• 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 Fifth Commandment

    Deuteronomy 5:16

    John Calvin writes, “We should look up to those whom God has placed over us, and should treat them with honor, obedience, and gratefulness.” He goes on to say that this entails “that we are forbidden to detract from their ...Read More

  • Effectual Calling

    Romans 8:29–31

    Some would say, “Well, sure, there is an internal call: God internally calls all men. But some resist His call, while others cooperate.” Use Romans 8:28 and 30 to show that this is not what Paul means by the call ...Read More

  • The Lordship of Christ

    Romans 10:9

    Do you believe that you can be a “carnal Christian?” That is, do you believe that Jesus can save you if you in no way submit to Him as Lord? Perfect obedience is not possible in this life, but if ...Read More

  • The Woman at the Well

    John 4:1–45

    Before finding forgiveness and witnessing to it, the woman at the well surrendered to immorality and worshiped pleasure as an idol in place of God. In our hedonistic society, we too may find it easy to believe the lie that ...Read More

  • The Unforgivable Sin

    Matthew 12:24–32

    Pastors both past and present agree that a person who worries that he has committed the unforgiveable sin has not really done so. Those who do the unforgivable act are so calloused that they do not care about their spiritual ...Read More

  • Idolatry Defined

    Philippians 3:19

    Anything or anyone can become an idol in our lives because whatever we love more than the Lord is, by definition, an idol. Because our hearts are idol factories, as John Calvin taught us, we are all continually tempted to ...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

  • 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 Triumphal Entry

    Matthew 21:1–11

    Throughout Scripture we find that humility is the path to victory and exaltation. The world does not expect to find true strength in those who are humble, but God has a way of taking what sinners do not find glorious ...Read More

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