives. Seth and David talk about the hypocrisy of our own hearts and the scandal of God's mercy shown in Jesus.
49 min
Jonah 3: God Repents of Evil
Reluctantly, Jonah finally delivers God's message to Ninevah, and both Ninevah and God repent of evil. It's offensive language to describe God's offensive mercy. Seth and David talk about the way God overturns not only Jonah's prophecy but our expectations about who God's mercy can be extended to.
42 min