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.