The Greatest Example of Irony in the Bible

The Greatest Example of Irony in the Bible from Crossway on Vimeo. When Weakness Is Strength Retributive and restorative irony ultimately finds its zenith of expression at the cross. So for example, the devil is doing all he can to destroy Jesus and he thinks finally...

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...

Christopher Ash– Remaking a Broken World The Heart of the Bible Story

On today’s Equipping you in Grace show, Dave Jenkins and Christopher Ash talk about the theme of scattering and gathering in the Bible, and the importance of biblical theology to the Christian life and ministry, along with his book, Remaking a Broken World The Heart...

Paul’s ALL CAPS Declaration

Galatians 6:11-12, “See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.” The...

5 Myths about Hospitality

Myth #1: Only people with the “gift” of hospitality are expected to practice it. Hospitality is not a gift unto itself, but a means through which other spiritual gifts are displayed: mercy, serving, giving and evangelizing. The dynamic teaching on hospitality found in...

How the Spirit and the Word Prepare You for the Lord’s Supper

“Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of...

The Gospel and the Christian Life

The Peril of Self-Deception

Galatians 6:7–8, “7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Material...

How the Bible’s Irony Combats the Prosperity Gospel

Ups and Downs Our life consists of ups and downs. We are usually surprised by both, but we should not be so surprised, since the Bible testifies that such ups and downs are part of the divinely designed warp and woof of life. This is true of both the believer in...

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

Galatians 6:3-4, "For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself....

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...

I Was, and You…

I Was, and You…

As I have stated elsewhere, our church’s “mission statement”—which is simply our way of putting a biblical gospel mission into our own words—is: “Worshiping God and welcoming all, with gospel truth and neighbor love.” That fits well with this current Servants of Grace...

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...

The Necessity of Fun in the Christian Life

The Necessity of Fun in the Christian Life

“Cut off your hand, gouge out your eye” (Matthew 5:29). “hate your father and mother” (Luke 14:26). Die to self (Galatians 5:24) Bear your cross (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23) bless those who curse you” (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:28). Fear God (Proverbs 9:10),...

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...