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
Saturday, 12 October 2019 19:18

A Short Primer on New Covenant Theology Essentials

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A. Blake White:

The Story of Scripture can be summarized as “Creation to New Creation.” How God brings revelation, history, and humanity from creation to new creation is referred to by many as “Redemptive History.” One of the most complex yet rewarding pursuits in biblical...

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Erik Raymond:

In Ephesians 1:13 the Bible says that “when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.”

What does it mean to be sealed with the Holy Spirit?

A seal is an identifying mark often...

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Sam Storms:

Saturday, October 5th, is the birthday of my theological hero, Jonathan Edwards. He was born in 1703 in East Windsor, Connecticut, and his life and words continue to affect me in countless ways. The Edwards home was rather unusual, as Jonathan had 10 sisters and no brothers! But...

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 01:24

The Horror of a Different Jesus

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Sam Storms:

Our pluralistic, consumer driven society is all about choices, options, and diversity. If you don’t like what you see, be patient; another version, an updated edition, a new and improved alternative will soon appear.

This is often the case in certain expressions of contemporary...

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Monday, 09 September 2019 00:43

The Danger of Falling Away

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Darryl Dash:

“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it,” says the author of Hebrews (Hebrews 2:1).

Stern warning! It’s the first of five warning passages in the letter (2:1-4; 3:7-4:13; 5:11-6:12; 10:19-39; 12:14-29). For...

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Friday, 06 September 2019 06:22

A Meditation Before Preaching

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Erik Raymond:

It’s Sunday morning ten minutes before the service. How are you feeling? If you had to put it into a word, what would it be?

For the one preaching the sermon, it’s probably some combination of words that express his inadequacy for the task at hand. Each week, like clockwork,...

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Friday, 06 September 2019 05:14

The Essence of the Calvinistic Life

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Sinclair Ferguson:

Calvinistic theology has always placed great emphasis on biblical and doctrinal knowledge, and rightly so. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:1-2). This transformation is a prerequisite for our worship, since it is by the Spirit’s illumination of our...

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Saturday, 31 August 2019 01:53

10 Things You Should Know about the Gospel

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By Sam Storms:

As much as we hear about the gospel of Jesus Christ one would think that everyone is on the same page when it comes to defining this word. Sadly, that is not the case. So just what is the gospel? How might we define it? Here are ten things to keep in mind.

(1) The “gospel”...

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Sam Storms:

Everyone is familiar with the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John 4. But not everyone can explain what Jesus meant when he said that the Father is seeking men and women who will worship him “in spirit and truth” (v. 23)?

To say that we must worship God...

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By Michael Lawrence:

For centuries, the church has affirmed that penal substitutionary atonement stood at the heart of the gospel. Yes, the cross also demonstrates the love of God, his hatred of sin, and his commitment to ransom his people. But behind all of these ideas stands the logic of the...

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Adriel Sanchez:

According to the Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (Louw & Nida) the word repentance means, to change one’s way of life as the result of a complete change of thought and attitude with regard to sin and righteousness. In repentance, a person is given a...

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Friday, 23 August 2019 18:22

Four Questions to Ask about the Atonement

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By Stephen J. Wellum:

The doctrine of penal substitution is under attack today—and that’s an understatement. From voices outside of evangelical theology to those within, the historic Reformation view of the cross is claimed to be a “modern” invention from the cultural West....

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Kevin DeYoung:

Ask a serious Protestant today what is the biggest threat to orthodox Christianity today, and he might mention cultural hostilities, the sexual revolution, or nominalism in our churches. But if you would have asked a Protestant the same question a hundred years ago, he would have...

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:31

The work of the Spirit that anticipates the future

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Michael Horton:

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16:7)

“It is to your advantage that I go away.” What a strange thing to say. Right at the...

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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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