• 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

  • En Route to Rome Devotional

    Romans 15:22-24

    As long as our intentions and plans are for godly ends, it is right and perfectly wise to look ahead and chart out an anticipated course of action. However, we must always remember that we are not in final control of our lives and that God in His providence may redirect us or keep some of our plans from coming to pass. In such cases, as in all circumstances in life, we must trust in the Lord’s wisdom and humbly submit to His will. View Resource

  • Paul’s Ambition Devotional

    Romans 15:20-21

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “Paul then was a preacher of Christ, yet unknown to foreign nations, for this end—that after his departure the same doctrine should be daily proclaimed in every place by the mouth of the pastors.” Paul’s calling was to plant churches and move on, but he and the other Apostles never truly left them behind. Instead, the Apostolic doctrine was the foundation for all subsequent ministry. May it continue to be so in our local churches. View Resource

  • The Jews and the Resurrection Devotional

    Romans 11:13-15

    Scripture often speaks in corporate categories, talking about the salvation of entire groups without meaning that every single person who is a part of that group will be saved. We see that in today’s passage, as Paul speaks of the reconciliation of the world (the Gentiles) and the restoration of Israel. Nevertheless, such corporate language is a hint that the number of the saved will be substantial. We should therefore expect—and pray for—God to bless the outreach of His church. View Resource

  • Faith and the Work of Christ Devotional

    Romans 10:16-18

    In his commentary on today’s passage in his book Romans, Dr. R.C. Sproul notes that hearing the gospel is a necessary condition for salvation, but it is not a sufficient condition. Something else is needed, and that is the work of the Holy Spirit to give the hearer faith. Our job as the church is to preach the gospel faithfully to all people, knowing that the Lord will use it to save His elect. Because God will use His Word as He ordains, we know our preaching is never in vain. View Resource

  • The Gospel Sent Forth Devotional

    Romans 10:14-15

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Romans that “not everyone in the church is called to be a missionary, but every member of the church is responsible to make sure that the missionary activity gets done.” The Great Commission is not for a select few; rather, it is given to the whole church. Some of us will go to the ends of the earth. Some of us will send out missionaries, supporting them financially and in prayer. But all of us must take part in this great work. View Resource

  • Belief and Confession Devotional

    Romans 10:9-13

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage that the emphasis on believing with the heart shows that “faith is a firm and effectual confidence and not a bare notion only.” Saving faith is not simply knowing the truth about Jesus or believing the facts about His life, although these things are necessary. Saving faith also requires personal trust in Jesus for salvation, the belief that His work and promises apply to us specifically. If we believe such things, we are saved. View Resource

  • The Spirit of Adoption Devotional

    Roman 8:14-15

    The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of adoption, which is a great comfort to us particularly as we fight sin. Outside of Christ, we are in a state of fear. Despite our best efforts to suppress the truth, every sin provokes terror, for we know our end is hell. Once we are in Christ, however, we know God will never kick us out of His family. The Spirit does a sweet work of conviction in Christians. In the midst of bringing repentance for our sin, He assures us that we are still His. View Resource

  • The Sequence of Salvation Devotional

    Romans 2:9–10

    Calvin also writes in the Institutes that as soon as believers are “admitted to fellowship with Christ, by the knowledge of the gospel, and the illumination of the Holy Spirit, their eternal life is begun, and then He which has begun a good work in them ‘will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.’” God will never fail to sanctify a person whom He justifies, and so the justified person will always die in faith and enter heaven. Let us rejoice that He will not let us fall out of His hand. View Resource

  • The Righteousness of God Devotional

    2 Corinthians 5:21

    Even many professing Christians believe that they become citizens of heaven because they have lived a “good life.” The gospel tells us that no one but Christ has lived a life that is truly good. He alone deserves the kingdom of God, but our Father graciously allows us to share in Christ’s citizenship if we come to Him only through Christ, which means not by other teachers or even by our good works. If we trust in anything in addition to Jesus, we cannot be citizens of His kingdom. View Resource

  • The Gospel of the Kingdom Devotional

    Luke 17:20–21

    With the coming of Christ, the kingdom of God is now evident among His people even as we wait for its final consummation at His return. The gospel announces that Jesus has done the work necessary to overcome our natural resistance to God’s kingdom and to make us citizens of this kingdom through faith alone. As we preach the gospel, we are announcing the blessed reign of the Lord, and we must repeat His command that all people everywhere repent and bow to His rule. View Resource

  • God’s Righteousness Revealed Devotional

    Romans 1:17a

    The gift character of righteousness is underscored in Paul’s statement that “the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith.” Our position before the Lord is by faith alone from first to last, and nothing we do can merit a right standing before Him. As Luther also comments on today’s verse, “This happens through faith in the Gospel.” By trusting only in what God has done, we are reconciled to Him for all eternity. View Resource

  • The Power of God for Salvation Devotional

    Romans 1:16

    The gospel is not a message to be ashamed of even if the world finds it foolish. It is God’s power unto salvation, and our attempts to make the gospel more palatable to fallen people prevent them from seeing it in all its power and glory. Though there might be foolish and irresponsible ways of presenting the gospel when we measure ourselves by Scripture, the message itself is God’s wisdom and power, and we must never change it to be accepted by sinners. View Resource

  • The Gospel of God in History Devotional

    Romans 1:2-4

    Christ’s resurrection was the first phase of His exaltation, that point at which He was set over all creation to rule from His Father’s right hand and bring all of His and our enemies into subjection. Having fulfilled His work as the last Adam, the Lord possessed according to His humanity what He always had according to His divinity, namely, the right to bring all things under God’s dominion. In Christ, we are granted the honor of taking dominion in all spheres of life, to His everlasting glory. View Resource

  • Law and Gospel Devotional

    Matthew 5:17–20

    Answer 86 of the Heidelberg Catechism emphasizes that we do good works because the God who justifies us also gives us His Spirit to conform us more and more to the image of Jesus Christ. Our Lord saves us from His wrath in order that we might serve Him according to His law, but we cannot serve Him unless we walk by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit empowers our obedience to God’s law, and we must ask Him daily for help that we might obey our Creator. View Resource