• The Value of the Old Testament

    Romans 15:4

    Certain books and passages of Scripture have played greater roles in the history of theology than others; thus, it’s no surprise that some portions of the Bible are read more often than others. However, we must not make the ...Read More

  • God’s Will and His Mercy

    Romans 9:17-18

    John Calvin writes that we may not look for any cause of election other than God’s will: “We ought particularly to notice these words to whom he wills, and, whom he wills: beyond this he allows us not to ...Read More

  • Divine Illumination

    1 Corinthians 2:6-16

    Without the Holy Spirit’s work of illumination, we will never understand the Bible in a saving way. Many people read the Bible, know what it teaches, but never believe its message. It is not that they are somehow less ...Read More

  • The Power of God’s Word

    Jeremiah 23:9–40

    Fire and hammers destroy and demolish—so we should expect the Word of God to afflict our consciences and bring us to the end of ourselves. Yet fire and hammers also refine and shape—so we should expect Scripture also ...Read More

  • To the Saints in Ephesus

    Ephesians 1:1-2

    Take some time today to read through Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians in preparation for our study in the days ahead. See if you can pick out some of the major themes in the letter and discern which of ...Read More

  • To Philemon and Company

    Philemon 1-3

    Take some time today to read through the entire epistle to Philemon. Consider how the different aspects of the letter combine to present Paul’s argument. Pick a verse or two to meditate upon; repeat it to yourself a few ...Read More

  • To the Saints in Colossae

    Colossians 1:1-2

    Take some time today to read through the book of Colossians in preparation for our study over the next few months. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand this important letter and to grant all of us who are ...Read More

  • Proper Meditation

    Psalm 119:97–104

    Meditating on a text in light of Christ is more than just thinking on how it speaks to who He is and what He did. In fact, meditating on it in light of Christ means to consider how it speaks ...Read More

  • Meditating Day and Night

    Joshua 1:8

    We meditate on Scripture not simply to fill our minds with knowledge, but to prepare ourselves to act rightly even when the text is not before us. A.W. Pink notes in his Gleanings from Joshua: Joshua’s “mind was ...Read More

  • God’s Living and Active Word

    Hebrews 4:12–13

    Unlike the teachings of men and women that often fall on deaf ears, the Word of God always accomplishes the purposes for which it has been sent. That does not mean, however, that our Christian growth happens passively as we ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Testimony

    Psalm 19:7–11

    In a day and age when people doubt that there is any ground for certainty, the Word of God provides us that anchor and grounding upon which we can stake our very lives. We never need doubt that the Lord ...Read More

  • Studying, Doing, and Teaching

    Ezra 7:10

    One commentator has noted that if Ezra could esteem Torah, that one small portion of Scripture, we should be much more eager to plumb the depths of the completed canon that we possess today. Regular Bible study should be a ...Read More

  • Revelation Incarnate

    2 Timothy 3:16–17

    Just because Jesus is the incarnate Word of God does not mean that we need not study Scripture or hold it as supremely authoritative in matters of faith and practice. We learn about and from Christ throughout Scripture, and when ...Read More

  • The Clarity of God’s Word

    Deuteronomy 6:6–7

    Some parents do not spend that much time talking about the Scriptures at home because they believe it is too hard to understand. But the Bible is clear enough that anyone who is willing to sit down and read can ...Read More

  • Biblical Inerrancy

    Psalm 12:1–6

    The health of the church depends upon a firm commitment to the inerrancy of Scripture. Once the idea that Scripture teaches some false things is accepted, what fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith will fall next? But inerrancy must be ...Read More