• The Church is Holy Devotional

    1 Corinthians 1:2

    Through the blood of Christ, God sees His church as holy, although He is by no means ignorant of the sin that persists in our lives. Yet this declaration of holiness gives us confidence that we can make real progress in our sanctification. Slowly and consistently, all true Christians are being conformed to the image of Christ. It is the joyful duty of all believers to seek the holiness of the church by endeavoring, with the Spirit’s help, to obey His commands. 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

  • By Christ Alone Devotional

    1 Corinthians 1:30

    Roman Catholic theology denies the sufficiency of Christ by regarding our works as something that adds to and makes possible a righteousness within ourselves. However, though personal holiness is important, it only demonstrates that we have been justified by faith alone because of Christ alone. It never makes us righteous enough in God’s eyes. In prayer, ask the Lord to make you daily despair of your ability to earn His favor and to enable you to trust in Christ alone. View Resource

  • Christ Our Righteousness Devotional

    1 Corinthians 1:30–31

    Jesus is the only human being who has ever had perfect faith in God. The faith the Lord demands from us is real faith, not perfect faith, and faith can be real even if it is imperfect. Still, we are never to be satisfied with imperfect faith but are to seek growth in our willingness to trust God over the course of our lives (2 Thess. 1:3). We can grow our faith through the study of Scripture, prayer, and the diligent use of God’s other means of grace. View Resource

  • The Ministry of Presence Devotional

    1 Corinthians 2:1–5

    When God calls us to serve, He calls us to come alongside others and become a part of their lives. He uses us to hold each other up and to help others grow in their walk with Christ. Look at those who surround you, and discern who you need to serve. Deliberately plan to become a part of their lives so that you can fulfill His call. View Resource

  • The Need for Atonement Devotional

    1 Corinthians 2:1–5

    In other religions, such as Islam and Judaism, God simply waves sin away, not requiring payment for transgressions in order to forgive. This idea betrays a view of a Creator who is not really all that holy, who ultimately is willing to wink at sin or to accept imperfection before His judgment seat. Yet the Bible has the highest view of the Lord’s holiness. It teaches us that He is perfectly holy and demands from us what only He can graciously provide. View Resource

  • The Need for Atonement Devotional

    1 Corinthians 2:1–5

    “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” a masterful hymn by the Puritan Isaac Watts, includes the line: “Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ my God: all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.” With the apostle Paul we should be most concerned to glory in the cross of Christ. Take some time to meditate today on the sufferings of Jesus and consider how the crucifixion reveals God and His glorious mercy. 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 Blessedness No One Has Imagined Devotional

    1 Corinthians 2:9–10

    The first question and answer of the Westminster Shorter Catechism tells us that our chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. In glory, we will enjoy God face to face and experience His loveliness and holiness directly. This vision will be fully satisfying, and we will never tire of it. In eternity to come, we will continue to grow in our understanding of the Lord and our love for Him, and this process will never end. View Resource

  • Illumining Scripture Devotional

    1 Corinthians 2:10b–16

    In all of our study of Scripture, we must never forget our need of the Holy Spirit’s assistance. As we read God’s Word, let us pray that the Spirit would illumine it so that we would understand and apply it rightly. And let us pray for this illumination when we read Scripture together so that we will be led in paths of righteousness through the Scriptures. View Resource

  • The Carnal Christian Devotional

    1 Corinthians 3:1–4

    Being conformed to the image of Christ does not happen quickly. There is no secret formula for victory over the flesh or a second blessing that creates instant maturity. One of the most important means for growing to maturity is the diligent study of Scripture. We should make it our aim to spend consistent and quality time studying God’s Word. View Resource

  • No Such Thing Devotional

    1 Corinthians 3:1–4

    It is hardly possible to be in Christ without having a desire to serve Him. When Christ sets a person free, he is free indeed, and he has an inner drive to resist the bondage of sin that once held him fast. Those who do not show any desire to resist sin and pursue a life of loving discipleship should have no confidence that they belong to Christ. Be encouraged that you are in Christ if you are striving against sin and endeavoring to live faithfully for Him. View Resource

  • The Carnal Christian Devotional

    1 Corinthians 3:1-4

    We must always be clear that our good works can never make us righteous before God. Yet we must be equally clear that justifying faith immediately and inevitably evidences itself through good works such as our confession of faith and acts of charity towards our neighbors. Can people tell by your life that you trust in Christ, or is your profession of faith empty? What is one good work you can do today out of a desire to demonstrate your love for Jesus? View Resource

  • Letters to Corinth Devotional

    1 Corinthians 3:1-10

    Those who seek to have Christ as Savior only are the “wood, hay, and straw.” They will be burned up, because they have torn up the church by their carnal behavior. Read this chapter. If it applies, correct your ways before it is too late. Ensure that you are among the “gold, silver, and jewels.” View Resource

  • Restraint and Guilt Devotional

    1 Corinthians 5:1

    The law should restrain Christians and inform how they deal with sin in the church. When we do not use the law as a restraint, Matthew Henry comments, “the heinous sins of professed Christians are quickly noted and noised abroad.” When this happens, the name of Christ is brought into disrepute. Let us seek, by the Holy Spirit, to use the law as a restraint so that others may see Christ in all His glory. View Resource