Six Aspects of the Glorious Gospel
Colossians 1:3–8, Part 6
May 9, 2023
A gospel presentation that stops at the forgiveness of sins has missed the ultimate aim of the gospel, namely full and forever joy in God himself.
The Path from Orthodoxy to Demon Theology
May 8, 2023
The movement from orthodoxy to demon theology happens sometimes slowly and sometimes suddenly — but always because love for Christ has grown cold.
The Gospel Is the Word of Truth
Colossians 1:3–8, Part 5
May 6, 2023
The gospel is not just a truth to know, but a truth to be embraced and loved and taught and proclaimed.
‘Nothing Is to Be Rejected’ — Including Pot?
May 5, 2023
“Nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,” Paul says. So can Christians enjoy pot if they thank God for it?
Hope Awakens Faith and Faith Awakens Love
Colossians 1:3–8, Part 4
May 4, 2023
Faith that truly embraces the hope laid up in heaven reveals itself through good works that are done in love.
What Makes You Happiest?
May 3, 2023
What is the deepest source of your joy — what God gives to you, or who God is for you?
How Does a Future Hope Awaken Faith Now?
Colossians 1:3–8, Part 3
May 2, 2023
Moses could renounce the pleasures of Egypt because of his coming reward. In the same way, Christians reject the world and put all our hope in Christ.
Can I Be Saved If I Never Evangelize?
May 1, 2023
Will a professing Christian go to hell if he never shares the gospel? Pastor John gets to the heart and offers practical suggestions for growing in evangelism.
What Is Our Hope Laid Up in Heaven?
Colossians 1:3–8, Part 2
Apr 29, 2023
Our hope laid up in heaven includes forgiveness of sins, a dwelling in the kingdom of Christ, and an inheritance in light.
Should Men Still Pray with Lifted Hands?
Apr 28, 2023
Paul desired that “in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands.” Should men in the church today still lift their hands when they pray?
We Are Not Sons of God Like Jesus Is
Colossians 1:3–8, Part 1
Apr 27, 2023
Jesus’s sonship is not like ours. All the benefits we enjoy as sons come to us through the only-begotten, eternal Son of the Father.
Our Joyful Duty
Apr 26, 2023
At the core of Christian Hedonism is the glorious reality that the duty God requires of us is the path to our greatest joy.
If God Is Your Father, Grace Flows Continually
Colossians 1:1–2, Part 5
Apr 25, 2023
The people who have God as their Father are the recipients of his inheritance, namely, boundless grace and perfect peace.
Caring for Families with Cross-Dressing Children
Apr 24, 2023
Should parents allow children to cross-dress? Pastor John explains why this cuts across the grain of God-created reality and how to offer counsel to Christian parents.
Productive Imprisonment and Beloved Partners
Colossians 1:1–2, Part 4
Apr 22, 2023
Prison, for the apostle, was not a time for pity parties, but for productive labor on behalf of local churches.
Should the World Like Us or Hate Us?
Apr 21, 2023
Jesus promised that his followers would be “hated by all,” but Paul said pastors must be “well thought of by outsiders.” So should the world like us or hate us?
What Does It Mean to Be a Saint?
Colossians 1:1–2, Part 3
Apr 20, 2023
Every believer is someone who has already been made holy through his union with Christ by faith.
Why Did Jesus Use Spit and Mud to Heal?
Apr 19, 2023
Jesus could have healed the man born blind with a simple command; instead, he used spit and mud. Why?
Raw Passion and Messy Missiology
A Tribute to George Verwer (1938–2023)
Apr 19, 2023
On April 14, 2023, one of the greatest missions leaders of the last hundred years passed into glory — and only glory can measure the global influence he left behind.
The Relational Authenticity and Wisdom of Paul
Colossians 1:1–2, Part 2
Apr 18, 2023
The apostle mentions his fellow ministers, in part, to show how important relational dynamics are in the exercise of Christian authority.
Does My Sexual Past Disqualify Me from Pastoring?
Apr 17, 2023
If a man has a history of fornication, is he disqualified from the office of pastor — or can he still be considered “the husband of one wife”?
A Persecutor of Christians Was Made an Apostle
Colossians 1:1–2, Part 1
Apr 15, 2023
What we read in the apostles is not mere human wisdom, but wisdom taught by the Spirit.
Apr 14, 2023
If God has really given us “a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control,” then why do we still struggle with fear and anxiety?
How Would You Summarize 2 Thessalonians?
2 Thessalonians 3:16–18, Part 2
Apr 13, 2023
How might you summarize Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians? In this lab, Pastor John makes an attempt.
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