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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Cameron Smart:

Some people believe that the gospel is only useful for evangelism—a message only unbelievers need to hear. Yet the Bible teaches that followers of Jesus need to continue hearing the gospel even after they are born again. Christians should meditate on the gospel every day in...

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Courtney Doctor:

Have you ever wondered what God’s will is for your life? I’d venture to guess we’ve all asked that question at some point. For most of us, the question rises to the surface at critical junctures: choosing a spouse or a job, choosing what school to attend or which...

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Thursday, 21 November 2019 19:27

Who Delivered Up Jesus to Die?

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Nicholas T. Batzig:

Octavius Winslow once famously said, “Who delivered up Jesus to die? Not Judas, for money; not Pilate, for fear; not the Jews, for envy—but the Father for love.” 1 We could just as easily edit this statement in the following way: “Who put Jesus...

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:49

Want a Miserable Life? Confuse Law and Gospel

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Jeff Robinson:

What if your church’s elders passed down a fiat that members couldn’t take more than 1,999 steps on the Lord’s Day without facing church discipline? Just one more step would represent a long trip—a no-no on the day God set aside for worship.

What if they said...

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Sunday, 17 November 2019 23:50

What Does the Church Most Need Today?

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W. Robert Godfrey:

What does the church most need today? In answering this important but rather general question, Psalm 81 is uniquely important and helpful. This psalm obviously contains beautiful promises and clear directions to help the people of God. But careful study of this psalm will deepen...

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Sam Storms:

Many times I’ve been asked by church members if I believe in “replacement” theology. Although this is a massively complex subject, I’ve tried to provide a brief answer.

All biblical interpreters recognize development between the Old Testament and the New. Some say...

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Saturday, 16 November 2019 21:06

Should every Christian study theology?

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J.I. Packer:

Theology simply means the study of God. This is something that every Christian needs to realise. I think the way that the word has been used in the past has frightened many Christians away from it, even though they never stopped to consider what the word actually meant.

People got...

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Paul Alexander:

1. Membership is not “in the Bible.”

At least, it’s not there in a proof-text sort of way. Local church membership is not the eleventh commandment, or an additional beatitude, or an extra verse in some obscure manuscript tradition. But kind of like the doctrine of...

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Friday, 08 November 2019 00:12

What Is the Doctrine of Divine Election?

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Steven Lawson:

The idea that God does what He wants, and that what He does is true and right because He does it, is foundational to our understanding of everything in Scripture, including the doctrine of election.

In the broad sense, election refers to the fact that God chooses (or elects) to do...

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Thursday, 07 November 2019 01:26

What Is Your Only Comfort?

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Dr. Kim Riddlebarger:

Of all the Reformation-era catechisms, perhaps none is as well-loved as the Heidelberg Catechism. In the opening question and answer, the personal and distinctive tone of the catechism becomes evident. “What is your only comfort in life and in death?” This is...

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Saturday, 26 October 2019 19:40

The Trinity in the New Testament

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Sinclair Ferguson:

The classical doctrine of the Trinity teaches us that there is one God who exists in three distinct persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Typically this is stated as God having his existence in one substance and three persons.

There is mystery here. But it is the...

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Saturday, 26 October 2019 01:00

‘The Expulsive Power of a New Affection’

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John Piper:

The Life-Changing Insight of Thomas Chalmers

Christian Hedonism asserts that the most effective way to kill our own sin is by the power of a superior pleasure. No one sins out of duty. We sin because it is more pleasant or less painful than the way of righteousness. So bondage to sin is...

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Saturday, 19 October 2019 18:42

Four Gospels?

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Nicholas T. Batzig:

God doesn’t do anything arbitrarily. We may not be able to grasp His intentions in full or even in part, but we can be sure that everything that He does is full of eternal purpose and Divine wisdom. The secret things may belong to God, but those that are revealed...

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Friday, 18 October 2019 16:33

The Pastor’s Job Isn’t To Fix Things

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Tim Challies:

You don’t have to look far to find articles about how and why the pastor’s job is uniquely difficult. Having been a pastor for a number of years now (in both paid, full-time and unpaid, part-time capacities) I can attest there are ways in which it is unlike any other...

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Stephen J Wellum:

In church history people have disagreed as to what justification is, and the purpose of this chapter is not to restate all the data for the Reformation’s view of justification as the biblical view.[1] Numerous books have argued this case, along with other chapters in...

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019 19:26

How Jesus Secures Your Highest Joy

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David Mathis:

Christian Hedonists aim to make the pursuit of joy in God our life’s work. Which is not at odds with devoting our lives to God’s glory — because God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

But Christian Hedonists must, in...

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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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