• Abraham’s Offspring

    Hebrews 2:16

    God promised to bless the world through Abraham’s seed. Christians receive this blessing because they are in Christ. Many have not heard the Good News about God’s blessing upon the seed of Abraham. Consider your role as a ...Read More

  • Against the Law

    Romans 3:31

    Perhaps it is better to say that new covenant believers ought never consider the Mosaic law alone. That is, we must view it through the lens of the “law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). Jesus, when asked about the greatest ...Read More

  • Basic Literary Forms I

    Joshua 10:13a

    Modern science and mathematics enable us to speak with great precision at times. Truth, however, does not always demand the kind of precision that we find in modern science. Remember that the approximations, estimates, and other uses of language we ...Read More

  • Basic Literary Forms II

    Isaiah 55:12

    Many critics read the Bible differently than they read other books. Thus, passages like Matthew 13:31–32 are sometimes wrongly viewed as examples of error. Remind the critics you know that the Bible is a literary work, and, like ...Read More

  • Conceited Know-Nothings

    1 Timothy 6:2b-4a

    It can be easy to know all of the right methods for interpreting the Word of God and yet at the same time not obey its precepts. This happens all too often in the Christian community when believers, consciously or ...Read More

  • Desecrating the Sanctuary

    Matthew 24:23–28

    In the days ahead we will look further at how the destruction of Jerusalem vindicates Jesus’ teaching and how it resulted from the nation’s rejection of the Messiah. For now, be reminded of the disaster that ensues when we ...Read More

  • Even Eunuchs Are Included

    Acts 8:26–40

    In Ephesians 2:14, Paul says that Jesus, by His death, has not only secured redemption for the elect but also destroyed the walls of hostility which so often divide people with ethnic and social differences. What people today continue ...Read More

  • Every Tribe and Tongue

    Revelation 5

    Jesus’ disciples were very much concerned with the restoration of the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6). While we do not know all the reasons why Christ did not consummate His kingdom two thousand years ago, we do see that ...Read More

  • Explicit Vs. Implicit

    1 Corinthians 10:1–11

    Sometimes we downplay the importance of narratives for determining doctrine because they are generally less explicit than other portions of Scripture. Numbers 23:19, however, shows us that even narratives contain didactic statements. As you read biblical narratives, look out ...Read More

  • First Timothy

    1 Timothy 1:1-2

    Take time to read through the letter of 1 Timothy in preparation for our study over the next few months. Consider the problems and issues Paul discusses in this letter and how they manifest themselves in the church today. Ask ...Read More

  • Fleshly Persecution

    Galatians 4:28–31

    Professing Christians throughout our land are compromising the truth of the gospel to get along with false teachers and others who clearly reject the biblical gospel and the lifestyle it promotes. Martin Luther responds with this sober warning: “Whoso will ...Read More

  • Fourteen Generations

    Matthew 1:12–17

    We are not yet certain why Matthew’s genealogy differs from Luke’s, but this ought not cause confusion. Scripture has been proven trustworthy time and again, and differences such as these cannot be contradictions (Heb. 6:18). Thus, our ...Read More

  • God’s Determination

    Genesis 6:12–13

    As Christians, we are all concerned to place Christ at the center of our lives. However, putting Jesus at the center of our attention involves more than just intellectual assent to His teaching or a verbal affirmation of trust. As ...Read More

  • Hermeneutics

    2 Timothy 2:15

    If we ignore the intent of the author, the Bible can mean whatever we want it to mean. Divisions in the church, cultic groups, radical subjectivism, and our own Scripture-twisting all attest to this. When studying the Bible, investigate Bible ...Read More

  • How to Study the Bible

    2 Timothy 3:14–17

    As we have said many times before, the church is not infallible but it is wise. If we neglect the wisdom of historic, orthodox, biblical Christianity, then we will make many mistakes in interpretation and application. We must study privately ...Read More