• Why Theology is Necessary Devotional

    Deuteronomy 6:4–9

    The passage chosen as the basis for today’s study calls the people of God to study His law diligently and, by extension, everything that He has revealed in the Bible. We are to examine Scripture systematically, looking at how all of its teachings on any given subject fit together coherently. We are also to study the Bible corporately, seeking to learn from other Christians, both past and present, who have been given special insight into God’s Word. View Resource

  • The Causes of Immaturity Devotional

    Hebrews 5:11-14

    Prayerful cultivation of the knowledge of God leads to a greater love of Him. As we study the depths of God’s Word, we begin to get a better glimpse of His awesome majesty, our own unworthiness, and the immense grace that He has shown in saving His people. Let us pursue the study of biblical doctrine with the aim of knowing more about the Lord’s character so that we will serve Him more faithfully and love Him more deeply. View Resource

  • Leaving Childhood Behind Devotional

    Ephesians 4:14

    The church’s greatest advancements in understanding doctrine have come when great heresies have threatened the church. The Arian controversy helped believers delimit the canon’s teaching on the Trinity. Crises over justification and the authority of Scripture led to the Protestant Reformation. Though we do not like falsehood in itself, the way in which it prompts us to study Scripture leads to many spiritual benefits. View Resource

  • Doxology: The Goal of Theology Devotional

    Ephesians 3:20-21

    Knowing about the Lord is pointless without worship and praise. After all, the Devil knows far more about God than we do, and yet this knowledge gives him no benefit because he refuses to bow the knee in humble adoration (James 2:19). Let us continually ask ourselves whether our study of theology is making us more arrogant and eager to pick fights with those less knowledgeable, or if it is making us worship the Lord in humility. View Resource

  • James Versus Paul? Devotional

    James 2:24

    Tomorrow we will look at James’ argument in 2:14–26 more closely. Today, be reminded that God’s Word must be consistent because the One who hates all falsehood has revealed it. If He said one thing in Ephesians but contradicted Himself in James, at least one of these statements would have to be untrue. If we think we have found a “contradiction” in Scripture, we can be sure that we have interpreted something incorrectly. View Resource

  • In the Fullness of Time Devotional

    Ephesians 1:10

    On the last day, God’s perfect plan will be fulfilled, and throughout the universe, all creatures great and small will honor Christ. Our task as we anticipate this final day is twofold. First, we must live as He has commanded, for we know that He is our rightful sovereign even if the rest of creation remains oblivious. Second, we must go forth and proclaim the reality of His reign so that those whom He is calling will bow before that final day. View Resource

  • The Riches of Redemption Devotional

    Ephesians 1:7

    John Chrysostom remarks, “It is astonishing that he gave the Beloved for those who hated him… . If even when we hated him and were enemies he gave the Beloved, what will he not do for us now?” (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, NT vol. 8, p. 108; hereafter ACCNT). The tremendous grace of God in choosing unworthy vessels to be His heirs reveals His abundant mercy and willingness to take care of everything we need. View Resource

  • Chosen in Love Devotional

    Ephesians 1:5-6

    The wonder of divine election is not that God loves us because we are lovely but that He loves us even though there is nothing lovely in us. But in choosing us, He loves us in order to make us holy in His sight. Those whom He chooses will certainly become more lovely over the course of their walk with Christ, and will be completely pure in glory. May we humbly remember that there is nothing in us to make God love us. View Resource

  • Chosen in Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 1:4

    John Calvin comments, “The name of Christ excludes all merit, and everything which men have of their own; for when he says that we are chosen in Christ, it follows that in ourselves we are unworthy.” May we never think that it was anything good in us that motivated the Father to choose us for salvation, for we in ourselves are undeserving of His favor. His choice is wholly of grace, based on His own good pleasure, and so we should be thankful always. View Resource

  • Good Means for an Evil End Devotional

    1 Timothy 6:4b-5

    It is amazing how many people see the gospel as a way to prosper. Rank heresy guaranteeing a hundred-fold financial reward in this life for those who “name it and claim it” permeates the airwaves. Companies emblazon “Christianesque” slogans on everything one can think of and end up making a mockery of salvation. Let us hold to the sound teaching of historic Christianity that we might never view godliness as a means of financial gain. View Resource

  • Confident in Truth Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 2:15

    It is hard to be a Christian in a culture that says the only certainty is that there is no certainty. We have a universal gospel that demands allegiance from all people without exception, and we must be clear on this as the relativism around us tries desperately to make us uncertain about the exclusivity of Christ. Pray that you will stand firm for the certainty that salvation is available only in Jesus (John 14:6), and flee any “church” that would try to tell you otherwise. View Resource

  • Theology and Doxology Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:17

    It is very easy to sing hymns in the church without paying attention to what the words are saying about God. As we offer praise to the Lord each Sunday we should also consider what it is we are saying about Him in order that we might glorify Him with understanding and learn even more about Him as we honor Him. Let us think on the lyrics of the songs, hymns, and spiritual songs at our churches as we sing them, and may we praise the Lord with all that we are. View Resource

  • A Solemn Charge Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:3-4

    John Calvin writes that those doctrines that “contribute to edification may be approved, and that those which give ground for unprofitable disputes may be rejected as unworthy of the church of God.” Though some find it a lot of fun to argue over minor tenets, causing strife over disputed matters while ignoring the essentials of the Christian faith is no good for anyone. Are your studies focused on the basic, soul-sustaining truths of the Bible? View Resource

  • Twisting the Truth Devotional

    Acts 20:7–35

    Paul in Romans 14 urged the toleration of those who in error felt it was wrong to eat what they thought was unclean. If this is so, should we not also tolerate those who disagree with us over issues such as the method of baptism or the millennial reign of Christ, especially when it is impossible to determine with absolute certainty which views are less faithful to Scripture than others? Are nonessential truths something over which you break fellowship? View Resource