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

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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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Sunday, 02 June 2019 16:12

Grace Is Not a Thing

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Jeremy Treat:

The great American theologian Al Pacino once said, “I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.” Pacino’s statement taps into a tension that we all sense intuitively but maybe have not expressed...

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Monday, 27 May 2019 04:51

A brief reflection on truth

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Sam Storms:

Of the many things John writes concerning the Word, the Son of God, in John 1, one of the more important is his statement in v. 14 that he is “full of grace and truth.”

Let’s be clear right from the start. God isn’t whatever you want him to be. He is who he is...

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Sunday, 26 May 2019 17:19

What Does the Bible Say About Baptism?

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SIX TEXTS WE CANNOT IGNORE

David Mathis:

Martin Luther, the great Protestant Reformer, said, “There is on earth no greater comfort than baptism.” Luther was famous for fighting against sin and Satan by preaching to himself, “I am baptized! I am baptized!”

Luther was not...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 03:53

When you proclaim the gospel, use words

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THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CHANGED AND SHAPED BY THE GOSPEL CANNOT HELP BUT SPEAK AND SHARE THE GOSPEL

Paul Akin:

The emphasis on good conduct and “witness without a word,” in 1 Peter might lead some to assume that verbal witness was not a priority for Peter and the witness of early Christians...

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Sam Storms:

When it comes to our understanding and experience of Christian sanctification, I can’t think of a more important biblical text than Philippians 2:12-13. Here is what Paul wrote:

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 00:59

The Kingdom of God in 8 Words

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Jeremy Treat:

The number-one thing Jesus talked about is the kingdom of God. It’s everywhere in the Gospels and impossible to miss. But if the theme of the kingdom is so significant, then we need to make sure we know what it means. A good starting place is to have a solid working definition.

Her...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 00:53

What Is Discernment?

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Sinclair Ferguson:

Someone I know recently expressed an opinion that surprised and in some ways disappointed me. I said to myself, “I thought he would have more discernment than that.”

The experience caused me to reflect on the importance of discernment and the lack of it in our...

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Saturday, 18 May 2019 16:16

The Whole Bible in 12 Verses

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Andrew Wilson:

If you had to summarise Scripture in 12 verses, which would you choose? Here are mine:

  1. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
  2. “So God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created them; male and...

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Sunday, 12 May 2019 23:26

You’re Insignificant for God’s Glory

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John MacArthur:

Convinced of His Own Unworthiness

Alongside Paul’s confidence in God’s sovereignty, he was kept faithful by a powerful conviction that he himself was nothing (1 Cor. 3:72 Cor. 12:11). Paul did not have an exalted view of himself. He spoke of himself as the...

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Saturday, 11 May 2019 19:18

How Is Ministry Going?

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Darryl Dash:

“How’s ministry going?”

I confess I never know how to answer this question. I sometimes offer the response I once heard: “Reasonably well, all things considered.”

If I had the time to explain, I think I’d offer a three-part answer: it’s hard,...

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Thursday, 09 May 2019 00:46

Should Your Church ‘Transform’ the City?

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Reuben Hunter:

Christians believe in transformation. After all, we are transformed people.

Individually, when one is regenerated by the Holy Spirit, Paul says that “the old has passed away; behold the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17). That’s a radical transformation if there ever was...

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Sam Storms:

As glorious and wonderful as is the physical birth of a new-born baby, it pales in comparison with the spiritual re-birth of a person and the new life in Jesus Christ that they receive by God’s mercy and grace. I don’t mean to downplay the beauty of physical birth. It is...

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Stephen 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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Stephen Altrogge:

Interpreting the Bible literally can be a good thing. It probably means that you want to know exactly what God says and obey his words.

It means you don’t want to play Bible roulette with which verses you obey. It means you’re willing to obey all the commands of the...

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Sunday, 28 April 2019 05:08

What the Gospel Is

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Denny Burk:

Evangelicals sometimes have ways of speaking and communicating that actually leave out crucial aspects of the gospel. Perhaps the following scenario will be familiar to you.

A parent comes to me and says, “Pastor, my 8-year old child wants to meet with you about getting...

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Friday, 26 April 2019 02:58

The False Gospel of Expressive Individualism

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David Qaoud

There’s a newish gospel in town. Or at least some make it out to be. Have you heard of it? It’s called expressive individualism.

What is Expressive Individualism?

To be sure, expressive individualism has been around for a while. But it seems to be more popular today than...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 16:45

5 Errors of the Prosperity Gospel

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David W. Jones:

More than a century ago, speaking to the then-largest congregation in all Christendom, Charles Spurgeon said, “I believe that it is anti-Christian and unholy for any Christian to live with the object of accumulating wealth. You will say, ‘Are we not to strive all we...

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Justin Dillehay:

When I was a church teen in the 1990s, one of hottest new Christian bands was Third Day. The name seemed like a riff on the mainstream band Third Eye Blind, but we all know where it really came from. According to Paul’s gospel, Christ was “raised on the third day in...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 18:11

What makes ‘Good Friday’ good?

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Sam Storms:

If you plan on being in Oklahoma City on Friday, April 18, I want to invite you to join us for our traditional “Good Friday” service at 6:30 p.m. in our auditorium. I would also encourage you to invite friends and family members who may not know Jesus and his saving love....

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