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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Friday, 20 May 2016 01:00

James: Thrones in the Kingdom Featured

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by John MacArthur

This is part three of a three-part series on the apostle James. Click here to read part one and here for part two. –GTY Staff

The apostle James was part of Christ’s inner circle and one of His closest confidants. But unlike Peter and John, we read very little about this “Son of Thunder” as an individual. The

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 01:00

James: Fire From Heaven Featured

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by John MacArthur

This is part two of a three-part series on the apostle James. Click here to read part one. –GTY Staff

You’re probably familiar with the concept of a “no-go zone”—that part of town one would be wise to avoid, especially at night. Often they are areas dominated by gang activity, racial and religious

Monday, 16 May 2016 01:00

James: The Apostle of Passion Featured

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by John MacArthur

Of the three disciples in Jesus’ closest inner circle, James is the least familiar to us. The biblical account is practically devoid of any explicit details about his life and character. He never appears as a stand-alone character in the gospel accounts, but he is always paired with his younger and better-known brother, John.

 

Friday, 13 May 2016 01:00

Stop Complaining, Part 2 Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Most people assume they are generally agreeable and easy-going. Few people would proudly say they were hard to get along with or difficult to be around.

But if you added up every argumentative, complaining, and frustrated word you spoke this week, along with all your eye rolls, disappointed sighs, and grumbling grunts, you would

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 01:00

Stop Complaining, Part 1 Featured

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What would you say is the defining characteristic of our society?

Maybe pride, selfishness, lust, vengeance, materialism—all dominant features of twenty-first century life. But here’s one you might not have guessed—discontentment.

So much of modern life is bound up in obtaining what we don’t have, and then

Monday, 09 May 2016 01:00

Unqualified, Not Unworthy Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

“Unqualified.”

That was John MacArthur’s one-word assessment of Steven Furtick during a Q&A session at the 2012 Shepherds’ Conference.

It’salso the title of Furtick’s latest book. Furtick credits that brief appraisal of his ministry as the inspiration for writing:

“Unqualified.” .

Friday, 06 May 2016 01:00

The Blessings of Forgiveness Featured

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by John MacArthur

Forgiveness is Christianity at its highest level. It reflects God’s immense forgiveness through Christ, and no human expression of forgiveness could ever surpass what Christ has done for us.

But extending forgiveness to others also brings with it great blessings upon the Christian life. Let’s conclude this series by

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 01:00

Forgiving Fallen Pastors Featured

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by John MacArthur

It has always saddened me over the years as I’ve watched church leaders bring reproach on the church of Jesus Christ. What’s perhaps most shocking to me is how frequently Christian leaders sin grossly, then step back into leadership almost as soon as the publicity dies away.

Some time ago I received a recording that

Monday, 02 May 2016 01:00

Answering Tough Questions About Forgiveness Featured

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Forgiveness can be very hard to grant—even Christians commonly wrestle with it. I am convinced that many, if not most, Christian counseling sessions are related to struggles with forgiveness. It is a subject that does pose difficult questions. Today, we’ll consider some of the major ones.

What is the difference between

Friday, 29 April 2016 01:00

Forgiving One Another Featured

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For a Christian to be willfully unforgiving is unthinkable. We who have been forgiven by God Himself have no right to withhold forgiveness from our fellow sinners. In fact, Scripture plainly commands us to forgive in the same manner as we have received forgiveness: “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 01:00

"Father, Forgive Them" Featured

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If anyone ever had good reason to withhold forgiveness from his enemies, it was the Lord Jesus. He was the only true victim—totally innocent of any wrongdoing. He never broke the law of God. He never sinned in His actions, words, or thoughts. He never yielded to any temptation whatsoever.

Scripture says, “[He] committed

Monday, 25 April 2016 01:00

The Foundation of All Forgiveness Featured

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by John MacArthur

God doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6). But man’s view of Him frequently does—driven by man’s own fluid emotions and flexible morality. And as the world around us becomes increasingly permissive, it expects God to adjust with that moral shift.

Specifically, sinners count on the Lord to take sin as carelessly

Friday, 22 April 2016 01:00

In Order That You May Know Featured

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by John MacArthur

What does biblical assurance look like? Can we spot the evidence of true faith and the Spirit’s sanctifying work in our lives? And how do we know what to look for?

The apostle John’s first epistle is devoted to answering those very questions. Surely no other passage of Scripture confronts the false promises of

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 01:00

Demonic Orthodoxy and Dead Faith Featured

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by John MacArthur

Saying “I love you” to your spouse would ring hollow if you never showed your affection through actions. In the same way, when a person professes faith in Christ yet doesn’t evidence his profession by good works, that faith is rightly suspect.

Anyone can say they believe in Christ. But Scripture—and in

Monday, 18 April 2016 01:00

The Faith That Doesn't Work Featured

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by John MacArthur

A tract written by one of the most extreme defenders of no-lordship salvation seeks to explain redemption: “Even at your best, you can never earn or deserve a relationship with God. Only the object of your faith, Jesus Christ, has the merit.” I agree with that. It is the clear teaching of Scripture (Titus 3:5–7).

B

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 01:00

What Faith Does Featured

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by John MacArthur

At the heart of the no-lordship error is a disastrous misunderstanding of the nature of faith. No–lordship teaching depicts faith as inherently inert—even antithetical to works, obedience, and surrender to the will of God.

Scripture paints a different picture. And nowhere is that more apparent than in the “Faith

Monday, 11 April 2016 01:00

Grace vs. Faith Featured

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by John MacArthur

How great is God’s grace? The familiar hymn tells us that it is “greater than all our sin.” But does the broad expanse of God’s grace give us license to live however we like? Should Christians ever fall into the habit of writing off their own sin?

The answer is a seemingly obvious “No,” but there

Friday, 08 April 2016 01:00

Friendship, Liberty, and Lordship Featured

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The world is rightly repulsed by the idea of slavery. But Scripture does not likewise shy away from the topic. Instead, it consistently employs the vivid imagery of slaves and masters to illuminate the believer’s relationship to Christ.

And the glorious truth is that, in Christ, we do not have a malicious, domineering,

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 01:00

Why Do We Call Him Lord? Featured

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by John MacArthur

Jesus is Lord.

That is the single, central, foundational, and distinguishing article of Christianity. It is also the first essential confession of faith every true Christian must make: “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans

Monday, 04 April 2016 01:00

Abandoning Christ’s Gospel

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by John MacArthur

Listen to today’s typical gospel presentation. You will hear sinners entreated with such phrases as “accept Jesus Christ as personal Savior”; “ask Jesus into your heart”; “invite Christ into your life”; or “make a decision for Christ.” You may be so accustomed to hearing those

Friday, 25 March 2016 01:00

The Victim’s Victory Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

Imagery is a powerful force when it’s the only source of information. As a child, I perceived Jesus Christ as a weak victim of bullies who were stronger than Him. Without any biblical influences in my life, my knowledge was limited to creepy Catholic pictures in the house of my best friend, and stained-glass windows on the

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 01:00

Together Against Extrabiblical Methods Featured

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by Cameron Buettel & Jeremiah Johnson

Most diners and restaurants across the country can serve you fried chicken, but only KFC has the Colonel’s original recipe of eleven herbs and spices. The same goes for other brand names you recognize—Coca Cola and Krispy Kreme stand out from their competitors because of the uniqueness of their

Monday, 21 March 2016 01:00

Together Against Eternal Compromise Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

No one likes to think about hell. No one takes pleasure in considering the wrath that awaits unrepentant sinners. And no one enjoys ruminating on why “it is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

But being repulsed by hell is no reason to reject the doctrine altogether, as many

Friday, 18 March 2016 01:00

Together Against Expanding the Gospel Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

In October 2010, 4,200 evangelical leaders from 198 countries gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, for the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. Hundreds of thousands more participated in meetings around the world and online. It was a big deal—the congress has gathered only three times since its inception in 1974.

 

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 01:00

Together Against Ecumenism Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

What does it mean for believers to stand together for the gospel?

In simple terms, it means that while they might have other theological differences, they are united in affirming the gospel’s core tenants. Specifically, they agree that sinners are justified not by their own efforts, but by grace alone, through faith alone,