• Confidence in Christ Article by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2004

    Faith cannot be without a settled peace of mind, from which proceeds the bold confidence of rejoicing,” John Calvin writes in his commentary on Hebrews during the mid-sixteenth century. This point is most striking, and mostly underplayed by many exegetes. How could Calvin write something so … insensitive? And again: “We hence conclude that those who assent to the Gospel doubtfully and like those who vacillate, do not truly and really believe.” Just as faith is the assurance of things hoped for, so, too, is faith the constant and confident hope of the believer (Heb. 11:1; cf. 3 … View Resource

  • Doubt-Killing Promises Article by Justin Taylor

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2013

    Even though Charles Spurgeon lived about two hundred years after John Bunyan, I think Spurgeon regarded Bunyan as a friend. He said the book he valued most, next to the Bible, was The Pilgrim’s Progress. “I believe I have read it through at least a hundred times. It is a volume of which I never seem to tire.” Perhaps one of the reasons Spurgeon resonated with this classic was its realistic portrayal of depression, doubt, and despair. Spurgeon and Bunyan, like their Savior, were men of sorrow, acquainted with grief (Isa. 53:3). When Bunyan went to prison for … View Resource

  • Overcoming Doubt Article by Scott Devor

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2010

    I began my college years ready to conquer the world for Christ. The reality of my journey, however, tells quite a different story. College, for me, was a roller coaster of peaks and valleys — from incredible joys to the most debilitating doubts I ever experienced. Thus, I have come to understand my time in college as being filled with good, bad, and ugly. View Resource

  • Perseverance of the Saints Article by John de Witt

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2004

    What are we to make of the stunning words of Hebrews 6:4–6 with their fearful warning against apostasy, a falling away from the faith and from the Lord? They have often been a source of puzzlement and dread to Christian believers across the centuries. A connection has frequently been drawn between this passage and other pronouncements in the New Testament that speak of unpardonable sin: the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28–30; Matt. 12:31–32) and the “sin unto death” (1 John 5:16–17). Differences are to be noted, but also striking similarities. I have known people … View Resource

  • Where is Your Faith? Article by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2004

    Living by faith is a multi-faceted endeavor. Trusting in the all-sufficient redeeming work of Christ is where we begin a life of faith. From there, the brilliance of this glorious reality is reflected and displayed in every area of our lives. Or at least it ought to. We know that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6), and we know that all people do not have it (2 Thess 3:2). Faith is not a natural endowment embedded in the DNA of our souls; rather, it is a bona fide supernatural gift of God (Eph. 2 … View Resource