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

Grace To You - Apologetic Report

Scripture is clear that Christians serve a God who is uniquely all-sufficient to meet our every need (Ephesians 1:3; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:9).

By definition, calling anything sufficient is to acknowledge it is inherently adequate to satisfy a particular need. Some things in this life are...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 16:00

Faith as Christ Defined It Featured

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If our aim is to understand the true nature of saving faith, who better to look to than Jesus Christ Himself, “the author and perfecter of [our] faith” (Hebrews 12:2)? And while the Lord had much to say about the quality and characteristics of saving faith throughout His public...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 16:00

Faith That Works Featured

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Saving faith is a divine gift, not a human work. But that doesn’t mean true faith is passive or unaccompanied by good works.

The faith God graciously supplies produces both the volition and the ability to comply with His will (cf. Philippians 2:13: “God . . . is at work in you, both to...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 16:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Living Faith” Featured

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Demons—in spite of their relentless hostility to God—are essentially sound in key aspects of Christian theology. Scripture reveals a demonic horde well-versed in Christology, eschatology (Matthew 8:29), and ecclesiastical authority (Acts 19:15). James exclaims, “Even the demons...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 16:00

Faith Is a Gift Featured

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Quia isto articulo stante stat Ecclesia, ruente ruit Ecclesia.

Martin Luther penned those Latin words to magnify the importance of sola fide (the doctrine of justification by faith alone). [1]https://archive.org/details/werkekritischege4003luthuoft/page/352 Roughly translated, Luther is saying,...

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 16:00

Faith That Can’t Save Featured

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Just as I am, without one pleaBut that Thy blood was shed for me,And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee,O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

That stanza, penned by Charlotte Elliot in the nineteenth century, has probably been used as background for the evangelistic invitation more than any other hymn...

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Imagine the ideal church. Imagine a congregation so firmly rooted in the truth that they were commended by the Lord Himself—specifically for their discernment, doctrinal fidelity, intolerance for false teaching, and willingness to endure persecution. If such a church existed today, most of us...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 16:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “We Beheld His Glory” Featured

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The story of Christ’s birth doesn’t signify His beginning. While the birth narratives in Matthew and Luke tell us about His incarnation, John’s gospel draws our attention to His work in eternity past.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God....

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 16:00

The Gospel Distilled Featured

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For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16 is likely the Bible’s most well-known verse. Most Sunday school children can quote it verbatim before they learn to read or write. It shows up on...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 16:00

Where the Wind Blows Featured

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Words of comfort are sometimes the worst form of cruelty. We see it every time the world soothingly affirms destructive sinful behavior. And Christians can make the same grave error whenever the fear of offending a brother overrides the need to confront him. Instead we ought to follow the example...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 16:00

What Jesus Meant by “Water and the Spirit” Featured

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There’s nothing we can do to earn our way into God’s kingdom. We need God to do something to us.

That truth demolishes every religious system outside of Christianity. And that is the sobering reality Jesus used to initiate His evangelistic encounter with Nicodemus—a man who had...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:00

Schooling a Scholar Featured

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It’s easy to be intimidated by the intellectual giants and academic elite of this world. But the gospel message profoundly levels that playing field. The conversation between Christ and Nicodemus illustrates that human accolades and prestige don’t diminish a person’s need for the...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:00

Nicodemus, the Friendly Pharisee Featured

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The gospel of John doesn’t attract much attention during the Christmas season. Instead, we are usually drawn to the birth narratives found in the accounts of Luke and Matthew. However, John captures the essence of Christmas beautifully in the opening prologue to his gospel account: “The...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 16:00

The Principles of the Parable of the Vineyard Featured

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What about application?

That’s a common question from people who want more what now? and how to at the end of a sermon. Those pointers can certainly help us in our day-to-day lives. But they can also narrow our understanding of the implications of a biblical passage, and bypass the...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 16:00

The Purpose of the Parable of the Vineyard Featured

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Christ’s parables were never delivered in a vacuum. They were always provoked by the circumstances, discussions, and debates that surrounded Him. That kind of contextual background information is especially critical concerning the parable of the vineyard (Matthew 20:1–15). While the...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 16:00

The Point of the Parable of the Vineyard Featured

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Jesus made a regular habit of upending established social conventions. The Lord spent much of His earthly ministry illustrating the sharp contrast between the world and His heavenly kingdom. One of those key teaching moments is found in the preface and epilogue to Christ’s parable of the...

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No one wants to be a victim. There’s no queue of people eagerly waiting to be ripped off, smacked around, mistreated, and abused. No one in his right mind wants to inflict those experiences on himself.

However, many today are desperate for any excuse to lay claim to victim status. In...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 16:00

Is Grace Fair? Featured

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We all love to be on the receiving end of a good deal—at least until someone else finds a better one. The perception of inequality and unfairness fosters bitterness, envy, and resentment—attitudes that the flesh thrives on, even among believers. And one of Christ’s parables plays...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 16:00

Is God Ever Unjust? Featured

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Have you ever considered the stark contrast between Judas Iscariot and the thief on the cross? One was a close disciple of Jesus Christ and gave three years of his life to the best, most intensive religious instruction available anywhere. But he lost his soul forever. The other was a hardened,...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 16:00

John MacArthur on Making the Most of Christmas Featured

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While we in the United States will celebrate Thanksgiving later this week, most of us—regardless of where we live—already have an eye on Christmas.

More than any other holiday, Christmas takes over large portions of day-to-day life weeks (if not months) in advance. Between the gifts, the...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:00

God Is Not the Author of Confusion Featured

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Some years ago, a close friend of mine attended a service at a large church of international renown where the laughing revival had been going on for several weeks. After a brief, perfunctory sermon with a minimum of references to Scripture and a lot of mangled theology, the worship leader called...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:00

God in the Hands of Giddy Sinners Featured

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Many charismatics today claim that the Great Awakening was a forerunner to their own movement, marked by the same emotional outbursts and experiences that dominate their worship. Moreover, as we’ve already seen, they argue that the movement was quenched by an emphasis on theological...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 16:00

Jonathan Edwards Warns Modern Mystics Featured

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No one was in a better position to evaluate the Great Awakening than Jonathan Edwards. He watched it firsthand from beginning to end. He personally witnessed the remarkable emotional and physical responses in congregations where he preached. He defended the Awakening when critics denounced it as...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 16:00

Goodbye to a Gifted Servant Featured

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No one likes goodbyes. But by God’s grace, we can sometimes see His providence in the parting of ways. Such is the case next week, as we bid farewell to Gabriel Powell.

For the past five years, Gabe has faithfully served as the head of Grace to You’s Internet ministry. In that time, he...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 16:00

A Look at the Great Awakening Featured

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The Great Awakening was a dramatic revival that began in New England in the mid-eighteenth century and swept the colonies before it finally subsided. Multitudes were converted in the Awakening, and the spiritual climate of colonial America was transformed. Even in secular history books, the Great...

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