• The Authority of the Church Devotional

    1 Corinthians 5

    Today’s passage is a proof text for question and answer 85 of the Heidelberg Catechism, which deals with how church discipline opens and shuts the door to the kingdom of heaven. Excommunication shuts the door by declaring that the excommunicated person is not a Christian. When this decision is made carefully and in accordance with Scripture, the word of church leaders carries biblical warrant, and we are foolish not to heed it. View Resource

  • Christ Our Passover Devotional

    1 Corinthians 5

    Christ’s sacrifice as the ultimate Passover gives us a knowledge of sin and its effects, freedom from its power, and confidence to mortify it that the old covenant saint did not fully enjoy. Consequently, we can cast out the leaven of sin from our lives as we rely on the power of the Spirit and remember who we are in Christ. Turn to the Lord and His people for help this day in putting sin to death in your life. View Resource

  • Church Discipline Devotional

    1 Corinthians 5:9–13

    The doctrine of justification by faith makes no sense if God is not a God of judgment. When people see God’s judgments in the church, they ought to tremble and must come to grips once again with their free justification through the blood of Christ. Do you encourage your leaders to provide true biblical discipline in your church? View Resource

  • Turning from Our Ungrateful Ways Devotional

    1 Corinthians 6:9–11

    Paul’s teaching in today’s passage actually leads us to expect that there should be former adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, blasphemers, alcoholics, and others in our congregations. The church of Jesus Christ must not close its door to any sinner who repents and rests in the Savior, for the kingdom of God is open to all who truly repent and believe. Let us proclaim that all who repent and believe are welcome in the kingdom of heaven. View Resource

  • Washed, Sanctified, and Justified Devotional

    1 Corinthians 6:11b

    God conveys grace to us through the preaching of the Word and the sacraments, so we must never think of baptism and the Lord’s Supper as empty rites. We cannot understand everything that happens in baptism, for who understands every facet of any of God’s works? But we can expect the Spirit to bless us in a special way that helps us in our Christian growth. If you are a Christian, the Spirit works in you when you witness the baptisms of others. View Resource

  • The Lordship of Christ Devotional

    1 Corinthians 6:15–20

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, stating that “we are not at our own disposal, that we should live according to our own pleasure.” Unregenerate people are determined to live by their own rules, to seek self-fulfillment at the expense of God’s law. Christians, however, are determined to live by what God has revealed, and they repent when they fail to do so. If Jesus is our Lord, we must actually live under His lordship. View Resource

  • United to Christ and His Body Devotional

    1 Corinthians 6:17

    In the comments Calvin made on today’s passage, the great Reformer noted the importance of maintaining our union with Christ with “the utmost chastity and fidelity.” We must not cheat on our husband, the Lord Jesus Christ, by following after other gods or engaging in impenitent sin. In so doing, we strain our union with Him and, thus, our union with other believers. Let us never do anything to impair the communion we have with Christ and others. View Resource

  • Bought with a Price Devotional

    1 Corinthians 6:19–20

    We belong to Christ because He owns us, because He bought us out from under the wrath of God and its manifestation in our slavery to sin and Satan. In so doing, He restored the blessed state of ownership that we once experienced when we willingly served the Lord in the garden. As we will see over the course of this year, the Lord’s ownership of us is the determining factor in what we may rightly do, feel, and believe. View Resource

  • Apostolic Authority Devotional

    1 Corinthians 7:10–16

    There is an unfortunate tendency to elevate the words of Jesus recorded in the Gospels and elsewhere as more authoritative than the words of the other biblical authors. But we must not do this, for Paul, Peter, and the other biblical authors were commissioned to give us the very words of God Himself. If you are tempted to view certain parts of the Bible as less authoritative than others, remember that all of its writers give us the words of God. 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

  • Called from Every Vocation Devotional

    1 Corinthians 7:17–24

    Some people work their whole lives in one vocation, while others experience a change of call during their lifetimes. The important thing to remember is that wherever we labor, we can labor for the glory of God and the good of our neighbors. If you are discontent in your vocation, ask the Lord to show you how your work can be used for His glory and the good of others. View Resource

  • Serving God in the Here and Now Devotional

    1 Corinthians 7:17–24

    If our primary concern in life is to change our present situation, then we will have little room to serve God wherever we are. It is not inherently wrong to seek a change in circumstances, and, indeed, a change may be what we are called to seek. But we are never to do so at the expense of serving God faithfully. Let us pray daily that the Lord’s will would be done and that we would seek this will so that we would be reckoned as His good and faithful servants. View Resource

  • The Weak Conscience Devotional

    1 Corinthians 8

    Has anyone ever called you judgmental? Do you consider something to be sinful that God has not? Do you try to be another’s conscience? Are you too loose with God’s Word? Do you feel uncomfortable around more conscientious Christians? If so, do you abuse Christian liberty and pamper sinful habits? View Resource

  • God’s Will and the Internal Call Devotional

    1 Corinthians 9:16

    When we are making decisions, particularly in the realm of our vocations, it is helpful for us to ask ourselves what kind of work is most compelling. Although God does not promise us an easy life, that does not mean He necessarily calls us to do something we absolutely hate. Our desires, provided they do not contradict Scripture, can help us discern the right course of action to take. View Resource

  • The Internal Call Devotional

    1 Corinthians 9:16b

    Paul said, “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Cor. 9:16b). He had an unquenchable desire to preach the gospel, as God had called Him to the vocation of pastor, church planter, and Apostle, granting him the desire for such work. We may not have such a desire to preach. Ours might be “Woe to me if I do not teach kindergarten!” or “Woe to me if I do not open a restaurant!” Whatever the case may be, a strong desire for a particular work often indicates that work is for us. View Resource