• Doers, Not Hearers Only

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  • Doing the Truth

    John 3:21

    How do we know that we love and practice what is fully good and true? We cannot determine that simply by looking at our works. We must look also to our faith. If we have come to Christ in faith ...Read More

  • Evil in Heart

    Mark 7:20–23

    We cannot excuse external acts of sin by saying our heart was in the right place, for when one’s heart is in the right place, one does not sin externally. Nevertheless, we must recognize that sin and holiness are fundamentally ...Read More

  • The Faith of the Friends

    Mark 2:1–5

    John Calvin comments that the paralytic’s friends “would never have submitted to so much trouble, nor contended with such formidable hindrances, if they had not derived courage from entire confidence of success. The fruit of their faith appeared in their ...Read More

  • False Assurance

    Matthew 7:21–23

    There is a place for evaluating our good works, but we must never think that God saves us because we do good. We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Eph. 2:8–10). If we think that ...Read More

  • False Brothers in Jerusalem

    Galatians 2:3–5

    It is the duty of all believers, not just our pastors and other leaders, to contend for the faith. We must be especially wary of incremental steps to undermine biblical authority and the historic Christian faith. Denominations do not typically ...Read More

  • False Teachers Accursed

    Galatians 1:8–9

    Martin Luther’s comments on Galatians 1:8–9 illustrate Scripture’s relationship to tradition: “Here then is a plain text like a thunderbolt, wherein Paul subjects both himself and an angel from heaven, and all others, doctors, teachers, and masters, to be under ...Read More

  • Friends of the Savior

    John 15:14–17

    We have the honor of being not only servants of Jesus but also friends to whom He has revealed God’s plan of salvation. Let us not fail to be grateful for that honor, and as we remember that we are ...Read More

  • Fulfilling the Law

    Galatians 5:14–15

    Martin Luther says the love that fulfills the Law is “to instruct him who goes astray, to comfort him that is afflicted, to raise up him that is weak, to help your neighbor by all means possible, to bear with ...Read More

  • The Fulfillment of the Law

    Matthew 5:17–20

    The distinction between the civil, ceremonial, and moral laws of the Mosaic code is not so clear on the pages of Scripture. Nevertheless, the distinction is a helpful tool for applying this law to our lives today. We study the ...Read More

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