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...

Ephesians

Gospel Readiness

Ephesians 6:15, “As shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” If anything should stick with us after reading the Old Testament, it is the fact that our Creator is an exceedingly patient God. Israel rebelled time after time, and...

Our Belt and Breastplate

Ephesians 6:14, “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.” Given his Jewish upbringing, Paul’s thinking is continually informed by Old Testament teaching, especially as he unpacks the armor of God in...

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 the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against...

Leading by Example

Ephesians 6:9, “Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is...

Serving from the Heart

Ephesians 6:5–8, “Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere...

The Temperament of the Heart

The Temperament of the Heart

Ephesians 4:31, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.” Throughout the Scripture, readers are instructed repeatedly that the heart is what matters to the Lord. It is not to be clear that outwards...

Grieving the Holy Spirit

Grieving the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 4:30, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” From our knowledge of the Triune God, we know that each person of the Triune God delights in that which the other persons are doing. To that end, there is a...

Proper, Edifying Talk

Proper, Edifying Talk

Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” William Shakespeare, in his play, King Lear, wrote, “Mind your speech a little, lest it may mar...

Blessed as a Blessing to Others

Blessed as a Blessing to Others

Ephesians 4:28, ESV, “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” One of the great misconceptions about humanity is the belief that all people are basically...

Be Angry and Do No Sin

Be Angry and Do No Sin

Ephesians 4:26-27, ESV, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” - We live in troubled times. . In a culture that is experiencing division and outrage on issues regarding politics, race, gender, and...

The Truth-Telling Family: Reflecting the Character of God

The Truth-Telling Family: Reflecting the Character of God

Ephesians 4:25: “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.” I want you to see something today, and I pray that God gives you a heart to bear His word of truth. There is an essential...

Changed by the Gospel

Changed by the Gospel

I have a system for putting my baby to sleep. First, I pace the house with him cuddled tightly in my arms. Once his eyes shut, I gently sit down and snuggle him on my chest. Once he stops sucking his soother (a great indicator that he’s finally given way to deep...

You Have Not So Learn Christ!

You Have Not So Learn Christ!

Ephesians 4:20-22, “But that is not the way you learned Christ! —  assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires.”...

How You Walk Matters for Eternity

How You Walk Matters for Eternity

Ephesians 4:17-19, ESV, “Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to...

Speaking the Truth in Love: The Characteristic of a Mature Believer

Speaking the Truth in Love: The Characteristic of a Mature Believer

There is much discussion today regarding what the church is “to be.” What does a biblical church look like? How does a biblical church operate? We have been asking such poignant questions since the book of Acts. However, among the many answers that are varied and...

“Tossed To and Fro”: The Necessity of Sound Doctrine

“Tossed To and Fro”: The Necessity of Sound Doctrine

In Ephesians 4, the Apostle Paul is preeminently concerned with the unity of the body of Christ––how they function as one unit, how they strive for one mission, how they reach one goal. From the beginning of chapter 4, Paul takes up the task of identifying this “one...

The Work of Ministry

The Work of Ministry

Ephesians 4:12-13, “To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”...