Be Excellent as Christ Is Excellent

Be Grounded in God’s Own Glory and Excellence As Daniel Harrington and James Keenan contend, “From an ethical viewpoint, the end is the quintessential point of departure, since strong ethical systems always start with the end. The goal always defines the agenda being...

The Necessity of the Atonement

We’ve been looking at the atonement in our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. First, we looked at a few theories of the atonement that don’t do justice to the teaching of Scripture. Then, we looked at the biblical teaching of the...

Husband of One Wife and Fighting Sexual Sin

On today’s Warriors of Grace episode, Dave talks about what it means to be a husband of one wife, along with providing strategies to learn to fight sexual sin with Scripture, joy in the Lord, and other practical guidance. What you’ll hear in this episode What it means...

John Knox: The Founder of the Presbyterian Church

When we consider the Reformers, we may picture strong men and women with booming voices that echoed around the gathered crowd. We picture them as fearless, rebuking whoever contradicted the true teachings of Scripture, calling out heresy for what it was. But this...

Christ-Centered Teaching: How His Kingdom Comes

Introduction What is the message we have to preach, but this? “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Recently I preached this core Christian message. It was recorded, and subsequently broadcast on several sites that ended up on the Internet. I often receive replies to...

Tim Chester- Truth We Can Touch: How Baptism and Communion Shape Our Lives

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Tim Chester talk about the purpose and nature of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, how Christian’s shared stories give them identity and shape the way they live, along with his new book, Truth We Can Touch: How Baptism and...

Galatians

Bearing the Marks of Jesus

Galatians 6:17–18, “From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.” Far from a dispassionate treatise on justification, Paul’s epistle to the Galatians is...

What Really Counts

Galatians 6:15-16, “15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.” Living in a culture that the gospel has impacted...

Boasting in the Cross

Galatians 6:13-14, “13 For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has...

Do Not Give Up

Galatians 6:9-10, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we...

Bear and Share

Bear and Share

Galatians 6:5-6, “For each will have to bear his own load. Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.” In these concluding words, Paul is outlining various responsibilities for the believer who is walking by the Spirit. So far,...

Don’t Be Deceived

Don’t Be Deceived

Galatians 6:3-4, "For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor." After admonishing the Galatians to bear one another’s...

Bear One Another’s Burdens

Bear One Another’s Burdens

Galatians 6:2, “Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Introduction The previous verse of Galatians 6 tells us that those who are keeping in step with the Spirit should help restore a brother or sister in Christ who is caught in sin with a...

Gentle Restoration

Gentle Restoration

Galatians 6:1, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” Life in the church is often messy. The church, as one pastor said, is a hospital...

Living in the Spirit

Living in the Spirit

Galatians 5:24-26, "And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another." Galatians...

The Fruit of the Spirit Is, Part Two

The Fruit of the Spirit Is, Part Two

Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such things there is no law.” My roommate and I decorated our college dormitory hallway with pictures of fruit using...

The Fruit of the Spirit Is, Part One

The Fruit of the Spirit Is, Part One

As a parent with young children, it’s no easy feat to get to church on time. This is especially true when it’s also your son’s birthday; you’re trying to keep the house clean for friends coming over later in the day; your spouse has already left for a meeting before...

The Works of the Flesh

The Works of the Flesh

Galatians 5:19–21, “19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you,...

Not Under the Law

Not Under the Law

Galatians 5:16–17, “16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from...

Fulfilling the Law

Fulfilling the Law

Galatians 5:14–15, “14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” Throughout history, believers have often not emphasized the...

The Proper Use of Freedom

The Proper Use of Freedom

Galatians 5:12–13, “I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves! 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” The gravity of the Galatians’ slide into...

The Offense of the Cross

The Offense of the Cross

Galatians 5:10-11, “10 I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. 11 But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of...