It might be tempting to change the message because we often think we have to do something in return for what we are given, but not so with the gospel.
Since we are commanded to gather together for the purposes of helping one another grow in love and good works, we shouldn't neglect that activity.
For most people, contentment doesn't come naturally. It's necessary for Christ-followers to put in the work of learning to be content with what God has given us, trusting that what He has allowed is what is best for us.
As much as reading the Bible is an intellectual exercise, gaining knowledge shouldn’t be the main reason we read it.
We want a 12 step program that takes us from sinner to saint with black and white rules to get there.
Instead of allowing our inadequacies to keep us from evangelism, we should allow them to propel us into it.
If we want to learn more about who we are, we don’t look within, instead, we look outside ourselves to God’s Word
We are to see the good things we have not as hindrances to salvation or growth in Christ but as gifts God has given us.
We experience salvation and a relationship with God today because Jesus was selfless.
When I was in high school and college, I used to work out all the time. I went to the gym four times a week and I would work out for a couple of hours each time I went. To help with my workouts, I read books and magazines. I took supplements. I charted my workouts writing down how much weight I was lifting and how many reps I was…
The man called to leadership within the church must see himself as overseeer and view his calling as a high calling that requires sacrifice and passion for the task.
I believe our sinful desire for power, control, and praise are at the root of most church divisions.
Jesus is the true and better Prophet, Priest, and King, who is able to do what those who came before could not do.
As we set our minds on the things above, we are reminded of our freedom from and power over sin, as well as of our future sinless reality.
When the man puts forth the effort and operates in the way God calls him to operate, he makes submission a joy, not a chore for his wife.
The gospel must be what all of our ministries are based on, empowered by, and result from.
The encouraging part of running the Christian race is that we don't have to run it in our own power. At salvation, not only is our heart created anew, which causes us to desire to run for Christ, but we are also empowered by God to run.
As parents, we are to point our children to Jesus. But before we can point them to Jesus, they, like us, need to see their need for him.
Men, if we want our country and community to change, if we want to see people come to Jesus, we have to be spiritual leaders who are leading out in prayer.
Meditation doesn't mean humming in a monotone tone in an effort to completely clear your mind so the universe can come rushing in. It means filling your mind with Scripture and turning it over in your mind again and again.
It's no mystery our culture doesn't think much of the institution of marriage, and that many of our cultural elites despise it.
Dr. Keith Ablow from the Fox News Medical A-Team thinks marriage is “a source of real suffering for the vast majority of married people.” He bases that off his own observations as a psychiatrist, where he sees the vast majority of marriages ending in divorce…
Knowledge is a hindrance when we allow it alone to guide us.
We can't shine as lights to the world if we are all centered on ourselves.
While God certainly asks missionaries to pick up their life, leave everything, and go wherever, His call on His disciple's lives doesn't end there.
Our God is a powerful God. Nothing is too hard for Him.
Making disciples involves much more. It involves us teaching others what it means and how to follow Jesus.
It is not uncommon to hear people say things like: “Aren’t we all sinners? What gives you the right to make moral judgments about someone else? Isn’t that God’s job?”
When we add something to the gospel, we are really subtracting from it.
How do we know nothing is too hard for God? Think about who He is: our Creator, Sustainer, Healer, and Savior.
A faith that has no growth will not do.
Christians are in a battle with the world, a battle that rages continually as we are confronted with promises of pleasure, joy, and satisfaction at every turn. These messages are often subtle, chipping away at our defenses little by little.
For the those who are thinking of entering the pastorate, there are three things that will help you face the unique challenges in ministry...
David provides both an example and counsel of how we should react when attacked.
Actively working toward maturity in Christ is a necessary part of learning from others.
As pastors and church members, we have a responsibility to lovingly protect our flock from error.
We will face difficult situations, but none of them will ultimately defeat us because God will keep us in Christ.
When we live in the way in which we have been made to live, we will find satisfaction, meaning, and joy.
Remembering our profession of faith and what we thought about Jesus should motivate us to continue walking with Him, so that He is the One who is establishing our values, guiding our thinking, and directing our conduct.
When the Bible is our delight, we look forward to reading it each day and feel a keen sense that something's missing when we don't.
Not only are we a witness to the power of the gospel when we live out the Golden Rule, but we also promote peace and societal flourishing.
When I was in seminary, I had to take two language classes Greek and Hebrew. The first language class I took was turbo Greek. They call it turbo Greek because they squished two semesters worth of Greek into two months. I took these two classes over the summer and they were the only classes I took.
One thing I realized quickly was that if I was going…
We can’t just accept something as true because it looks professional, comes out of a pastor’s mouth, is written in a book, or appears on TV.
Every other year I try to go to a conference hosted by Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY Together for the Gospel. Not only is a great time to hear the Word preached and fellowship with folks I haven't seen in years, but it is a great opportunity to pick up a lot of books. Every year I go, I come back with at least 40-50 books. Most of those are…
While I have always known God's Word changes lives, experiencing it in my life and that of others has given me the confidence to stand with the Reformers of years past in calling for the primacy of God's Word in our lives and churches.
How do I know God hears and answers us?
Church discipline shouldn’t be a taboo topic or action in the church today. It should be talked about and practiced because it ultimately brings the most glory to God and helps us accomplish our God given goal — to make disciples.
We overlook “respectable sins” not only because they are pervasive, but also because they don't seem as bad as others that get more press. But when we turn a blind eye to these "ordinary" sins, they begin to fester.
Only through His empowering are we able to live together in a way that honors Him.
Our battle against sin will only result in victory if it is waged at the heart level.
While I would like to think my preaching convinced someone in that moment to come to Christ, when I really stop and think about it, I know a lot has happened behind the scenes beforehand.