But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 16:00

Everything Begins with God—Including Evangelism Featured

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In the beginning God . . .(Genesis 1:1).

God’s own story of redemption begins with Himself. And that’s where we should begin when preaching the gospel.

That’s not to say an exhaustive discourse on the character and nature of God, or a full-orbed investigation of His infinite...

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What makes evangelism effective? Is it a particular proven strategy, a clever way to pitch the promise of the gospel, or a personality that makes the message more palatable?

In his sermon “Attitudes of Effective Evangelism,” John MacArthur argues that it’s the motivation of the...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:00

The Dangers of an Oversimplified Gospel Featured

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What needs to be conveyed to unbelievers in order that they might understand and embrace salvation?

Many of the modern trends in evangelism have tended to take a minimalist approach to the question. Unfortunately, the legitimate desire to express the heart of the gospel clearly has given way to a...

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Sunday, 07 January 2018 16:00

John MacArthur on the Irreducible Elements of the Gospel Featured

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The gospel is the great nonnegotiable of Christian truth. We aren’t allowed to add to, subtract from, embellish, or rejigger the sacred message of how sinful men can be reconciled to a holy God.

That’s why the apostle Paul reserved his sternest warning for anyone who would dare to mess...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 16:00

Friday's Featured Sermon: "The Uniqueness of the Gospel" Featured

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When was the last time you used the phrase, “close enough”? It has become so commonplace in our language that you likely don’t have to think back very far. In a world dominated by consolation prizes and participation awards, the concept of “close enough” often...

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:00

Friday's Featured Sermon: "The Theology of Christmas" Featured

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Christ Jesus . . . emptied Himself.

Those words, uttered by the apostle Paul in Philippians 2:5–7, represent his most mysterious and provocative commentary on God becoming a man.

Theologians refer to Philippians 2:5–11 as the kenosispassage. Christ’s kenosis (derived from kenoō...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 16:00

The Fullness of Time Featured

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The first Christmas was perfectly timed. Galatians 4:4-5 says, “When the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law.” What was “the fullness of time”? God’s...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 16:00

John MacArthur on Fighting the Temptations of Christmas Featured

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One of the most common complaints about Christmas is the rampaging materialism that dominates the holiday. Both in the church and in the world, people rightly complain about how the holiday has become an excuse for self-indulgence.

But just as troubling to others is how political the holiday has...

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Nativity scenes are profoundly ironic. The smallest character in the ensemble represents the Creator and sustainer of the universe!

There’s something unfathomable about the unchanging and eternal God housed in humanity and experiencing the growth process from birth to adulthood. One thousand...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 16:00

R.C. Sproul Featured

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The first time I heard R. C. Sproul teach was several decades ago. I can't recall the exact date, but I do remember his teaching like it was yesterday. Someone had loaned me his signature series, "The Holiness of God" on videotape, and I took it home to watch. Within minutes after I pressed play, I...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:00

Christians and Christmas Featured

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Christmas presents a conundrum to many believers. Do you withdraw from the world and its materialistic excess at this time of year? Or do you lean headlong into the celebration, hoping to sanctify the festivities through your participation?

Given the wide chasm between those two extremes, it’s...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 16:00

John MacArthur on the Confusion at Christmas Featured

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For most people, Christmas is much more than a day. The word itself represents a wide variety of activities, traditions, and events. Just thinking about Christmas triggers your senses, reminding you of the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes the season represents.

Reading that, you are likely...

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What do you think about as Christmas approaches? Do you anticipate the gifts you’ve been hoping for—all neatly wrapped under a shiny tree? Maybe you’re excited about time off work and the gathering of family members.

For many of us, it’s the more spiritual traditions that...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 16:00

Knots in Christ's Family Tree: A Tale of Four Outcast Women Featured

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Jesus’ ancestry may surprise you. His genealogy includes some names you might be shocked to find in the royal line of the King of kings. Looking closely at the royal lineage as Matthew records it, we note a striking anomaly. Four women are named in this genealogy. The typical Hebrew genealogy...

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One of our family’s Christmas traditions has always been the reading of the Christmas story from the gospels. We’ve done it every year as long as I can remember. When I was a child, my father read the account from either Matthew or Luke while we sat at his feet. Now I do the reading.

A...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 16:00

Friday's Featured Sermon: "The Greatest Child Ever Born" Featured

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The Christmas season is upon us, and with it, the vast library of Christmas carols and hymns. Some of us have just taken the annual plunge into our Christmas music—others got a head start several weeks ago.

But as the holiday season stretches on, those treasured hymns and carols fade into the...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 16:00

Featured Sermon: “Giving Thanks for Salvation” Featured

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Our pursuit of thankfulness is under constant attack. This fallen world works in tandem with our fallen natures to continually sow seeds of discontent in our lives.

It’s hard to celebrate when others succeed where we have failed. It’s hard to be satisfied when our neighbor lives in a...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 16:00

John MacArthur on Giving Thanks Featured

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Later this week, most of us here in the U.S. will gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving. While the world’s view of the holiday is bound up in food, football, and Black Friday savings, believers ought to know better. Certainly we can enjoy those aspects of the day as well,...

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God’s favor and blessing is not for sale. If there’s one thing our recent series on indulgences has made clear, it is that simple point.

Yet we now live in a day where Johann Tetzel has been emulated and duplicated by prosperity preachers. While Tetzel sold bogus promises about the...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:00

The Greatest Offense of Indulgences Featured

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Where is your theological line in the sand?

As a Christian, how much of an assault on God’s character or His gospel can you endure before your righteous indignation rises up in response? And when that threshold has been reached, are you able to channel that passion in a way that honors God and...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 16:00

The Fury of the Prince of Peace Featured

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There is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

The Catholic Church was not pioneering a new heresy with the sale of indulgences. Marketing God’s grace and favor is an ancient lie. Organized religious corruption and extortion go all the way back to Christ’s earthly ministry. In...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 16:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Handling Treasure, Part 1” Featured

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“How you handle your riches . . . in many ways marks the character and quality of your Christian faith.” That’s how John MacArthur describes the importance of Christian stewardship in his sermon “Handling Treasure, Part 1.”

Our attitude toward money should stand in...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 16:00

Is God’s Blessing for Sale Today? Featured

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Are indulgences for sale in your local evangelical church? Think carefully before you answer that question.

It’s certainly easy (and legitimate) to point the finger at charismatic faith healers and prosperity preachers. As we saw last time, their trinket sales and false promises are the...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 16:00

The Men Who Make Tetzel Look Tame Featured

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Have you ever been conned? Most of us have, to varying degrees, experienced the sense of violation at being ripped off or extorted. Even more egregious are the actions of those who swindle people in God’s name—breaking the fourth commandment—blasphemy—in their efforts to...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Abusing the Poor” Featured

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Generosity isn’t always a virtue. Sometimes it’s naïve. And on occasion it can be downright tragic.

I’ve known people struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table, yet they’ve emptied their wallets to help a prosperity preacher buy his own private jet....

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