• Paul the Preacher

    2 Corinthians 11:22–12:10

    Paul’s life, so extraordinary in so many ways, should define the ordinary life of the Christian in one sense: radical obedience. Jesus calls us to count the cost before enlisting and, having made a decision for Him, never to ...Read More

  • Proper Boasting

    James 1:9–11

    Without faith, we could never boast in our position in Christ. Rather, we would find other things, economic or not, in which to boast. Poverty and wealth are both trials that the Lord may send our way (James 1:2 ...Read More

  • Recieve With Meekness

    James 1:21

    Are you continually making an effort to receive the “implanted word” with meekness and humility? Are you being diligent with the tools that help you learn the Word of God such as Bible study and hearing the preached Word? Take ...Read More

  • The Royal Law

    James 2:8–9

    The law against showing partiality to the wealthy shows up first in Leviticus 19 (v. 15), the same chapter where we read that we must love our neighbors as ourselves (v. 18). Thus, we can see that treating all of ...Read More

  • A Royal Priesthood in Christ

    1 Peter 2:9–10

    In our justification, God has declared us righteous in Christ through His blood. In our sanctification, God is working to make us righteous in what we do, say, think, and feel. As the Lord’s holy priesthood, we can be ...Read More

  • Slow to Anger

    James 1:19–20

    All of us can recall times when we were too quick to speak and not quick enough to hear the whole story. Some of the most hurtful things that we have said or that have been said to us have ...Read More

  • Temptation’s Source

    James 1:13–15

    God is never responsible for the evil in this world or the temptations that may produce it. He may ordain evil for the purposes of His good plan, but all wickedness that comes about is from the evil inclinations of ...Read More

  • Trials of Various Kinds

    James 1:2-4

    Simply because faith is purified throughout life does not mean that our works contribute in any way to our justification. Rather, this teaching recognizes that we must continually strive to keep our faith in Christ alone. Many things come against ...Read More

  • The True Advantage of the Jew

    Romans 3:1–2

    While the Jews were certainly to take the knowledge of God to the world, the Old Testament was theirs, and the Gentile nations had no ordinary way of accessing it. John Calvin concludes from this that if the benefit of ...Read More

  • Tychicus to Ephesus

    Ephesians 6:21–22

    As Christians, we are called not just to be hearers of the Word but doers as well (James 1:22). We fail at this; before we die, we never live in a manner wholly consistent with what we know and ...Read More

  • Undefiled Religion

    James 1:26–27

    Does your relationship with Jesus impact others? Do you know when to bridle your tongue for the sake of edifying other believers? Does your relationship manifest itself in a religion of service that helps to provide for widows and orphans ...Read More

  • What Jews and Gentiles Share

    Romans 3:9

    To be under sin is to have sin as one’s master and to suffer under the verdict of guilt before the bar of God’s justice. Christians have Christ as their master and have been pronounced righteous in Him, so ...Read More

  • Who Were the Galatians?

    Galatians 1:1–10

    Christian scholars continue to debate the topic of today’s lesson. While such an exercise might be valuable, we must be careful to insure that the issue of the book’s original audience does not obscure its meaning to us, its current ...Read More

  • Wisdom By Faith

    James 1:5–8

    In his comments on these verses, John Calvin writes, “our prayers are not heard by the Lord, except when we have a confidence that we shall obtain.” Are you confident in God’s ability to give you those things that ...Read More

  • The Word of God in the Words of Men

    2 Peter 1:21

    John Calvin is known for his statement that God speaks to us in “baby talk,” explaining things to us on our level so that we will know and love Him. God has not told us everything, but what He ...Read More