Biblical History, Creation, and The Existence of God

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, "Does God exist?" What you’ll hear in this episode The Bible’s teaching about the character of God. Miracles Are Not Always Reliable for Producing Faith. Miracles Are Not a Cure for Unbelief. God has revealed...

Christian: You Are a Priest

Christian: You Are a Priest from Crossway on Vimeo. The Reality of Our Identity The mind reels as soon as we say the word priest. We have all kinds of connotations. One is if we run back into the Old Testament, we see old men with long beards and fancy garments. If we...

Honoring Christ’s Servants

Philippians 2:29–30, "29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me." Epaphroditus, whose work we read about in Philippians 2:25–30, was...

The Dangers of Pride and Pursuing Genuine Humility

Ministry service is a noble task for one to be called to. The Apostle Paul tells young Timothy, “if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do” (1 Timothy 3:1). What better way to live one’s life than in service to the Lord? For it...

Why Wisdom Is More than an Intellectual Pursuit

Why Wisdom Is More Than an Intellectual Pursuit from Crossway on Vimeo. Reverence for God Wisdom is a really important element in doing theology because the alternative is to do theology in a foolish way. I don’t think any of us wants to do that. But what does wisdom...

The Severity of Epaphroditus’ Illness

Philippians 2:27–28, "27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be...

Ephesians

Consistent, Persevering Prayer

Ephesians 6:18, “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.” Having covered each component of the armor of God, we understand that we cannot succeed...

Helmet and Sword

Ephesians 6:17, “and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” Paul’s description of the various elements of the armor of God concludes in Ephesians 6:17 with his references to “the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the...

The Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16, “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” When the biblical authors wanted to convey a truth about God to His people, they had two basic choices. On the one hand, they could...

Gospel Readiness

Ephesians 6:15, “As shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel...

Our Belt and Breastplate

Ephesians 6:14, “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the...

The Armor of God

Ephesians 6:10–13, “10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on...

It Takes Faith to Submit

It Takes Faith to Submit

John Piper,“If our marriages are going to tell the truth about Christ and his church, we cannot be indifferent to the meaning of headship and submission.” Submission takes great faith. I am tempted to say it takes great faith for a wife to submit to her husband, but...

Perpetual Gratitude

Perpetual Gratitude

Eph. 5:20-21, “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Paul does not command us to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18) and then immediately move on to...

Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 5:18-19, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,  addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,”  “Be filled with the Spirit” (Eph 5:18)....

Learning the Will of the Lord

Learning the Will of the Lord

Ephesians 5:17, “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Every Christian, at one point or another, has asked this question: “What is God’s will for my life?” The drive to discover the will of the Lord is certainly understandable....

Using Time Well

Using Time Well

Ephesians 5:15-16, "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." Paul begins Ephesians 4 with an appeal to "walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called." He spends...

Exposing the Darkness

Exposing the Darkness

Ephesians 5:11-14, “11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes...

Discerning the Lord’s Will

Discerning the Lord’s Will

Ephesians 5:10, “and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.” Darkness characterized our existence before we knew Christ. We once engaged gladly in that which manifests evil hearts — sexual immorality, covetousness, deceptiveness, and all other forms of impurity...

Children of Light

Children of Light

Throughout Scripture, divine activity, and human response are carefully balanced. The two are never opposed to one another but are always presented as working in conjunction with one another. A classic verse that demonstrates this reality is Philippians 2:12: “work...

The Deception of Empty Words

The Deception of Empty Words

Ephesians 5:6, “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” John Calvin, in his commentary on Ephesians 5:3–5, offers the church a helpful reminder of the difference between repentant...

Impurity Condemned

Impurity Condemned

Ephesians 5:3-5, “3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For...

Imitation and Love

Imitation and Love

Ephesians 5:1–2: “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” One unavoidable pattern we see in life is children adopting the habits of their parents....

A Call to Kindness

A Call to Kindness

Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Christians must no longer live in the futility of disobedience that characterizes those who are not in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ (Ephesians...