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
Sunday, 20 August 2017 18:00

The Four Soils: Among the Thorns Featured

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Most of us have endured the tragedy of watching people we counted as spiritual brothers and sisters leave the church and turn their backs on Christ. It is heartbreaking to see friends and loved ones reject the Savior and instead pursue sin.

When we think of apostasy, we generally think of blatant...

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Perhaps the most ignored mission field is the one right under our noses. Fluency in Christianese and regular church attendance doesn’t necessarily mean a person is born again. In fact, external religiosity can be the most effective way to hide internal carnality.

This fact shouldn’t be...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 18:00

The Four Soils: The Rocky Ground Featured

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Just a short drive from the freeways and congestion of Los Angeles you’ll find barren hills and mountains. During the rainy season they suddenly spring to life with luxuriant-looking greenery. But they quickly revert to a parched brown. The green that looked so promising turns into lifeless...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 18:00

The Four Soils: Beside the Road Featured

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Ineffective evangelism can cause a lot of soul searching for the one evangelizing. Some re-evaluate the message while others question their methodology. But those are only worthwhile endeavors insofar as the message remains faithful to the one true gospel (Galatians 1:8–9) and the methodology...

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What does it mean to follow Christ? Is it the product of a momentary emotional decision, or a lifelong pursuit marked by sacrifice and self-denial?

In his sermon “Barriers to True Discipleship,” John MacArthur explains what Christ meant when He said, “Follow Me.”

“Followi...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 18:00

The Parable of the Sower and Bad Evangelism Featured

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One of the dominant myths in evangelicalism is that the growth of Christianity hinges on its popularity. The idea that more people will repent if only the preacher were cooler or funnier invariably causes the church to suffer through a ridiculous parade of entrepreneurial types who act as though...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 18:00

The Seismic Shift in Christ’s Teaching Featured

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One very busy day near the end of Jesus’ second year of public ministry, the whole character of His teaching changed. The continual rejection of His teaching by hostile Pharisees triggered a massive and sudden shift. He stopped preaching straightforward sermons peppered with key prophetic...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 18:00

Peter: The Compassionate and Courageous Leader Featured

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The apostle Peter was not an obvious candidate for leading the early church. He was impulsive, reckless, and vacillated between chest-beating bravado and cowardly retreat—not exactly the kind of guy you’d want to have responsible for your own well-being.

But Jesus Christ spent three...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 18:00

Peter: The Servant Leader Featured

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Restraint, humility, and servanthood aren’t obvious leadership qualities in the corporate world. Nor are they character traits that readily spring to mind for modern churches focused on growth and vision. But Christ prioritized those three qualities as he cultivated future leaders of the...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 18:00

Peter: The Submissive Leader Featured

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The nineteenth-century pastor and author J. R. Miller wrote, “The only thing that walks back from the tomb with the mourners and refuses to be buried is the character of a man. What a man is survives him. It can never be buried.” That is a true sentiment, but there is something more...

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 18:00

Peter: Learning from Life Experience Featured

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How did the Lord take Peter, a man cut from such rough fabric, and refine him into a leader? For one thing, Christ made sure Peter had the kind of life experiences that would shape him into a godly leader. It is in this sense that true leaders are made, not just born.

Experience can be a hard...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 18:00

Peter: Raw material for Leadership Featured

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Are great leaders born or made? Peter is a strong argument for both. Without the Lord's discipleship and tutelage, he never would have been more than a fisherman. But true leaders also require certain innate gifts—think of it as the raw material of leadership.

Peter had the God-given fabric of...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 18:00

Peter: What’s in a Name? Featured

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Sanctification is never linear. The Christian life always undulates on the way to greater Christlikeness. We may bear the fruit of the Spirit in increasing measure, but the flesh of our former life still rears its ugly head from time to time. And that biblical reality plays out vividly in the lives...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Holy Affections” Featured

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How do you know that you’re truly saved? That’s a vexing question for many churchgoers.

And as John MacArthur rightly points out, the modern epidemic of decision-based evangelism has only served to escalate the confusion.

We have this new and bizarre idea that if you go through some...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 18:00

Election and Christ Featured

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From heaven’s perspective, the ultimate end of election and the ultimate purpose behind God’s grace poured out on us is the eternal glorification of the Son.

But to understand God’s individual purpose in electing His people for salvation, we need to consider Romans 8:29: “For...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 18:00

An Eternal Expression of Love Featured

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We often skim quickly over the introductory parts of Paul’s epistles, but they are usually pregnant with meaning—and in the case of his letter to Titus, profoundly so. In his seemingly simple salutation, Paul gives us some vivid insight into how the plan of redemption started.

In verses...

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Almost everybody wants to go to heaven. In a world where the mortality rate still sits at 100 percent, most of us hope for a better place once we depart this fallen earth. Many choose to assume that their deceased loved ones are in heaven because it’s simply too painful to consider any other...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 18:00

God's Freedom to Elect Featured

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Despite what we sometimes think, we have no say in what God does or how He does it. He’s not swayed or influenced by our values, our interests, or our sense of justice. In fact, the psalmist tells us, “Our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases” (Psalm 115:3).

Moreover,...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 18:00

Making Sense of Grace and Election Featured

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone brings up the topic of God’s saving grace? For most believers—frankly, for most people—it’s the cross of Christ. That makes sense—it represents the climax of God’s redemptive work, and the fullest depiction...

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God’s will for our lives is not a secret we have to uncover. It’s not a mystery we have to unlock, or a pattern we have to decipher. In fact, God is abundantly clear about His will for our lives in His Word.

And rather than hunting for mystical answers, interpreting dreams and...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 18:00

Honoring the Spirit by Honoring the Scriptures Featured

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From the very beginning, the battle between good and evil has been a battle for the truth. The serpent, in the Garden of Eden, began his temptation by questioning the truthfulness of God’s previous instruction:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 18:00

A More Sure Word of Prophecy Featured

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Go with your gut.

That might be good advice when shopping for shoes online, but it’s not a reliable means for interpreting or understanding God’s Word. Too many people in the church today trust the inclinations of the upper abdomen to be the final arbiter that determines both when God is...

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Without a doubt, the question we receive most frequently at Grace to You is, “How do I find a good church in my area?”

Locating a faithful, biblically sound church is a struggle most believers face at one time or another in their lives. Sometimes it’s difficult to even know what to...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 18:00

Regulating Special Revelation Featured

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If God is still speaking to His people today—particularly through mental impressions and premonitions—how can believers exercise discernment when it comes to interpreting and applying these divine messages? Put simply, how is following the private, subjective “leading” of...

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 18:00

Subjectivity and the Will of God Featured

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If you rely on internal, subjective messages and promptings from the Lord, what prevents you from imagining the input you want from Him? Moreover, what reliable, objective mechanism exists to keep you from misinterpreting your own imagination as divine instruction?

As we saw last time, many good...

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