• No New Commandment

    1 John 2:7–8

    The emphasis on love in 1 John is the love that we must have for other believers. However, while the needs of John’s audience required him to focus on love for other Christians, we would be mistaken if we thought ...Read More

  • Vicarious Substitution

    Matthew 3:13–17

    Christ has done for us what we could never do. He has rendered perfect obedience to God in every way. This perfect obedience enabled Him to be a pure lamb, free from every blemish and thus acceptable as the perfect ...Read More

  • Over Against the Other

    Genesis 15:9–11

    The medieval abuses of the church, coupled with the modern tendency toward naturalism, have caused many evangelicals to be wary about the sacraments. Since, by the Spirit, we are lifted up into heaven during worship (Heb. 12:18–24), we also enjoy ...Read More

  • Forgiveness and Healing

    Mark 2:6-12

    Forgiveness is our greatest need. Disease, depression, sorrow, poverty, injustice, and all other ills are true needs; ultimately, however, all these ills exist because sin has corrupted creation. Not all of our problems are caused by our specific sins, but ...Read More

  • Our Shepherd and Overseer

    1 Peter 2:25

    It is a great thing indeed to know Christ as the Good Shepherd. While His under-shepherds will fail us at times, His care for us is perfect, and it is impossible for Him to fail in tending to our needs. ...Read More

  • The Certainty of Deliverance

    Proverbs 11:21

    If there is no day of judgment coming, all attempts to do justice now are futile. Even the best systems of justice devised by human beings are imperfect, and they sometimes fail to punish evildoers. Only a final day of ...Read More

  • A Call for God to Remember

    Psalm 106:1-5

    In his sermon “Fine Pleading,” C.H. Spurgeon says, “Everything a sinner gets must come by favor. It cannot come anyway else, for if you get what you deserve, you will get no love, no mercy, no grace.” In and ...Read More

  • Persevering, Strengthening Faith

    Romans 4:18–21

    That Paul uses Abraham as a model of faith should greatly encourage us. It shows that the faith that justifies us is not a faith that never faces doubt or that is as strong as it could be at every ...Read More

  • Enjoyment in Our Toil

    Ecclesiastes 5:18–20

    Matthew Henry comments, “Those that cheerfully use what God has given them thereby honor the giver, answer the intention of the gift, act rationally and generously, do good in the world, and make what they have turn to the best ...Read More

  • Accepting Nurturing from the Church

    Spend some time reflecting on the nurturing function of the church. Is this evident in your church fellowship?Read More

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