How can a Christian survive a culture that is hostile to God? it is through remembering the reality of sin, the last days, the Lord's Day, fellowship, and Christ that Christians can resist this worldly culture.
Amidst all the grief and sorrows of this life, what is the one question that matters most? The question that is asked in Acts 16: what must I do to be saved? Today Christians must provide this answer to the many people who seek to fill the emptiness of their life without Christ.
Being born again can only happen through the Spirit, and the Spirit uses the word to accomplish this.
How should Christians advance the kingdom of God? This article answers this question by pointing to a wrong way of advancing the kingdom of God; namely, dominionism (advancing the kingdom of God by laws and force). Dominionism - as found in the spiritual warfare movement, the rise of apostolic claims, and other movements - fails to understand the nature of the kingdom of God.
Jesus' disciples themselves recognized that Christ's gospel of grace is a difficult message to preach (John 6:60). This message is difficult because it humbles man. However, we must not compromise this gospel message by reducing or modifying its message. Denying this message's offense to man, the role of God, or His sovereign grace is equal to preaching another gospel.
What distinguishes true religion from a false one? This article discusses four indicators of true religion vs. false religion. Important to note in the religion is the place given to God and the place given to man.
What is the best news you have ever heard in your life? This article says the resurrection of Christ is the best news we have ever heard, since through it justification is secured, and victory over sin and eternal life are certain.
A Christian worldview is maintained through the fear of God, love for Jesus Christ, prayer, and Bible reading.
Who was Mary Magdalene? This article shows that she was a saved sinner who was devoted to Christ.
Following the life of Mary Magdalene as revealed in the gospels, this article shows how much she grew in her love for the Lord and discusses the manner in which she expressed this love.
Did God fail to administer justice when He forgave Saul, even though he persecuted the church? This article shows that through Christ's work full payment was made for all sins, and in Him God's justice was fulfilled.
God's progressive work of sanctification in the believer creates a mind which is set on Jesus Christ, is shaped by the Bible, is holy, and is taken by God's creation.
During Bible reading, Christians should have the attitude of someone looking for precious stones. From the scriptures one more precious gems is revealed - Jesus Christ.
This article shows that faith find its rest in the completed work of Christ.
The doctrine of predestination is a source of comfort to the believer.
Christ accomplished a complete salvation; there is nothing which needs to be added to what He has already done.
This article shows how true faith allows the believer to see the good in all things because of God's providence.
Why is it that some children raised in Christian homes rebel against Christ? This article deals with the guilt many parents have over the rebellion of their children. The author maintains that parents should not be discouraged in their parenting, but continue to teach and be examples while praying for the conversion of their children.
The characteristics of true faith are: grief over sin, living under the Lordship of Christ, dependance upon Christ, perseverance, and love for God's people.
The exclusivity of the gospel can lead to rejection of the gospel. Looking at Jews, Romans, and Gentiles, this article shows why these groups of people rejected the gospel in the past. The author also discusses why the gospel may be rejected today.
Currently in the church there are some claims of revival, and there are many calls for revival. This article shows that a distinction must be made between true and false revival. The revival under Josiah is an example of true revival, since it was rooted in the word of God and the desire for truth, was Christ-centrered, and displayed the evidence of repentance.
True assurance of salvation is rooted in the work of Christ, the experience of salvation, and the testimony of the Holy Spirit.
This article gives a biography of Gerhard Tersteegen with a focus on the legacy of hymns he left behind.
The way of holiness starts with conversion, when the Holy Spirit applies the promises of God to the believer.
When seeking God's guidance, one big pitfall to avoid is dividing life into big things (for which we want God's attention) and small things (for which we don't ask God's guidance). Believers should try seek out what is pleasing to God instead of focusing on trying to derive His specific will and plan for their life. This article calls for a life of obedience.
Both the Old and New Testament proclaim the message of justification in Christ through faith, which result in good works.
Just as in the days of Paul, people today still seek preaching that is based on the wisdom of this world. Ministers today are still tempted to compromise the message of the cross in their preaching.
As sinners, we all deserve condemnation and death. And yet, believers can be assured of their salvation, obtained for them through Christ's death!
1 Corinthians 11:26 shows that the Lord's Supper is a means of proclamation. Through the Lord's Supper, Christians proclaim the death of Christ to be a necessary, sacrificial, and covenantal death. Christians proclaim this during the Lord's Supper by grieving over sin, rejoicing in deliverance, and spreading the gospel of grace.
Matthew 12:29 shows that Christ has come to destroy Satan. The result of this victory is that Satan cannot rule the Christian heart. Through the Holy Spirit, believers are able to conquer Satan. As a result of the cross, the gospel can be preached and people can be drawn from the kingdom of darkness into God's kingdom.
1 Corinthians 11:28 makes self-examination an imperative for coming to the Lord's Supper. This article shows that self-examination ought to be part of the Christian life, and that self examination should not be a threat, but rather an encouragement to come to Christ as presented in the Lord's Supper.
This article shows what it means to love your neighbour by pointing to the nature of biblical love modeled for us by God. This love is sacrificial, is not envious, and seeks the good of others.
Working from 1 Corinthians 11:29, this article shows that the Lord's Supper is a unique meal due to its spiritual nature. Partaking of it requires the believer to rightly understand its purpose and meaning. Taking it wrongfully is an insult to Christ, and deserves God's judgment. However, when taken with a rightly prepared heart, the Lord's Supper is a blessing to the believer.
This article looks at the biblical meaning of the word "temptation." In his human nature, Jesus was temptable. Because of this human nature, Christ is able to sympathize with believers. At the same time, however, he remained sinless.
Christ's victory over the devil's temptations (Matthew 4, Luke 2) is significant for believers. The devil intended his temptations to work against Christ's mission, but Christ was victorious over him because of the Spirit and the word of God. Believers are to follow Jesus' example in resisting temptation.
This is the third article in a series on the five points of Calvinism. This article focuses on unconditional election. The nature of man, being sinful, is not a foundation for God's election. Predestination is completely rooted in God. Desiring Christ, repentance, and seeking forgiveness are marks of election.
In the church, forgiveness involves the offender, the offended, and the third party. The church should be a witness of Christ's forgiveness.
This article looks at the rapture as presented in scripture. The rapture will not be secretive, will bring an end to the suffering of God's people, and will be a one-time event.
This is the fifth article in a series on the five points of Calvinism. This article looks at irresistible grace. This doctrine is important because it shows that salvation does not depend on the free will of man, but on the sovereign grace of God. God brings the sinner to trust in Christ, giving him the will through the Holy Spirit to respond to the calling of the gospel.
Looking at Revelation 20, this article examines the various interpretations of this text from the perspective of postmillennialism, premillennialism, and amillennialism. The author maintains that a proper interpretation of the text is rooted understanding God's promise to Abraham, as well as the meaning of Revelation's "thousand years".
Do the Jews have a special future? This article answers this question by addressing the question of identity - who is a Jew? Romans 11 shows that one is a Jew by God's election and calling, and that Jews are grafted in as they believe in Jesus. Jews identified in terms of race apart from Christ have no special place in God's kingdom.
The Wachtower organization and Jehovah's Witnesses have re-created the heresy of Arianism by denying the deity of Christ. This article examines the meaning of the word 'begotten', showing that this word refers to Christ in His uniqueness and con-substantiality. Jesus is God, and is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
The rediscovery of the gospel was at the heart of the Reformation. This refocusing on the gospel brought about a change in how pastors viewed themselves, how the church was viewed, and the recovery of the family as a center for education.
This is the second article in a nine part series on the Beatitudes as recorded in Matthew 5:3-12. This article focuses on the first Beatitude, which describes Christians as being poor in spirit. This Beatitude does not exalt poverty, but rather refers to an awareness of sin and the realization that we cannot pay anything toward our debt. We are completely dependant upon God's grace.
This article is a biography of Adoniram Judson. The author focuses on his conversion, his calling to ministry, and his missionary zeal toward Burma, which was motivated by a desire to please Christ.
This is the fourth article in a nine part series on the Beatitudes as recorded in Matthew 5:3-12. This article focuses on the third Beatitude, which describes Christians as being meek. Meekness involves being submissive to God's word and authority, seeking the good of others, and controlling emotions.
This is the fifth article in a nine part series on the Beatitudes as recorded in Matthew 5:3-12. This article looks at the fourth Beatitude, which describes Christians as being hungry and thirsty. This hunger and thirst is for being righteous before God. Satisfaction for this hunger for righteousness is found in Christ.
This is the sixth article in a nine part series on the Beatitudes as recorded in Matthew 5:3-12. This article focuses on the sixth Beatitude, which describes Christians as being marked by purity. This purity is modeled by God, and is a result of God's work through the Spirit. The author identifies some signs of both purity and impurity, and describes a way of pursuing purity in this life.
This article gives an overview of the Paul's letter to Philemon. Among other things, the author discusses God's providence and discusses God's effectual calling.
This is the eighth article in an nine part series on the Beatitudes as recorded in Matthew 5:3-12. This article focuses on the seventh Beatitude, which describes Christians as peacemakers. This peace must be understood in the context of the kingdom of God. This peace between God and man has been destroyed by sin, and can only be restored through Christ.
This is the final article in a nine part series on the Beatitudes as recorded in Matthew 5:3-12. This article focuses on the last Beatitude, which speaks about persecution. Christians are persecuted because of their loyalty to Christ in a world that hates Christ. The author discusses different types of persecution, and offers the ecouragement that God will strengthen believers facing persecution.
This article discusses some concerns around evangelicalism: lack of commitment to the infallibility and authority of God's Word, de-emphasizing the importance of the church, a man-centered approach of worship, a wrong focus on evangelism and the church, and lower qualification requirements for pastors. This article is about the reformation of the church.
The doctrine of election is a source of comfort to believers, since believers can know that God has chosen them eternally in Christ. Believing in election does not, however, nullify the call to believe in Christ.
This article evaluates Christian reconstructionism and its inclination to postmillennialism. In advocating for theonomy, Christian reconstructionism fails to understand that the work of reconstruction is not for the church, but is of Christ. The kingdom will not come through political control, but through the spreading of the gospel.
This is the first article in a seven part series on the Lord's Prayer. The Lord's Prayer can be used as a model for our prayer. Most important in prayer is our attitude toward God. Here we are encouraged to approach God as our Father in heaven. At the same time, we are reminded that His Name is glorious and deserves to be honoured through our lives (the first petition).
This is the third article in a seven part series on the Lord's Prayer. By praying, "Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven" (the third petition), Christians express their desire to see God in His sovereignty conforming events on this earth to His revealed will. It is also an expression of delighting in God's will.
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 sixth article in a seven part series on the Lord's Prayer. This article focuses on Matthew 6:13, explaining what it means when we pray the sixth petition, "Lead us not into temptation". Christians face the devil as their enemy, but also sin. Victory over sin and the devil lies in Christ our Saviour.
This is the final article in a seven part series on the Lord's Prayer. Looking at Matthew 6:13, this article focuses on the doxology at the end of the Lord's Prayer. Christians can find comfort in knowing that God is supreme and sovereign, and that God rules for the sake of the church. Prayer is a great comfort to the Christian, since we know that God listens to and answers our prayers.
Jesus' resurrection is a real event that occurred in history. His ressurrection was important for the atoning work of Christ. It is through the resurrection that Christians are assured of God's acceptance, victory over death and hell, the return of Christ, and future resurrection.
This article is the second in a trilogy looking at the heritage of hymns left behind by Philip Doddridge. Here the author focuses on the orthodoxy behind Doddridge's hymns, maintaining that the church is called to sing about Christ as incarnate, crucified, resurrected, and ascended into heaven as the head of the church.
This article is the first in a trilogy looking at the heritage of hymns left behind by Philip Doddridge. Here the author provides a short biography of Doddridge's life, with a special focus on the way his hymns have been accepted by the church. The author also discusses the nature of the hymns for congregational singing.
A holistic perspective on Jesus is that which views Jesus as He lived on earth as well as after His resurrection.
This is the second article in a series on heaven. The fact that Christians are raised with Christ means setting our minds in heaven where Christ is. This article shows that heaven is a glorious place because the Father is there. Heaven is a real place where Christ rules.
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.
Why did God allow evil? In order to answer this question, Christians must begin with acknowledging having insufficient knowledge and understanding. The author continues on to say that God could have prevented evil, but He is not the author of evil. God uses evil to bring His good purpose and to reveal His character.
This article responds to dispensationalism and its view on the relationship between the Old and New Testament and the interpretation of prophecy. The author maintains that although dispensationalists may be in error about the end times, those who uphold the gospel truth must be viewed as brothers and sisters.
The concept of Engedi is a place of life amid death and points to Christ as the giver of life.
This is the first article in a series on various doctrinal issues facing the church today. Here the author evaluates the claim that God gives believers today special revelation, Working from the history of mysticism and Quakerism, the author shows how this claim undermines the sufficiency of scripture.
With the daily crises facing many families today, this article shows that Christian parents can learn to contemplate in order to face situations in a better manner. Fighting worldliness as a family means waiting on the Lord, managing our thought life, praying as a family and nurturing our Christian life.
This is the second article in a series on various doctrinal issues facing the church today. This article looks at the debate between salvation exclusivism and inclusivism. Are those who were not evangelized also saved?The current embracing of inclusivism by the Roman Catholic Church and the challenge of neo-Arminianism is posing a threat to the orthodox faith. The author calls readers to stand up for biblical truth.
This article is about miracles. People in biblical times were just as skeptical of miracles as people are today. To claim that biblical people were gullible and today we are more scientific is not a sound argument for denying the validity of biblical miracles.
Do we hunger for revival in the church? This the first of two articles on the topic of revival. The lack of genuine conversion today is cause to call for revival. However, if the church is not willing to live in obedience to God, it will not pray for revival or hunger for the conversion of sinners and will preach a shallow gospel.
This is the third article in a series on various doctrinal issues facing the church today. This article looks at the differences between Zensism and Brethrenism. The author focuses here on Zensism and its founder, Jon Zens. Zens's claim that he found the one authentic way of being a church has greatly damaged the church of Christ, since Christians are encouraged to leave their churches to join Zensism.
Do we hunger for revival in the church? This the second of two articles on the topic of revival. One hindrance to revival today is the emphasis on human instrumentality rather than on God's work. This concept makes faith out to be a mechanical process and the work of the Holy Spirit to be of secondary importance. Revival can come when we understand the Holy Spirit's work to be priority.
This the first article by this author on the principles of textual criticism. In the past, these principles have underminded the divine authorship of scripture through their aim to discover authorial intent. The author appeals for principles which honor the inspiration and inerrancy of scripture and its inerrancy.
This is the fourth article in a series on various doctrinal issues facing the church today. This article examines the word-faith movement, looking at its perspective on faith, man, God and Jesus Christ. In every one of these aspects this movement has distorted Scripture.
This article looks at the arguments supporting theonomy, showing that the use of the law by theonomists - who devide ceremonial, civil and moral law - is not supported by scripture. Understanding the law through redemptive history means that God's kingdom is experienced through the church, not government.
This is the fifth article in a series on various doctrinal issues facing the church today. This article looks at the challenge introduced by pluralism and interfaith. Christians should not compromise the truth about God, Jesus Christ, or the gospel; however, they must find a way to build bridges to reach others for Christ.
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.
The list of names in Ezra 2 attests to the reality of this history, God's gracious work of preserving His people, and the longing for worshiping God which characterizes His people.
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.
Is baptism in the Spirit synonymous with conversion, or is it a subsequent experience? Working from 1 Corinthians 12:13, this article shows that baptism in the Spirit is a once-off experience synonymous to conversion whereby we are assured of our unity with Christ and His church by the Spirit, who enables us to serve one another.
This is the seventh article in a series on various doctrinal issues facing the church today. This article looks at the impact of the church growth movement. This movement has turned the gospel into a product, replacing the role of scripture with methods and biblical preaching with psychology.
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 second in a trilogy discussing Galatians 5:22-23 and the fruit of the Spirit. The author explains that the fruit needs to be evident, such that our lives are consistent with our message, for the sake of integrity. He discusses what exactly is the fruit of the Spirit is, as both the product and proof of regeneration. Every individual in this life produces fruit, either good or bad.
Conversion is the fruit of regeneration, and leads to obedience and trust in God, as well as forsaking ungodly actions.
This is the first article in a trilogy on the topic of the new covenant. The book of Hebrews makes the point that Christ is the High Priest who serves as the One who brings us to God in the order of Melchizedek. He represents all of God's people before God. This is part of the main point of the new covenant.
Looking at Isaiah 66:2, this article shows that the one who trembles at God's word is the believer who undertands and lives by God's word.
This is the second half of two articles on the gospel of healing. This article shows that God does not promise healing to every believer. It is clear in the Bible that Paul had the gift of healing; however, he also did not heal everyone. Healing in the Bible was physical, but also serves as a parable and as a language of salvation.
This is the second of two articles about Satan. Here the author emphasizes how beauty and smart talk can be dangerous, since they are sometimes used to lure us away from God's path. The author also speaks about how Satan delights in accusing believers. Believers must trust in Christ as their advocate.
This is the second article in a trilogy on the topic of feminism. This article shows that feminism is just another liberation movement. Feminism has redefined the concept of sin and salvation from scripture's definition, so that sin is equated with sexism and salvation with freedom from the oppression of men. This is a false gospel.
One effective way to practice evangelism is by beginning with shared truth. Beginning with truth that others also accept creates an opportunity to share the gospel. Both Jesus and Paul practiced this in their ministries.
This is the first half of two articles on the gospel of healing. This article looks at the health and wealth gospel. Working from Isaiah 53:5 and Psalm 103:3, the author shows that the promises here are of healing from sin. However, although Jesus is able to heal, He did not promise to heal everyone. The miracles done by Christ and the apostles are not promised to every believer.
Working from the book of Revelation, this article highlights elements that are essential for true worship of God. True worship is shaped by a right fear of God and involves thanksgiving expressed in singing and a life of service to God. Corporate worship should have these attributes while believers anticipate worship in eternity.
Rejecting the idea that Calvinism impedes evangelism, this article shows that embracing Calvinism strengthens one to do evangelism, in this case focus is given to open air preaching, showing that believing the condition of man, and the great commission will fuel one to preach the gospel, with some suggestions on how to go about doing open air preaching.
Pietism began as a reaction to highly intellectualized orthodoxy common in some churches in the decades following the Reformation. This article gives some reflections on its main leaders: Johann Arndt, Philip Jacob Spener, Auguste Hermann Francke, and Count Nicolaus Ludwig Von Zinzendorf. The author summarizes the teaching of pietism, showing that pietism moved from emphasizing the authority of scripture to emphasizing experience.
Working from Acts 13:42-52, this article shows that preaching the gospel with perseverance involves making use of every opportunity, expecting opposition, being faithful, and knowing that God's purpose will always prevail. God will give confidence and joy to those who discharge their work faithfully.
The challenge of changing culture has had the impact of evangelicalism. This article looks at different forms of evangelicalism which arose as a response to this cultural challenge. Here attention is given to traditional evangelicalism, showing how its emphasis on tradition can be a hindrance for the gospel. The author also examines pragmatic evangelicalism and its short life span.
Sometimes people speak about there being two types of Christians - those who show their faith by holy lives and those who do not. This is not biblical, since true faith transforms lives to be holy. There is no such thing as a carnal Christian. This thinking robs Christians of assurance and fills the church with unbelievers.
Common grace is the universal ministry of God. This article acknowledges the current controversy around this term, but maintains that speaking of common grace is still proper. The term 'common grace' refers to God as being the Creator of everything and being omnipresent, sovereign and kind. This He displays to all - believers and unbelievers.
God's church exists as a family. This bond means churches have the obligation to carry each other and help one another, wherever God opens the door for the preaching of the gospel. In this article the author uses the example of the church in Malta caring for Paul, because they found their unity in Christ.
This article argues that the Bible refers to God using male terms because this serves as an analogy to explain the relationship between the Father and the Son. The use of the phrase "the begotten Son" has a non-physical aspect, and this non-physical aspect is emphasized by the use of male terminology.
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.
Looking at Jeremiah 2:5, this article shows how life is without God. Without God life is empty, and men worship powerless gods instead of the living God.
Looking at the battle of the Bible, this article shows that the church has been challenged to confess the inerrancy, sufficiency and authority of scripture. The auther discusses how both fundamentals and modern evangelicals have answered this challenge, calling Christians to have confidence in the word of God.
Looking at the meaning of crucifixion from the Old Testament perspective and the Roman world, this article shows how Jesus' crucifixion serves to show that He died as our substitute, bearing the curse of God, embracing Gentiles in addition to Jews in His death. For these reasons Christ was not stoned, but crucified.
The cross of Christ is presented from different perspectives in the Old Testament and the New Testament. These perspectives can influence the way we remember the cross of Christ as we sit at the Lord's Supper. We can come to the Lord's Table feeling sorry for sin, joyful in the victory of Christ, and hopeful for paradise.
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.
Distinguishing between miraculous "sign gifts" and "normal" spiritual gifts, this article shows that extraordinary sign gifts were given to the apostles for the purpose of authentication, for uniting the church, and for the edification of the church. These spiritual gifts are no longer given to the church today because God's revelation is complete. God works in His church today through non-sign gifts.
Should we only use biblical terms in order to stop heresy and promote sound doctrine? This article maintains that since words are a means of communicating ideas, and ministers are called to explain and preach the word of God, ministers should be free to use terminology that will help in understanding biblical doctrine.
The idea of a carnal Christian is foreign to scripture. This idea misrepresents the teaching of scripture. It denies the new covenant by speaking of two groups of Christians, fails to distinguish true saving faith, does not give assurance, and undermines the Lordship of Christ. A carnal Christian does not exist.
This article is the first of two looking at the book of Hebrews. The key word in the book of Hebrews is 'better'. This article discusses how Christ is better than angels, prophets, Moses, Joshua, Aaron, or the Sabbath. Also, through Christ we have a better hope and a better covenant.
Looking at John 3 and Jesus' encounter with Nicodemus, this article shows the need to be born again in order to understand the gospel and enter the kingdom of God. To be born again is God's work through the Spirit in giving us new life. The fruit of this is faith, love, holiness and an appetite for God.
Preaching Christ crucified, as Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:23 and 1 Corinthians 2:2, is a statement full of paradox. This article discusses the meaning of Christ from the Old Testament and the meaning of crucifixion, showing the paradox in this statement. This paradox, however, is wonderful news for the saved.
Jesus' preaching recorded in the book of John was centered around Himself. Jesus presented Himself as the bread of life, the light of the world, the door for the sheep, the good shepherd, the resurrection and life, the way, truth and life, and the true vine. Therefore, isn't this what we must also preach?
John 10 presents Christ as the Shepherd. This article shows that Christians are assured of their salvation because the Father has given the sheep to the Son, and the Son gave His life for the sheep. Also, the Father and Son are one, so no one can snatch you away from the Father's hand. This is our assurance.
This article introduces the life of Mark and the book of Mark.
This article examines the revival of 1857 in America which flowed to Britain, showing that revival often occurs in times of difficulty. Times of distress can have a positive results, since men may turn to God as their only hope.
This article looks at the teaching of dispensationalism through key biblical texts used by dispensationalists. Speaking about two comings of Christ is not consistent with scripture. The biggest challenge with dispensationalists is that they divide the church of God into two while maintaining the two covenants as separate.
Hebrews 13:20-21 should be the prayer of every believer for himself and other believers. We should pray that we may come to know God's peace, the power of Christ's resurrection, the assurance of salvation that we have in Christ, and the desire to do what is pleasing to God.
We live in a world where many people have experienced betrayed trust. Ultimately, Christ is the only One who cannot disappoint. This article is a call to trust in Him.
Working from Zechariah 4:6-10, this article shows how the Israelites, upon returning to Jerusalem after exile, faced an impossible task of rebuilding the city and the temple. God strengthened the Israelites by showing that He will be the one accomplishing the task through Zerubbabel. Similarly, the church today can trust that the work of mankind's restoration will be accomplished by Christ.
Looking at God is foundational to building a theology of beauty. God is beautiful in His glorious holiness; however, because of sin we fail to see His beauty. In Christ we are given restoration and are called to ourselves be holy. Understanding this is crucial to curbing the modern threats to seeing this beauty.
The Bible portrays the relationship of Christ and His church through the image of a shepherd and his sheep. The example of sheep points to the Christian's tendancy to stray, their vulnerability and their need for the flock. In contrast, the image of Shepherd points to Christ as one who protects, nurtures and gathers the sheep.
This article on the Apostles' Creed describes what Christians confess when they say "Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord." The name 'Jesus' points to Christ's work as Saviour, while the title 'Christ' points to how Jesus accomplishes this through the three offices. 'Begotten' refers to Christ as the second person of the Trinity, and 'Lord' speaks of His deity.
This article on the Apostles' Creed describes what Christians confess when they say that Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. The work of the Holy Spirit in Christ's conception ensured Christ's sinless state, while "being born of the virgin Mary" shows Christ's humanity and God's faithfulness to His covenant.
This article on the Apostles' Creed describes what Christians confess when they say that they believe Christ rose from the dead on the third day. The author maintains that Christ's resurrection is a historical fact, and that because Christ rose from the dead believers can be assured of forgiveness of sins.
According to Ephesians 6:11-14, Christians are engaged in spiritual warfare. This article reminds Christians of the reality of this warfare by showing that we are faced by a real enemy, the devil, who is powerful, cunning and wicked. However, by the truth of God's word believers are able to stand against the devil.
This article on the Apostles' Creed describes what Christians confess when they say that they believe Christ will come to judge the living and the dead. Through this confession believers express their longing for and conviction of Christ's return, and that Christ is the Judge. Judgment day is a comfort to believers, while at the same time it calls the church to evangelize.
This is the second in a trilogy of articles which looks at Eli, Jephthah, and David as biblical examples of bad fathers. This article focuses on Jephthah and the promise he made which sealed the fate of his daughter, as recorded in Judges 11. Though this example the author tackles the issue of many fathers today being spiritually ignorant.
This article on the Apostles' Creed describes what Christians confess when they say that they believe in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God together with the Father and Son. In His work He draws attention to Christ, applies the work of Christ to believers, works to sanctify believers, and helps believers in their prayer.
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.
This is the third in a trilogy of articles which looks at Eli, Jephthah, and David as biblical examples of bad fathers. This article focuses on the relationship of David to Tamar, and how David responded to rape of his daughter. Through this example the author tackles the problem of fathers being absent from their family.
Noticing God's providence in daily life brings blessings to the Christian. This article describes five of these blessings.
This article shows that divine election is based not on any foreknowledge, but on God's grace, mercy and love.
Many people claim to have experienced a Holy Spirit revival. This article identifies 13 crucial questions to ask in order to determine whether revival is genuine or not.
This article on the Apostles' Creed examines what Christians confess when they say that they believe in the resurrection of the body. Salvation will be fully complete when Christians have also experienced bodily resurrection - not just spiritual resurrection. The body will be transformed and will be raised by the same power which raised Christ's body from the grave.
This article shows that prosperity gospel has twisted God's word, and is actually not gospel at all since it promises what God did not promise. Working from Romans 5:3-5, the author shows that the true gospel message is suffering now and glory later. This was the pattern of Christ's life and this is the pattern of His followers, because through suffering God's works out in us the character which He desires.
This article examines how the historical books of the Old Testament point to Christ. The author shows that the faithfulness of God anticipates Christ coming, while the failures of the people necessitate Christ's coming. The role of prophets, priests and kings described in the Old Testament also forshadows Christ.
Taking hold of God's promises, using opportunities well, possessing humility, developing contentment and applying biblical wisdom are the ingredients to facing old age full of joy instead of regret.
The faith possessed by Christians is precious because through it they gain right standing before God in Christ. Christian faith was secured by the blood of Christ, and it is through it that God's promises can be accepted. Therefore, view your faith as precious.
Believing comes through hearing. Therefore, there are two necessary actions of the church: seeking out unbelievers through evangelism, and continual return to these people until there is conversion or rejection of the gospel.
This article provides five reasons why ministers should preach on hell.
This article looks at biblical passages, specifically Amos 7, that seem to suggest that God changes His mind. Looking at these passages through the perspective of the immutability of God and His omniscience, this article shows that God does not change His mind, but rather uses language that we can understand. Through this an evaluation of open theism is given.
This article is a the third in a trilogy which looks at the golden chain of salvation - predestination, calling, justification and glorification. Here the author focusses on the topics of justification and glorification, showing that these flow from God's mercy and are a source of peace and security.
Looking at Judges 17-21, this article shows how God's covenant people moved away from their King through moral anarchy, exposing themselves to temptation. However, through repentance and faith in Christ God brings restoration. This is a call to the church to speak about this hope of restoration in Christ in the midst of our nation in crisis.
The Reformation centered around the glory of Christ. This article shows that this conviction is a biblical one - everything should center around the glory of Christ. Christians find their identity in Christ. However, the danger exists that some may find their identity in other things. This article is a call to repentance and faith in Christ as all in all.
Malachi 3:10 must be understood in the context of the Old Testament and in relation to the other laws. Therefore, it will be wrong to demand tithing from Christians today based on this text. This article shows that the New Testament encourages Christians to give in response to grace shown them. The author also discusses guidelines to giving and means of giving.
What are the greater works that the disciples would do? This article shows that John 14:12 should be interpreted in line with the purpose of the book of John, which is that the reader would believe "that Jesus is the Christ." Through the mission work of the disciples, many would believe without having seen any miracles. The conversion of unbelievers is an even greater work than Jesus' miracles on earth.
Indulgences were a denial of the biblical truth around salvation. This article shows how many churches which claim to be reformed preach salvation which depends on works - this isn't any different from the practice of indulgences. The author calls the reader to a correct and reformed understanding of justification.
Though there are many different interpretations of the book of Revelation, three things are clear: the book of Revelation inspires adoration for Jesus Christ, promotes awe and wonder, and gives hope for the believer.
What is the meaning of calling Jesus the only Son of God? Calling Jesus the only begotten Son of God makes Jesus unique, because He is not the same as the sons of God. Confessing Him to be the Son is not a denial of His divine nature, but rather a confession of His relationship with the Father. This doctrine is described in the Nicene Creed.
In the time between the early church and the Reformation, Genesis 1 and the creation account has been read in two different ways: literally or allegorically. The author discusses the influences behind an allegorical interpretation, and concludes that Christians should understand this text literally.
Clarifying the meanings of passibility and impassibility, this article discusses the challenge of understanding the emotions of God. The author considers passibility to be heresy, since it denies the being of the true God by reducing Him to human standards. Confessing impassibility is not denying the emotions of God.
What was John Calvin and Martin Luther's stance on the age of the earth? This article shows that the reformers also believed that Genesis 1 and the creation account must be read literally. God created the earth in six days, which makes the earth around six thousand years old. The author laments the fact that some people read Genesis 1 allegorically.