• The Parable of the Prodigal Son

    Luke 15:11—32

    If we are not careful, we may adopt a holier-than-thou attitude just like the one that the Prodigal Son’s brother possessed. We dare not close the doors of our churches to the most notorious sinners. If they have repented and ...Read More

  • The High and Holy Place

    Isaiah 57:14–21

    The Lord is transcendent — high above us as our Lord and Sovereign. Yet this is not a distant and wrathful lordship, for in Christ we no longer have to fear eternal judgment. In fact, Jesus has made us friends ...Read More

  • The False Prophet

    Deuteronomy 13:1–5

    False prophets exist in our day insofar as there are many men and women who are claiming to speak for God and yet teach aberrant doctrine. While we must not be contentious over minor matters, we should never be afraid ...Read More

  • The Sons of Joseph

    Joshua 16:1–10

    Ephraim did not obey God’s command to drive the Canaanites out. That meant that idolworshiping pagans lived in their midst, and their hearts were soon led astray. We often cannot foresee the negative consequences of disobedience and unbelief in God’s ...Read More

  • Our Prowling Adversary

    1 Peter 5:8-9

    Since Satan’s favorite weapon against us is deceit, the only way to counter him is with the truth. That is one reason why it is so important for us to be armed with a sound knowledge of Scripture, which is ...Read More

  • Responding to the Servant

    Isaiah 55

    God works through means. In justification, the sole instrumental means He uses is the faith He gives us to lay hold of Christ’s perfect righteousness—the sole ground of our being declared righteous before Him. We must trust Jesus alone to ...Read More

  • Baptism of the Holy Spirit

    Acts 19:1-7

    All Christians are theologians because all believers develop ideas about God that shape who they are and what they do. The only question is whether we are going to be good theologians or bad theologians. Good theologians determine their theology ...Read More

  • David’s Lord

    Matthew 22:41–45

    Augustine wrote, “Christ is both David’s Son and David’s Lord: David’s Lord always, David’s Son in time. David’s Lord, born of the substance of his Father; David’s Son, born of the Virgin Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit. Let us ...Read More

  • First Timothy

    1 Timothy 1:1-2

    Take time to read through the letter of 1 Timothy in preparation for our study over the next few months. Consider the problems and issues Paul discusses in this letter and how they manifest themselves in the church today. Ask ...Read More

  • A Helpless People

    1 Samuel 13:16-23

    It seems that the Israelites were trusting in Saul and that Saul was trusting in himself, but no one was trusting God. The result was predictably negative. Likewise, trusting anything other than God will have negative consequences for us. Examine ...Read More

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