• 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, ...Read More

  • The Church in Rome

    Romans 1:5–7

    Faith and repentance go hand-in-hand. To turn to the Lord in faith is to turn away from trust in oneself and in one’s own righteousness. Repentance is this turning, and it is a command of God in Scripture (Acts 17:30). ...Read More

  • The Church is Holy

    1 Corinthians 1:2

    Through the blood of Christ, God sees His church as holy, although He is by no means ignorant of the sin that persists in our lives. Yet this declaration of holiness gives us confidence that we can make real progress ...Read More

  • Commit to the Lord

    Proverbs 3:5–6; 16:3

    Confess ways that you rely on your own strength instead of God’s. Does your self-dependence extend to other areas—your family, health, salvation? It you are anxious and self-reliant, could the root of the problem be a lack of saving faith ...Read More

  • A Condition for Forgiveness

    Mark 11:25

    In a sermon on the parallel to today’s passage in Matthew 6, Augustine of Hippo warns us lest we forgive only with our mouths and not with our hearts. When others ask for our forgiveness, we must not hold a ...Read More

  • The Consequences of Sin

    2 Samuel 12:15b–31

    God’s people must not lose the distinction between forgiveness and consequences. Public, heinous sins have lasting ramifications for the church, so they have lasting consequences for the offender. God will forgive anyone who repents, but some sins are disqualifying for ...Read More

  • A Contrite Repentance

    Psalm 51:14–19

    As we saw in our study of Psalm 51:4, the wrongs we do are first and foremost sins against the Lord. True repentance realizes our transgressions are heinous because they violate God’s holy character. If you have a contrite heart ...Read More

  • The Costs and Demands of Love

    Philemon 17-18

    Are you hesitating to do something that godly love compels you to do? If so, then may Philemon encourage you to stop putting it off and move forward today. Insofar as we are able, we must seek to be reconciled ...Read More

  • Crying out to Understand

    Psalm 119:69-76

    John Calvin comments, “Whilst God liberally promises all blessings to his people, to enlighten them by his Spirit, that they may excel in true and sound wisdom, is justly entitled to be ranked among the chief of his promises.” The ...Read More

  • David’s Great Sin

    2 Samuel 11:1-12:14

    A man after God’s heart loves the things God loves and the ways He prescribes. Though he may deviate from those ways at times, he will return—for God will not let him rest in his sin. All true children of ...Read More

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