• Redemptive Discipline

    Matthew 18:15–17

    In excommunication, Dr. John MacArthur writes, “the idea is not merely to punish the offender, or to shun him completely, but to remove him as a detrimental influence from the fellowship of the church, and then to regard him as ...Read More

  • Faith and Works

    James 2:18–21

    John Calvin notes that while true faith always produces good works, good works are not always the result of true faith. Indeed “the unbelieving sometimes excel in specious virtues … hence works apparently excellent may exist apart from faith.” We ...Read More

  • The Eternal Priest-King

    Psalm 110:4–7

    Christ is gentle and kind to His people, but this gentleness and kindness is an expression of strength, not weakness. He is also the fierce protector of His children, and He will judge the earth in righteousness. Our only hope ...Read More

  • Light and Darkness

    Exodus 14:15–20

    Read the passage below from John. What does it mean to walk in the light? Describe what it means to walk in darkness. What are some “deeds of darkness”? What are deeds of the light? Read Ephesians 5:8–14. How does ...Read More

  • Providence and Gratitude

    1 Thessalonians 5:18

    The Heidelberg Catechism says that knowledge of God’s sovereign providence enables us to be thankful when things go well for us (Q&A 28). That is certainly true. However, we can also be thankful when things go ill, not because of ...Read More

  • Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit

    Mark 3:28—30

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Mark, “Worrying about [whether one has committed the unforgivable sin] is one of the clearest evidences that [the troubled person has] not committed this sin, for those who commit it ...Read More

  • What Really Matters in the End?

    Proverbs 16:8

    In light of the entire canon of Scripture, the only kind of righteousness that avails for eternal life is the righteousness of Christ that is imputed to us by faith alone (2 Cor. 5:21). But those who have received such ...Read More

  • Improper Boasting

    Ephesians 2:9

    Refusing to boast and false modesty are not the same thing. There are falsely modest people who claim to be humble and yet make sure that everyone sees the good they do, even though they might verbally express glory to ...Read More

  • The Bread of Life

    John 6:22-59

    The first time we feed on Christ by faith, putting our trust in Him alone for salvation, we are brought out of the kingdom of darkness into the light. We are sustained in the faith that saves us as we ...Read More

  • Minister in the True Tent

    Hebrews 8:1–2

    Many in our day anticipate the rebuilding of an earthly temple just like the one from ancient Israel. This desire, however, neglects the fact that Christ is already ministering in the true heavenly temple. Rejoice that the shadows have passed ...Read More

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