• The Testing of Deacons

    1 Timothy 3:10

    John Calvin also explains that “those men are to be chosen who are approved by their past life in such a manner that, after what may be called full inquiry, they are ascertained to be well qualified.” The concern is ...Read More

  • Homosexuality

    Romans 1:18–32

    Many people say we only love those who practice homosexuality if we approve of their lifestyle. Yet, true love delights in the truth (1 Cor. 13:6); thus, Christians cannot approve of homosexual acts. We are also not to think ...Read More

  • The Sanctity of Marriage

    Matthew 19:3–9

    The church must protect the offended party in a divorce. When marriage laws are wisely applied, biblical divorces enable the innocent party to remarry with a clean conscience. Disciplining the offender will also help God’s people better reflect the ...Read More

  • The Sanctity of Truth

    Deuteronomy 5:20

    The times when a lie will be an instrument of righteousness will obviously not be common, and thus this principle cannot be invoked under any ordinary circumstance. The Lord requires us to tell the truth in our relationships. Think about ...Read More

  • The Sanctity of Labor

    Ephesians 6:5–9

    How do you feel about your line of work? Are you counting the days till retirement? Do you hate getting up every morning and doing the same task you did the day before? Do you look forward to serving your ...Read More

  • The Sanctity of Life

    Psalm 139:13–14

    Some of the women reading this study today may have had an abortion. If so, know that you have been forgiven if you have repented and trusted in Christ alone. As Christians, we are called to uphold the duty to ...Read More

  • When to War?

    Romans 13:1–7

    Just War theory tells us the government is not supreme. We cannot defend our participation in an unjust war simply by saying, “I was only doing my duty to the government.” We are never allowed to say, “My country, right ...Read More

  • The Ethics of Jesus

    Matthew 5:21–26

    While Jesus reveals the thoroughness that is required for true obedience to God’s law, He does not say anger and homicide are equally deserving of capital punishment. While both can cut us off from God, murder carries with it ...Read More

  • Ethics for Situations

    1 Timothy 1:3–11

    How do you define what love is? Do you look to whatever “feels like love,” bowing to pressure from your friends and family? Maybe television, movies, or magazines determine what love is for you? Take some time today and meditate ...Read More

  • The Razor’s Edge

    Romans 12:2

    As the Reformed theologian John Murray once said, sometimes the line between what is right and what is wrong is a razor’s edge. Therefore it is so very important to study the Scripture, in concert with the great teachers ...Read More

  • Principle or Custom?

    1 Corinthians 11:1–16

    Sometimes, after we have studied the background of a text thoroughly, we are still not sure whether it is giving us a principle or a custom. But it is better to treat a custom as a principle than a principle ...Read More

  • Natural Law

    Romans 2:12–16

    Without a supreme authority, individuals decide what is right and what is wrong. However, we cannot reasonably expect others to submit to standards not based on a higher, eternal, and universal authority. Though moral relativism is confessed, the cry, “That ...Read More

  • The Basics of Ethics

    Judges 2:11; 21:25

    Many Christians think that there is no law in the new covenant. Yet lawlessness is precisely that which characterizes condemned people (Matt. 7:23). In Christ we have been enabled to obey God and to fulfill His law (Rom. 8 ...Read More

  • Moral Relativism

    John 18:38a

    The government legally permits us many things that the Bible disallows (for example, abortion). What determines how you live your life? Take some time today to make a list of the things your rulers may allow but which Scripture forbids ...Read More

  • Dying in Faith

    1 Corinthians 15:1–58

    The resurrection of Christ guarantees that He has made an effectual sacrifice for sin and that we too will one day be resurrected. It guarantees the justice of God and gives us hope in the midst of this evil world ...Read More