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

Is church growth an exact science? Is improved methodology always the key to bigger churches and more effective evangelism? There are plenty of evangelical experts who would answer yes to both of those questions—either in word or in deed.

John MacArthur has encountered this phenomenon for...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 18:00

Limitless Love Featured

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Let’s be honest. If we encountered a scenario like the one Jesus describes in the parable of the Good Samaritan, we would not react like the title character. In fact, most of us would probably think the Samaritan’s generosity toward a stranger seems excessive.

Did you ever set aside...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 18:00

The Unlikeliest Ally Featured

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The parable of the Good Samaritan isn’t a story about benevolence or social justice. It was not delivered as a heartwarming tale of gracious self-sacrifice, but as a stinging rebuke to pharisaical self-righteousness.

In response to a hairsplitting question from an unctuous law scribe (Luke...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 18:00

Condemning Callous Piety Featured

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How do you react when someone tries to make you look foolish? What do you do when an opponent tries to paint you into a rhetorical corner?

That’s exactly what happened to Jesus in Luke’s gospel, when an expert in Israel’s religious law tried to “put Him to the test”...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 18:00

Combatting the Lies the World Believes Featured

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It makes sense that the truth is the best defense against a lie.

But should that be the church’s strategy when combatting the lies of the world? Should we try to persuade and out-argue sinners bent in defiant rebellion against their Creator? Should we present rebuttals and counterpoints to...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 18:00

The Soteriology of the Thief Featured

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John MacArthur refers to soteriology—the doctrine of salvation—as “the pinnacle of Christian theology” [citationJohn MacArthur and Richard Mayhue, eds., Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Biblical Truth (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017), 485.]That’s...

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 18:00

The Christology of the Thief Featured

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Christology is an inexhaustible subject. Concerning His incarnation alone, the apostle John said, “There are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25)....

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This Sunday, the church will celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and His triumph over sin, death, and the grave. In his sermon “Exchanging Living Death for Dying Life” (which he originally delivered on Easter Sunday twenty years ago), John MacArthur declares,

The...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 18:00

The Eschatology of the Thief Featured

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Eschatology is a hotly debated subject among modern believers. It concerns the study of the “end times,” last things, or future events in God’s redemptive plan. Its scope includes Christ’s return, the rapture, the millennium, future judgment, and God’s kingdom. Those...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 18:00

The Anthropology of the Thief Featured

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I have good news and bad news.

No one wants to hear those words from a medical doctor. Most would rather just hear the good news alone. But often the good news isn’t truly good until we truly understand the bad news.

The same principle applies to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The word gospel is a...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 18:00

The Theology of the Thief Featured

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What is a theologian?

For many in the church, it’s an intimidating term applied only to spiritually elite believers. It’s an achieved status—one earned through years of seminary, writing, and the other exploits of ivory tower academics.

But that is not a biblical distinction. The...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 18:00

The Uncomplicated Essentials Featured

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“You drive for show and putt for the dough.”

That’s a popular golfing proverb with more than a grain of truth to it. You can have every other technical detail locked down. But if you can’t master the basics and complete the fundamental goal, the rest of your proficiency is...

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 18:00

God's Problem Is a Lack of Evidence Featured

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If God really exists, why doesn’t He show Himself in some dramatic, undeniable way?

That question was posited not long ago in a Washington Post opinion article headlined “Where is God?” And it accurately reflects the widespread sentiment of an unbelieving world.

Wondering aloud...

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The city is like one massive perfect diamond gem, flashing the reflection of God's glory in infinite light—the ultimate light show. All of eternity then becomes bathed in the radiating splendor of God. And that is the remarkable general appearance. It is like a massive—and when I say...

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 18:00

Death Is a Pleasant Transition Featured

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We are all stalked by an insatiable, bloodthirsty killer. This murderer never misses—he has a 100 percent success rate. Nothing can shield us from his attention; nothing can mitigate his relentless slaughter.

Death itself will visit all of us. There are no scientific advances, no technological...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 18:00

You Can Change Yourself Featured

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Just reading billboards on a road trip is enough to realize that people want to change their lives. Whether it be physical, financial, or relational, there are a vast range of self-help industries that have sprung up around the world’s insatiable demand for self-improvement. In effect, they...

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Thursday, 08 March 2018 16:00

A Divine Shot at the Self-Righteous Featured

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The dramatic tale of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30–37 is one of the most beloved and interesting of all Jesus’ parables. It is so well known that it has become a common idiom for lavish, sacrificial kindness. To call someone a good Samaritan is a noble compliment. But our familiarity...

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 16:00

People Are Basically Good Featured

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“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.” [CitationAnne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl,The Definitive Edition, Translated by Susan Massotty (New York,...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 16:00

The Good Outweighs the Bad Featured

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Most unredeemed sinners have nagging concerns about the afterlife. You see the evidence clearly when you ask unbelievers directly what would happen to them if they died. The most common responses all point to a subjective notion of relative goodness. I’m basically good; I certainly try to do...

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Where does lasting happiness come from?

John MacArthur argues that it is not found in this earth, or the things of this earth.

Pleasure isn’t the path to happiness. Possessions aren’t the path to happiness. It’s ridiculous to spend your whole life trying to make yourself happy on...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 16:00

The Goal of Life Is Personal Happiness Featured

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I just don’t believe God wants me to be so unhappy.

I’ll never forget those words. I had just asked a young man—a professing believer—why he thought it was acceptable for him to leave his wife for another woman. And his response was the tragic verbalization of a lie too many...

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Sunday, 25 February 2018 16:00

What You Own Has Lasting Value Featured

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You’ve never seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul.

That’s a well-worn cliché, but it still lands a punch. Our possessions and earthly achievements cannot follow us out of this world. The apostle Paul made that point abundantly clear in his first epistle to Timothy: “We have...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “The Primacy of Truth” Featured

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If we don’t know the truth and we don’t live for the truth, and we aren’t the pillar and ground for the truth, then the church has a deficient immune system. We lack discernment. And if we lack discernment, we’ll die from a thousand illnesses. . . . We can’t have an...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:00

Tolerance Is the Noblest Virtue Featured

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Lying is not only sinful, it’s also self-perpetuating. Deception always begets more deception because the only way to sustain a falsehood is with more and more lies.

That’s certainly the case with the popular lies we’ve been considering in this series. The postmodern lie that truth...

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 16:00

Life is Random Featured

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Is everything in life—the good times and bad, the joys and disappointments, the open doors and roadblocks—ultimately the result of a cosmic roll of the dice? Plenty of people feel that way, living as if every outcome is ultimately governed by nothing more than blind chance. In simple...

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