• Law and Gospel

    Matthew 5:17–20

    Answer 86 of the Heidelberg Catechism emphasizes that we do good works because the God who justifies us also gives us His Spirit to conform us more and more to the image of Jesus Christ. Our Lord saves us from ...Read More

  • Listening to the Law

    Galatians 4:21–24

    Tomorrow we will examine in more detail the actual approach Paul takes in Galatians 4:21–31. For now, note that the search for hidden meanings in Scripture violates the perspicuity or clarity of God’s Word. The Bible is ...Read More

  • One Way of Salvation

    Acts 4:11–12

    The pressure to deny the exclusivity of Jesus is enormous, and, barring a revival, this pressure is only likely to increase. Holding fast to the confession of Christ as the only Savior requires a thorough grounding in the Scriptures and ...Read More

  • Only One Gospel

    Romans 1:16-17

    The gospel tells us that we can become citizens of Christ’s kingdom through faith in Him alone. Yet we often try to complicate this simple message by adding additional requirements for citizenship. Whether we do this consciously or unconsciously ...Read More

  • Paul’s Ambition

    Romans 15:20-21

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “Paul then was a preacher of Christ, yet unknown to foreign nations, for this end—that after his departure the same doctrine should be daily proclaimed in every place by the mouth of the ...Read More

  • Paul’s Confidence in the Gospel

    Philippians 1:18a

    Paul had such confidence in the gospel because he knew it belonged to God and is far greater than any one person’s ministry. When we understand this truth, we are free from bondage to the latest fads that seek ...Read More

  • Prepare to Be Persecuted

    Matthew 10:16–25

    John MacArthur is forthright about what Matthew 10 teaches the church: “Christ will have no one deluded into thinking that He calls believers to a life free from conflict” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,142). Are you ready for ...Read More

  • Proclaimed by the Prophets

    Jeremiah 23:5–6

    Muslims, Mormons, and many other groups all claim to have a revelation that stands in continuity with what the Old Testament prophets originally wrote. Yet their perversions of the biblical stories and embrace of unbiblical doctrines, such as the Mormon ...Read More

  • Receiving the Word

    Galatians 4:12–14

    In our celebrity-oriented culture, it is easy to seek out pastors for their good looks, speaking styles, success in building large congregations, or other such factors. Scripture, however, commends for the pastorate those men who are faithful to the Word ...Read More

  • Rightly Directed Zeal

    Galatians 4:18–20

    Other people may know us as zealous for the truth, but are we also known for being zealous for the good of others? Telling the truth is something that we should never compromise, but let us never be happy that ...Read More

  • Shadows Versus Substance

    Colossians 2:16–17

    In addition to a fuller experience of the Holy Spirit, new covenant saints have an advantage over old covenant saints in that we more clearly see God’s work of salvation than those who lived before Christ. Let us be ...Read More

  • Systematic Evangelism

    Acts 8:1–8

    Many people leave evangelism up to Sunday school teachers and the preaching of the pastor. However, this confuses teaching with evangelism. The teaching ministry of the church is essential to the growth of the kingdom, but its primary task is ...Read More

  • The Biblical Basis for Missions

    John 3:16–17

    Not all of us are called to be full-time missionaries, but all of us are called to be involved in missions — if not as goers, then as senders. Have you fully grasped the importance of world missions to the plans ...Read More

  • The Content of Belief

    1 Timothy 3:16

    The portion of the medieval church that evolved into modern Roman Catholicism is actually the church that departed from the Apostles’ Creed. The Protestant Reformers who sought to uphold the ancient faith in the controversy over justification did not depart ...Read More

  • The First Gospel

    Genesis 3:15

    The protevangelium, or first gospel, of Genesis 3:15 declares that God’s kingdom will once more be present in its fullness when Satan is destroyed. Christ came and dealt the crushing blow to the Devil, triumphing over him and ...Read More