• Apostles Devotional

    Ephesians 2:19–20

    The foundation of the church was laid 2000 years ago with Jesus as the cornerstone and His apostolic Word as the foundation. Today we are true to the foundation only as we apply the teachings of Scripture to the church and to our lives. Ask the Lord to help you do what you can to encourage the church to remain true to her foundation. View Resource

  • The Apostolic Church Devotional

    Ephesians 2:19-20

    Because God Himself is truth (John 15:26), He prizes the truth of the gospel. The primary defining mark of a true church is that it is faithful to Apostolic doctrine. If we do not prize the Apostolic and prophetic teaching of the Old and New Testaments, our churches will cease to be Apostolic. Let us guard the faith once delivered to the saints and ordain only those men who will do the same. View Resource

  • Irenaeus of Lyons Devotional

    Ephesians 2:19–20

    Today’s passage is very important for our doctrine of Scripture. If the prophets and apostles are the foundation of the church, then their writings are the final court of appeal for belief and practice. We should also not expect new revelation from God because once the foundation is laid there is no need to build it again. How do you evaluate your thoughts and beliefs? God’s Word alone can determine what we believe about Him. View Resource

  • The Apostolic Church Devotional

    Ephesians 2:19–22

    All of God’s people have a responsibility to ensure the Apostolicity of the church. Pastors, elders, and teachers must faithfully exposit the Word of God to their congregations. Laypeople must not tolerate the teaching of heresy in their midst. Yet, to ensure that the church remains Apostolic, we must know Apostolic teaching ourselves. That can be accomplished only through the regular study of the Scriptures. View Resource

  • The Bible and the Church Devotional

    Ephesians 2:19–22

    The temptation to put the church’s authority over the authority of Scripture can even be found among Protestants. Liberal denominations may elevate the findings of study committees on sexuality and other issues over what the Bible teaches. Fundamentalists may elevate church rules against drinking or dancing above Scripture’s teaching. Some of us may treat church confessions as if they were of greater authority than the Word. Let us strive to give Scripture its due. View Resource

  • The Cornerstone and Foundation Devotional

    Ephesians 2:20

    Without the Word of God, we do not have access to the teaching of the Savior, and so Christians must always be known as people of the Book: men and women who believe and proclaim the teachings of the Old and New Testaments. Understanding this teaching is a lifelong process of reading Scripture, hearing it preached, encouraging other believers, and more. Are you doing all that you can to learn the Word of God? View Resource

  • The Lord’s Holy Temple Devotional

    Ephesians 2:21

    Because every believer is a stone in God’s temple, to sin against another Christian is to assault His holy dwelling place and thus a most grievous act. We must therefore strive not to harm other Christians with our words and deeds. Moreover, when we have damaged another brother or sister, we must go to that person, admit our sin, ask for forgiveness, and make restitution, if possible. In so doing, we beautify the place where God lives. View Resource

  • Building Together Devotional

    Ephesians 2:22

    God is building us into His holy temple, but that does not mean we lack a role in the construction process. Unlike regeneration, sanctification is a cooperative work between the Holy Spirit and us (Phil. 2:12–13). Because of His work, we strive unto holiness in this life, and our efforts to mortify sin evidence that we are indwelt by the Spirit and truly belong to Jesus. We prove our election as we seek to live as holy people in this world. View Resource