Jesus’ Authority

Jesus’ Authority

Our world is filled with people who want to speak with authority. Whenever something newsworthy happens, the media searches for authorities or experts who can comment on that particular event or issue. Jesus was notably different than those who seek authority in our world but don’t have it. He both spoke and acted with real, compelling authority.

Authority to Heal

Authority to Heal

Jesus healed all who were ill with various diseases: fever, leprosy, paralysis, a withered hand, a flow of blood, a deaf and mute man, two blind men, and raising a dead girl. Luke adds, “And laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them.”

A Sovereign Call

A Sovereign Call

Matthew was irreligious. As a tax collector, he had been excommunicated from the synagogue and was considered a traitor complicit with foreign oppressors. He was viewed as dishonest, as an extortionist. Still, the spotless and pure Son of God sought Matthew out to be His disciple and friend.

Pursuing Sinners

Pursuing Sinners

Do you follow Christ’s example in purposely pursuing social interaction with unbelievers to seek their repentance?

Different Hearts

Different Hearts

Matthew 13 record what is commonly called The Parable of the Sower. But, the focus of the story is actually on the condition of the soils on which the seed falls. The point of the parable is that the reasons that people do not respond to Jesus’ message have to do with the conditions of […]

Good Fruit from Good Soil

Good Fruit from Good Soil

Matthew 13 records what is commonly called The Parable of the Sower. But, the focus of the story is actually on the condition of the soils on which the seed falls. The point of the parable is that the reasons that people do not respond to Jesus’ message have to do with the conditions of their hearts.

Working and Giving

Working and Giving

Justin Martyr, who lived shortly after the Apostle John’s death, wrote this: “When Jesus was among men, He made plows and yokes and other farm implements.” If it was not beneath the Son of God to work as a craftsman, then surely it is beneath none of His disciples. He has imparted to hard work both dignity and nobility.

Communication Matters

Communication Matters

If you’re a Christian, one way to walk in your Father’s footsteps is in your communication with others. We should imitate the way our Father communicates in our marriages, in our families, in our church, and in every human relationship.

Biblical Attitudes

Biblical Attitudes

Where do expressions of attitude begin? In your heart. The words you choose, the tone you use, your body language – all reveal what you’re thinking in your heart. In Ephesians 4:31-32, the Apostle Paul confronts our attitudes and how we express them.

The Sovereign Lord

The Sovereign Lord

Most of us really don’t know what it’s like to truly be without hope. In Mark 5:21-43, we meet two desperate people looking for hope. One has a dying body; the other, a dying 12-year-old daughter. Their hope has a name: Jesus of Nazareth.

Two Desperate People

Two Desperate People

Desperate people are willing to do desperate things. In Mark 5:21-43, we meet two desperate people with nothing in common, except their desire to get to Christ.

The Anatomy of Unbelief

The Anatomy of Unbelief

One of the greatest dangers to our souls is the deadly danger of familiarity, that is, becoming overly familiar with spiritual things, even with Christ Himself.

The Danger of Familiarity

The Danger of Familiarity

Intimate knowledge of Jesus and the Gospel is no guarantee of faith and salvation; in fact, familiarity can be an enemy.

Imitating God

Imitating God

Well actually it’s impossible. It’s completely impossible apart from the work of God in our hearts. And exactly what does that work look like that enables us to imitate God? Well it really starts with the regenerating work of the Spirit. It’s impossible for us (in terms of who we are by nature) to be […]

Ashamed of the Gospel

Ashamed of the Gospel

None of us likes to be ridiculed. Since the gospel is often the source of the ridicule we receive, it’s a temptation for every Christian to be ashamed of the gospel.

Justified by Faith Alone

Justified by Faith Alone

Romans 1:16: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

Protecting Against Legalism

Protecting Against Legalism

Jesus’ personal diagnosis of legalism is shown in Mark 7: 6-13. His piercing, penetrating omniscience sees into each of our hearts. He knows whether we’re trying to present ourselves as something we’re not.

Assurance of Salvation

Assurance of Salvation

Romans 1:16: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

Dealing With Sin

Dealing With Sin

Before responding to the sin of others, we each have to deal with the sin in our own heart. Scripture likens it to trying to remove a speck from someone else’s eye but never realizing there’s a massive beam in your own. This happens when our self-righteousness blinds us to our sin. But how do […]

Warning: False Profession

Warning: False Profession

None of us likes to be ridiculed. Since the gospel is often the source of the ridicule we receive, it’s a temptation for every Christian to be ashamed of the gospel.

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 1 | Power

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 1 | Power

What is the most powerful force on earth? Scientists tell us the most powerful force on earth is the Nuclear Strong Force. The Nuclear Strong force is one of the four fundamental forces in nature—the other three are gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak force. As its name implies, the strong force is the strongest of […]

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 2 | Source

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 2 | Source

Psalm 19 celebrates the power of Scripture, especially the transforming power of God’s Word to those who respond to it. The message of the second half of Psalm 19 can be summarized in this way: Scripture alone is God’s perfect, complete, and transforming revelation of Himself. In this part of Psalm 19, David expounds on […]

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 3 | Excellency

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 3 | Excellency

We all have multiple copies of the Bible. You probably have it on your phone or tablet, or maybe you have a hard copy right in front of you. You most likely have several Bibles in multiple locations as do I. But I want you to truly consider this question with me: Do you really […]

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 4 | Reliability

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 4 | Reliability

As David continues to expound on the perfections of the Word of God in the latter half of Psalm 19, he argues for its truthfulness and reliability. David writes, “The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (v. 7). The Hebrew word for sure speaks of truth that God Himself testifies of or gives witness too. […]

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 5 | Eternality

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 5 | Eternality

As we continue our study of Psalm 19, we come to a fifth expression of the perfections of Scripture, “The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever” (v. 9). “The fear of the Lord” is an unusual title for Scripture and quite frankly, not one we would expect. But David isn’t referring to what […]

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 6 | Truth

The Perfections of Scripture – Pt. 6 | Truth

Today, we conclude our series on The Perfections of Scripture by looking at one final characteristic of Scripture found in Psalm 19:9, “The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.” At first glance, “the judgments of the LORD” seems to be an odd description for the nature of Scripture. The Hebrew word […]

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 1 | A Sacrificial Foundation

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 1 | A Sacrificial Foundation

In 1996, I had the opportunity to travel to India. The most indelible memory of that trip was a visit to the Temple of Kali, one of the chief gods in Hinduism. As I exited the temple and walked into the adjoining courtyard, suddenly a couple came in with the intent of cursing one of […]

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 2 | A Soothing Aroma

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 2 | A Soothing Aroma

As we continue to work through Hebrews 10, the author informs us why Jesus’ sacrifice was the ultimate sacrifice, and he does so by contrasting it with the sacrifice that was made on the annual Day of Atonement (Lev. 16). For the nation of Israel, the Day of Atonement was the day when the people’s […]

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 3 – A Worthy Substitute

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 3 – A Worthy Substitute

The sacrifices in the Old Testament were like a shadow and were never considered to be the literal image or icon. By way of illustration, your shadow isn’t really you. Instead, it is a vague outline of your human body. In the same way, the sacrificial system in the Old Testament was a shadow not […]

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 4 – A Satisfying Sacrifice

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 4 – A Satisfying Sacrifice

In the Old Testament there was no real relationship between a person’s sin and the animal that was sacrificed—it was only symbolic. The Old Testament believer’s faith was not to be in the death of an animal, but in God who would one day provide a sacrifice that would forever deal with sin. How, then, […]

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 5 – A Sacrificial Body

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 5 – A Sacrificial Body

God intended for the sacrifice of His Son to perfectly fulfill and replace the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament. In Hebrews 10, the author demonstrates that Jesus’ death on the cross fulfills those very sacrifices as the perfect substitute. Because our sin calls for death and God’s justice must be satisfied, someone must die. […]

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 6 – A Human Substitute

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 6 – A Human Substitute

As we continue our series in Hebrews chapter ten, I want us to consider the reality that our Lord Jesus Christ was the perfect human substitute. In eternity past God determined to offer Jesus as a suitable sacrifice for His people. The author of Hebrews captures this truth when he writes, “By this will we […]

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 7 – A Perfect Atonement

Sin & Sacrifice Pt. 7 – A Perfect Atonement

As we continue to look at Hebrews 10, there are some key truths that I do not want us to overlook. The author emphasizes Christ’s one sacrifice that atones for all the sins of every believer, which makes repeated Old Testament sacrifices completely unnecessary. “Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the […]

The Gift of Work Pt. 1 – Work Matters to God

The Gift of Work Pt. 1 – Work Matters to God

The past two years have been an unusual time in the history of our country as many people have had to change and alter their work habits. I think it’s appropriate, in light of life’s recent changes, to spend time thinking about an issue that consumes the majority of our lives: work. On average, a […]

The Gift of Work Pt. 2 – Work Reflects God’s Character

The Gift of Work Pt. 2 – Work Reflects God’s Character

As we begin to examine the book of Proverbs as it relates to work, I want us to first take note of the fact that Wisdom teaches that work is a gift that reflects God’s character. In other words, the way we work reflects who God is. Proverbs 8 highlights this reality. In this remarkable […]

The Gift of Work Pt. 3 – God’s Work Schedule

The Gift of Work Pt. 3 – God’s Work Schedule

As we continue to develop a theology of work from the book of Proverbs, in particular, the gift of work, I want us to consider the two primary ways in which our God is still at work today. First, God is working providentially. That is, not only does God continue to sustain everything He created, […]