• The Gifts of the Spirit

    1 Corinthians 12:12–31

    Today’s passage is an important text on the priesthood of all believers. Paul does not mean to deny the roles of elders, teachers, and other officers in the church; rather, he tells us that every Christian is to be involved ...Read More

  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

    1 Corinthians 12:12–13

    When we separate the baptism of the Holy Spirit from conversion, we end up with second-class citizens in the kingdom of God. But as the Lord has poured out His Spirit on all His people, this is impossible. Christians may ...Read More

  • Apostolic Signs and Wonders

    Mark 16:17–18

    John Calvin writes, “Miracles were promised only for a time, in order to give luster to the gospel, while it was new and in a state of obscurity.” Miracles confirm that those who claim to be giving divine revelation are ...Read More

  • Arianism

    John 1:1–18

    Arius’ teaching — Arianism — is alive today in cults such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses. It may also be held unwittingly by Christians who have not received good teaching and believe, implicitly, that the Father is a “higher” God than ...Read More

  • Augustine on Faith and Reason Part II

    Romans 1:18–32

    Faith and reason work in a reciprocal manner. Believing in God, we see new vistas of truth. As we reason through these vistas, our belief in God is further confirmed. We believe in order to understand because, like Paul and ...Read More

  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

    Luke 3:15–17

    If you are a Christian, you have been baptized with the Holy Spirit and have been empowered for ministry. Thus, if you know what your gifts are, you are responsible to use them for the benefit of others. If you ...Read More

  • Doctrine Divides

    Jeremiah 6:1–15

    Christians have often divided over matters not essential to Christian orthodoxy and lobbed charges of heresy at one another. Such actions have created a distaste for theology in the minds of many people, and there is now a tendency to ...Read More

  • Enslaved to Sin

    John 8:34

    Understanding that sinners are enslaved to sin can help us have more compassion on them. Although people know better, they do what is wrong because as slaves to sin that is all they can do. We, too, were once in ...Read More

  • Equality and Diversity

    Proverbs 22:2

    What culturally dominant political and social philosophies try to undermine God’s order in society? What happens to a society when you treat everyone as if they were equal in every respect? Examine your own belief system for any attempts to ...Read More

  • For His Good Pleasure

    Ephesians 1:11

    Sometimes the misunderstandings that people have about different theological topics are not really their own fault; rather, the church has not been clear enough in its teaching. No doubt, many think that Calvinism presents us with an arbitrary God because ...Read More

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