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

Already Not Yet - Apologetic Report
Monday, 19 August 2019 17:51

“Jesus Died for Sinners”

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Conrad Mbewe:

The longer I pastor, the more I’m convinced that pastors should regularly preach the unsearchable riches of Christ not only for the salvation of the lost but also for the believers’ growth in grace.

But sadly, when dealing with the Savior’s work in saving us from sin,...

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Monday, 19 August 2019 06:18

Am I Truly Born Again?

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Four Evidences That You Are New

By William Farley:

We all know that not everyone who claims to be a born-again Christian is a genuine follower of Christ. A 2017 study by LifeWay Research discovered that 24% of Americans profess to be evangelical. A higher percent claim to be born again. But when...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:56

The Gospel Kind of Christ-Centredness

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Jared Wilson:

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—- unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance…&r...

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Monday, 12 August 2019 16:54

What Is Preaching?

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Lewis Allen:

Q. What is preaching? A. Preaching is declaring God’s truth in Jesus, to the praise of his name.

This grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. —Ephesians 3:8

God’s Truth Brought Home

What is preaching? Peter Adam defines it as...

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Saturday, 03 August 2019 18:18

What Natural Disasters Preach

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Jeff Robinson:

My second Sunday as a full-time pastor came five days after the worst tornado outbreak in American history afflicted our city and its surrounding region. I preached from Job 1–2, and we put the sermon title on our marquee: “Where Was God?” Attendance...

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Saturday, 03 August 2019 01:38

Preach the Gospel . . . and the Law

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By Eric Beach:

Over the last decade, the term “gospel centered” has grown in popularity among parishioners, pastors, and publishers. While I commend many of the gospel-centered resources available today, some purveyors of a “gospel-centered” message unintentionally end...

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 19:36

Hell Is Not Separation from God

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Michael Horton:

Irresponsible speculation about hell has made discussing the doctrine considerably more difficult over the years. Whether it is vivid descriptions of Dante’s Inferno or revivalist “hellfire and brimstone” sermons, the impression is too often given that we...

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D.A. Carson:

The question is important, because it lies at the heart of Jesus’s explanation of “born again,” of new birth, of regeneration. When Jesus first introduces the category (John 3:3), Nicodemus clearly doesn’t understand what Jesus means (3:4 NIV): “How can...

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Saturday, 27 July 2019 17:48

The Road to Apostasy

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Erik Raymond:

When someone walks away from the faith it sends seismic ripples throughout the church. Somewhere amid the shock and emotions, we realize that we saw alarming signs but didn’t think they would materialize. I personally have seen this happen far too many times. In each case...

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Thursday, 25 July 2019 14:12

What Is God’s Glory?

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John Piper:

Defining the Impossible

Defining the glory of God is impossible, I say, because it is more like the word beauty than the word basketball. If somebody says that they have never heard of a basketball — they don’t know what a basketball is — and so they say,...

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Monday, 22 July 2019 16:10

J. I. Packer’s Thoughts on Holiness

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A Habitual Attitude

Sam Storms:

There is no holiness or Christian life that does not have repentance at its core. Repentance is not merely one element in conversion, but a habitual attitude and action to which all Christians are called. It is, argues Packer, a spiritual discipline central to and...

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Saturday, 20 July 2019 03:19

How to read the Bible, and how not to

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There are two ways to read the Bible.  We can read it as law or as promise.

If we read the Bible as law, we will find on every page what God is telling us we should do.  Even the promises will be conditioned by law.  But if we read the Bible as promise, we will find on every page what...

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Monday, 15 July 2019 18:05

Are all Sins Equal?

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Marty Foord:

It happens every year. In a class I teach on introductory theology, people get particularly shocked about one issue: not all sins are equal. For whatever reason, many Christians think that all sins are equal. Perhaps it’s because we’re marinated in a culture that...

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Friday, 12 July 2019 01:19

Why Church History?

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Stephen Nichols:

The bombing of Britain during World War II leveled most of the area known as “Elephant & Castle” in the city of London. A row of pillars stood defiantly among the piles of rubble. These pillars belonged to the Metropolitan Tabernacle, the church...

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Sunday, 07 July 2019 16:48

Beg God to Move Again

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Seven Marks of True Revival

Ajith Fernando:

Revival means many things to many people. I mean it to describe a situation where large numbers of people are fired up to seek God fully, yearn for obedience, confess sin in their life, and experience the joy and freedom of walking with God.

History...

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Friday, 05 July 2019 02:34

God’s gracious gift of the new birth

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Sam Storms:

What did Jesus mean in John 3 when he spoke to Nicodemus of being born again? The best way to answer that question is by taking note of what Jesus did not mean. And it is, somewhat surprisingly, Nicodemus himself who supplies us with the answer.

(1) We know, first of all,...

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Monday, 24 June 2019 00:43

What Does it Mean to Abide in Christ?

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Sinclair Ferguson:

The exhortation to “abide” has been frequently misunderstood, as though it were a special, mystical, and indefinable experience. But Jesus makes clear that it actually involves a number of concrete realities.

First, union with our Lord depends on His grace. Of...

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Friday, 21 June 2019 02:13

How Do We Become Spiritually Mature?

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John MacArthur:

We don’t want to remain spiritual children, perpetually stuck in infancy. We don’t want to be weak, vulnerable, and immature. Nor do we want to be ignorant about God’s truth, because we want to fully glorify Him for everything He has done. We want to appreciate Him...

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019 04:26

How Important is the Gospel?

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Sam Storms:

Many have reached a saturation point when it comes to the notion of gospel centrality. “Enough already,” they cry, with more than a little exasperation. I understand this reaction. We who identify as evangelicals are good at taking what is otherwise a fully biblical term...

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Kevin DeYoung:

The What

So what exactly is forbidden by the third commandment? The word vain (as it’s rendered in the ESV) can mean “empty,” “nothing,” “worthless,” or “to no good purpose.” We are forbidden, therefore, from taking the...

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Friday, 14 June 2019 02:09

The Battle for Biblical Truth

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John MacArthur:

Antipathy toward God’s Word inherently resides in the hearts of all sinners. This antipathy may even be present in those within the church. If there is any doubt about this, it is worth asking why popular evangelicalism’s greatest fear is being out of sync with the...

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Sam Storms:

The 13th reason why we stink at evangelism is simply that people don’t actually know what the gospel is, or if they do know it, they struggle to articulate it in face-to-face conversations with unbelievers. Feeling ill-equipped to explain the gospel, they look for ways to...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:41

12 reasons we often fail in personal evangelism

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Sam Storms:

I was motivated to write this brief article because of something I saw in the text that I recently preached at Bridgeway. In John 1:35-51 we read about several individuals who followed Jesus. One of the first to do so was Andrew. We read in John 1:42 that “he...

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Monday, 10 June 2019 15:42

How Suffering Reveals Your True Self

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Paul Tripp:

Trust Issues

Here’s what happens in times of suffering. When the thing you have been trusting (whether you knew it or not) is laid to waste, you don’t suffer just the loss of that thing; you also suffer the loss of the identity and security that it provided. This may not make...

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Saturday, 08 June 2019 15:51

7 Traits of False Teachers

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Colin Smith:

“There were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.” (2 Peter 2:1)

There are no “ifs, ands, or buts” in Peter’s words. It’s a clear and definite statement. There were false prophets among the...

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