• 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

  • From Abraham to Exile

    Matthew 1:2–11

    Not every ancestor of Jesus trusted in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Still, the Lord’s grace overcame what could be called “impossible” odds in working through the sinful sons of David to bring about our salvation. This ...Read More

  • Fulfillment in Christ

    Matthew 26:56a

    Take some time today to peruse the gospel of Matthew and reflect on some of the lessons we have learned this year. Consider how marvelous it is that God kept His promises to us when we did not keep our ...Read More

  • Full Participants in Grace

    Acts 8:14-17

    We have to admit God chooses some odd people to be His sons and daughters. The Bible says “not many wise … not many mighty, not many noble are called.” Remember that this applies to you, too. Pray to God to ...Read More

  • The Galatian Problem

    Galatians 1:6–7

    Martin Luther’s commentary on Galatians states, “Since Paul by his own experience teaches us that congregations which are won by great labor are easily and soon overthrown, we ought with singular care to watch against the devil ranging everywhere ...Read More

  • The General Epistles

    James 1:27

    Take some time to read through the book of James before we begin our studies tomorrow. As you read, meditate on a few of the verses, and pray that the Holy Spirit would begin to open your mind and heart ...Read More

  • Genesis, Continued

    Genesis 22:20-24

    Take some time to skim over Genesis 23–50 today in preparation for our study this year. Ask God to help you understand this book of beginnings and consider how Abraham’s children like Jacob and Joseph help to show ...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

  • Hear, O Israel

    Deuteronomy 6:4–9

    Devotion to the one, true God of Israel means that we must be discerning any time someone uses the word god in public. Not everyone who says “God bless you” believes in the God of Scripture, and so we must ...Read More

  • James and Jesus

    James 5:13–20

    Think of ways that God, through this study of James, has been challenging you in the areas of testing, wealth and generosity, and wisdom and speech. Find a way to implement concretely a couple of the things you have learned ...Read More

  • Joy in Samaria

    Acts 8:5–8

    It has been said that Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week. This should not be, for Christ is building His church from every nation, tribe, and tongue. Ask your church leaders what you can do to ...Read More

  • Judah’s Inheritance

    Joshua 15:1–12

    Judah, being a populous tribe, was given a big territory—and a big responsibility. It was stationed on the border between Israel and some of its fiercest enemies. The Bible declares that ” ‘to whom much is given, from him ...Read More

  • The Judaizer’s True Motives

    Galatians 6:11–12

    John Calvin says that for us, as for the Judaizers, “a dread of the cross” leads one “to corrupt the true preaching of the cross.” The Judaizers were afraid to stand up for what was scandalous in their day — that ...Read More

  • Jude, Brother of James

    Jude 1–2

    Take some time to read through the book of Jude today in preparation for this month’s study. Consider that Jude, out of humility, does not assert his physical kinship with Jesus but describes himself as a humble servant of ...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