Being a Christian leader means possessing a compassionate heart, walking in godliness, standing for the truth, serving God, and willing to be unpopular. This article shows that these are the challenges faced by pastors and Christian leaders as they fulfil their leadership roles.
With a view to the biblical view of the government, this article shows that the state’s authority is a derived one. Authority comes from God and should be exercised according to his design. It argues that when God is not acknowledged, the role of the state changes and it seeks to replace God. The author explains the biblical call for Christians in such a context.
This article shows that Christians are called to keep the first day of the week as a Sabbath. It explains that keeping the Lord’s Day has great benefit as it encourages proper recognition of God, encourages man's relationship with Christ, provides rest from weekly toil, and points us forward to the heavenly rest.
Did Christ experience real emotions? This article shows four aspects to understanding the emotions of Christ: the location of his emotions (his human nature), the causes of his emotions (such as his joy, sorrow, and anger), the sufferings of Christ, and some lessons that pertain to preaching Christ and the Christian life.
This article shows that Christians are servants of God. Their service is motivated by love for God, guided by the Scriptures, fueled by humility, inspired by the example of Christ, and has God’s glory as its goal in all areas of life. The author also shows how this applies in our service to our fellow men.
The Psalms not only point to the experience of the believer; they point the believer to Christ. This article shows how the book of Psalms does this, as well as how the New Testament uses the Psalms and how Christ applied them in his life.
This article is an exposition of 2 Timothy 4:7-8, showing that Christians are called to fight the good fight in a world that is hostile to them. Looking at church history it also shows how this fighting is accomplished in fighting against the world, flesh, and devil.
One of the unique aspects of the Reformation was the "exercise," the coming together of the ministers to study and intepret a biblical text. This was meant for the edification of one another. This article gives a historical origin of this practice and draws some lessons for the church and ministers today.
The Reformation in Scotland was God-centred, Scripture-centred, salvation-centred, church-centred, and nation-centred. Is it possible for the church today to recover this approach? This article weighs in.
This article gives a brief biography on Samuel Rutherford. Focus is given to his contribution on the spiritual life, showing that it is a life rooted in true love for Christ, holiness, faith, prayer, and assurance.
Looking at Romans 1, this article shows that a culture collapses when it gives up God and God leaves it to its own desires. Such a culture is characterized by permissiveness, perversion, and profanity.
Public prayer happens at an official gathering of God’s people, where one leads the congregation in prayer, and thus the congregation prays with the leader. The biblical norm for who is to lead in prayer is that it must be a male. The article expands on this.
Christian education aims at training man both spiritually and morally to serve God. This article traces the biblical basis for this conviction and shows that this was the conviction of our forefathers when they established schools and universities for education. It calls us to regain this conviction for our time.
This article shows that the dying and bereaved need pastoral care. This pastoral care must be characterized by love, speaking to people about God, who is the creater and sustainer of all things, and the answer to suffering.
The doctrine of the Trinity is not an impractical doctrine. It permeates the whole life of the believer. This article shows how the Trinity and each person thereof shapes public worship, preaching, and service.
If some women can be better pastors and preachers why can’t they be allowed to be? This article shows that it is not about abilities but rather the role God assigned to women in the church. Surveying the Bible on the role of women in the church, this article gives twelve roles women can play.
Legalism and antinomianism are the great threats to the biblical teaching of salvation. Legalism hinders the possibility of being saved while antinomianism hinders the life of salvation. This article shows this by looking at justification and sanctification.
While showing that sickness is not a sign that God does not love you, this article shows that it is not automatically a sign that God loves you either. Looking at the biblical account of the purpose of sickness, the author shows that the application is different to a Christian and a non-Christian.
From conversion the Christian is engaged in spiritual warfare. Just like in war, the Christian must know the enemy and his strategies, build resistance and put on the armour. This article shows how this is explained from Ephesians 6:10-20.
This article shows that a true understanding of the covenant will result in acknowledging children being as part of the covenant, and as a result they must also receive baptism. Infant baptism is in line with the teaching of Scripture, and to miss this is to err from the teaching of Scripture.
What does it mean to fear God? This article shows how the fear of God is characterized by love and respect for God, and the pursuit of holiness and reverential worship for God. It also shows that fearing God should not result in slavish fear.
God's people must be the happiest of all. From Deuteronomy 33 this article shows why this should be the case. They have God as their God, Saviour, protector, defender, and provider. So they must be happy.
Only the Holy Spirit can bring true revival. Only he can stir hearts to prayer, empower preaching, bring conviction of sin, and gather the church. These are essential for revival, as the article explains.
What the church needs today are prophetic preachers like Elijah. These will proclaim the church's greatest need, which is God, and the church will learn to live in true faith. This is what the article shows from 2 Kings 2:14.
Looking at Ezekiel 16:46-59, this article makes the argument that the challenges facing the church today are parallel to that of life in Sodom centuries ago. It shows how through the gospel these challenges can be met.
This article shows that in this life dying is a reality. It points to the origin of death, and explains the reasons for the Christian’s death. It calls Christians to anticipate the joy of life in heaven in the presence of God.
Should we still keep the Sabbath today? Surveying the biblical texts, this article shows that Christians still have an obligation to do so. It clarifies the meaning of texts that are used to oppose the observing of the Sabbath.
A clear understanding of God’s character produces humbleness and seriousness in prayer. It brings a true sense of sin, which leads to confession and pleading. The article discusses how this flows from Daniel 9:1-19.
Arguing that without the preaching of the gospel the unevangelized are going to hell, this article calls the church to reach out in evangelism because there is only one way to God: Christ. It addresses hopes of conversion without Christ that are given to the unevangelized.
Are you sure you will enter heaven? This article shows that misconceptions about God’s love, good works, and forgiveness serve as the basis for people's guessing that they will go to heaven. The article shows that this should not be, because God's Word is clear on the matter..
A minister is a man of God. As a result he must have certain characteristics. This article outlines seven: he is to be a man after God's heart, a man of the Word, one who loves Jesus Christ, seeks God’s face, serves the church, preaches the gospel, and hungers for God’s presence.
This article shows that revival is the work of God and arises through faithful preaching, resulting in true conviction of sin which leads to pursuing God’s glory through the spiritual graces. This article shows that revival can sometimes lead to excess in emotions, as well as divisions.
The reign of Christ will surely come to an end. But when will happen when Christ returns? From 1 Corinthians 15:23-26 this article shows what it means that Christ will triumph over all rule, power, and authority, and destroy death.
Preaching is a privilege. In preaching you are called to present Jesus Christ, who is God and man at the same time. It is a privilege because the calling you received is glorious and you have a glorious message to deliver.
This article shows that the message of Jeremiah was not favoured in his time. This is also the case today, for preaching God's anger and judgment is not accepted. This makes Jeremiah a relevant book for our time.
This article shows that tithing is an act of worship. That the New Testament does not speak about tithing is because Christians are expected to give more than a tenth, from the overflow of the grace they have in Christ.
After defining what science is, this article shows that most claims made in the theory of evolution and historical geology are false science. It shows how pseudoscience is dangerous for the church, the individual, and society.
This article argues that musical instruments in the Old Testament pointed to the coming of Christ, and that his coming rendered them obsolete. In light of this, together with the lack of divine warrant in the New Testament to use instruments to accompany the singing in worship, the author argues against the use of instruments in public worship.
This article shows that for Paul the courage to preach the gospel was found in his conviction that the gospel is the power of God for salvation. Preachers are encouraged to join Paul in this conviction.
Lack of church growth can be the result of God's judgment upon his church. While agreeing that church growth is God's work, this article makes a call to Christians to pray and wait upon the Lord when there is lack of growth.
This article warns against the dangers of technology, with a focus on mobile phones. Their ability to lead to idolatry and satisfy the sinful nature is warned against. The article calls for proper stewardship.
Reflecting on Revelation 22, this article draws comfort for Christians facing death or suffering pain from the loss of a loved one. It points to the reality of heaven and the life there as a comfort to Christians.
Looking at the Scottish Reformation, this article draws lessons for the church today, showing that following Christ comes at a cost, which was seen during the Reformation by way of fighting for the authority of Scripture, justification by faith, biblical morality, and the struggle for confessing the truth.
Why is it that the Bible does not give a definition of God? This article shows that through creation man was created with a sense of God, and God has revealed what he is like. Hence atheism and evolution leave man guilty before God.
Progressive sanctification starts from conversion to the day the believer dies. Therefore, there is no room for perfectionism in this life. It is, however, the work of God’s grace undertaken through the Word, enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let the article explain.
Definitive sanctification is the once-for-all act of God in which he regards believers sanctified in Christ. It is here that a sinner is changed into a saint. This article shows that this is the truth taught in Romans 6.
What does it mean that God hates? From Romans 9:13, this article shows that God’s hatred should be understood in the context of his hatred for sin, and that no one deserves mercy. It shows that the message of election is for the believers and for their comfort.
When is the church exercising a healthy narrowness and broadness? This article shows three crucial areas that are a telling factor for a healthy church narrowness and broadness: doctrine and salvation, church discipline, and grey area issues.
Propitiation is the turning away of the wrath of God by the atoning sacrifice of Christ. This article shows that our sin caused the need for propitiation, and that God accomplished such propitiation in Christ.
When Christians become worldly in their lifestyle, neglect tithing, stop pursuing interests of God’s kingdom and church, and dishonour the Sabbath and marriage, then we know that things are wrong in the church. This is what Nehemiah 13 shows. Let this article explain.
This article paints the realities of bringing up children. It shows parents that children need to be saved, and parents have the promises of God to fulfill their parental calling. Teaching them God’s word and continually offering prayers for them is crucial.
Looking at Romans 12, this article shows how the grace and mercy of God is the basis of showing loving care. Exploring the implications of this, the article lists practical ways of caring in such a way that reflects the change brought by God’s grace on the Christian.
This article shows that God sent Christ to save sinners. It shows that this act of God of sending his Son, testifies to the reality that salvation is fully of the Lord, and man cannot save himself through obedience to the law.
Looking at 2 Corinthians 6:14, this article shows that Christian are forbidden from marrying unbelievers. This is so for the sake for the church, family life, and God’s promises. Allowing such marriages will weaken the church and Christian witness.
This article looks at the work of the Holy Spirit in the church. It shows that the Holy Spirit equips the church, teaches her, governs her, brings unity, enables worship, creates love for the lost through evangelism, and brings life to the church.
Mourning the impact of liberalism and easy-believism on the majesty of God, this article shows how many have lost the sense of the glory of God and the impact it ought to have in their lives. Looking at Scripture, the article shows what impact God’s glory should have on us.
Showing that backsliding is turning away from God and toward sin, this article shows the causes of such backsliding, examples from the Bible of those who turned from the Lord, and the hope we have in God’s mercy for those who repent and return to the Lord.
Examining the hypothesis of evolution, this article looks at the link between micro evolution and macro evolution, showing that macro evolution is not based on science but belief, and that it undermines biblical authority.
Christian education aims at training man both spiritually and morally to serve God. This article traces the biblical ground for this conviction and shows that this was the practice and conviction of our forefathers when they established schools and universities for education. The article calls us to regain this conviction.
The heartbeat of mission work and evangelism rests in true love for God and man. Looking at David Brainerd as an example of this, this article makes a call to the church to reflect this love to man in desiring and labouring for their salvation.
Congregational singing can be improved when the congregation remembers that it sings to and with the Lord. Engaging the mind and emotions will make the congregation raise its voice in singing. Let this article explain.
Looking at the influence of marketing strategies and entertainment on the worship service, this article points out that the sense of biblical worship has been lost. It thus makes a call to return to worship that touches the conscience, mind, imagination, heart, and will.
The Psalms capture the essence of Christian experience, they point the believer to Christ, give expression of the Christian language and thought, and are words of praise to God. This is what Jonathan Edwards thought about the Psalms.
This article shows that the Christian home is a place where Christ rules. It shows how the law of God can be applied at home in family worship, how the home can be a place of work and reconciliation, and how in the home we are stewards of what God gives us.
God forbids believers to marry unbelievers. Mixed marriage dishonours the unity of marriage, may lead to sinful compromise, affects the upbringing of children, hinders the growth of God’s church, brings a bad testimony to God’s name and grief to God’s people. This article explains.
This article shows that same-sex marriage is against God’s Word. Giving the biblical teaching on this subject, this article shows that the church has a calling to speak out about homosexuality and to reach out to homosexuals through the gospel.
Upon showing that marriage originates with God, this article says that God created marriage for communion, procreation, and to avoid immorality. As a result polygamy and divorce should have no place in God’s design.
The church is the pillar and foundation of truth. As a result it must be intolerant of false gospel, and separate from false teachers. It must value the truth and exercise discipline. This is how it can stand against error and heresy.
Do you find going to church difficult? This article will give you three steps that will endanger your church attendance. However, it will also give you three things that you can do to start attending church again.
This article is an introduction to the book of Psalms. The arrangement and collection of the Psalms is discussed as well as the singing of the Psalms (the Psalms as part of the liturgy and songbook). The history of the Psalmody is also mentioned. The author also looks at Jesus Christ and the Psalms and the interpretation of the Psalms.
This article is about catechetical instruction (catechism classes). The author focuses on the catechisms at the time of the Reformation (Luther and Calvin) and how this influenced the churches through the ages. The author also looks at the need for catechetical instruction today.