A Sermon To Read: “Work And Pray”

Of all the doctrines and practices of the Reformed Faith – which we delight to call the Faith of Our Fathers, and which we share with many others: not only with some of those who bear the denominational label “Reformed” but also many Presbyterians and – lately – quite a few Baptists as well who are abandoning […]

A Sermon To Read: “The Assurance Of The New Life”

With the question in verse 31, “What shall we then say to these things?” we come to the conclusion of Romans 8, one of the great chapters of the Bible, which we have been considering together for some months now. The general subject of Romans 8, as you remember, is the new life which is […]

A Sermon To Read: “The Inheritance of The New Life”

Paul has led us, in Romans, chapter 8, to see that the Holy Spirit who has come to dwell within every true Christian believer is that Spirit of adoption: so that we, who are by nature sinners, have now been received into the very family of God and can cry to Him, “Abba, my dear […]

A Sermon To Read: “The Status Of The New Life”

People always seem to have reasons why they should not come to Christ and be saved and live forever: and one of the commonest that is felt or expressed is this, that somehow in leaving the flesh and beginning to walk in the Spirit we shall lose something of our freedom of thought or action, […]

A Sermon To Read: “The Extent of The New Life In Christ”

In John 16, vs. 7, the Lord Jesus while still speaking to His disciples in the night in which He was betrayed, said, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth, It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, […]

A Sermon To Read: “The Alternatives of The New Life”

The apostle Paul has already given us in this 8th chapter of his Epistle to the Romans the “charter” or fundamental truth of the new life in Christ – Salvation. Without this, of course, everything else would be in vain, for the wrath of God would abide upon us sinners still. But God has agreed […]

When You Feel Like Giving Up Hope

At a recent talk about my book Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them, someone asked me what I did when I lost hope. I was surprised. “I don’t think I ever lost hope!” I said. My thoughts went immediately to one of the first weeks after my son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. I attended a […]

What Have You Been Reading?

A long time Christian once came to me to confide that his spiritual life was as good as dead; it was so lack luster that he had abandoned all attempts to get alone with God, to read the Bible or to pray. He said, “I feel like I am walking alone in a desert, with […]

The Blessing of Persecution

Though all of Jesus’ teaching in the “Sermon on the Mount,” is relevant to the twenty-first century church, I found His words regarding persecution to be especially timely. In chapter 5 of Matthew, Jesus tells His disciples, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, because theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (v. 10 […]

Christ is Homoousios With the Father

The relative peace that Christians experienced during the fourth century allowed theological issues that had previously not been a priority to come to the forefront of debate within the church. One of the primary debates of this era was how the Father and Son are related to each other. Despite their differing conclusions, patristic writers […]

Persecution Impels the Church to Grow

A lot has happened in 2000 years of church history, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the reality of persecution against followers of Christ. Persecution can come in several forms—social, intellectual, and physical[1]—but despite intense opposition (actually because of it), Christianity continues to grow now just as it did during the early church era. […]

The Title Of Firstborn

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  […]

Creeds and Confessions in the Biblical Text

Deuteronomy 6:4 While John 3:16 is the most famous verse in the Bible, it is fair to say that in the Old Testament, the most well-known words are found in what the Jews call the Sh’ma, found in Deuteronomy 6:4. There in English we read these words, “Hear O Israel: The LORD our God, the […]

No Degrees of Deadness

The key to a right understanding of God’s work in salvation is to start where the Bible starts regarding our condition outside of Christ. We are not healthy; and not just sick; very sick; or even mortally sick. No, we are dead. All of us were born that way when we came into this world […]

Christian, This Is Why You’re Already Rich

Are you rich? I am not asking unbelievers but Christians. I ask because some Christians have either forgotten or adopted an unbiblical measure of what makes a person rich. This outcome is a consequence of a popular theology that has penetrated the Western church known by two names: word of faith or prosperity gospel. The doctrine essentially teaches […]

Concerning Chapter and Verse Divisions in the Bible

Where did the chapter and verse divisions in our Bibles come from? When Scripture was originally written, there were no chapter and verse divisions. These man-made additions to our Bibles came much later. It was Stephen Langton, an Archbishop of Canterbury in England, who added chapter divisions into the Latin Vulgate around A.D. 1227. A […]

The Logos (Part I)

John 1:1 is paramount to understanding the person of Christ. John begins introducing Jesus as the Word (Logos): “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The English term “Word” is translated from the Greek term “Logos.” John knew the term “Logos” would be […]

The Call to Repentance

The first proclamation that Jesus made when beginning His ministry was, “repent, all of you, for the Kingdom of the Heavens is at hand” (Matthew 3:2; 4:17).  The call to repentance is to be given in all generations, because repentance serves as a means of grace to pull us away from a life devoted to […]

“Churchianity” Is not Christianity!

There’s a saying, “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car!” Growing up in a Christian family I learned that this is true, and that there is a world of difference between “churchianity” and Christianity. Distinguishing “Churchianity” from Christianity My parents were able to teach […]

Is Grace ‘Amazing’ To You?

The Bible does not merely show sinners to be undeserving, but as ill-deserving. So often we are inclined to think of ourselves, prior to our salvation, as in some sense “neutral” in the sight of God. We are willing to admit that we have done nothing to deserve His favor, but this is entirely insufficient […]