• The Holy Church

    Ephesians 5:25-27

    We should find it greatly comforting that God regards all those who trust in Christ alone as holy. No matter how slowly our sanctification—our growth in holiness—seems to be progressing, we know that the Lord is keeping His ...Read More

  • Athanasius Against the World

    John 15:18

    Standing for the truth of God’s Word is often costly, as we have seen in the cases of Justin Martyr and Athanasius. However, if we have counted the cost, we will be prepared to pay the price when and ...Read More

  • Defenders of the Faith

    1 Peter 3:15

    Irenaeus’ confrontation of the Gnostic heresy reminds us that Christianity is a public religion. God revealed Himself in Christ to many people and not just to a select few, and there is no secret oral tradition that has been handed ...Read More

  • The Martyrdom of Polycarp

    Matthew 16:25

    Even as the Western world grows increasingly hostile to the Christian faith, we must still remember—and thank God for—the freedoms we enjoy. We do not yet risk our lives by confessing Christ, but that is not true for ...Read More

  • Apostles

    Ephesians 2:19–20

    The prophets and apostles have given us a sure foundation—the inerrant and infallible Scriptures. We do not expect God to give us new revelation today but only to lead the church into a deeper understanding of the truth He ...Read More

  • Emulating the Supreme Model

    Thank God for role models who have influenced your life; then thank Him for the Supreme Model who died for you.Read More

  • Apostles

    Ephesians 2:19–20

    The foundation of the church was laid 2000 years ago with Jesus as the cornerstone and His apostolic Word as the foundation. Today we are true to the foundation only as we apply the teachings of Scripture to the church ...Read More

  • God’s Designs for Us

    Romans 15:22–32

    Sometimes God gives us a vision that He uses to spark the vision in someone else. In fact, some people in the church seem to have the “gift of vision.” They are always seeing things that need to be done ...Read More

  • The Example of Abraham

    Galatians 3:6–14

    Abraham’s exemplary faith is mentioned in Genesis, Galatians, Romans, and Hebrews. His faith is the pattern for all believers. How does your faith compare? Do people speak of your faithfulness as an example to follow or hypocrisy to be ...Read More

  • The Preparation of Paul

    Galatians 1:11–24

    How likely is it that the acknowledged leaders of the church today could come to such unanimous theological agreement? It was no less difficult then, yet it was achieved. What would it require for such accord in our generation? Pray ...Read More

  • The Judgment of Heretics

    Galatians 1:6–17

    Paul presupposes in verse 8 that the difference between the two gospels is something obvious that “ordinary” believers should be able to detect. The Protestant Reformers stood with Paul when they judged the traditions of Rome. We are to cling ...Read More

  • The Greeting of the Gospel

    Galatians 1:1–10

    Paul did not hesitate to expose heresy which observed the Gospel. Do you follow that example? Do not allow your legitimate desire for unity to squelch your understanding of the need to protect the purity of the Gospel. Be supportive ...Read More

  • The First Christian Martyr

    Acts 7

    Three things in Stephen’s speech enraged the Jews: He pointed out (1) that they had always persecuted the prophets; (2) that the prophets had often gone to the Gentiles and been better received; (3) that the Greater Temple and ...Read More

  • Snapshot of the Early Church

    Acts 2:42–3:26

    Here are four dimensions of the church. The early believers were excited about and practiced all four, and the leaders responded to their excitement. How does your church measure up in these four dimensions? What can you do, without being ...Read More

  • What Was an Apostle?

    Acts 2:15-26

    Paul is suspect to many people. He is criticized for his leadership style, his certainty in matters of faith and practice, and his uncompromising stand for the Gospel. Paul takes prominence as the apostle in Acts. It is important that ...Read More