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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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 18:00

The Four Soils: The Fertile Ground Featured

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Our approach to evangelism shouldn’t be influenced by the way people respond to the gospel.

When the gospel is preached faithfully and clearly, acceptance of the message is never the result of the skill of the messenger or the marketing of the message. As we have seen throughout this series,...

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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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Friday, 29 July 2016 01:00

Godly Compassion for Hurting People Featured

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by John MacArthur

“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23). Scripture often uses high and lofty expressions of God’s great compassion. But what does that compassion look like in tangible human terms? And are God’s people able to

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 01:00

Can an Unchanging God Be Compassionate? Featured

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by John MacArthur 

The God of Scripture is the one true constant in all the universe: “I, the Lord, do not change” (Malachi 3:6). His nature and His thoughts are as immutable as His eternal plans. Specifically, He does not alter His Word, revise His will, revoke His promises, or change His mind: “God is not man, that He

Monday, 25 July 2016 01:00

How Does the Spirit Work Through Scripture? Featured

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by John MacArthur

Most of the modern discussion about the Holy Spirit focuses on His supposedly ongoing miraculous and revelatory ministries. But despite what the charismatic church would have us believe, the Spirit is not revealing new truth and prophecies to God’s people today. Nor is He is deploying miraculous power at the whim of

Friday, 22 July 2016 01:00

Why Does Sola Scriptura Still Matter? Featured

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by John MacArthur

The Protestant Reformation is rightly regarded as the greatest revival in the last thousand years of church history—a movement so massive it radically altered the course of Western civilization. Names like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Knox are still well-known today, five centuries after they lived. Through their

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 01:00

Can We Add to God's Word? Featured

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by John MacArthur

Over the last hundred years, the church has seen an explosion of interest in the Holy Spirit—particularly in His work of empowering God’s people and revealing His truth. This renewed interest in the Spirit’s role in our daily lives has injected excitement and enthusiasm into many churches, as the Lord seems to be

Monday, 18 July 2016 01:00

What Did Jesus Think of God's Word? Featured

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by John MacArthur

Can you believe in Christ but not in the authority and infallibility of the Bible?

You can try, but it will leave you on the horns of a very real dilemma: If you say you believe in Christ but doubt the Bible’s truthfulness, you are being inconsistent and even irrational. Christ endorsed the Bible as true and authoritative.

Friday, 15 July 2016 01:00

How Did God Guide the Biblical Writers? Featured

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by John MacArthur

Robots. To the unilluminated mind, that’s what we are under the control of a sovereign God—just mindless automatons executing divine orders for His pleasure. And while the Lord could control and direct His creations that way, He doesn’t—instead He works through our wills, our intellects, and our

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 01:00

How Did God Inspire His Word? Featured

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by John MacArthur

Have you ever watched an athlete or musician give “an inspired performance”? Have you ever heard your pastor preach what might be called “an inspired sermon”?

Most of us have heard the word “inspired” used in those ways, but frankly I question that kind of terminology. If people give inspired

Monday, 11 July 2016 01:00

Jacob and Playing Favorites Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

The Christian life is an ongoing war against our own flesh (Romans 8:12–14; Colossians 3:5). Sin is an ever-present threat that requires believers to be on constant alert. But the greatest danger isn’t always the “big” sins, like murder and adultery. Sometimes the obscure sins pose the greatest hazard