• Christ’s Word and the Believer

    Colossians 3:16-17

    Paul closes out Colossians 3:17 by reminding us to do everything in the name of Jesus. This entails not merely an action accompanied by an audible expression of “in Jesus name”; rather, to do something in His name is to ...Read More

  • Teaching the Law

    Nehemiah 8:1–12

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage that “those who tremble at the convictions of the word may triumph in the consolation of it.” We can rejoice in the Lord’s grace and forgiveness only if we first understand our need for ...Read More

  • Apostolic Authority

    1 Corinthians 7:10–16

    There is an unfortunate tendency to elevate the words of Jesus recorded in the Gospels and elsewhere as more authoritative than the words of the other biblical authors. But we must not do this, for Paul, Peter, and the other ...Read More

  • Paul at Ephesus

    Acts 19:1–10

    With the destruction of the temple, the outward features of the old covenant came to an end. We no longer take Nazirite vows and we no longer expect either defilement or blessing to be transmitted through clothes. The “clothes” of ...Read More

  • John’s Message and Baptism

    Matthew 3:5-6

    We will talk about the kingdom and its coming over the course of our study this year. For now, note that God’s kingdom did not come with military force, as was popularly expected, but in the life, death, and resurrection ...Read More

  • God’s People Fail to Repent

    Daniel 9:1-19

    Daniel’s prayer that God would not forget His promises of restoration is not based on the inherent goodness of the people but purely on the Lord’s mercy (Dan. 9:1–19). He asked God not to deal with the people as they ...Read More

  • The Wilderness Preacher

    Mark 1:4-6

    Jesus’ message to the Jews, and by extension to all people, is the same as John’s: Men and women can have a place in God’s kingdom only if they repent of their sins and turn to the Lord alone for ...Read More

  • Serving God in the Here and Now

    1 Corinthians 7:17–24

    If our primary concern in life is to change our present situation, then we will have little room to serve God wherever we are. It is not inherently wrong to seek a change in circumstances, and, indeed, a change may ...Read More

  • The LORD Has Listened

    Genesis 16:11–12

    Terrorism and Islamic jihad can make it hard for Western Christians to look upon the children of Ishmael with love. Yet as the Lord will redeem people from every tribe and tongue (Rev. 7:9–10), it is incumbent upon the church ...Read More

  • Believing Versus Doing

    Galatians 3:10–14

    We can say with certainty that the one temptation that all people have in common is the temptation to believe we can make ourselves right with God, that our efforts, even when done with His help, are good enough to ...Read More

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