• Influential New Testament Women Devotional

    Matthew 28:1–10

    According to His humanity, our Savior was often sustained by the ministrations of faithful women who loved Him more than their own lives. We have an opportunity to minister to Jesus today, not directly as these women did, but indirectly by helping out His body the church. As we care for one another, especially those who minister for His sake full time, we are showing love and concern for our Savior. May we love one another and meet the needs of God’s people (Matt. 25:31–46). View Resource

  • Risen From the Dead Devotional

    Matthew 28:1–10

    The resurrection, besides providing for our justification and paving the way for the future resurrection, proves the God of the Old Testament is the one, true God, that Christ is His Son and Savior, and that in Him we have power over sin (James Boice, The Gospel of Matthew, vol. 2, p. 642). Take some time today to meditate on the significance of the resurrection and praise the Father that we who trust Jesus will likewise be raised. View Resource

  • The Guards Sell Their Souls Devotional

    Matthew 28:11–15

    Most of us are probably not guilty of accepting payment to make up a lie about the Christ. However, all of us are tempted in various ways to sell our souls at the expense of broadcasting the truth. Perhaps we keep silent at work so that we can get that promotion. Maybe we never preach the gospel to our neighbors because we do not want to be ridiculed. Ask the Lord to enable you to stand firm for His gospel no matter the consequences. View Resource

  • The Great Commission Devotional

    Matthew 28:16–20

    According to His promise, Christ is with us to the end of the age; thus, we may confidently go forth to fulfill the Great Commission, knowing that He will ensure its success. What is your role in His plan? Are you a gifted teacher who builds up disciples? Do your talents lie in producing goods that enable people to be sent? Are you sharing the gospel with friends and family? Let us go out and obey Christ’s command to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. View Resource

  • Entrance by Cleansing Devotional

    Matthew 28:16-20

    Read Hebrews 9:13 and 10:22. Now find Numbers 19. Note the relationship between death and resurrection, unclean and clean, and old covenant baptism. What does this chapter teach you about your new covenant baptism? How many times do you need to be baptized with “pure” water? View Resource

  • Divine Unity Devotional

    Matthew 28:18–20

    Jesus sometimes says that the Father is greater than He is (John 14:28). But that is not a reference to His divine essence; rather, in taking on our flesh, God the Son submits to the Father as a man, for that is what human beings are to do. Submission does not refer to realities with respect to the divine essence, however. Thus, we worship the Son as fully God and do not think of Him as in any way less than the Father with respect to His essence. View Resource

  • The Institution of Baptism Devotional

    Matthew 28:18–20

    Matthew Henry comments that “baptism is into the name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; this was intended as the summary of the first principles of the Christian religion, and of the new covenant.” If a baptism is not administered in the triune name of God, it is invalid. But all who have been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity have been validly baptized and should not fear that their baptism is not according to Christ’s command. View Resource

  • The Necessity of Baptism Devotional

    Matthew 28:18–20

    Many Protestants today dismiss the importance of the new covenant’s signs and seals. But baptism is not a negotiable matter, and all Christians, in obedience to Christ, must be baptized unless they are providentially hindered from this ordinance. If you have not been baptized, go to your pastor and ask to receive the sacrament. If you have a believing friend who has not been baptized, encourage him to submit to this sign of the covenant. View Resource

  • The Omnipresent Son of God Devotional

    Matthew 28:18–20

    One of the most beautiful ways in which we commune with the whole Christ is in the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:17–34). Since Jesus has a human body with all its limitations, it does not become omnipresent and distributed around the world in the elements. Instead, as John Calvin explained, we are raised to heaven, where we feed on the whole Christ in His humanity and in His deity. Let us not neglect the sacrament and the grace it offers. View Resource

  • One in Essence, Three in Person Devotional

    Matthew 28:18–20

    The doctrine of the Trinity helps to remind us that our God is not a needy being. God did not create us because He was lonely or because He needed someone to love. From all eternity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have existed in personal relationship with one another. He lacked nothing before creation, and He depends on nothing in creation. Because He is self-sufficient, we can be confident that He can provide all that we need, and that He can do so for all eternity. View Resource

  • What Faith Must Believe Devotional

    Matthew 28:18–20

    We can imitate the example of Jesus all we want, but if we do not believe the gospel, we do not know Him. The gospel is simple — we are to put our hope of salvation only in the Son, who was sent by the Father and who pours out His Spirit on His people. At the same time, it will take an eternity to unfold the depths of this gospel. Let us continually return to the gospel and what it tells us about our triune Creator. View Resource

  • Administering Sacraments Devotional

    Matthew 28:18-20

    How important do you consider the sacraments in the local church? The Reformers regarded them as so important that they could not conceive of a true church’s existing where the sacraments were not rightly administered. Neither should we. When considering a local church to attend, let us look for one that places a high value on baptism and the Lord’s Supper. View Resource

  • Preaching Christ and His Commandments Devotional

    Matthew 28:18-20

    What are you looking for in a church? Many people choose a church based on its music, programs for children and youth, and other concerns. While paying attention to these things is important, the primary criterion we should have if we need to find a church is faithfulness to the Word of God. A church with excellent programs but bereft of the Word of God is not a church but a social club. View Resource

  • Two Sacraments Devotional

    Matthew 28:18-20

    Theologians often speak of the “ordinary means of grace,” the practices of preaching, prayer, and the sacraments that were instituted by Christ Himself to edify His church. Many want to elevate other practices to a sacramental level and impose them on believers. Some of these practices might be good and helpful—for example, quiet times, fast days, feast days—but none of them are mandatory. We are bound to do only what Jesus commands. View Resource

  • The Trinity Devotional

    Matthew 28:19

    Many Christians misunderstand the doctrine of the Trinity. It is therefore vital that we understand it in order to confess it rightly. It preserves God’s independence, meaning He did not need to create the world in order to be in relationship, and it helps us to realize how much greater He is than us. Spend some extra time today reviewing the following passages of Scripture that teach us about the Trinity and try to read the writings of a good systematic theologian on the subject. View Resource