How Are We Born Again?
Aug 12, 2022
The new birth is a sovereign work of the Spirit, but it is a work bound to the word. The Spirit of God works through the word of God to glorify the Son of God.
Has Wrath Come Upon Israel Forever?
1 Thessalonians 2:13–16, Part 10
Aug 11, 2022
The Jews rejected their Messiah and have been, for a time, rejected. How long will such wrath last?
How Money Fears Kill Our Worship
Aug 10, 2022
When we trust God with our money, we not only enjoy freedom from worry, but we magnify the shepherd, Father, and King who provides for us.
How Does Israel ‘Fill Up Their Sins’?
1 Thessalonians 2:13–16, Part 9
Aug 9, 2022
Scripture teaches that the sins of some needed to be “filled up” before God judged them. What does that mean?
What Makes Christian Love Different?
Aug 8, 2022
What makes Christian love different from non-Christian love? It is rooted in the cross of Christ, sustained by the Holy Spirit, and aimed at the glory of God.
Water from the Rock for Undeserving People
Aug 7, 2022
God promises us his life-sustaining presence, even as he leads us into waterless regions of suffering and loss.
God Hates When the Gospel Is Hindered
1 Thessalonians 2:13–16, Part 8
Aug 6, 2022
If the gospel is the way that souls are saved, it’s hateful to in any way hinder the preaching of the gospel.
What Does It Mean to Be ‘Overly Righteous’?
Aug 5, 2022
Ecclesiastes tells us not to be “overly righteous,” but Jesus calls us to a righteousness that exceeds even that of the Pharisees. How can we put these two texts together?
Who Killed Jesus?
1 Thessalonians 2:13–16, Part 7
Aug 4, 2022
For anyone who loves to wrestle with profound mysteries: Who killed Jesus? The Romans, the Jews, or God?
Gospel Drift — and How to Avoid It
Aug 3, 2022
You don’t have to commit great sins in order to fall away from Jesus. You just have to neglect your great salvation.
Was the Apostle Paul Anti-Semitic?
1 Thessalonians 2:13–16, Part 6
Aug 2, 2022
The apostle Paul once said of the Jews, “Wrath has come upon them at last!” Did this make him anti-Semitic?
Why Did Jesus Need to Suffer and Die Publicly?
Aug 1, 2022
Did Jesus have to die a public, agonizing death, or could he have saved us by living sinlessly and dying in obscurity?
How Does the Word Produce New Preferences?
1 Thessalonians 2:13–16, Part 5
Jul 30, 2022
Are you growing in holiness and love and courage? Then rejoice, the word of God is at work within you.
Does God Ever Tempt Us to Sin?
Jul 29, 2022
God clearly tests his people, but does he ever tempt them to sin? Pastor John explores the distinction between tests and temptations in James 1.
How the Word of God Brings About Faith
1 Thessalonians 2:13–16, Part 4
Jul 28, 2022
To receive the gospel is not just to be ready to go to heaven by it, but to be ready to suffer for it.
Trembling Before God on Sunday
Jul 27, 2022
Hundreds of times, God tells us to “fear not.” So why does he also call us to work out our salvation “with fear and trembling”?
What Is Saving Faith?
1 Thessalonians 2:13–16, Part 3
Jul 26, 2022
Saving faith is not merely assenting to true facts about Christ; it’s a glad reception of all he is for us.
Is My Humorous Personality a Liability?
Jul 25, 2022
Sober-mindedness keeps us from the silliness that is allergic to serious moments, but it also keeps us from the somberness that doesn’t know how to be joyful.
How the Word of Man Becomes the Word of God
1 Thessalonians 2:13–16, Part 2
Jul 23, 2022
Do you believe the Bible is the word of God and not the word of man? How can you tell if you do or not?
Are Eternal Rewards and Inheritance the Same?
Jul 22, 2022
Peter assures us of an inheritance kept safe in heaven; Jesus calls us to lay up treasures in heaven. Are eternal inheritance and rewards the same?
Tradition Is Not a Dirty Word
1 Thessalonians 2:13–16, Part 1
Jul 21, 2022
The apostle Paul did not think “tradition” was a dirty word. He wanted churches to receive and pass along a certain type of tradition.
Fighting for Faith in the Entertainment Age
Jul 20, 2022
In an age inundated with entertainment, how do Christians stay awake to the glory of Christ and help others do the same?
The Greatest Crescendo of Life and History
1 Thessalonians 2:9–12, Part 5
Jul 19, 2022
The greatest crescendo we could possibly experience in life is to be called by God into his kingdom and enjoy his beauty forever.
Should Non-Christians Pray for Faith?
Jul 18, 2022
Saving faith is the gift of God, who opens blind eyes and raises dead hearts. So what can unbelievers do when they find themselves unable to believe on their own?
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