• Abounding Love

    Philippians 1:9–11

    Only by faith do we lay hold of Christ’s righteousness, which alone gets us into heaven. Yet we can also get additional rewards in heaven if we serve God faithfully. These rewards, however, are still grounded in faith because ...Read More

  • A Call to Kindness

    Ephesians 4:32

    The steadfast love and kindness for other believers that make us eager to forgive them define the true Christian. “Whoever … hates his brother is still in the darkness,” as John tells us (1 John 2:9). Do you love your ...Read More

  • Apostolic Authority

    Philemon 9-10

    Even though a Spirit-filled motivation is necessary to make a good deed truly good, sometimes we have to start acting before our motivation aligns itself with our deeds: C.S. Lewis writes in Mere Christianity: “Do not waste time bothering ...Read More

  • Christian Liberty

    Romans 14

    The principle of Christian liberty is difficult to apply. Many take advantage of Christian freedom and stick their liberty in the faces of weaker brothers. Others become legalists, elevating human traditions and scruples to the level of divine mandate. The ...Read More

  • Christian Men in the Home

    Ephesians 5:22-33

    No one said the Christian life would be easy, and the fact that it is sometimes hard to love one’s wife or be submissive to one’s husband does not excuse us from the duties God lays upon us ...Read More

  • Considering Others

    Study Romans 14 for scriptural guidelines on relating to weaker members of the body of Christ.Read More

  • Dealing with Those Who Are Weaker

    How does your response to weaker brothers and sisters line up with the three guidelines given in this reading?Read More

  • Doing Good to All

    Galatians 6:9–10

    The recipients of our good deeds are not to be limited to any one group, but we do have a responsibility to take care of our brothers and sisters in the Lord first. John Calvin writes, “There are duties which ...Read More

  • Enduring Love

    1 Corinthians 13:7

    To speak of suffering as a loving expression of God’s discipline is not to say that there is always a one-to-one correlation between a specific sin we have committed and our trial. Such a correlation may be true in ...Read More

  • Growing Up in Love

    1 Corinthians 13:11-13

    Knowledge of truth and the practice of love, as two of the chief indicators of Christian maturity, must both be emphasized in our walk with the Lord. Consistent study of the doctrines taught in the Bible is vital for our ...Read More

  • He First Loved Us

    1 John 4:19–21

    How do people know you love God? Is it because you are always proclaiming your passion for Him? Or do people know you love God by the deeds you do for the other Christians you know? Do you harbor secret ...Read More

  • His Commandments

    1 John 5:2–3

    Do you find the commandments of God burdensome? Or do you delight in keeping His law? Do you say you love God but then flee from obedience or commit the opposite error by trying to obey out of any other ...Read More

  • Jesus’ Family

    Matthew 12:46–50

    Loving faith in Jesus (because He first loved us, 1 John 4:19), not our good works, gives us the right “to become children of God” (John 1:12). Faith alone will justify us in the sight of the Father ...Read More

  • Let Love Continue

    Hebrews 13:1–2

    Many of us go to church with people who, though they are brothers or sisters in Christ, are actually strangers to us. Take some time to get together with a church member who you do not know well. Have dinner ...Read More

  • Longing for God

    Psalm 42

    In what ways can New Testament believers be “separated” from God? In what ways do you enjoy God’s presence? Do you miss those times when you neglect Bible study, the sacraments, or church services? Ask God to deepen your ...Read More