Too often we forget the truth that the world is not the enemy; the world is the mission field.
A preacher should always, both literally and figuratively, be pointing to a biblical text. This Word-centered focus is the defining mark of all true expositors.
As the government rages against believers at every level, whether it be at the national level, the state level, the local level, or the municipal level, we are to surrender to every manifestation of institutional authority placed over us. The battle cry of every believer is, “I surrender. I submit to your authority.”
To define biblical worship is to confine it. At best we may try to describe the phenomena. But in simplest terms, worship is the human response to God.
We are guilty of arrogance, not merely neglect, when we fail to beg for the Spirit’s help in the study of Scripture. God will likely give understanding through the tools we use, but when we use tools while neglecting Him, the tools have become idols.
We are called to imitate the example of the lives of faithful saints who have gone before us. David Brainerd is a man who ministered in unimaginably difficult circumstances, who exhibited extraordinary humility and self-denial, and whose great love for the glory of God and the souls of sinners is nothing less than admirable.
There was a time when God and Scripture were woven into the fabric of this nation. But our culture has plummeted into secularization. How do we as believers shine the light of Jesus in this increasingly dark world?
The hope of heaven is predicated on the reality of Christ’s resurrection. It provides the basis on which believers can face death with unflinching confidence.
Many have walked away from the faith during the college years of their life, never to return. My prayer is that this will not be your story.
The book of Exodus presents rich theology ingrained into these familiar passages. God devastates the world’s first superpower and unveils His glory as He works to redeem His chosen people.
In our study of the Bible, we tend to sprint through familiar narrative passages. But we ought to pause for one reason: narratives contain theology.
Being a Christian requires believers to step into situations that are irreversibly awkward—situations that have the potential to turn contentious. We must not be so scared of conflict that, in attempts to avoid it, we forsake our duties.
Leprosy was not only seen as a dangerous contagion but as a sign of the curse of God. That is why Jesus’ healing of the leper is so important. Jesus’ authority is so great that He can cleanse and restore without risk of being defiled. He can bring about a saving work that restores someone to himself and the family of God.
Although election is a challenging doctrine for many, it is a glorious catalyst for worship, humility, and unwavering evangelism. If you want to grow in godliness and strengthen your effectiveness for the Great Commission, the doctrine of unconditional election is worth your meditation.