• The Acquisition of Wisdom

    James 1:1–12

    As has been taught, true wisdom is the combination of knowledge and practical experience. It requires involvement of people in the service of Christ’s disposal, allowing Him to deploy you in a variety of experiences where both wisdom and ...Read More

  • The Age of Mission

    John 20:10-31

    Each of us is unique. That means that no two people ever have exactly the same mission from God. Since mission involves discipling the nations, it can be as broad as all of life. Can you articulate what you believe ...Read More

  • The Armor of God

    Ephesians 6:10–13

    John Calvin comments, “There will be no danger which may not be successfully met by the power of God; nor will any who, with [the armor of God], fight against Satan, fail in the day of battle.” Daily we are ...Read More

  • The Battle Within

    Romans 7:7–25

    Only the person who has been given a new heart by the Holy Spirit can long for His precepts (Ps. 119:40); therefore, only the regenerate person has a real struggle within when he fails to obey. If you trust ...Read More

  • The Believer’s Struggle

    Romans 7:14-17

    John Murray, in his commentary on Romans, writes that “the more sanctified [a Christian] becomes the more painful to him must be the presence in himself of that which contradicts the perfect standard of holiness.” Though the power of sin ...Read More

  • The Benefits of Trials

    James 1

    Have you ever been through a time of suffering that left you a milder, more sober, more “centered” person than before? What “bad” aspects of your life were refined and what good aspects of your life were strengthened? As hard ...Read More

  • The Bitter Made Sweet

    Exodus 15:22–27

    Are you quick to complain? When you are suffering some kind of difficulty, do you pray for relief or do you accuse God of injustice? Do you look for what God might be teaching you in every situation, or do ...Read More

  • The Blessing of Repetition

    Philippians 3:1

    God is gracious to us in our weaknesses, and, understanding that we are quick to forget, repeats Himself often in Scripture. In many ways, the Bible is a very repetitive book, and that is a good thing. Thus, we should ...Read More

  • The Bread of Life

    John 6:35–40

    At our conversion, we make a decisive break with sin and come into the safety of Christ’s fold. Still, there is a sense in which we must continue to come to Him every moment of our lives. As we ...Read More

  • The Calling of God

    Romans 1:1–7

    Though it is not directly mentioned here, each believer has a call to service. Many have been gifted to labor in the world. Others have been gifted to work with men and women, perhaps in the church. God’s call ...Read More

  • The Causes of Immaturity

    Hebrews 5:11-14

    Prayerful cultivation of the knowledge of God leads to a greater love of Him. As we study the depths of God’s Word, we begin to get a better glimpse of His awesome majesty, our own unworthiness, and the immense ...Read More

  • The Christian’s Toil

    1 Timothy 4:10

    Scripture never depicts our pursuit of salvation as something that is without a reward. While we should never serve God simply for a reward, it is not wrong to expect many blessings as a result of our service. If you ...Read More

  • The Church and Forgiveness

    John 20:19–23

    John Calvin comments that Christ “does not convey to [the Apostles and their successors] what is peculiar to himself. It belongs to him to forgive sins… . [Instead, He] enjoins them, in his name, to proclaim the forgiveness of sins, that ...Read More

  • The Deception of Empty Words

    Ephesians 5:6

    There are men and women struggling with sexual sin in all of our congregations. They want to please God and are seeking to mortify the flesh, and we should do all that we can to help them. This means creating ...Read More

  • The Devil

    Zechariah 3:1–5

    Dr. R.C. Sproul defines true repentance in Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (pp. 193–194). Authentic repentance is sorrow for breaking God’s law, not only because we fear hell. It also involves a resolve to turn from ...Read More