• Servants of the Lord Devotional

    Philippians 1:1–2

    Scripture places a high premium on our love for other believers. Simply put, loving other Christians and treating them with respect is not optional. If we do not treat them well and love them, then we do not know God (1 John 3:10; 4:7–8). We will never love our fellow believers perfectly in this lifetime, but we can try. Moreover, we can repent when we hurt others by our sin, and in love we can work to overlook the minor faults of others. View Resource

  • The Holiness of the Church Devotional

    Ephesians 1:1

    God does not see His people in the same way that He sees the unregenerate world. He sees us as holy, but He sees those outside of Christ as unholy. This does not mean He is ignorant of our remaining sin; it means that we are set apart unto Him. Therefore, He will not let us remain in sin forever but is working to make us holy in practice just as we are holy before Him in Christ. Let us be grateful that the one who declares us holy is making us holy. View Resource

  • Christian Unity Devotional

    John 17

    Today the invisible church, consisting of all those who have true faith in Christ Jesus, is united in the Savior. In time, the visible church may be united once again as well, but true visible unity will occur only as professing believers study the Word of God together and refuse to compromise on the gospel. We should seek to build bridges with other professing believers where we can, but never at the expense of God’s truth. View Resource

  • Proper, Edifying Talk Devotional

    Ephesians 4:29

    Words spoken to us at just the right time stay with us for the rest of our lives, as do words of malice. If the words of others have this impact on us, then we can be sure that what we say has the same kind of impact on others. We should therefore strive to speak only that which will build others up in their faith, which requires Spirit-given discernment regarding what we are to say and when we are to say it. View Resource

  • Every Member Ministry Devotional

    Ephesians 4:12-13

    Do you consider yourself a minister in the church? Although you might never be ordained to a church office, your gifts are critical to the healthy functioning of Christ’s body. Determining your specific role may not be easy, but you can often figure out where God has gifted you by considering the kinds of work you find most fulfilling. Seeking the input of those who know you best is also critical to discerning the contribution you can make to the church. View Resource

  • One Body, One Spirit, One Call Devotional

    Ephesians 4:4

    Although we all have different roles in the body of Christ, our call is the same — to live together in loving unity with other believers as we worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness and proclaim the gospel to the world. When we consider our individual giftings, we should remember that while we have distinct vocations that contribute to the furtherance of God’s purposes, all of us have the same call and must support one another in fulfilling it. View Resource

  • Making Known God’s Manifold Wisdom Devotional

    Ephesians 3:10

    A church unified in the truth and in love is one of the most powerful displays of God’s glory to all of creation. We should therefore strive to bear with one another’s failings and endeavor to study the Word together diligently that we might achieve this aim of biblical unity. Ask the Lord to help you promote the peace and purity of the church and to give you the desire to seek always to love your brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as the truth of His Word. View Resource

  • The Church is One Devotional

    John 17

    Are you concerned for the unity of the church? Although we can never compromise on the essential truths of the gospel, striving toward reconciliation with other believers and the unity of the faith, both invisible and visible, is a commendable goal. Practical ways that our unity in Christ Jesus can be demonstrated include Christian conferences, community prayer meetings or Bible studies with other evangelical believers, and more. View Resource

  • The Lord’s Holy Temple Devotional

    Ephesians 2:21

    Because every believer is a stone in God’s temple, to sin against another Christian is to assault His holy dwelling place and thus a most grievous act. We must therefore strive not to harm other Christians with our words and deeds. Moreover, when we have damaged another brother or sister, we must go to that person, admit our sin, ask for forgiveness, and make restitution, if possible. In so doing, we beautify the place where God lives. View Resource

  • Providence and God’s Inheritance Devotional

    Ephesians 1:11-12

    Our Creator does not need anything from us, which makes it all the more remarkable that He purposed in eternity past to make us His own inheritance. This is a great privilege, and it is due entirely to His sovereign grace. May we be thankful for this status and also mindful that His governing providence is working out all things — good and bad — to make us fit to be regarded as His inheritance. View Resource

  • Lifting the Church’s Burden Devotional

    1 Timothy 5:16

    Matthew Henry aptly comments, “Rich people should be ashamed to burden the church with their poor relatives.” It is easy to think that helping the impoverished is someone else’s responsibility, even if they are related to us. But each of us should be doing what we can to provide for those in need, especially if they are members of our own family. What resources and skills can you offer to help those who cannot help themselves? View Resource

  • Gossips and Busybodies Devotional

    1 Timothy 5:13

    The life God has given each of us is short, and it will be measured in the heavenly rewards He has promised us. We should therefore make the most of it that He might find us to be good and faithful servants. Our goal is not to make ourselves busy with programs just for the sake of programs but to allocate our time wisely that we might serve our families and the people of God, and thus the Lord. Do you manage your time well in service to our Father? View Resource

  • On Younger Widows Devotional

    1 Timothy 5:11-12

    It is no sin to desire remarriage. The problem comes only if we become unequally yoked (2 Cor. 6:14) or break a vow made to the Lord. But being that God nowhere commands us to vow to serve him in singleness, that kind of pledge should not be taken as normative in the first place. If you are seeking marriage or remarriage, make sure it is to a Christian spouse. Whether married or single, vow to serve the Lord under all conditions. View Resource

  • Enrolling Widows Devotional

    1 Timothy 5:9-10

    Matthew Henry writes, “Those who would find mercy when they are in distress must show mercy when they are in prosperity.” The widows whom the church should be most ready to support are those who in their lifetimes have been quick to help and to pray for others. Are you well known for your hospitality and generosity? May we all be the kind of people who are quick to serve when others are in need. View Resource

  • Hope Set on God Devotional

    1 Timothy 5:5-7

    One of the good and necessary consequences that we can draw from 1 Timothy 5:3–16 is that the church is not required to support financially those widows who are able for whatever reason to support themselves. However, the church is called to remember these women, especially if they have no relatives, and show them the love of Christ through friendship. Is there a lonely widow or widower in your church that you can visit this week? View Resource