• 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

  • 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 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

  • 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 Lamentations of Jeremiah

    Lamentations 1:1–14

    Loving our enemies is the most difficult call that the Lord has laid upon us. It is hard for us to seek justice in a manner that is not vindictive or that truly wishes for an offender to benefit as ...Read More

  • The Lord Saves Israel

    1 Samuel 14:16-23

    Saul gives the appearance of “having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim. 3:5). He gives more heed to rituals than to the God behind them. Rituals are good so long as they bring us closer ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Sure Presence

    Genesis 28:15

    Take time today to skim the book of Genesis and reflect on the many lessons we have learned over the past two years. Consider how God has been faithful to you and present with you even when you sin. Ask ...Read More

  • The Olivet Discourse

    Matthew 24:3–8

    This approach to the Olivet Discourse does not deny Christ’s future coming in glory “to judge the living and the dead,” as the creeds say. Those who advocate this view just argue that most of Matthew 24 is not ...Read More

  • The Pastoral Epistles

    2 Timothy 1:14

    Today’s passage summarizes a theme that runs throughout the Pastoral Epistles, namely, our need to guard the deposit entrusted to us. This deposit is the prophetic and apostolic word of salvation found in the Bible, which is entirely trustworthy ...Read More

  • The Perils of Telling the Truth

    Galatians 4:15–17

    Matthew Henry offers this caution: “Ministers sometimes create enemies to themselves by the faithful discharge of their duty. Yet ministers must not forbear speaking the truth, for fear of offending others.” Pastors and leaders must love their people well, but ...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 Prophet to Assyria

    Jonah 1:1–2

    Despite God’s promise to Abraham that His descendants would bring blessing to the world (Gen. 12:1–3), the old covenant community, as a whole, tried to keep the Lord’s blessings for themselves and did not reach out ...Read More

  • The Song of Solomon

    Song of Solomon 1–2

    Take time today to read the Song of Solomon in preparation for our four-day study. If you are married, consider reading the book with your spouse. Consider God’s intent for human sexuality in the expression of love and the ...Read More

  • The Sons of Joseph

    Joshua 16:1–10

    Ephraim did not obey God’s command to drive the Canaanites out. That meant that idolworshiping pagans lived in their midst, and their hearts were soon led astray. We often cannot foresee the negative consequences of disobedience and unbelief in ...Read More