August 24, 2015
For Christians, the Bible is our most important book.
After the Bible there are a few books every believer should probably read, re-read, and apply. On this short list I'd include Foxes Book of Martyrs, Bunyan's Pilgrims Progress, Augustines Confessions, Lewis's Mere Christianity, Packer's Knowing God, and Operation World. But even these great works fall behind what I consider the second-most important book for every Christian.
June 15, 2015
A. It is required of those that hear the Word preached, that they attend upon it with diligence, pre...
June 4, 2015
Once you repent of your sin and trust in Christ, then God declares you to be righteous—godly, pure, even though you are still a miserable sinner. He forgives you of all your sin! That’s God’s work for us—justification, accomplished at the cross and received only by trusting in Jesus. And the Spirit of Christ, having entered your life, now begins to train you to be actually godly. To become what you actually are. That’s God’s progressive work in us—sanctification, wrought by the Spirit.
December 19, 2014
Early on in his reign Israels first king, Saul, was trying to do what he had been commissioned to do by the Lord - delivering the people of God from the oppression of the Philistines. However he soon found himself surrounded, and by chapter 13 of 1 Samuel an army as numerous as the sand on the sea shore had him cornered. Samuel has been called, but has not come, Philistines are breathing down his neck, and his troops are deserting left and right. So in desperation,
December 19, 2014
We saw in this past weeks sermon from 1 Samuel 15, that King Saul, when confronted on his disobedience of the LORDs command to exact righteous judgement upon the Amalekites, responded with a great number of excuses. Read the text to see if you can pick them out for yourself:
March 18, 2014
Itâ€™s one of those things we know to be true on an intellectual level, but we forget it easily in personal experience. Temptation is not the same as sin. This truth is obvious from the Scriptures. In the Lordâ€™s Prayer, we are taught to pray â€œforgive us our debtsâ€ and â€œlead us not into temptationâ€ (Matt. 6:12-13). Debts and trespasses require forgiveness; temptation needs deliverance. They are not the same.
March 10, 2014
Jesus wants women to be theologically minded and grounded in the Scriptures. That's why he commended Mary, who sat "at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching" (Luke 10:39), while Martha served Jesus and his disciples. Instead of applauding Martha for her service, Jesus approved Mary for choosing "the good portion, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:42). Mary chose the one thing that is still necessary today. Women who are students of the Bible, serious about studying it and hearing it taught, choose the good portion, the one thing that is necessary.
March 2, 2014
God never intended the true believer to live the Christian life alone. After Christâ€™s ascension, the apostles went everywhere starting churches and ordaining elders in each (Acts 14:23). They did this so the young Christians could be strengthened, encouraged, guided, instructed, and above all worship God together.
February 23, 2014
Growth is not an option for a Christian. God is changing us through the Word of Christ by the Spirit of Christ into the image of Christ. How can we recognize God's sovereign hand in our sanctification, and glorify Him in and through it? How do we as a church grow together into maturity? Receive some practical guidance in this month's Herald.
January 5, 2014
New video is now available from our fall 'Global Missions and the Church' conference with John Piper.