4 Ways Paul Encourages Us to Love the Church (Even When It’s Hard)

Beauty on the Inside Around the corner from where I live, a house is for sale. In bold green letters, the lawn sign reads: “I’m Gorgeous Inside!” The message is surprising. From the street, the house is thoroughly ordinary, even run-down. It’s a seventies-era raised...

Gently and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

The most important thing about us is what we think about God. What do you think of when you think about the Son of God? Some might first think about His miracles, the work of atonement, or His teaching. Others may think about His person. Christ is one person with two...

Authentic Christians Are Progressively Sanctified, Part 2

Join Andy as he continues his series through 1 John looking in more depth at 1 John 1:7-2:1.

Repentance and Leadership in the Home: What It Means to be the Chief Repenter in the Home

On today’s Warriors of Grace show continuing season three, Dave discusses what biblical repentance is and why it matters, persistent sins and biblical repentance, and what it looks like practically for men to be the chief repenter in their home. What you’ll hear in...

A Christian Reading Manifesto

Modern technology has launched us into the stratosphere of learning. With the click of a mouse or a few keystrokes, we can access information from around the world and gain a treasure chest of knowledge. Smartphones are at the forefront of the new technological...

How Paul Led from a Distance: A Model for Pastors Leading From A Distance

The apostle Paul led from a distance. His letters demonstrate deep affection for his readers, a longing to see them again, and his ongoing burden to lead well, even while apart. For example, Paul wrote to the Philippian church from a prison cell in Rome.  But his...

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...