• Saved and Sanctified by Faith

    Galatians 3:1–14

    The wonderful blessings that come with new life in the Spirit are not earned. They are God’s gifts to enable us to live the Christian life. When we act as if we have to earn them, we are actually rejecting ...Read More

  • Saving Faith

    James 2:14–17

    The works that James discusses in 2:14–26 are the works done in obedience to God. While such works can take a variety of forms depending on the circumstances in which we find ourselves, today’s passage focuses on ...Read More

  • Securing our Faith

    Matthew 1:18–21

    The Old Testament also points to limited atonement or particular redemption. Israel’s high priest offered atonement only for the people of Israel, not for Israel and those who remained outside the covenant community. From first to last, the Bible teaches ...Read More

  • Severed from Christ

    Galatians 5:2–4

    Martin Luther says that Galatians 5:2 “is a touchstone, whereby we may most certainly and freely judge all doctrines, works, religions, and ceremonies of all men.” Any of these that promise righteousness and salvation through them are to be ...Read More

  • Small but Powerful Faith

    Matthew 17:14–21

    Today’s passage does not define faith exhaustively; thus, it must be read in concert with other passages like 1 John 5:14, which emphasizes the importance of God’s will when we pray. As Dr. John MacArthur writes: “True ...Read More

  • Strangers and Exiles

    Hebrews 11:13

    John Calvin said that if the old covenant saints, having only a shadowy glance of Christ, could persevere in faith to the end of their lives, how much more ought we do the same? We know more fully the superiority ...Read More

  • Supplement Your Faith

    2 Peter 1:5–7

    The order of the virtues listed in today’s passage emphasizes faith and love. Faith is listed first because without true faith we cannot be holy, and love is listed last because it is both our final goal and the ...Read More

  • Taken Up by God

    Hebrews 11:5

    Two thousand years ago, God spoke to His people face to face in the person of Christ Jesus. One day, Jesus will return, and we will live in the direct presence of God forevermore. We show our longing for this ...Read More

  • Taking Joy in the God of Salvation

    Habakkuk 3:17–19

    Believing God when “the chips are down” is one of the most difficult things that we will ever be called to do. Yet if we trust the Lord only when things are going well, then we do not really trust ...Read More

  • Things Hoped For

    Hebrews 11:1–2

    The arrival of the new heavens and the new earth is one example of a promise that has yet to be fulfilled. But the resurrection and ascension of Christ guarantees that the whole created order will be transformed. Ask the ...Read More

  • Trial by the Sea

    Exodus 14:1–9

    Are you in a difficult circumstance? Is there a difficult person in your life with whom you must interact, possibly on a personal level? Have you been tempted to get angry towards God because He has allowed you to be ...Read More

  • True Belief

    Romans 10:1-9

    Publicly owning Christ as Lord, especially with our mouths, is sometimes very difficult. Think for a moment: Has there been some occasion recently when you might have spoken up for Christ but did not? Were you compromising, or was it ...Read More

  • True Faith

    Romans 10:10-13

    The confession “Jesus is Lord” was perilous in Paul’s day. A person could easily lose his or her life. In today’s free world this is no longer the case, thankfully. Ask God for courage in the relatively minor persecutions we ...Read More

  • Trusting God

    Hebrews 11:1-6

    If you are a believer, you probably understand the role of faith in your salvation. But do you understand its role in your day-to-day life? In what ways do you trust God? And does your faith rest on His promises ...Read More

  • Trusting in Adversity

    Genesis 22:1-19

    Have you ever faced a situation when you knew that obedience to God would bring negative consequences? What did you choose? What happened? How would you encourage someone facing a similar situation? True faith can stand during times of testing ...Read More