• Modalistic Monarchianism Devotional

    John 17:1–5

    Today’s study describes a heresy known as either modalistic monarchianism or modalism. It is alive and well today in some varieties of Pentecostalism. Analogies that compare God to water (vapor, liquid, and ice) are also essentially modalistic, even though most people who think of God this way are probably not aware that they are thinking falsely. Let us take care when we use analogies for the Trinity, as they are often more harmful than helpful. View Resource

  • Christian Unity Devotional

    John 17

    Today the invisible church, consisting of all those who have true faith in Christ Jesus, is united in the Savior. In time, the visible church may be united once again as well, but true visible unity will occur only as professing believers study the Word of God together and refuse to compromise on the gospel. We should seek to build bridges with other professing believers where we can, but never at the expense of God’s truth. View Resource

  • The Church is One Devotional

    John 17

    Are you concerned for the unity of the church? Although we can never compromise on the essential truths of the gospel, striving toward reconciliation with other believers and the unity of the faith, both invisible and visible, is a commendable goal. Practical ways that our unity in Christ Jesus can be demonstrated include Christian conferences, community prayer meetings or Bible studies with other evangelical believers, and more. View Resource

  • The Church Is One Devotional

    John 17

    Consider today the importance of true Christian unity, one that is a unity of faith and not only an organizational unity. What type of unity is your particular church concerned to promote? What type of unity is your passion? Take time today to pray for your particular church and denomination that they would seek to be one with other Christians, but not at the expense of the faith once given to the saints. Do what you can to promote such unity with other believers. View Resource

  • Securing Our Faith, I Devotional

    John 17:9

    God designed the atonement to pay only for the sins of the elect. This is an incredible proposition to many in the evangelical world. However, when we look at the Lord’s determination to save His people throughout the course of history, the idea is easier to accept. Take time to meditate on the passages selected for further study below and consider how they emphasize God’s intent to save only His people. Thank Him for His purposeful redemption. View Resource

  • Augustine on Faith and Reason Part I Devotional

    John 17:17

    Whenever human beings come to a knowledge of the truth, it is because the Lord has illumined His revelation. Even impenitent sinners sometimes submit to His natural revelation, but they do not do so consistently. This explains why even the smartest people can teach and do the dumbest things. As Christians, our minds have been awakened to the truth of God, giving us an advantage over those who remain darkened in their understanding. View Resource

  • The Trinity and God’s Love for His People Devotional

    John 17:20–26

    That the Father loves us—by grace—with the love He has for the Son is some of the best news we could ever hear. The Father cannot stop loving the Son, so if He chooses to set such love on us, He cannot stop loving us either. We persevere and have assurance because God loves us with an everlasting love. Let us be grateful for this love and call others to trust in Christ that they would know this love as well. View Resource

  • The Church as the Glory of God Devotional

    John 17:22

    John Calvin writes, “No one ought to be reckoned among the disciples of Christ, unless we perceive the glory of God impressed on him, as with a seal, by the likeness of Christ.” Do you want to know if you are Christ’s disciple? Look to your life and whether you are growing in Christlikeness. Though we are never perfected in this life, we slowly become more like Christ as we die more and more to sin and live more and more to righteousness. View Resource