• The Foundation of Missions Devotional

    John 3:16–17

    Ephesians 5:1 tells us to “be imitators of God, as beloved children.” This is our Lord’s command, and since He is the original missionary and evangelist, one of the ways we must imitate God is in the work of missions and evangelism. If we are not engaging in this task insofar as we are able, we are disobeying our Creator. Taking the gospel to all nations and building up people in God’s truth is a matter of obedience. View Resource

  • Preaching the Kerygma Devotional

    Acts 8:1–8

    From time to time, we should all stop and consider how we are playing our part in evangelizing and discipling the nations. Are we well equipped with the basic gospel so that we can share it, or do we need to follow a program to prepare ourselves for evangelism? Are we contributing money and time to our local church and Christian ministries that instruct people in God’s Word? Are we discipling people who could benefit from our wisdom? View Resource

  • When Disobedience Is Required Devotional

    Acts 4:1–22

    Choosing to obey Christ when His commands conflict with the state’s may earn us the designation of criminals or traitors. But that should not dissuade us from submitting first to Christ’s commandments before we do what the government says. Let us pray for discernment so that we might rightly know when and when not to obey the state, and let us encourage one another to be faithful to Christ even when the state disallows it. View Resource

  • When the State Turns Beastly Devotional

    Revelation 13

    Identifying the precise moment when a state becomes beastly can be difficult. Nevertheless, it is possible for the state to turn on God and His people, and we must be vigilant so that we notice when this happens. If we use patriotism to justify breaking the Lord’s commandments, we have confused our earthly citizenship with our eternal, heavenly citizenship. View Resource

  • God and State Devotional

    Amos 2:1

    How Christians and churches live out their roles as prophetic voices in the civic process is a matter of some complexity. One thing is clear, however, and that is that believers cannot be silent when babies are aborted, sexual immorality is promoted by the government, legal verdicts are bought and sold, and other matters. The church must call the state to act justly whenever it is failing to do so. View Resource

  • What We Owe to Civil Authorities Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:1–2

    It is easy to grumble and complain about our civil leaders and then stop there. But God would have us not merely speak up when the government acts unjustly; rather, He calls us also to pray for our leaders. Let us regularly pray for our leaders, even those leaders whom we have not chosen. View Resource

  • Church and State Devotional

    Acts 25:1–12

    The history of church-state relations is messy, and often the church has ended up compromised, blessing sinful aims of certain states. It is far better for the church and the state to respect the division God has ordained. When the state and the church each focus on their areas of competency—punishing evildoers and administering Word and sacrament, respectively—all people are blessed. View Resource

  • Prophetic and Apostolic Tradition Devotional

    Mark 7:5–8

    It is easy to condemn the Pharisees for their traditions, but as Dr. R.C. Sproul notes in his commentary Mark, “The temptation to add to God’s law is not unique to the Pharisees. We have to deal with it every day in the Christian life.” We are called, therefore, to measure our beliefs and actions against Scripture. Doing so will help us obey the Lord more faithfully and help keep us from becoming legalists. View Resource

  • The Role of Tradition Devotional

    Mark 7:1–4

    Human traditions, including the church’s reflection on the Word of God, can be helpful. However, they must never be elevated to the status of divine revelation. When that happens, we become ensnared in legalism and cannot be reformed by Scripture. Let us appreciate tradition where it is helpful, but let us never elevate it to the status of divine revelation. View Resource

  • Greeting One Another Devotional

    Romans 16:16

    The differences that separate professing Christian denominations are significant—many of them even touching the heart of the gospel—so we should never minimize them. Yet we should not so separate from others who affirm the true gospel that we believe Jesus cannot be at work in other churches or denominations. Christ is building His church, and He is doing it through many different ecclesiastical bodies. View Resource

  • The Sober Judgement of the Members Devotional

    Romans 12:3-5

    Ultimately speaking, God does not need us for His plan to succeed. However, He has deemed it wise to use us—to use His church—to accomplish His purposes in the world. The Lord has ordered things so that all of His people must exercise their gifts in order for His church to work properly in this world. No Christian can get away with sitting on the sidelines. We all have something to contribute, and if we are not serving the body of Christ, the body will not be healthy. View Resource

  • Servants of the Lord Devotional

    Philippians 1:1–2

    Scripture places a high premium on our love for other believers. Simply put, loving other Christians and treating them with respect is not optional. If we do not treat them well and love them, then we do not know God (1 John 3:10; 4:7–8). We will never love our fellow believers perfectly in this lifetime, but we can try. Moreover, we can repent when we hurt others by our sin, and in love we can work to overlook the minor faults of others. View Resource

  • The Apostolic Church Devotional

    Ephesians 2:18–22

    It may be important to know the historical succession of church leaders, but it is more important to preach the gospel faithfully. A church can be built on the Apostles only if it loves what the Apostles loved and affirms what the Apostles affirmed. That is why it is so important for church leaders to be grounded in the Scriptures. Pray for your church, that it would remain faithful to the gospel and teach it with boldness. 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 Holy Catholic Church Devotional

    Revelation 5:9–10

    The existence of the church is not a “plan b” that God turned to when “plan a” did not work out. Instead, the church is the goal toward which the Lord has been working from the beginning. A church made up of people from all around the world is a fulfillment of prophecy and a striking proof of the truth of Scripture. When tempted to discouragement, we should look at the church’s growth throughout history as a proof that the Lord is working out His plan. View Resource