This is the first article in a trilogy on 1 John 2:12-14. This article shows that by referring to children, fathers and young men, John is not addressing age groups within the church. Rather, he is using these references to describe believers in the church as they are born again.
This is the second of two articles on Luke 18:1-8 and the parable of the unjust judge. These articles encourage the Christian in fighting against depression and discouragement. The focus here is on the love of God and His patience as source of encouragement for our faith. We can cling to Him in prayer.
This is the first of two articles on Luke 18:1-8 and the parable of the unjust judge. These articles encourage the Christian in fighting against depression and discouragement. The focus here is on the contrast between the unjust judge and God, who is sovereign and gracious. The author also speaks about the confidence we can have in prayer.
In the New Testament worship service there was no distinction between laity and clergy; rather, there was a priesthood of all believers. However, this does not mean that everyone had the right to preach or teach - this God entrusted to the elders. We should take this into account when reflecting on our worship today.
This is the first article in a twelve part series on the topic of preaching Christ. This article looks at the connection between preaching Christ and the gospel from the New Testament. Preaching that has authority is preaching that is Christ-centered. Preaching Christ is important for both believers and non-believers.
This is the fifth article in a twelve part series on the topic of preaching Christ. Preaching the atonement of Christ should point people to the reality that God himself was responsible for the crucifixion. This was the way Christ was intended to die as our substitute. Christ's death provides reconciliation with God.
This is the eighth article in a twelve part series on the topic of preaching Christ. The New Testament emphasizes the importance of preaching Christ from the Old Testament, since the Old Testament is written for the benefit of new covenant believers. The Old Testament speaks about Christ and is important for our salvation in Christ.
This article is the first in a series on the work of the Holy Spirit. It makes the assertion that the spiritual drought facing the church may be the result of neglecting biblical teaching on the Holy Spirit and His person. The author focuses here on the need for the work of the Holy Spirit in evangelism. In order for evangelism to be effective, it must be empowered by the Spirit.
This article is the third in a series on the work of the Holy Spirit. It shows that preaching which is not aided by the Spirit will fail. The work of the Holy Spirit is needed both by the preacher and the listeners. Effective and edifying preaching comes only as a result of the Spirit working in the preacher and the listener.
This article is the fifth in a series on the work of the Holy Spirit. Here the author distinguishes between occasional and habitual filling with the Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit is the work of the Holy Spirit; however, by filling ourselves with God's word we create a channel to experience the filling of the Spirit. The article also discusses corporate worship in relation to being filled by the Spirit.
This article understands the sovereignty of God to mean that God has absolute authority over the whole created order, has the absolute ability to fulfill His desire, and is autonomous. Here the author appeals for the preaching of this sovereignty of God. The author also deals with objections to preaching the sovereignty of God in public and the challenge of open theism.
Working from the scripture passage of Joshua 5:13 - Joshua 6:5 on the conquest of Jericho, this article shows the relationship between worship and evangelism, or mission work. Just as in worship God's people are led by Christ and are in His presence, so in evangelism Christ leads His church and His people go with His presence.