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, 30 October 2015 01:00

Separation, Purity, and Halloween Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

You know the routine. As the sun dips below the horizon, the sidewalks begin to teem with creatures great and small. Some travel in packs; others hunt alone. But sooner or later they arrive at your door, howling for satisfaction.

Halloween is upon us again, and with it come the issues that annually confound and divide believers.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 01:00

Separation and Purity Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Paul’s exhortation to the Corinthians is one of the greatest challenges facing believers today. In a world bombarding us with temptation, God’s people

In the final private hours before His arrest, Christ warned His disciples of the fierce opposition they would face throughout their ministry. That same opposition to God’s Word and His people continues today.

But Christ’s warning curiously begins with an admonition to “love one another” (John 15:17). In times of opposition

Monday, 26 October 2015 01:00

The Gospel in a Hostile World Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

In its practice of religious pluralism, the Western world tends to remain quiet about religion. Rarely will you hear the public media discuss Buddhism, Hinduism, Scientology, Mormonism, or Jehovah’s Witnesses. When you do, the media uses muted tones and carefully crafted statements to avoid offending followers of those

Friday, 23 October 2015 01:00

inviting Persecution Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

No one intentionally seeks out persecution. True, there are some people who enjoy portraying themselves as victims and garnering sympathy from others. But no one would willingly invite their own suffering and hardship.

However, as we consider what it means for Christians to be in the world but not of it, we have to accept that

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 01:00

The Campaign of Persecution Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Persecution is nothing new for the church. In fact, Peter wrote to the churches in Asia Minor to alert them of coming persecution, and warn them that it would be the new normal for the church: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to

Monday, 19 October 2015 01:00

The Friction of Faith Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

In the hours before His arrest, trial, and execution, Christ celebrated the Passover with His closest friends—the disciples. In the intimacy of the upper room, He encouraged them with promises of the powerful, Spirit-enabled ministry awaiting them, pointed ahead to their eternal home in heaven, and spoke warmly of His love

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 01:00

Why Is the Charismatic Movement Thriving in Africa? Featured

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Two years ago this week, Grace to You hosted the Strange Fire conference at Grace Community Church. Coinciding with the launch of John MacArthur’s book Strange Fire, the conference featured a comprehensive critique of the charismatic movement and the blasphemous abuse of the Holy Spirit that goes on under its purview. While the response to

by Cameron Buettel

You wouldn’t tell your children, “Bathe regularly; if necessary, use water.”

Nor would you advise a friend, “Be a faithful husband; if necessary, love your wife.”

Those redundant instructions defy logic. They also beg the question about what other means you would employ to accomplish those goals. You

by Jeremiah Johnson

Just as a single cell of cancer can metastasize until it spreads throughout the physical body, a single false doctrine can multiply itself and spread throughout a body of believers. A great forest fire can be started by one spark.[1] John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Galatians (Chicago: Moody Press, 1987),

by Jeremiah Johnson

Is it really “abuse” if a verse is used inaccurately to make an important point?

The short answer is, “Yes.” We should not be so careless and cavalier with Scripture, or think so highly of ourselves, that we can impose new meaning—even if it is valid—on the inerrant, sufficient Word of God. If

by Cameron Buettel

Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered

By Cameron Buettel

We live in an age that demands short bursts of rapid-fire information. The day is fast approaching—perhaps it’s already here—when the number of Twitter followers will hold the preeminent place on a pastor’s resume. Sermon lengths are going the way of our shrinking attention spans. Modern pastors are

by Jeremiah Johnson

You’ve probably heard the proverb “Familiarity breeds contempt.” That’s often true with relationships and institutions, as your close proximity reveals cracks and blemishes you wouldn’t notice in passing. However, when it comes to Scripture, familiarity usually breeds carelessness.

Many of the

Friday, 25 September 2015 01:00

Frequently Abused Verses: Did God Promise You Prosperity? Featured

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By Cameron Buettel 

What does this verse mean to you?

Most of us have heard that question before—it lurks inside countless Bible studies and Sunday-school classes. It is a postmodern mindset that has become pervasive in the church.

When reading a book, an article, or a blog post, we implicitly understand that its meaning is bound to the

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 01:00

Frequently Abused Verses: Why Pray in Jesus' Name? Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

What do your prayers sound like to other people? Are you expressing submission to the Lord and His will for your life? Or do you approach His throne with an exhaustive wish list?

If we are honest, we’re all occasionally guilty of treating God like a mystical genie or Santa Claus—as though He exists only to fulfill our

Monday, 21 September 2015 01:00

Frequently Abused Verses: How Easy Is Salvation? Featured

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By Cameron Buettel

Few things are more destructive than misinterpreting God’s Word. A wrong interpretation can lead to physical harm (e.g., handling snakes based on Mark 16:18) or spiritual harm (e.g., consternation over one’s salvation in the absence of speaking in tongues).

Aside from misunderstanding the text as it is written,

by Jeremiah Johnson

In the quiet intimacy of the upper room, just hours before His arrest, Christ gave His disciples some final encouragement and instruction. He revealed again His unity with the Father, comforted His disciples with the promise of heaven, and told them about the Helper who would empower them for the work ahead (John 14:1-17). But

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 01:00

Frequently Abused Verses: Is Judgement Always Forbidden? Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Love, don’t judge.

For many people in the church, that simple slogan has become the kneejerk defense in the face of criticism and confrontation. At some point, believers decided that careful discernment and agapē love are diametrically opposed; that judgment is always a threat to our unity in Christ. And with no regard

Monday, 14 September 2015 01:00

Frequently Abused Verses: What Is the Eye of a Needle Featured

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By Cameron Buettel

I haven’t always sat under the teaching ministry of John MacArthur. In fact, earlier parts of my Christian walk have been tarnished by over-exposure to some really bad Bible teachers, and attendance in some very man-centered churches. A lot of my expertise in error comes from first-hand experience.

It took longer than I care

Friday, 11 September 2015 01:00

Gideon and Samson: God's Strength in Man's Weakness Featured

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by John MacArthur

This week we’ve been looking at two well-known Old Testament figures, and considering how the Lord used each of them to accomplish His will. In Gideon’s story, the Lord magnified His own power against the backdrop of Gideon’s fear and cowardice.

Samson had the opposite problem—blessed with supernatural

Thursday, 10 September 2015 01:00

Samson: Playing with Fire and Getting Burned Featured

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by John MacArthur

From before his birth, Samson was to be set apart for God’s use. But his unbridled lust, arrogant pride, and violent temper corrupted his character and ruined his reputation. Even a seemingly solemn, happy occasion like his wedding turned into a rage-fueled bloodbath.

Samson’s nightmarish wedding likely occurred in

Wednesday, 09 September 2015 01:00

Samson: A Strong Man Made Weak Featured

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by John MacArthur

Gideon’s weakness was the perfect canvas on which to display the Lord’s power. A braver, more capable military leader could have claimed credit for God’s victory over the Midianites. But Gideon’s fear and doubt made it clear that it was God’s victory alone.

Gideon’s story is enriched when placed

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 01:00

Gideon: From Coward to Conqueror Featured

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by John MacArthur

We generally associate Gideon’s name with his military victories. But when we first meet the Old Testament hero in the book of Judges, he’s hiding out in the wilderness, attempting to eek out a life while avoiding the notice of Israel’s enemies. Even after the Angel of the Lord told him that he would deliver

Monday, 07 September 2015 01:00

Gideon: A Weak Man Made Strong Featured

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by John MacArthur

In Israel’s history, no group of heroes is more unlikely than the judges of the Old Testament. The chaotic nature of the time period combined with the unique (and sometimes uncivilized) individuals whom God chose to lead His people resulted in scenarios that were often complex and even bizarre.

Nowhere is that seen more