Smoking pot: should Christians do it? There are four guidelines that the believer should consider when answering this question.
How do you answer doubts and opposition to the gospel? This article explains that there are two wrong ways of responding to opposition: change the gospel or pounce on any opposing view. THe article also offers the right way of addressing opposing views: respond to the gospel yourself, which will impact your posture towards objecting views in a number of significant ways.
How can you be committed to everyday discipleship? This article shares six lessons to help you get started and persevere in this endeavour.
A storyline lies at the heart of building a Christian worldview, understanding the gospel, focusing on Christ, and rejecting false worldview. Without this biblical storyline, it becomes difficult to achieve the four things mentioned. This article explains the importance of teaching the Bible's storyline.
This article offers five signs that a church might be making disciples of the church rather than of Christ.
Is your parenting caught in the trap of health and wealth parenting? Good parenting is one that teaches children to be prepared to also face suffering. This article explains four ways to do this.
How do you represent the gospel at your workplace? This article explains five ways you can turn your workplace to ministry.
What is evangelism? Part of answering this question is knowing what evangelism is not. This article identifies five things that are mistaken for evangelism.
How should you deal with negative church members? Be humble, shepherd, and be biblical.
In a culture of having it all now, patience is a hard thing. How can you be patient? Learn to trust and embrace the truth of the gospel.
How do you shepherd small groups? This article offers six tips.
Suffering can actually liberate you and help you grow deeper in your relationship with God. How? This article explains four ways that Christians can perceive God is with them in suffering: they can do so through the gospel, God's Word, prayer, and worship.
The Bible expects the husband to lead his wife. How does a husband provide leadership? There are seven things he can do to provide leadership in the home.
Is belief in the resurrection of Jesus essential or optional? This article examines the evidence for the resurrection through three lenses: the gospel tradition, skeptical scholarship, and faith. It concludes that faith in the risen Christ is essential.
Submission to God and what he defines that we do is what brings honour to God and yields results as God is pleased to bring them. This article discusses this, and then explains what sumbission to God and to his church requires of us: humility, vulnerability, and Christ-likeness.
Productivity for the Christian is motivated by a desire to live in this world for the glory of God. This article explains that productivity requires intentionality and effectiveness.
This article explains what transactional sanctification is: we can view our relationship with God as, "I do things for God and God does things for me." The author explains that life with God is not a transaction, since the transaction has already been completed.
This article explains that individualism is a threat to discipleship, because discipleship happens in a community rooted in the gospel.
The church is called to live together as the body of Christ. Holding each other accountable is a way of living together. This article gives seven tips for pursuing accountability and confession within the church.
Guilt is something that not only believers but also unbelievers struggle with. This article explains that unbelievers also have a god, whose commands they try to obey but fail in their attempts, and continually suffer guilt and shame as a result. Only the biblical God can deal with guilt and silence the guilty conscience.
Mortification is the act of killing sin. How do Christians do that? This article looks at Romans 8 to answer this question.
How do you seek the welfare of your neighbourhood community? This article offers five simple ways: pray for the community, spend time in the community, know the assets in the community, make the community beautiful, and open your home.
Why should Christians fast? Fasting creates a hunger to experience more of God. This article gives three reasons for recovering fasting in the Christian life.
God instituted fatherhood to be a mirror of his own character. Therefore, Christian fathers are disciple makers; every day they speak something of God to their children. How can they fulfil this task? This article explains that they must be aware of the responsibility, accept the reality that they will fail, and live in repentance.
How is it possible to behold the beauty of the Lord in the midst of the chaos of life? This article explains that while there is never going to be a convenient time, it is vital to make time to gaze upon the Lord, in order to be reinvigorated for the challenges of the day. It offers seven ways to make time.
What makes idolatry so attractive? This article explains the charm of idolatry, and how replacement gods ultimately don't deliver what they promise.
How can Christians take part in the fight against abortion? There are three things they can do: know the science, encourage adoption, and share the hope of the gospel.
Is discipleship merely about knowledge transfer? This article argues that discipleship needs to be aware that our gospel begins not with the fall, but with creation and the cultural mandate. Thus, not only one's private life needs to be discipled, but also one's public live. Understanding the goodness of creation will foster engagement in the world.
The Bible condemns idolatry. How can you tell if you are an idolater or not? The article explains that you can tell by knowing what rules your heart.
Biblical counselling is part of obeying Christ's law to love one another. This article gives biblical grounds for the call to care for each other and how this is linked to the law of love.
Discipleship is a call to share not only the gospel but also your life. This article explains that only love can motivate us to share the gospel with those we disciple. After explaining this, the article draws three practical implications.
This article lists three things you can do to help you get the most of listening to sermons: open your Bible and follow along, listen for key ideas, and learn to interpret Scripture.
Spiritual formation comes through studying God's Word. How can you be formed by Scripture? This article identifies five effortless ways.
What are life's ultimate questions? These questions are different, from the Bible and the world. This article discusses such questions from the Bible.
The church is the new covenant temple of God. This article explains the relationship between the heavenly temple where Jesus is as the High Priest and the earthly temple. It shows how the New Testament uses this imagery to morally exhort the church to holiness and to provide hope for sacrificial living.
This article gives nine reasons why the church ought to prioritize one-on-one discipleship, for the good of the church.
This article offers four essentials for cultivating discipleship in the church: storytelling, the gathering of the church, the church in the world, and family worship.
Is there a model the church can use to reach out to the lost through evangelism? The church can use the model of incarnation, inquiry, interpretation, and ignition. This article explains what this model looks like—the model Jesus used on the road to Emmaus.
Why is missional coaching necessary? There is no amount of training that can fully prepare you for mission work. Every leader and community is different. Leaders must be reminded of the gospel. Leaders need support. For this reason, coaching is needed.
Prayer is not the least you can do; it is the most you can do. This article explains by discussing things that hinder us from praying, misconceptions about prayer, and the problem of legalistic prayer. It is when we understand the purpose of prayer that we come to realize that prayer is the most we can do.
Is discipleship a once-off thing? Is there a time when discipling others should stop, and how do you help those who think they have been discipled enough? This article explains that discipleship is a lifelong process, and those discipled still need discpling. It shows four ways in which this can be done.
If discernment is knowledge filtered, then it is highly needed in a time where there is so much information available. Discernment is what every Christian is called to practice, according to Philippians 1:9. This article discusses three pitfalls Christian fall into when they do not practice discernment.
Is the celebrity culture influencing how the church thinks about church leadership? This article argues that the church has been influenced, and this emerges in how the church chooses its leaders more according to giftedness than godliness. The author explains why this is a problem, and points to a better way to find leaders.
Loneliness is meant to be filled to the full by Christ. But often we believe the lies about loneliness. This article raises three such lies.
What does a prayer for a sermon look like? There are five things you can pray for as you prepare to preach.
Do you have a passion for doing work in God's kingdom but not sure where God is calling you to go? This article offers four questions and answers to help you work through this issue.
Holiness is what distinguishes Christians from the world, and it strengthens Christian witness. But why is it that the church is uncomfortable to be known as holy? This article answers, explaining the importance of being counter-cultural.
This article explains how Martin Luther suffered a lot from the fear of death, hell, and God's wrath. He was liberated from this fear when his eyes were opened to the truth of salvation in Christ.
What is the character of the speech of God? This article explains that it is God's personal speech to us, yet what is particularly unique about his voice is that it comes through other voices. The author says that his voice sounds like Jesus.
Greed and guilt are close friends with anxiety. How can Christians overcome anxiety? It is by trusting in Jesus and living under the Fatherhood of God.
Is your church gospel-centred? How do you know? This article asks five questions you can ask to see whether or not you are gospel-centred.
What is the Christian view of sexuality? This article explains that by creating male and female in his image, God intended our sexuality to be a vocation, and he made the two genders complementary.
This article discusses the authority of the Bible. It considers what makes the Bible authoritative: its inspiration and its author. Further, the article goes on to consider the character of the Bible: it is a covenant document, which means it's about a relationship as well as rules. Finally, the article draws implications that this has for the church.
By imitating the goodness of Christ, the church can be an appealing community. This article explains what following in the footsteps of Jesus actually looks like.
To speak evil about someone is to use any form of speech about them that is destructive, harmful, negative, unrighteous, or unforgiving. But is there a time when it is right to speak evil about someone? This article argues that there is.
This article shows from Scripture that one of the ways that the ancients sought after wisdom for life was by thinking about death. Scripture teaches us to number our days, and that it is better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting. Thus, the author speaks about the benefits of starting to plan already now for your funeral.
The golden rule is rooted in the gospel and it also leads to the gospel. This article discusses three ways the golden rule does this.
Moses was a prophet, deliverer, and lawgiver. This article shows how Jesus Christ fulfils these roles as the final prophet, deliverer, and lawgiver.
What is the solution to violence against women? This article explains that the gospel points to the root of the problem, the heart of the solution, and brings hope.
With an eye to Job, this article reckons with the question, where is God in your suffering? It discusses three truths about suffering: God doesn't promise to keep us from suffering, he doesn't promise earthly goods, and he works through suffering. So the article shows how we can find hope in suffering.
Instead of offering up prayers whose content is determined by what is happening in our lives, this article suggests that what should be happening instead is that our prayers inform our lives and alter our living. It suggests that there be three movements in our prayers: give things, make confession, and practice discernment.
How can you save your marriage from transactional living? This article discusses what this means, and four things you can do to avoid it and enjoy a lasting marriage.
When is it that one is gospel-centred? You are gospel-centered when Christ is the centre. Once Christ is lost, the gospel is lost.
Is there any one test that's better than the rest in determining whether someone is a true Christian? Martyn Lloyd-Jones believed there was, and suggested that it is the hope of glory in the face of death.
This article lists five things you can do to improve in your sermon listening.
How can you improve your Bible reading? This article suggests three things that will help create time for Bible reading.
For a beginning pastor, the ministry may look daunting. How should you approach pastoral ministry? This article shares six lessons: soak yourself in the Word, avoid the performance syndrome, point people to the Saviour, honour other pastors, love your wife, and love your people.