How does a young minister grow in his office? This article considers the counsel of the apostle Paul to young Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:1-2.
How exactly should we be contending for the truth? This article makes a plea for practicing discernment in love, with precision, humility, and sorrow.
How would you describe the nature of the pastor's authority? This article shows that authority in the church is a delegated authority, limited by the Word of God, Christ-like in its demeanour, honouring to the freedoms of the Christian, and concerned with obedience to God and not the pastor.
Do you notice how many times the Lord in Scripture commands his people to remember the things he has done for them? Our fallen nature results in us being plagued with spiritual amnesia, with forgetting who God is and what he commands of us. This article calls the believer to remember God's Word and works, and thereby be encouraged.
This article explains how the Lord Jesus defined in his Sermon on the Mount what it means to be part of the kingdom of God. Kingdom citizens recognize their sin, see the perfection of God, have a pure heart, and conduct themselves with the fear of the Lord.
This article discusses the spread of the gospel to Madagascar in the 19th century.
This article discusses two key principles from Matthew 13 that come from the perfect model of ministry, Jesus Christ: he loves the lost, and preaches the truth. The article encourages the same for all ministers, while directing them not to cater to unbelief, and to understand that people will respond in different ways to the truth.
This article discusses how to handle hard passages or doctrine in Scripture. It exposes the tendencies some have toward these texts, and explains that studying them takes time and effort.
This article shows that the church is the most precious institution on earth, because it demanded the highest price ever paid for anything—the blood of Christ. Furthermore, the church is like heaven on earth, in the sense that this is where God's will is done on earth.
This article explains how the church is being built by the Lord Jesus Christ.
This article traces the development of Martin Luther from Catholicism to Protestantism, from works righteousness to the discovery of justification by grace through faith in Christ.
This article discusses 2 Timothy 3:10-14, which encourages the preacher to appreciate those believers who have gone before him.
This article explains by way of 1 Peter 1:18-21 the price that Christ paid for the redemption of the church.
This article explains the Trinity by outlining from Scripture the reality that there is one true God, and that this one God has eternally existed as three distinct persons.
This article outlines eleven reasons from Scripture why we need to affirm the deity of Christ.
This article describes how upon his arrest, the English Reformer Thomas Cranmer first denied the truths he had defended throughout his ministry, and then when made to recant publicly, he refused to do so, leading to his being burned at the stake.
This article explains how very difficult suffering can be an incredible blessing, and encourages church leaders to prepare their people for suffering. It is a present reality, produces sanctification, increases fellowship, and produces hope.
This article shows how Christmas carols can be used to share the gospel. It mentions several of the great carols and the deep truths they convey.
This article discusses how the doctrine of the incarnation of Christ has been under attack from the very beginning, particularly by the Ebionites, Gnostics, and Arians. It goes on to show that the Scriptures are very clear on the twofold reality that Christ is God with us, for the sake of our salvation.
This article seeks to show when theological error becomes heresy. It explains what are the fundamental doctrines of Christianity, and the distinctions therein between error and heresy.
This article explains what Seventh-Day Adventism is about, as well as how we should evaluate this movement. It lists three main concerns with the SDA doctrine.
This article discusses ten questions about Seventh-Day Adventism, its history and theology, providing citations from various sources along the way.
This article explains how it was the Word of God that fueled the Reformation in the 16th century. Ignorance of that Word made the Reformation necessary, the recovery of that Word made it possible, and the power of that Word gave it enduring impact.
This article discusses the responsibility of the minister to serve, and it does so by showing five parallels between the minister and a waiter.
This article gives thought to the question of sermon length. It first raises some possible reasons that congregational members may feel a sermon is too long. Then it weighs in on how long a sermon should be, and indicates that the better question is how well the preacher helps his hearers to behold God's glory.
This article provides four ways that pastors can help difficult church members in their walk with Christ: listen well, admonish with love, encourage with perseverance, and strengthen with patience.
This article underlines the importance of pastors praying for their congregation. It looks at various Scripture passage in its consideration of how pastors should pray.
This article makes a case for long-term ministry in one place. It offers four suggestions that may enable one to sustain such a ministry.