The Purposes of God in the Pain of the World
Nov 27, 2022
Before he created the earth, God knew pain would plague this world. And not only knew, but planned. And not only planned — but purposed.
How We Quench the Spirit
1 Thessalonians 5:12–22, Part 11
Nov 26, 2022
One way to quench the Spirit is to have a cynical attitude towards spiritual gifts that he gives to the church.
Should We Seek to Suffer?
Nov 25, 2022
Suffering may be the price of Christian love, but it is not the aim of Christian love. Our aim is to do as much good as we can on the lowly path of service.
Always Joyful and Thankful — Really?
1 Thessalonians 5:12–22, Part 10
Nov 24, 2022
While it may seem that sorrow and joy are exclusive, there is a pervasive joy and a pervasive thankfulness that is available in every circumstance.
Pray Your Way into Thanksgiving
Nov 23, 2022
How can we aim to be done with anxiety and enjoy peace in any circumstance? By bringing every circumstance to God in prayer.
Always Joyful, Prayerful, Thankful, and Good
1 Thessalonians 5:12–22, Part 9
Nov 22, 2022
How can Christians always rejoice, give thanks, pray, and do good towards others? By resting in God’s goodness towards them in Christ.
How Does Baptism Save Us?
Nov 21, 2022
If God saves his people through faith alone apart from works, why does Peter say that baptism now saves us?
How Can a Holy God Have Pleasure in Sinners?
Nov 20, 2022
You will not be perfect in this life, but you can be pleasing to God. You can become a real ingredient in the divine happiness.
How to Not Return Evil for Evil
1 Thessalonians 5:12–22, Part 8
Nov 19, 2022
The strength to do good towards all, even our enemies, comes from an unshakeable hope in the reward God has promised.
Do Unbelievers Get a Second Chance After Death?
Nov 18, 2022
In 1 Peter 3:19, we read that Christ “went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey.” What might Peter mean?
How Can People with Short Fuses Become Patient?
1 Thessalonians 5:12–22, Part 7
Nov 17, 2022
Patience with others comes through trusting in the providence of God to turn every detour into a pathway to something better.
God Made the World for Worship
His Glory in Individuals and Gatherings
Nov 17, 2022
The individual soul’s affection for God is essential to the corporate, eternal reality of the worshiping church.
How Do I Pray from the Misery of My Sin?
Nov 16, 2022
There is no distress that puts you beyond the good news that God brings — not even the distress caused by your own sin.
The Current State of Complementarity
Five Years After Nashville
Nov 16, 2022
As lovers of God’s revealed truth, we confront the cultural perversions of the day — and more. We apply the truth to all of life.
Are We Drained or Filled by Serving the Weak?
1 Thessalonians 5:12–22, Part 6
Nov 15, 2022
The call to serving others in the church — admonishing, encouraging, and helping them — is not a call to misery. It’s a call to joy.
Let the Nations Be Glad! — Thirty Years Later
Nov 14, 2022
Thirty years after ‘Let the Nations Be Glad!’ was published, Pastor John reflects on the book’s beginnings and its lasting legacy.
God Makes People the Means of Persevering Faith
1 Thessalonians 5:12–22, Part 5
Nov 12, 2022
We must never belittle or overlook the fact that God employs human means to strengthen his church.
What If I Don’t Have a Spiritual Gift?
Nov 11, 2022
Paul and Peter charge Christians to use our spiritual gifts for the good of the church. But what if we don’t seem to have any spiritual gifts?
Tough Love Toward Idle People
1 Thessalonians 5:12–22, Part 4
Nov 10, 2022
Christian idleness is unloving to outsiders because it sets a bad example. It is unloving to insiders because it adds to their burdens.
What Makes My Gift a Spiritual Gift?
Nov 9, 2022
If God has given helpful skills to both believers and unbelievers, what makes the difference between a merely natural ability and a spiritual gift?
Does Christian Love Esteem Some More Than Others?
1 Thessalonians 5:12–22, Part 3
Nov 8, 2022
Love looks on those who are doing the work of God with high esteem, and on those who are sinning with a longing to see them honor God.
What Makes My Life Christian?
Nov 7, 2022
How can Christians live so that, at bottom, we can say with Paul, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me”?
Elders, Overseers, Bishops, Pastors, Deacons
1 Thessalonians 5:12–22, Part 2
Nov 5, 2022
Because God loves the church, he has provided a leadership made up of elders and deacons.
Should I Charge Other Christians for My Expertise?
Nov 4, 2022
Christ bids his people both to wisely get and freely give, and he supplies us with the grace we need to discern when to do what with our talents.
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