• Avoiding False Teachers Devotional

    Romans 16:17

    No matter how biblically faithful its confession and creeds, no church or denomination is immune from false teachers. If church leaders will not keep watch over the orthodoxy of their ministers and if congregations refuse to be on watch for error, it is only a matter of time before falsehood takes root and grows unchecked like a cancer. Leaders and laypeople alike have the responsibility of making sure their churches remain united in the truth of the gospel. View Resource

  • Ezekiel Condemns the False Prophets Devotional

    EZEKIEL 13

    Sometimes we become discouraged that so many wolves are working among the sheep. False teachers have always been a problem for God’s people, however, so we should expect to see theological error raise its ugly head time and again. The focus of our discouragement should be upon those church leaders who refuse to purge false teachers from our midst, and we should channel it in a positive direction by calling church leaders to maintain the gospel’s purity in our local congregations. View Resource

  • The End of the False Prophets Devotional

    Jeremiah 14:13–18

    God will not give a people His revelation of salvation forever. If we will not love the truth, He will give us over to a lie (2 Thess. 2:9–11). Let this be a sobering truth to us all and an encouragement not only to know but also to love the truth of God. It is not enough to know what Scripture says, for if we do not love it, we will be consumed by falsehood. It is not enough to intellectually know and affirm what the Lord says, but we must also love His Word, entrusting ourselves to His promises … View Resource

  • Human Philosophies Devotional

    Colossians 2:8

    God prescribed food laws and other ritualistic observances for old covenant Israel, so we know that these practices are not inherently evil. They only become wrong when they become ends in themselves (1 Sam. 15:22–23). We might not be tempted to follow certain food laws today, but we are tempted to think that real spirituality is tied to specific forms of personal devotions, avoiding certain movies, never gambling, and so on. View Resource

  • Paul’s Presence in Colossae Devotional

    Colossians 2:4-5

    Our mystical union with Christ and His people through the Holy Spirit has profound implications for how we pray for believers in other places. Because we are united to the One who transcends all, our prayers are a profound encouragement to other believers, even if they are unaware of our praying. In prayer we are with them and encouraging them through the Holy Spirit, who closes the distance between us. View Resource

  • The False Prophet Devotional

    Deuteronomy 13:1–5

    False prophets exist in our day insofar as there are many men and women who are claiming to speak for God and yet teach aberrant doctrine. While we must not be contentious over minor matters, we should never be afraid to point out the errors of those who deny or pervert cardinal Christian doctrines. In love may we help those who are in bondage to false doctrines see the essential truths of the Christian faith as taught in God’s Word. View Resource

  • The Teaching of Demons Devotional

    1 Timothy 4:1-3

    John Calvin also points out that it has been common throughout history for heretics to shun true holiness and offer in its place a substitute to conceal their own wickedness. We are prone as human beings to make God’s standards much lower and prohibit those things He has not prohibited, for it is far easier to refrain from things outwardly in lieu of developing the pure heart He requires. Where have you added to or taken away from God’s Word? View Resource

  • The Gospel of God’s Glory Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:11

    Matthew Henry writes, “Much of the glory of God appears in the works of creation and providence, but much more in the gospel, where it shines in the face of Jesus Christ.” True preaching of the gospel must include news of the Lord’s holiness, justice, and grace, and if any of these are left out, then the glory of God is obscured because His character is not fully declared. Are you equipped to present these attributes of God when you share the gospel? View Resource

  • The Law and the Lawless Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:9-10

    There are innumerable ways the Law is not used lawfully. Some try to find a secret code by counting letters and numbers. Some try to base a weight-loss program on the food laws in the Torah. Others read the Law’s promises to Israel apart from the New Testament and look for today’s headlines to match what it predicts or says. Do you read the Law properly? Look to it today to see where you have fallen short and repent so that you might see the truth. View Resource

  • The Goodness of the Law Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:8

    Matthew Henry reveals one of the lawful uses of the Torah when he says that “the law is still very useful as a rule of life.” Paul will point us to the Law as a guide to ethical behavior (Eph. 6:1–3), provided that we always remember that we can keep the Law only in the power of the Spirit and do not use it as a way to get right with God. Pray that you would love the Law and make sure you turn to it when you are facing difficult choices. View Resource

  • Ignorant and Vain Discussion Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:6-7

    Matthew Henry says, “Mere talk, especially in religion, is meaningless, and yet many people’s religion consists of little else but meaningless talk.” Is your practice of the Christian religion tied up in endless talk on peripheral matters, or is it the pure and undefiled religion of James 1:27, which calls us to visit widows and orphans and to keep ourselves pure. This month, help a group that helps the needy, perhaps through a donation. Always stand firm against evil. View Resource

  • Confrontation in Antioch Devotional

    Galatians 2:11–13

    The confrontation with Peter is an important segue for Paul to begin explaining the doctrine of justification, and we will consider it more tomorrow. Today, consider how Peter’s failure proves that “we are nothing with all our gifts be they ever so great, except God assist us” (Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians). Even Peter sinned when he divided the church of Christ, and so we must be ever conscious of our dependence on Him lest we fall into error as well. View Resource

  • Maligning Paul’s Character Devotional

    Galatians 1:10

    The context of Galatians 1:10 refutes any notion that Paul was a people-pleaser. Would a man concerned to win the acclaim of all people call down curses upon some of them (vv. 8–9)? Paul’s becoming “all things to all people” reflects a godly practicality that holds to the gospel without doing anything that would cause unnecessary offense. This principle should guide the church today, though we must beware lest we water down the gospel in our drive to reach the lost. View Resource

  • Beware of Apostasy Devotional

    Deuteronomy 13

    Of course, we realize that anyone who abandons Christ did not ever have saving faith to begin with (1 John 2:19). Nevertheless, this truth should not make us complacent; rather, it should encourage us to demonstrate the reality of our faith and pursue earnestly the truths of God that we may “inherit the promises” (Heb. 6:11–12). Take time today to pray for your soul, asking the Lord to keep you in the truth and preserve your faith until the end. View Resource

  • A Warning About Leaven Devotional

    Matthew 16:5–12

    It is not always easy to recognize false teaching because those who teach error often mix it in with some legitimate truth. That is why we must be well grounded in the doctrines of Scripture, for if our grasp of the truth is becoming ever more comprehensive, we will be able to distinguish it from error. How grounded are you in the teachings of the Bible and the historic Christian faith? Make it your aim to learn anew one aspect of the faith this week. View Resource