• God’s Will and His Mercy Devotional

    Romans 9:17-18

    John Calvin writes that we may not look for any cause of election other than God’s will: “We ought particularly to notice these words to whom he wills, and, whom he wills: beyond this he allows us not to proceed.” We cannot locate the reason why the Lord chose to save us in ourselves in any way, even in God’s knowledge that we would respond in faith. Salvation is by grace alone—we are not elected because the Lord knew we would believe; we believe because we were elected. View Resource

  • Divine Illumination Devotional

    1 Corinthians 2:6-16

    Without the Holy Spirit’s work of illumination, we will never understand the Bible in a saving way. Many people read the Bible, know what it teaches, but never believe its message. It is not that they are somehow less intelligent. They do not believe because they have not been granted the ability to do so. We should thank God every day that He has granted us the capacity to trust in His Word, and may we ask Him to illumine our study every time we read it. View Resource

  • The Power of God’s Word Devotional

    Jeremiah 23:9–40

    Fire and hammers destroy and demolish—so we should expect the Word of God to afflict our consciences and bring us to the end of ourselves. Yet fire and hammers also refine and shape—so we should expect Scripture also to purify us and build us up in godliness. As Christians, we need to experience both aspects of God’s Word, and we need to preach both the afflictions and comforts of Scripture to ourselves and to those around us. View Resource

  • To Philemon and Company Devotional

    Philemon 1-3

    Take some time today to read through the entire epistle to Philemon. Consider how the different aspects of the letter combine to present Paul’s argument. Pick a verse or two to meditate upon; repeat it to yourself a few times and think on what it might mean. Pray that our time together in this epistle would help us to learn many helpful ways to grow in Christ and to develop a new appreciation for this important part of God’s Word. View Resource

  • God’s Living and Active Word Devotional

    Hebrews 4:12–13

    Unlike the teachings of men and women that often fall on deaf ears, the Word of God always accomplishes the purposes for which it has been sent. That does not mean, however, that our Christian growth happens passively as we read and hear the Word. God is pleased to work through means, and, as we study Scripture diligently and pray for illumination, we will find the Spirit using the Word to help us grow into maturity in Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • Biblical Inerrancy Devotional

    Psalm 12:1–6

    The health of the church depends upon a firm commitment to the inerrancy of Scripture. Once the idea that Scripture teaches some false things is accepted, what fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith will fall next? But inerrancy must be properly understood lest we falsely accuse others of denying it. We must also take care in interpreting the Bible, for while the text is inerrant, our interpretations are not necessarily so. View Resource

  • Resting on the Promises Devotional

    Echo the father of the epileptic boy’s cry: “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.” View Resource

  • How to Study the Bible Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:14–17

    Many people find the study of Scripture to be an intimidating, if not impossible, endeavor. But God encourages us to put His Word on our hearts (Deut. 6:6), and He will open His Word to us if we are faithful to study it with diligence and humility. Consider joining a Bible study or class offered by your church so that you may learn from other Christians. Be sure to make some time each week for the study and contemplation of God’s Word. View Resource

  • Islam and the Bible Devotional

    Matthew 24:35

    No other ancient work has survived in as many copies as the New Testament. When these various manuscripts are compared, both the care of the copyists and the integrity of the text are always confirmed. Moreover, to date no variant reading that has warranted a change in the text has produced any significant alterations in Christian doctrine. God has indeed preserved His Word. Review evidence for the Bible’s textual integrity so that you might defend it from attack. View Resource

  • Jesus and Authority Devotional

    Luke 10:25–37

    In John 13:20, Jesus tells His apostles that whoever receives them receives Him. We cannot separate our reception of Jesus as Lord with our reception of His apostles and the Bible that He has given us through them. If we do not accept the words of the apostles (and his old covenant emissaries ­— the prophets), we have not accepted the Lordship of Christ. Ask the Lord always to remind you that believing in Him means believing His Word. View Resource

  • Three Key Terms Devotional

    Psalm 12:6

    If you agree that one of today’s terms is true of Scripture, then you must agree that all of them are true. If the Bible is inspired, if it is breathed out by God as 2 Timothy 3:16–17 says, then it is necessarily infallible. And if Scripture is infallible, then it is necessarily inerrant. Without an inerrant revelation we could never be sure of God’s will for us. Spend some time studying the trustworthiness of Scripture so that you might be able to defend its inerrancy. View Resource

  • Neo-Orthodoxy Devotional

    Matthew 22:37–38

    We do well to remember that true faith is not merely an assent to propositions. It is also a living and active trust in the Lord Jesus. Yet we must never separate these two things, for we cannot truly assent to Scripture’s teaching without trusting in Jesus, nor can we really trust in Jesus without being persuaded by biblical propositions. As you endeavor to defend biblical authority, remember that we do this in order that we might have a firm foundation for trusting in Jesus. View Resource

  • Authority and Canon Devotional

    Luke 24:36–49

    We can be certain that in His providence, God has provided us with all the special revelation He intended for His church to have. The people of God hear His voice in the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New and rightly receive them as inspired. The church does not establish the Bible; rather, the sacred events and interpretation of redemptive history in the Bible establishes the church. Thank God today for the providential provision of His Word. View Resource

  • Authority and Authorship Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:16–17Ex. 10:3 • Obad. 1–4 • Nah. 1:12 • John 17:1–8 • Acts 9:1–19

    When we speak of the authorship of Scripture, we must never forget that the individual human authors of each book did contribute a distinct style and emphasis to our understanding of God. However, we must always remember that though each brought a unique contribution to the canon, God inspired each of them so that they wrote His words accurately. As you study the Bible, ask God to remind you that the words you read are indeed His words. View Resource

  • The Standard of Truth Devotional

    Luke 7:1–10

    Biblical authority does not mean that there are not other authorities for the Christian. The concept of sola Scriptura simply means that the Bible is the final and unquestionable authority for the church and the individual in all matters of life. What is your view of biblical authority? Do you only speak of Scripture’s authority without letting it shape your life and faith? Endeavor to live out your confidence in biblical authority through obedience to the Bible’s commands. View Resource