Beginning at 10:30 PM EST, Ligonier.org will undergo routine maintenance. During this time, the website may become unavailable. The site will be back up to full functionality at 6 AM EST. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Baptism and Salvation Devotional

    1 Peter 3:21

    Throughout history, God has entered into covenants with a visible covenant community, a community identified by its profession of faith. However, not everyone in the visible covenant community possesses faith. Only those who trust in Christ alone are a part of the invisible church, which gets its name from the fact that the true state of others’ hearts is invisible to us but not to God. We must put our faith in Jesus to receive the benefits signified in baptism. View Resource

  • The Blood and the Spirit Devotional

    1 John 1:7

    “Just as the Word of God does not return to him void, neither does the exercise and administration of his sacrament return to him void” (R.C. Sproul, Truths We Confess, vol. 3, p. 89). The preaching of God’s Word will either soften hearts and incline them to His truth, or it will harden hearts against His promises. So it is with the sacraments. We must never take these ordinances lightly but examine ourselves before we witness or participate in them. View Resource

  • The Bread and the Cup Devotional

    Luke 22:14–20

    When we participate in the sacraments, it can be easy to forget why we have them and what we are supposed to learn from them. Lest they become merely rote observances, let us pay close attention when the sacraments are administered and do our best to consider what the elements are supposed to show us. Let us think carefully on what is being depicted that we might grow in love for our great God. View Resource

  • The Bread of Life Devotional

    John 6:35–40

    At our conversion, we make a decisive break with sin and come into the safety of Christ’s fold. Still, there is a sense in which we must continue to come to Him every moment of our lives. As we actively believe in the gospel each day, we are sustained unto eternal life. One way we tangibly confirm and express our belief in Jesus is through the Lord’s Supper, and we can come to Him for sustenance in the sacrament by faith alone. View Resource

  • Eating and Drinking Judgment Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:19–22

    In ourselves, we are all unworthy to approach the throne of grace because of our sin. To say we are worthy of taking the Lord’s Supper is not to deny this fundamental reality; rather, it is to embrace it. For those worthy of taking part in the sacrament are those who have confessed their unworthiness before God, repented of their sin, and trusted in Christ alone for salvation. As we do this, we may come to His table for grace and strength. View Resource

  • Entrance by Cleansing Devotional

    Matthew 28:16-20

    Read Hebrews 9:13 and 10:22. Now find Numbers 19. Note the relationship between death and resurrection, unclean and clean, and old covenant baptism. What does this chapter teach you about your new covenant baptism? How many times do you need to be baptized with “pure” water? View Resource

  • The Focus of the Sacraments Devotional

    Galatians 3:27

    We must know the gospel to have faith in the gospel, and we must have faith in the gospel to enjoy the sanctifying benefits of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Thus, the preaching of the Word always has a certain kind of priority over the sacraments in our worship. We must not have a high view of the sacraments at the expense of a high view of preaching, so let us make sure to hear the Word preached whenever we can. View Resource

  • The Form of Worship Devotional

    1 Corinthians 14:26–40

    Take some time today to consider the liturgy used in your own church. Have its different elements become meaningless to you, things you do without consideration? Or, do you take care to contemplate the significance of the words you speak and the actions you observe or perform? What about the sacraments? Do you expect to meet Jesus by faith, in a special way, when someone is baptized or when you partake of the Lord’s Supper? View Resource

  • Freedom Through Christ’s Blood Devotional

    Revelation 1:5b

    Baptism reminds us who believe that we are washed clean of our sin on account of the blood of Christ. His death atoned for our guilt, enabling God to forgive us without compromising His justice. When we see the water of baptism, we should be reminded of the great sacrifice of Jesus, who poured out His blood— His very life—for the sake of His people. May we never consider this truth lightly but rejoice in what the Lord has done for us. View Resource

  • Holy Children Devotional

    1 Corinthians 7:14

    Presbyterians believe the church distinguishes believers’ children from unbelievers’ children through baptism (Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 74). Whether or not you believe infants should be baptized, we can all agree that God expects more from those raised in a Christian home than those who do not grow up under the gospel. “To whom much was given … much will be required” (Luke 12:48). Let us remind our children of this and call them to repent and believe the gospel. View Resource

  • Honoring God’s Covenant Devotional

    Isaiah 1:11–17

    We will look more at church discipline in the days ahead. As we close our study today, let us be reminded that coming into the Lord’s presence without repentance is dangerous indeed. It is particularly risky when we claim to be following the Lord and yet are not truly obeying Him as the Lord of all things. Preventing such people from coming into God’s presence at the Lord’s Table is for their good, as it prevents them from angering the Lord even further. View Resource

  • The Importance of Sacraments Devotional

    Galatians 3:15-29

    Perhaps one of the reasons why we have not paid sufficient attention to the sacraments is that we associate them with the Roman church and arid ritualism. As we continue our study, keep always in mind that these sacraments were given to us by our Lord, and that we are commanded to observe them. View Resource

  • The Infant Baptism Question Devotional

    1 Corinthians 1:10-17

    The issue of whether adults or children should be baptized is at once significant and emotionally charged. Because it is so emotionally charged we must speak gently. Because it is so significant we must study the matter carefully and diligently. Recommit to following the Word of God above the traditions of men. View Resource

  • Proclaiming the Lord’s Death Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:26

    We cannot live without food and drink, and the use of bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper is to remind us that we cannot survive without the death and resurrection of our Savior. As we eat the bread and drink the cup, we should think on how much we need Jesus and His work in our behalf. Moreover, we should thank Him that He has provided an atonement to meet the needs of our souls just as He has provided food to meet the needs of our bodies. View Resource

  • The Purpose of Sacraments Devotional

    Hebrews 6:13-20

    Baptism and the Lord’s Supper pull into themselves all the signs and miracles of the old covenant and the early church. Perhaps one reason why so many Christians look for miracles is that we do not appreciate the hidden miracle of the Lord’s Supper, which spiritually feeds us with Christ Himself. View Resource