Can the Gospel Come in Vain to the Elect?
1 Thessalonians 3:1–5, Part 5
Aug 30, 2022
Can the elect fall away? Can the gospel come to them in vain?
Can I Be Angry with God and Be Holy?
Aug 29, 2022
Is heartfelt anger toward God ever righteous, or even morally neutral — or is such anger always sinful?
Does God or Satan Send Affliction?
1 Thessalonians 3:1–5, Part 4
Aug 27, 2022
If the cross was a random act of evil, instead of a purposeful act of God, then there is no good news.
Is Double Predestination Biblical?
Aug 26, 2022
Does the Bible teach that God has predestined some to disobedience and destruction, just as he has predestined some to salvation?
God Destined Your Afflictions — Don’t Be Shaken!
1 Thessalonians 3:1–5, Part 3
Aug 25, 2022
God destines afflictions for believers, not to shake our faith, but to bolster it. He often displays his love best when our conditions get worse.
The Two Greatest Questions in the Universe
Aug 24, 2022
What are the two greatest questions in the universe? Pastor John explains by looking at 1 Peter 2:11–12.
How to Become a Coworker of God
1 Thessalonians 3:1–5, Part 2
Aug 23, 2022
The gospel doesn’t merely save us; it provides hope day by day to endure the afflictions we face.
Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God
Sweet and Bitter Providence in the Book of Ruth
Aug 23, 2022
John Piper explores unchanging truths and inspiring hope in the life of Ruth.
How Do Passions Wage War Against the Soul?
Aug 22, 2022
When do innocent desires of the flesh become threats to the soul? When they cross over from serving God’s will to serving our rebellious self.
The Messy Way to Know God’s Will
1 Thessalonians 3:1–5, Part 1
Aug 20, 2022
God has willed to use us in specific ways. And we should expect and embrace messiness as we seek to discern what those ways are.
What’s the Difference Between Faith and Hope?
Aug 19, 2022
The biblical authors often intertwine faith and hope, yet they also distinguish them. So what is the difference between these two gifts of the Spirit?
Is Boasting Bad or Good?
1 Thessalonians 2:17–20, Part 3
Aug 18, 2022
Is boasting always bad? If we answer yes, we miss opportunities to glorify the power of Christ on display in the lives of others.
Why Do So Many Reject Jesus?
Aug 17, 2022
When the light of Christ shines upon the darkness of our sin, we either run to Christ as the only covering for our shame, or we run further into darkness.
Who Is Paul’s Joy — Christ or the Church?
1 Thessalonians 2:17–20, Part 2
Aug 16, 2022
Christians not only love Christ; they love what Christ loves. And since Christ loves his church, so do we.
Who Will Judge the World?
Aug 15, 2022
Scripture speaks of the Father judging the world, the Son judging the world, and sometimes even the word of Christ judging the world. So, in the end, who will judge?
Paul’s Extraordinary Affection for Believers
1 Thessalonians 2:17–20, Part 1
Aug 13, 2022
Can Christians love other Christians the way that Christ commands without liking them?
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?
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