• Strength in Christ Devotional

    Philippians 4:13

    If we depend on our own power and character in the midst of storms, we will by no means find lasting peace. But when we trust in Christ and seek to do everything in Him, we can serve Him faithfully. This does not mean that our concerns do — or even should — go away; rather, it means that our concerns no longer define our lives and bind us with worry. On the contrary, we rest satisfied in the Lord no matter what happens around us. View Resource

  • Belief and Suffering Devotional

    Philippians 1:29–30

    If we are surprised when persecution comes, then we will find it more difficult to endure it and experience the grace of God in our suffering. Yet as we remember that both belief and suffering are granted to us by the Lord, we will not be taken aback when pain comes our way for believing in Jesus. We will also be looking for ways that we can mature as we suffer for boldly proclaiming the gospel. View Resource

  • Why Theology is Necessary Devotional

    Deuteronomy 6:4-9

    The passage chosen as the basis for today’s study calls the people of God to study His law diligently and, by extension, everything that He has revealed in the Bible. We are to examine Scripture systematically, looking at how all of its teachings on any given subject fit together coherently. We are also to study the Bible corporately, seeking to learn from other Christians, both past and present, who have been given special insight into God’s Word. View Resource

  • The Causes of Immaturity Devotional

    Hebrews 5:11-14

    Prayerful cultivation of the knowledge of God leads to a greater love of Him. As we study the depths of God’s Word, we begin to get a better glimpse of His awesome majesty, our own unworthiness, and the immense grace that He has shown in saving His people. Let us pursue the study of biblical doctrine with the aim of knowing more about the Lord’s character so that we will serve Him more faithfully and love Him more deeply. View Resource

  • Leaving Childhood Behind Devotional

    Ephesians 4:14

    The church’s greatest advancements in understanding doctrine have come when great heresies have threatened the church. The Arian controversy helped believers delimit the canon’s teaching on the Trinity. Crises over justification and the authority of Scripture led to the Protestant Reformation. Though we do not like falsehood in itself, the way in which it prompts us to study Scripture leads to many spiritual benefits. View Resource

  • Growing Up in Love Devotional

    1 Corinthians 13:11-13

    Knowledge of truth and the practice of love, as two of the chief indicators of Christian maturity, must both be emphasized in our walk with the Lord. Consistent study of the doctrines taught in the Bible is vital for our growth, and so is the love that demonstrates the attractiveness of the gospel. Ask yourself today if you emphasize truth more than love or love more than truth, and seek to bring both virtues into balance in your life. View Resource

  • Proper Christian Growth Devotional

    Colossians 1:9-10

    It is all too easy for us to think that once we know the basics of the gospel we must then move beyond them for true spiritual growth. Yet it is not extrabiblical revelations and methods that mature us, nor is it the search for esoteric meanings and codes in Scripture. Instead, it is the continual attempt to plumb the depths of the gospel message and its application to all of life, which is, in fact, the story of the Bible. View Resource

  • Gentle Admonition Devotional

    Galatians 6:1

    Calvin writes, “Whenever we have occasion to pronounce censure, let us begin with ourselves, and, remembering our own weakness, let us be indulgent to others.” May we never forget the need to take the log out of our own eye as we address the speck in another’s, but let us never think that we must be perfect before we can be used to admonish and restore others. To whom must you utter gentle but firm words of rebuke and restoration this day? View Resource

  • The Devil Devotional

    Zechariah 3:1–5

    Dr. R.C. Sproul defines true repentance in Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (pp. 193–194). Authentic repentance is sorrow for breaking God’s law, not only because we fear hell. It also involves a resolve to turn from sin and, where possible, the making of restitution, though never in an attempt to earn forgiveness. If all this is habitual in our lives, we can be assured that Satan’s accusations against us cannot stand. Of what do you need to repent this day? View Resource

  • The Flesh Devotional

    Romans 8:1–8

    Learning to love the things God loves is essential to the mortification of our flesh. Aside from studying Scripture by ourselves, small-group Bible studies and accountability relationships between members of the same sex are powerful weapons in our spiritual warfare. Do you have a close Christian friend to whom you can safely confess your struggles and temptations? Find someone who can encourage you to live in holiness in word and in deed. View Resource

  • Planning to Grow Devotional

    Luke 14:25–33

    Today, let us all sit down and set a goal to help us grow spiritually over the course of the year. If our prayer lives have been inconsistent, perhaps we need to commit to a specific time of prayer each day even if it is only five or ten minutes. A commitment of reading one chapter of Psalms and one chapter of Proverbs per day could be helpful. Or, we might benefit from a more thorough preparation of ourselves before we take the Lord’s Supper or witness a baptism. View Resource

  • Growing Up in Love Devotional

    1 Corinthians 13:11–13

    Do you think it is more important to possess many talents and gifts or to be righteous? The emphasis in the New Testament is on the importance of personal holiness and the practice of righteous love, for if we are gifted but have not love, we have nothing (1 Cor. 13:1–3). As we make use of the means of grace (biblical study, sacraments, prayer, among others), we will better understand and love the way Paul describes. Make sure you regularly participate in these things. View Resource

  • Transformation into Glory Devotional

    1 Corinthians 13

    Each aspect of the fruit of the Spirit—that is, each aspect of you as you are transformed—is nurtured through personal relationships. Because Christian character does not develop in a void, take the initiative to become involved regularly in a small group fellowship. View Resource

  • The Acquisition of Wisdom Devotional

    James 1:1–12

    As has been taught, true wisdom is the combination of knowledge and practical experience. It requires involvement of people in the service of Christ’s disposal, allowing Him to deploy you in a variety of experiences where both wisdom and godly maturity may result. View Resource