Putting on the Whole Armor of God

On today’s Warriors of Grace show continuing season two, Dave discusses union with Christ and the armor of God, why spiritual warfare is vital to spiritual warfare, and why one’s view of sanctification affects how one views spiritual warfare. What you’ll hear in this...

God the Best Portion of the Christian – Jonathan Edwards (1736)

Two hundred years after Calvin published his first edition of The Institutes, Jonathan Edwards preached a sermon about being content in God. The title of the sermon was God the Best Portion of the Christian. Edwards’s text is Psalm 73:25, “Whom have I in heaven but...

The Grounding of Hope

Colossians 1:3-5, “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard...

Christine Chappell- Help! My Teen is Depressed

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Christine Chappell discuss how to walk with a teenager through depression, how the local church can help teenagers who are depressed and minister to them, along with her mini-book, Help! My Teen is Depressed (Shepherd...

To the Saints in Colossae

Colossians 1:1-2, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.” Jesus is the center of Scripture, the one in...

Seeing God’s Gracious Hand in the Hurts Others Do to Us

Genesis 50:20, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” Suffering at the hands of other people is extremely painful. However, even when this occurs, we can know that God’s sovereignty rules over all, and that he working out his will for our...

Philippians

Five Reasons You Should Preach through Philippians

It’s difficult to exaggerate the value of affirming the Spirit’s work in a person through the gospel. This kind of biblical encouragement goes a long way toward moving fellow believers forward as they grow in Christlikeness. If done right, biblical exposition should...

Being in Christ

Philippians 4:21–23, "21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit." Having thanked the Philippians for...

Supply and Demand in God’s Economy

Philippians 4:18-20, “I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches...

Partnership in Ministry

Philippians 4:14-17, "Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves...

Strength in Christ

Philippians 4:13, “ I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Stoicism was one of the...

Discerning the Good

Discerning the Good

Philippians 4:8–9, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you...

Thinking on What is Pure and Lovely in the Word of God

Thinking on What is Pure and Lovely in the Word of God

Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” I want us to think about why Paul is...

The Peace of God that Passes All Understanding

The Peace of God that Passes All Understanding

Philippians 4:6 ESV, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ...

Joy with a Purpose

Joy with a Purpose

Philippians 4:4-5, “'Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.' You don’t have to be a football fan to remember the Seahawks’ tragic loss in Super Bowl XLIX.  One can hardly imagine the...

A Disagreement Between Two Women

A Disagreement Between Two Women

Philippians 4:2-3, “I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord.  Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in...

Standing Firm in the Lord

Standing Firm in the Lord

Philippians 4:1, “Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.” Human beings bear a great deal of dignity by virtue of the fact that we are made in God’s image (Gen. 1:26–27). Yet the marring of this...

Kingdom Citizenship

Kingdom Citizenship

Philippians 3:20-21 ESV, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” As Christians, we...

The Enemies of the Cross of Christ

The Enemies of the Cross of Christ

Philippians 3:18–19, "18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things." In...

What Aristotle Can Teach Us about Christian Living

What Aristotle Can Teach Us about Christian Living

Philippians 3:17, “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.” Imitation. This word brings to my mind both a high-minded literary device—the doppelgänger—and an annoying habit I formed as the youngest...

Maturing in Grace

Maturing in Grace

Philippians 3:15-16, “Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.” Paul wanted the Philippian church to have patience with one another by...

Pressing Toward the Prize of Christ Jesus

Pressing Toward the Prize of Christ Jesus

Philippians 3:12-14, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and...

Knowing Christ and the Power of His Resurrection

Knowing Christ and the Power of His Resurrection

Philippians 3:10-11, “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”  ‘That I may know Him.’ Paul is, in many ways, the very...