• The Enduring and Conquering Church

    Matthew 16:18

    When we join the church, we are actually joining the winning team. Though the church is often despised and scorned by this world, we are promised that it will endure and conquer. This encourages us to persevere in faith. If ...Read More

  • Receiving and Giving God’s Love

    Ephesians 4:15–16

    Love never ends, so God’s purpose of the church as the arena where we receive and give love will never end either. Even into glory we will be loving and serving one another. We practice, as it were, for that ...Read More

  • Communion in Gifts and Graces

    1 Corinthians 12

    Today’s passage reminds us that God has given each of His children at least one spiritual gift. If we do not use the gift or gifts the Lord has given us, the body will be diseased and will not function ...Read More

  • Our Arena for Growth

    Ephesians 4:12–14

    God has designed us as individuals and His church as a corporate body such that we grow to maturity within the context of the local church’s ministry. No amount of study that we do on our own, however helpful it ...Read More

  • Evangelists, Shepherds, and Teachers

    Ephesians 4:11

    Are you thankful for the evangelists, shepherds, and teachers whom God has given your church? It is easy to be critical of our leaders and teachers and to criticize them for their real or perceived failings. But God in His ...Read More

  • Prophets and Apostles

    Ephesians 4:11

    God gave the Apostles and prophets for the good of His people, and they fulfilled their task by delivering to us His infallible Word. If we want to benefit from what these officers have to offer us today, we must ...Read More

  • The Discipline of the Church

    Matthew 18:15–20

    Church membership vows often include a pledge to safeguard the purity and peace of the church. The most important thing we can do to advance the church’s purity is to pursue holiness ourselves so that we need not come under ...Read More

  • Administering Sacraments

    Matthew 28:18–20

    How important do you consider the sacraments in the local church? The Reformers regarded them as so important that they could not conceive of a true church’s existing where the sacraments were not rightly administered. Neither should we. When considering ...Read More

  • Preaching Christ and His Commandments

    Matthew 28:18–20

    What are you looking for in a church? Many people choose a church based on its music, programs for children and youth, and other concerns. While paying attention to these things is important, the primary criterion we should have if ...Read More

  • The Apostolic Church

    Ephesians 2:19–22

    All of God’s people have a responsibility to ensure the Apostolicity of the church. Pastors, elders, and teachers must faithfully exposit the Word of God to their congregations. Laypeople must not tolerate the teaching of heresy in their midst. Yet, ...Read More