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.
Danger Averted, Destiny Attained
Funeral Message for Lois Nelson (1919–2023)
Apr 13, 2023
When a Christian goes home to be with the Lord, we who remain have the chance to rehearse God’s loving design in every believer’s death.
The Gospel’s War Against Our Fears and Insecurities
Apr 12, 2023
In the face of every fear and insecurity, the gospel says, “In Christ, God is for you — always and forever, with all of his heart and soul. So what can man do to you?”
Peaceful Relations Are Precious, Not Ultimate
2 Thessalonians 3:16–18, Part 1
Apr 11, 2023
Peace is precious. Peace is to be prized. But peace is not to be pursued at any cost.
Should We Despise the Vile — or Love Them?
Apr 10, 2023
In Psalm 15, David tells us to despise the vile; in Matthew 5, Jesus tells us to love them. How can we do both?
How Long Are We Patient with the Idle?
2 Thessalonians 3:11–16, Part 3
Apr 8, 2023
The aim of holy ostracism is to cause shame in a fellow believer so that they might turn and walk in the light.
If God Desires All to Be Saved, Why Aren’t They?
Apr 7, 2023
God “desires all people to be saved,” Paul tells us — but clearly not all people are saved. Does this mean God cannot do what he wants to do?
Saving Faith as Treasuring Christ
Apr 6, 2023
What is the actual experience of receiving Christ? What happens in the soul? Saving faith sees the Son not only as useful, but precious.
Five Implications of ‘Eat Your Own Bread’
2 Thessalonians 3:11–16, Part 2
Apr 6, 2023
There are at least five significant implications from Paul’s command to the Thessalonian church to “eat your own bread.”
Christ’s Plan for the Globe — and You
Apr 5, 2023
Christ’s global purpose to ransom people from every tribe and tongue can be summed up in his words, “I have other sheep. I must bring them also.”
As New Creatures, Eat What You Earn
2 Thessalonians 3:11–16, Part 1
Apr 4, 2023
God created mankind for good works. When he makes us new in Christ, his purpose remains the same.
Is Work a Blessing or a Curse?
Apr 3, 2023
God gave work as a blessing in the beginning, but we live now on the other side of the fall. So is our work today a blessing or a curse?
Does ‘No Work, No Food’ Mean No Mercy?
2 Thessalonians 3:6–10, Part 3
Apr 1, 2023
When someone sins against us, Christians are not always called to turn the other cheek.
Best Commentaries on the Whole Bible
Mar 31, 2023
Alongside his personal study of Scripture, what whole-Bible commentaries has Pastor John found most helpful over the years?
Why Did Paul Refuse Gifts of Food?
2 Thessalonians 3:6–10, Part 2
Mar 30, 2023
Pastors ought to be paid for their labors, but they should never give the impression that they labor for money.
How Do I Find My Identity?
Mar 29, 2023
If you want to settle the question of personal identity, don’t ask “Who am I?” Ask, “Whose am I?”
Sometimes Ostracism Brings Reconciliation
2 Thessalonians 3:6–10, Part 1
Mar 28, 2023
Christians must have a category for shaming other Christians so that they might repent and be reconciled.
Can Satan Put Thoughts into Our Heads?
Mar 27, 2023
We know the devil can tempt us and attack us and try to deceive us, but can he put thoughts into our heads?
Prayer as an Answer to Prayer
2 Thessalonians 3:1–5, Part 5
Mar 25, 2023
Hearts that remain firm through trials don’t depend on their own strength, but hang on the steadfastness of Christ.
Does God Read Every Thought?
Mar 24, 2023
At every moment, God knows the thoughts and intentions of every human heart. Pastor John explores six vast implications of this foundational truth.
An Obedient Church Deals with Disobedience
2 Thessalonians 3:1–5, Part 4
Mar 23, 2023
Disobedient churches deal lightly, if at all, with flagrant disobedience. Obedient churches consistently practice church discipline.
John Piper’s Conversion Story
Mar 22, 2023
The book of Romans interprets life — and it also transforms life. Pastor John shares how Romans has shaped him, from conversion to the pastorate.
What Is the Faithfulness of God?
2 Thessalonians 3:1–5, Part 3
Mar 21, 2023
The deepest ground of God’s faithfulness, to his word and to his people, is his faithfulness to his own self.
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