What does it mean to be a spiritual leader? This article indicates that spiritual leadership is rooted in knowing where God wants people to be and taking the initiative to use God’s means to get them there. This understanding of leadership has two aspects to it: the inner circle and the outer circle.
This article provides the last five of ten benefits of reading the Bible: the Word is the key to answered prayer, the source of wisdom, warnings, and lasting joy, and the armour for defeating the devil.
This article provides the first five of ten benefits of reading the Bible, which include the strengthening of faith, the sustaining of life, and the giving of hope.
This article offers ten reasons from Scripture why it matters whether we believe the sovereignty of God.
This article shows how the heretical teaching of open theism helps man conceal the idolatry of his soul, since it claims that God has no sanctifying purpose for our experiences of pain and suffering.
In this volume the author confronts the teaching of N. T. Wright on justification by faith. In the Introduction Piper portrays the view of Wright as “difficult to recognize as biblically faithful.” One of the major concerns is that Wright does not see justification as “how you become a Christian.” Piper formulates eight points in Wright’s reading of Paul that lead to a loss of the historic understanding of justification by faith.
The author brings forth important lessons from the Christian life of J. Gresham Machen. The godly values identified in Machen's life include honesty, building Christian institutions to preserve the heritage of the gospel, and unashamed confrontations with the ungodly teachings of our age.
This article shows that a true understanding of the gospel and the sovereignty of God will lead to racial harmony. Looking at total depravity, limited atonement, unconditional election, irresistible grace, and perseverance of saints, this article shows how in all of these God works beyond race or color.
The wisdom of Proverbs teach us to listen carefully to what people have to say.
One of the duties of the Christian is to apply our minds in imagination. The mind is used for much more - observation, analysis, organization, memorization, etc. But imagination is different. Imagination helps explain what is not seen, but is out there.
Saving faith has much to do with the trust that God will grant faith tomorrow. Trusting Christ today includes trusting Him not to leave you tomorrow. "Often we feel today like our resevoir of strength is not going to last for another day. The reality is, it won’t. Today’s resources are for today. We may have confidence that new resources will be given tomorrow."
Marriage does not have a purpose separate from God. Its purpose is to magnify the beauty and greatness of God.
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in who He is.
We who have not seen Jesus on earth are not at a disadvantage, for we can see Him through His Word. This is all we need in order to believe and be saved. How do we see Jesus today in His glory?
This article outlines three exhortations against racism.
In this article, both the Old Testament and the New Testament are examined to discover the whole spectrum of the meaning of love in the Bible.
This article is a beautiful story of the liberation of one person from homosexual desires through God's grace.
Why did the Israelites have to slaughter the Amorites? This article discusses why the Israelites had to destroy the Canaanites.
The letter of Jude teaches us something about the value of knowing the history of God's salvation plan for his people.
What does it mean to have a pilgrim lifestyle as a Christian?
This is a response to possible obstacles that may prevent people from being more actively involved in mission work.
God has a right to call down judgment on his enemies. God hates unrighteousness. In the Psalms, the people of God express this judgment in their songs and prayers. This has nothing to do with personal vindictiveness, but rather foreshadows God's final judgment and is a call to return to God, who judges in righteousness.
False expectations can turn a good relationship into a bad one. This is also true in our relationship with the Lord. When we hear Jesus say, “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst”, one might jump to the conclusion that once you come to Jesus all your longings are satisfied then and there. As if there will be no more dissatisfaction of any sort. But in this article, John Piper emphasizes that Christians should expect some dissatisfaction in this life.
Throughout the history of the church, heretics often protested against orthodox confessions on the ground of the so-called "non-scriptural language" of the orthodox creed. They pointed out that phrases such as “of one essence with the Father,” and “one substance with the Father” were not to be found in Scripture. Heretics often used the argument “no creed but the Bible” precisely so that they could use biblical language to evade biblical truth.
This author discusses two reasons why he believes in Jesus' resurrection.
People have more anger than they think. The reason is that anger disguises itself. The control of anger is imperative in all types of relationships.
This article is a very broad overview of the history of Christian mission work up to the 16th century.
Spiritual leaders know where God wants people to be and take initiative to get them there, relying on God's power and using God's methods.
The life of the apostolic church testifies to the reality that the church may flourish even (and sometimes especially) in a context of persecution.
This article highlights reasons why abortion is wrong.
If we believe that God works all things according to His will (Ephesians 1:11), and if we believe that His knowledge of all things is perfect, then what is the point of prayer? Or: If God has determined some to be His sons and has chosen them before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4,5), is there then any point in praying for anyone's conversion?
This letter about how to relate to a relative who is homosexual was written to a real person based on a real situation.
Many Christians set their sights on retirement, which is the world's suggested substitute for heaven since they do not believe that there will be one beyond the grave. What a strange thing for a Christian to set his sights on: many years of play and idleness. Is there not another way of service? This article is about practicing evangelism in retirement.
Martin Luther warns that we must not be put off by the word 'theology'. In the way he understands it, theology is for everybody. We can learn true theology from king David in the Psalms. In the Psalms Luther finds three "rules" by which to become a true theologian: Oratio, meditatio, tentatio" (prayer, meditation, trials).
Church members are prone to forget that their pastor is one of them. Here is a reminder about how to minister to your pastor and what you can hope for as a result.
How do we express respect for the supremacy of God in a pluralistic world? In our pluralistic world, most people do not recognize God as a real presence or part of their lives, let alone an important part of government or education or business or industry or art or recreation or entertainment. How do we express passion for God's supremecy in this context?
This article is about the unique and primary goal of mission work.
This is a meditation on God's incredible mercy in contrast to what we deserve.
God is not ashamed to be called our God (Hebrews 11:16). Why should He be, in light of the abundance He has provided for his children?
This author highlights some areas of church government that need to be considered and examined carefully.
What are the key aspects of worshipping God?
This article provides eight foundational statements concerning race.
Is the phrase "worthy of" an indication of our ability to earn God's favor? There are different uses for the word, but it's important to note that "worthy" refers to what God is worthy of - his worth is in view, not ours.
How can I truly experience and feel God's love for me?
Do we take worship seriously? This article discusses how people coming late to church can serve those who are already seated by waiting.
What does God think about pride? This article discusses the nature of pride and its remedy.
God's visitation of the fathers' sins on the children is never a simple punishment of innocent children for what the fathers did. The children are always guilty themselves of a sinful and rebellious life as the fathers' sins bear fruit in the lives of their children. (Exodus 20:5-6; Deuteronomy 5:9-10)
Why do you value God’s forgiveness? Or why do you value eternal life? Have you ever considered asking why a person would want to have eternal life? Why would people want to live forever? Does God feature in how we think about these things? This article looks at John 17:3 and how this text should shape our perspective on forgiveness and eternal life.
Courage is the willingness to say and do the right thing in service of the kingdom of Christ, regardless of the cost.
Should we care what other people think of us?
This article discusses how we can pray for the soul - our own and others'.
Abraham Heschel, an orthodox Jew, held the view that "Christians must abandon the idea that the Jews must be converted". Is the preaching of the love of God for sinners in Jesus Christ "one of the greatest scandals in history" when the sinner is a Jew? Is it a scandal to practice evangelism towards Jews?