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...

1 Peter

By Silvanus

1 Peter 5:12-14, “ By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it. 13 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my...

Our Prowling Adversary

1 Peter 5:8-9, “8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the...

He Cares For You

1 Peter 5:6-7, “6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” Whenever Christians face discrimination or persecution, they experience pressure...
Entrust Your Soul

Entrust Your Soul

1 Peter 4:18-19, “And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[a] 19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” Today, we come to the end of 1 Peter 4...

Judgment Begins at the House of the Lord

Judgment Begins at the House of the Lord

1 Peter 4:17, “17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” It’s often thought that the primary attribute of God is the love of God. There is nothing...

Be Not Ashamed

Be Not Ashamed

1 Peter 4:16, “16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.” The Apostles soon found themselves as the gospel began to spread after Pentecost the same kind of persecution that the Lord Jesus faced. The Apostles...

Deserved Suffering

Deserved Suffering

1 Peter 4:15, “But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.” We continue today with our study of 1 Peter where we have seen the kind of suffering in which Peter calls readers to rejoice in is the undeserved suffering they...

The Spirit of Glory

The Spirit of Glory

1 Peter 4:14, “14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” When we recite the Apostles’ Creed, we are confessing more than our conviction that the Holy Spirit, like the Father and the Son, are...

Suffering is Not Strange

Suffering is Not Strange

1 Peter 4:12-13, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is...

Serving One Another

Serving One Another

1 Peter 4:10-11, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God...

Love One Another

Love One Another

If you had one word to describe the church today, what would it be? A quick scroll through social media and the word “divisive” might spring to mind. The world might use the word “insignificant” or “shrinking” or even “hypocritical.” Perhaps as you consider your own...

Living in Light of Eternity

Living in Light of Eternity

1 Peter 4:7, “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.” A popular theme in the past few decades with the most popular fiction and non-fiction books deal with events surrounding the last days. These...

Hope in the Promises of God in Christ for the Last Day

Hope in the Promises of God in Christ for the Last Day

1 Peter 4:6, “For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.” One example of the New Testament emphasis is that Christians live their lives by...

The Time That Is Past

The Time That Is Past

1 Peter 4:3-5, “3 For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. 4 With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same...

Arm Yourselves

Arm Yourselves

1 Peter 4:1-2, “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will...