• Carnal Christianity

    Romans 7:13–25

    Is your mind usually set on what the Spirit desires? Read the passages below. Do these passages characterize your life? Remember that Christians still struggle with sin, but this doesn’t mean that it rules over them. If you are powerless ...Read More

  • Defining God’s Will

    What is your response to the questions raised in this reading: How does God “will” the presence of evil and suffering? Is He the immediate cause of evil? Does He do evil?Read More

  • The Rich Young Ruler

    Mark 10:17–22

    Not all of us will be asked to sell everything that we have, but all of us are commanded to set aside any idol that may be present in our lives. We must all give up relying on our own ...Read More

  • The Purpose of God’s Grace

    Ephesians 3:8-9

    That the riches of Christ are unsearchable points us to the doctrine of God’s incomprehensibility. While we can know the Lord truly, we can never know Him fully, for our finite minds cannot grasp the totality of His infinite power, ...Read More

  • The Severity of Epaphroditus’ Illness

    Philippians 2:27–28

    God’s sparing of Epaphroditus’ life was a tangible expression of His abundant grace to Paul. Not only did He save the former Pharisee, but He also gave Paul extra gifts to help the Apostle bear his sorrows. The Lord does ...Read More

  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

    1 Corinthians 12:12–13

    When we separate the baptism of the Holy Spirit from conversion, we end up with second-class citizens in the kingdom of God. But as the Lord has poured out His Spirit on all His people, this is impossible. Christians may ...Read More

  • The Baptism of John

    Luke 3:1–22

    Jesus was baptized by John, not because He needed to repent, but in order to obey the new command God laid upon His people through the Baptist (Matt. 3:13–17). Unlike Jesus, we are not without sin, and so our baptism ...Read More

  • Degrees of Sin

    John 19:1-16

    That there are degrees of punishment in hell according to the extent of one’s sin means that there are also degrees of reward in heaven according to how we obey. Our obedience, to be sure, cannot earn eternal life, but ...Read More

  • The Sin of Sloth

    Proverbs 21:25–26; 26:13–16

    Make specific changes in your life to fight laziness. This can include your vocation, physical exercise, and spiritual disciplines like prayer, Bible study, attendance at worship, and service. If you have children, establish guidelines for housework, school work, and spiritual ...Read More

  • From Jacob to Israel

    Genesis 32:27–28

    When God sends trials our way, He is not working against us. He also delivers us from the travails He permits (Pss. 18:2; 74; 79; 1 Cor. 10:13). Calvin writes that “inasmuch as he supplies us with more strength to ...Read More

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