How Do I Become Passionate About Bible Reading?
Jan 1, 2021
Regular, disciplined Bible intake is not optional for God’s people. It is God’s plan for preserving us and bringing us safely to glory.
Jan 1, 2021
The providence of God is his purposeful sovereignty by which he will be completely successful in the achievement of his ultimate goal for the universe.
Eight Years of APJ, and What’s Ahead
Dec 30, 2020
At the end of another year, Pastor John reflects on 2020, the world of Ephesians, and the need for a new tidal wave of God-centered teaching.
This Present Evil Age of Sin
Ephesians 2:1–3, Part 7
Dec 29, 2020
Christians are unavoidably out of step with this world. We do not think the same or act the same because we serve a different Master.
Should We Talk More About ‘Following Jesus’?
Dec 28, 2020
In the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly tells people to follow him. But why doesn’t that call ring out in the rest of the New Testament?
Walking in Sin Enslaves Us to Sin
Ephesians 2:1–3, Part 6
Dec 26, 2020
Anyone who assumes he is free and independent apart from God is in reality enslaved to the world and a lackey of Satan.
Is Christmas Too Pagan for Christians?
Dec 25, 2020
Christmas offers an opportunity to look upon the incarnation with fresh amazement. But does the timing of our celebration just reflect pagan tradition?
Why Did Christ Need a Body?
Dec 23, 2020
In the person of Jesus Christ, we encounter incarnate Deity. But why did he have to take on flesh that first Christmas?
The Difference Between Sin, Sins, and Trespasses
Ephesians 2:1–3, Part 5
Dec 22, 2020
What is the difference between sin, sins, and trespasses in the Bible?
Do We Have the Exact Words of Christ, or a Paraphrase?
Dec 21, 2020
Do the Gospels give us the exact words that Jesus spoke, or do they give us a paraphrase that captures his meaning?
Why Share the Gospel with Dead People?
Ephesians 2:1–3, Part 4
Dec 19, 2020
Keep sharing the gospel with friends, families, and neighbors. People are still being saved. Power still exists in God’s great news.
Does Joy Come After Suffering, Or in It?
Dec 18, 2020
Faith does not shield us from waves of sorrow. But it does plant our feet on a rock of immovable joy. And when the waves leave, the rock remains.
The Sweetness of Christ in 2020
Dec 16, 2020
As 2020 draws to a close, Pastor John describes the one reality that shaped everything else for him: the experience of sweeter fellowship with God.
Can the Spiritually Dead Please God?
Ephesians 2:1–3, Part 3
Dec 15, 2020
What does it mean that mankind is dead in their trespasses apart from Christ?
What Happens to Non-Christians Who Take the Lord’s Supper?
Dec 14, 2020
What happens when unbelievers eat the Lord’s Supper — either because they think they are believers or because the church has welcomed them to participate?
How Could We Be Healthy, Active, and Dead?
Ephesians 2:1–3, Part 2
Dec 12, 2020
Being dead apart from Christ does not mean you are inactive, unable to do anything in this world. It means you have no love or appetite for God.
Christian Marries Non-Christian — How Does a Church Respond?
Dec 11, 2020
How should pastors respond to a Christian who marries a non-Christian? And what might repentance look like in such a situation?
Fight Sin Like a Victor, Not a Victim
Dec 9, 2020
When Christ gives you new life by the Spirit, you are no longer a victim under sin’s power, but a victor who has the strength to triumph.
United Under Wrath and the Cross
Ephesians 2:1–3, Part 1
Dec 8, 2020
All ethnic groups stand condemned apart from Christ. And all people from every ethnic group can be redeemed by the blood of the cross.
How Do I Battle Imposter Syndrome?
Dec 7, 2020
Imposter syndrome can make us feel like frauds in the workplace — like we are never good enough and always about to be exposed. How can we respond?
Dead in Sin, Alive in Grace
Dec 5, 2020
The word that describes us before Christ: Dead. The word that describes us after Christ meets us with mighty grace: Alive.
Did Jesus Say We Are gods?
Dec 4, 2020
In John 10, Jesus quotes from Psalm 82, saying, “You are gods.” Does this mean human beings are gods, or is something else going on?
What’s Keeping Me from Seeing Jesus?
Dec 2, 2020
By nature, we all want to be made much of. Until that craving for praise is laid to rest, we’ll never know the joy of making much of Jesus.
The Glorious Grace of Electing Love
Summary of Ephesians 1
Dec 1, 2020
We need to see God’s truth not only as our theology, but as our great treasure. For that, God needs to open the eyes of our hearts.