• Irenaeus of Lyons Devotional

    Ephesians 2:19–20

    Today’s passage is very important for our doctrine of Scripture. If the prophets and apostles are the foundation of the church, then their writings are the final court of appeal for belief and practice. We should also not expect new revelation from God because once the foundation is laid there is no need to build it again. How do you evaluate your thoughts and beliefs? God’s Word alone can determine what we believe about Him. View Resource

  • Marcion’s Challenge Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:1–6

    Most professing Christians today would not think of altering the biblical text, but there is a widespread, often unspoken belief that the God of the Old Testament became nicer in the New Testament. But the God revealed in both testaments is the same holy and merciful Creator, and we must not think that God somehow changed His character and demands once He sent Christ. God is no more and no less loving or holy today than He was before Jesus came. View Resource

  • Gnosticism Devotional

    2 John 7

    The early church rejected Gnosticism, but certain aspects of Greek thought linger even today. Many believe our bodies are just shells for our souls — the “real” us. Yet though our souls are with the Lord at death, we are incomplete without our physical bodies, and we look forward to the resurrection of the body on the last day (Dan. 12:1–2). In creation, God blessed our bodies, and the way we treat them reflects our understanding of this truth. View Resource

  • Neo-Gnosticism Devotional

    Colossians 1:24–29

    Gnosticism, a heresy rampant during the early church, said salvation was only available to those who possessed the hidden truths of Christ. Bultmann espouses a kind of neo-gnosticism, a wholly subjective encounter with Jesus, which is the basis for many people’s professed Christianity. A personal encounter with Jesus is necessary, but we do not believe simply because He “lives in our heart” (1 Cor. 3:16). We believe because He truly came, truly died, and truly rose again. View Resource

  • As He Is Righteous Devotional

    1 John 3:7–8

    By His death and resurrection Jesus broke the power of Satan in order to destroy his evil works. Jesus has secured this victory but has not yet consummated it, and He has given us a role to play in destroying the works of Satan until He returns in triumph (2 Cor. 10:4–6). We fulfill this role in preaching the Gospel and working to make it a reality in this world (Matt. 28:18–20). Evangelize, feed the hungry, and work for justice so that the works of Satan would be destroyed. View Resource

  • You Know the Truth Devotional

    1 John 2:20–21

    Today’s passage shows us the connection between knowing the truth and being anointed by the Holy Spirit. Anyone who knows, trusts, and practices basic Christian truths belongs to Christ and possesses the Holy Spirit. Like the original audience, the trials of life make it necessary for other believers to encourage us and help us see whether or not we truly know the truth. Make sure you fellowship with others who walk in the truth and encourage you in your profession. View Resource

  • Christian Irrationalism Devotional

    1 John 1:1–4

    Christian irrationalism often manifests itself in group Bible studies where each individual describes what the text means to them. Though a text may have different individual applications, it can only have one universal meaning. When you are in a group Bible study, be careful about saying things like “what this text means to me is ….” View Resource