I agree that gospel-grounded racial reconciliation produces multi-ethnic and diverse churches. But diversity is not the same as gospel-centered racial reconciliation and the goal of gospel-centered racial reconciliation is not simply diversity. An assembly of the United Nations is multi-ethnic and diverse, as is the army, or the local public high school, or so many other groups. Yet such settings hardly enjoy the racial reconciliation of the gospel. ... See MoreSee Less
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. ... See MoreSee Less
Introduction 1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing...
The Reformation doctrine of justification by faith is, and has always been, the number one target of the enemy's attack. It provides the foundation of the bridge that reconciles God and man—without that key doctrine, Christianity falls. But the doctrine that the Reformers so painstakingly clarified, even spilled blood over, has become so muddled today that many Protestants barely recognize it. Sadly, there are some who react against a clear presentation of justification, calling it nothing more than useless hair-splitting. ... See MoreSee Less
The Reformation doctrine of justification by faith is, and has always been, the number one target of the enemy's attack. It provides the foundation of the bridge that reconciles God and man—without ...
The preacher is more than just an explainer; he is also a persuader. Having rightly interpreted the text, biblical exposition must also confront the will. The glories of exegeting the Scriptures can never be disconnected from the necessity of urging the church to believe them.
The presupposition of the pastor must always be that he has a people before him who are in dire need of being persuaded. No man of God should ever believe that his congregation has arrived or that they already are who they must become. Sin and temptation are alive and well in every congregation. ... See MoreSee Less
According to some recent surveys, the experience of sitting through the average expository sermon is tantamount to being invited to a yawning contest. Many church-goers view expository preachers as od...
The first evangelistic sermon of the Church Age was preached by the Apostle Peter nearly 2,000 years ago on the Day of Pentecost. Luke records the essence of Peter’s message in Acts 2:14–40. Luke reports five more evangelistic messages in the book, two further by Peter (3:12–26; 10:34–43) and three by Paul (13:16–41; 14:15–17; 17:22–31). ... See MoreSee Less
On Sunday morning, August 5, 1855, 21-year-old Charles Haddon Spurgeon stepped behind the pulpit of New Park Street Chapel to challenge his congregation to follow the example of one of the saints who had inspired his ministry, the apostle Paul. “As a preacher of the word,” Spurgeon said of Paul, “he stands out pre-eminently as the prince of preachers and a preacher to kings.”
Young Spurgeon’s description of Paul was prophetic of his own future ministry. Within a few short years of that Sabbath morning, Spurgeon also earned the moniker “the prince of preachers” as he proclaimed God’s word to congregants from every stratum of society. The boy preacher from humble beginnings even became the “preacher to kings” as members of the British royal family filled his pews. ... See MoreSee Less
How often have you been asked, post-service, “Wasn’t that a great sermon?” But what makes a sermon great? Is it that the sermon was short? Is it that you learned something new? Is it that it made you laugh or cry? Is it that the preacher held your attention throughout? There’s nothing wrong with these things, but we must understand that the goal of listening to a sermon is not to be entertained, to learn Bible trivia, or to experience a range of emotions. The goal of listening to a sermon is that you would have your mind transformed by the Word such that your life would be changed more into the image of Christ by the power of the Word of God applied by the Spirit of God (James 1:22; Rom. 12:2). ... See MoreSee Less
The reason we are inattentive listeners is that while many preachers spend years honing the craft of sermon preparation, even attending years of post-graduate schooling, the average congregant has nev...
Mordechai Mottel Baleston was told NEVER to read the New Testament because it was a Gentile handbook on how to persecute Jews. But curiosity got the best of him.
Eitan Bar is a native Jewish-Israeli who was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel (1984). Graduated with his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Israel College of the Bible (Jerusalem, 2009), his M.A. in Theology from Liberty University (2013) and is now pursuing his Doctorate with Dallas Theological Seminary.How I found shalom ... See MoreSee Less
So God, in his great mercy sent Christ to bear our punishment and become our righteousness. Christ alone is our all-wrath-removing sacrifice, and Christ alone is our justifying righteousness. But since we are spiritually dead and unable to believe in any of that, grace alone — with no contribution at all from any spiritual corpse — raised us from the dead and gave us the gift of faith. Ephesians 2:5, 8: “Even when we were dead in our trespasses, God made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved. . . . This is not your own doing. It is the gift of God.” ... See MoreSee Less
The death of the Messiah was an inconceivable and an unacceptable notion for the followers of Jesus.
The refusal to believe that the Messiah must suffer and die is clearly evident within Peter immediately following his confession that Jesus is the Messiah. As Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He would suffer and die, Peter rebuked Jesus, and said: “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you” (Matthew 16:22). ... See MoreSee Less
Was Jesus the true Messiah or was Jesus a failed Messiah? In other words, did his death confirm his failure? Or, to the contrary, did his death confirm his triumph? This question is relevant to ever...
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, February 9, 2018, more than 540 churches from around the world will come together to host Night to Shine for approximately 90,000 honored guests through the support of 175,000 volunteers! ... See MoreSee Less
"But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent." Revelation 2:4-5 ... See MoreSee Less
The 17th century Jewish historian, Raphael Levi, admitted that long ago the rabbis used to read Isaiah 53 in synagogues, but after the chapter caused “arguments and great confusion” the rabbis decided that the simplest thing would be to just take that prophecy out of the Haftarah readings in synagogues. That’s why today when we read Isaiah 52, we stop in the middle of the chapter and the week after we jump straight to Isaiah 54.
What happened to Isaiah 53, you might be wondering? That is exactly what this article is about. ... See MoreSee Less
The 17th century Jewish historian, Raphael Levi, admitted that long ago the rabbis used to read Isaiah 53 in synagogues, but after the chapter caused "arguments and great confusion" the rabbis decided...
Planned Parenthood led Virginia pro-abortion groups this week in attacking a new bill to protect unborn babies who are killed by drunken drivers.
Sponsored by state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, the bill would allow drunken drivers to be charged with involuntary manslaughter if their actions cause an unborn baby’s death. The Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee moved forward with Senate Bill 541 Monday, sending it to the Committee on Finance for review.
The Northern Virginia Daily reports Obenshain decided to introduce the bill after a pregnant woman’s unborn baby died last year in a vehicle crash in his district. ... See MoreSee Less
John tells us to “test the spirits” and Paul says, “test everything” (1 John 4:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:21). It is our sacred responsibility to examine every doctrine to determine if it is true or false. But how can we distinguish sound doctrine from false? How can we distinguish teachers of truth from teachers of error? In our opening article, I said that putting a doctrine to the test is the best way to determine if it is true or false. As we test the doctrine, we learn our responsibility toward it: We either hold to it or we reject it. I am returning to those tests today to explain them in greater detail. They provide a grid that is useful for testing any doctrine. ... See MoreSee Less
COLUMBUS, Ohio, February 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Ohio Supreme Court upheld a 2014 state order shutting down Toledo’s last abortion center for violations of health laws, in a five-two decision released today.
Abortion center Capital Care had been operating without a transfer agreement with a local hospital since 2013, in violation of a state law passed that same year, according to a press release from Created Equal, a pro-life group based in Columbus, Ohio. ... See MoreSee Less
The first and greatest commandment is that we love God. And the essence of loving God is that we delight in God — that we enjoy God, that we find God to be our all-satisfying treasure, our gold.
Loving God is not first working for God. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). He did not say, “Loving me is keeping my commandments.” He said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Love is first. Commandment-keeping follows. Doing is fruit. Loving is root. This is why Jesus put the heart first in this highest duty: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart.” ... See MoreSee Less
At times, despair grips our throats so tightly that we can only lift our voices loud enough to whimper, “Why, Lord?” Why arthritis, why cancer, why autism, why divorce, why this loss and that grief, why? Some of us have moments when we wonder, like Job, why we were even born. We long for death — but it does not come (Job 3:21). ... See MoreSee Less
First, we need to have the right goal in dealing with these “hard” passages. We do not want to merely show that a doctrine is not that bad. We can’t have an attitude like, “eat your vegetables because they’re healthy for you even though they’re disgusting.” We don’t want to say, “Well, this doctrine is good for you even though I think it’s terrible.” We want to say with all confidence, “this is a good doctrine.” We want to demonstrate that, like all of Scripture, these “hard” passages are beautiful and necessary. We have nothing to be ashamed about in the Scripture. ... See MoreSee Less
In Handling the Hard Passages, Part 1, we looked at why dealing with difficult areas of scripture matters. If you didn’t get a chance to read that post yet, it would be beneficial for you to check it out as a foundation to understanding today’s topic. This week I want to take the time to look at some specific hard passages to show not only how to think through difficult questions but also why the answers to these questions are beautiful. We could look at a plethora of different issues, but we only have space for three. We’ll take a look at them in Biblical order. ... See MoreSee Less
"Many people sit in small churches each week and wonder how to move forward. Let me suggest several big-picture ways to begin moving toward mission and then in the remainder of the chapter iterate ten very practical applications." Ed Stetzer ... See MoreSee Less
It is very clear what Satan’s plan is: Attack, attack, attack. Attack the Word of God. Lead the faithful astray. Divert the Church away from teaching the whole Word of God and have it focus on a lie. We see it today with the Jehovah Witnesses, the Mormons, the Prosperity Gospel, the Charismatic Movement and many others heresies that focus attention away from true Gospel message. We see it in many of the Reformed Churches that were once used by God to correct the man made traditions of the Catholic Church. We see these churches leaving their first love and pursuing a different gospel. We see it in these so-called “mainline” Churches this very day. To these lukewarm churches that resemble the Laodicean Church of Revelation God has promised to “spit you out of my mouth”. ... See MoreSee Less
It is concerning that some churches today don’t take eschatology seriously. The very fact that God has revealed so many details about events to come in both testaments tells us that it is important. At the center of biblical eschatology is the blessed hope of the appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). Not only should we be interested in prophetic events to come, we are also looking for our Savior, with whom we will spend eternity. ... See MoreSee Less
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 29, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Senate effectively voted this afternoon against banning late-term abortions on most five-month-old babies who can feel pain, with 46 out of 97 senators voting to continue debate on the bill, thus not allowing the Senate to vote on the bill itself.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, would prohibit abortions on babies from the age of 20 weeks (22 weeks gestation) onward based on the science of fetal pain. ... See MoreSee Less
HAIFA, Israel — Archaeologists in Israel have decoded one of the last Dead Sea Scrolls needing to be deciphered, finding that it reflected the use of a 364-day calendar, as opposed to today’s lunar calendar used by many Jews.
According to reports, Dr. Eshbal Ratson and Professor Jonathan Ben-Dov of the University of Haifa had been working for the past year to reassemble the more than 60 fragments that comprised the scroll—the last two of 900 that have been researched and published. ... See MoreSee Less
HAIFA, Israel -- Archaeologists in Israel have decoded one of the last Dead Sea Scrolls needing to be deciphered, finding that it reflected the use of a 364-day calendar, as opposed to today's lunar c...
Shepherd My Sheep: How to Lead Biblically - The Master's Seminary
Scripture calls everyone to lead in one way or another. Mankind was created to have dominion over, subdue, and take charge of God’s creation (Gen 1). Parents are to lead their children (Deut 6), husbands are to lead their wives (1 Peter 3), older women are to counsel and lead younger women (Titus 2), and pastors are to lead their churches (1 Tim 3; Titus 1). Whether you are a seminary student or a stay-at-home mom, everyone is exhorted to lead biblically, to fulfill their God-ordained responsibility of leadership. ... See MoreSee Less
It has been said that one can use church history to prove just about anything. There is some wisdom to that old adage and that is why we must be careful when we use church history to support what we believe. Also, evangelicals have often rightly declared that as important as church history is, our doctrinal beliefs must first and foremost be grounded in Scripture. Thus, the proper perspective is to pay close attention to church history and learn from it, but also understand that Scripture takes priority over church history when it comes to what we should believe. ... See MoreSee Less
It has been said that one can use church history to prove just about anything. There is some wisdom to that old adage and that is why we must be careful when we use church history to support what we b...
Two to three weeks after fertilization, I have a heartbeat and my organs start to develop. Although I am in the womb, I have my own unique DNA, blood type, and a developing body. I may not be able to speak or defend my life, but I am already someone. Will you protect me? ... See MoreSee Less
Abiding in Christ by Caring for One Another “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart a… FULFILLINGTHEPROMISES.COM ... See MoreSee Less