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
Christianity
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Jonah 2: A Prayer from the Deep
Jonah has been swallowed by a fish, and he prays to God for salvation. It's a sincere prayer, but a self-righteous one too. Seth and David talk about Jonah as a representative of Israel praying to God from the depths of exile and inside the belly of Assyria.
39 min
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Jonah 1: Jonah's not About a Fish
The book of Jonah is not about a fish. It is a story about God's offensive mercy. David and Seth talk about how the book of Jonah upsets many of our expectations and what Jesus meant when he gave the Pharisees "the sign of Jonah."
51 min
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1/2 Million Downloads!
Thank you so much to YOU, our podcast community. We've passed a huge milestone. Our podcast has been downloaded 500,000 times. THANK YOU!
6 min
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Jude: Who is a False Teacher?
Jude addresses a group of false teachers who are using God's grace to justify their greed and sensuality. Seth and David talk about all of Jude's weird references to the Old Testament and Jewish literature and how the good news of Jude is that Jesus keeps us for himself.
65 min
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2 Peter 3: The Earth Will Dissolve
Peter ends his polemic against the false teachers and encourages his people with God's patience. Seth and David talk about the good news that God is patient and how his patience is an opportunity for all to be saved.
40 min
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2 Peter 1:16-2:22: Nephilim. Sodom. Flood.
Peter launches his attack against the false teachers, and he doesn't pull any punches. Seth and David talk about judgment, salvation, sex, donkeys, and angels and why all of it is good news.
52 min
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2 Peter 1:1-15: Participating in the Divine
Peter is on his deathbed and today's passage is his final sermon. Peter encourages his churches to remain morally virtuous in a morally corrupt world by remembering they participate in God's divine nature. Seth and David talk about the good news of joining in God's power and nature and how moral progress is good news.
54 min
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1 Peter 5: The Rise and Fall of Church Leaders
1 Peter 5 talks to church leaders in an era where all leaders seem to be evil and overpowering. And more pressingly, for most of us, is it possible to submit to leaders who so often prove themselves unworthy of following? Seth and David talk about why the Gospel is good news for leaders and how the church can be a new Eden where humility, leadership, and submission coexist.
35 min
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1 Peter 3:8-4:19: Suffering for Righteousness Sake
Peter's churches are suffering, just as Jesus told them to expect. But Peter encourages them with the truth that resurrection is inevitable for those who suffer for the sake of righteousness. Seth and David talk about the good news that inevitable suffering leads to inevitable glory.
65 min
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1 Peter 2:13-3:7: Submission as Citizens, Slave...
Peter has told us we are spiritual exiles by our relationship with Jesus. But that also means we are alienated from our physical countries, jobs, and wives. How are followers of Jesus supposed to act when their most central relationships treat them unjustly? Seth and David talk about resurrection hope for people who are powerless in their countries, jobs, and marriages.
63 min
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1 Peter 2: Living, Breathing Stones
Peter says that both Jesus and his followers are living breathing stones. He also says we are chosen, royal priests and citizens of a new nation. Seth and David talk about all of Peter's metaphors and why it's good news that we are priests and temples to this world.
52 min
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2 Peter Introduction: Certain Judgement and Cer...
2 Peter is a letter written from a deathbed. It represents some of Peter's final thoughts to a church both disappointed and under attack. Jesus said he would come "soon," but "soon" has lasted decades. Seth and David talk about the false teachers that were skeptical that Jesus would ever come, why it's certain, and why it's good news that God will come to judge and save.
53 min
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1 Peter Introduction: None of Us Are Home
1 Peter is addressed to a group of Gentiles living across modern-day Turkey. He calls them "elect exiles." Peter spends the rest of his letter helping Gentiles see themselves as part of Israel's story of exile and return. He also encourages them to live like members of a different nation. Seth and David talk about Jesus' death as a type of exile and how he is building a new home for us.
57 min
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Luke 24: What Happened on the Road to Emmaus?
Jesus has just been raised from the dead, but none of his disciples believe him. But on the road to Emmaus, Jesus reveals he has defeated death and that he really is God in the flesh. Seth and David talk about the verse that launched Spoken Gospel and why it is good news that Jesus opens our eyes.
53 min
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3 John: Jesus, Our Host
3 John is addressed to Gaius and talks about the necessity of hospitality. Seth and David talk about Jesus as our generous host and how hospitality uniquely embodies the Gospel.
35 min