The Purpose and Meaning of Christian Dogma

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, "What is Christian Dogma?" What you’ll hear in this episode The Criteria for Christian Dogma. Christian Dogma and a Watching World. The Apostle Paul, Timothy, and Sound Doctrine. The Source of Sound Doctrine. The...

How to Prioritize Reading

Set Reading Priorities Our reading may not be disciplined, efficient, or fruitful until we read with purpose. Before you begin reading a book, determine why you are reading it. We will often neglect what we don’t prioritize. And book reading is often neglected because...

Be Excellent as Christ Is Excellent

Be Grounded in God’s Own Glory and Excellence As Daniel Harrington and James Keenan contend, “From an ethical viewpoint, the end is the quintessential point of departure, since strong ethical systems always start with the end. The goal always defines the agenda being...

The Necessity of the Atonement

We’ve been looking at the atonement in our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. First, we looked at a few theories of the atonement that don’t do justice to the teaching of Scripture. Then, we looked at the biblical teaching of the...

Husband of One Wife and Fighting Sexual Sin

On today’s Warriors of Grace episode, Dave talks about what it means to be a husband of one wife, along with providing strategies to learn to fight sexual sin with Scripture, joy in the Lord, and other practical guidance. What you’ll hear in this episode What it means...

John Knox: The Founder of the Presbyterian Church

When we consider the Reformers, we may picture strong men and women with booming voices that echoed around the gathered crowd. We picture them as fearless, rebuking whoever contradicted the true teachings of Scripture, calling out heresy for what it was. But this...

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation

Recommended Reading on the Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation

Recommended Reading on the Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been considering Hermeneutics: the art and science of biblical interpretation. We are living in a time where many people—though Bibles are a plenty—are...

How to Lead a Small Group Bible Study

What a privilege it is to lead a Bible study! And what joy and excitement await you as you delve into the Word of God and help others to discover its life-changing truths. If God has called you to lead a Bible study group, I know you'll be spending much time in prayer...

Doing Investigative Theology: Asking Proper Questions of the Biblical Text

A result of the trend towards biblical illiteracy and sound-bite approaches to theology is that of the difficulty many have with proper interaction with the biblical text. The big nerdy term for how to interpret Scripture is called hermeneutics. Subsumed within the...
Preaching Christ in All of Scripture (Edmund P. Clowney)

Preaching Christ in All of Scripture (Edmund P. Clowney)

Most of us read the Bible as if it is telling a story, one that culminates in the person and work of Jesus Christ. We get the overarching narrative of Scripture and can see that Scripture sets out to tell a story about Christ. For some reason, however, it is more...

Three Keys to Sermon Listening and Note-Taking

Three Keys to Sermon Listening and Note-Taking

Going to church each Sunday and sitting under godly, loving, biblical, and practical preaching week in and week out should be enjoyed as a privilege by God’s people. While some people, like myself, learn best by sitting and listening, I know many people get more out...

Reading the Bible with the Church

Reading the Bible with the Church

Bible reading, meditation, journaling, meaty theology books—they are crucial and quite individualistic. And while there is a place for your personal, passionate pursuit of God, the Bible was never meant to remain a solely singular endeavor. The Word of God was and has...

What is Bible Preaching?

What is Bible Preaching?

One of the most penetrating series of imperatives that explode from the pages of Scripture is found in Paul’s letter to his young protégé, Timothy, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and...

Reading the Bible for Personal Devotion

Reading the Bible for Personal Devotion

So you'd like to begin spending time with God daily? It's a noble goal and one that every Christian should strive for. Perhaps you just made a personal resolution or you just had a spiritual mountaintop experience and you want to fan the flame of passion you feel for...

Reading the Bible with Family

Reading the Bible with Family

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign...

The Bible and the Interpreter

The Bible and the Interpreter

The word interpret can be used to mean “to understand”, “to translate”, or “to explain”. These three functions of the interpretive process are also appropriate for preaching. First, we seek to understand what the text is saying. Then, we translate that information...

Collected Writings on Scripture

Collected Writings on Scripture

Ever since the time of Adam and Eve, the Word of God has been under attack. These attacks not only come from outside the walls of the church, they also seem to creep into and rear their ugly head from inside the Church as well. Thus, it is vital for believers to make...

Hermeneutics, Preaching, and the Problem of Biblical Illiteracy

Hermeneutics, Preaching, and the Problem of Biblical Illiteracy

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, ESV) When it comes to understanding the Christian life, knowing and applying the Bible is a non-negotiable: one...

The Need for Word Studies

The Need for Word Studies

If someone were to ask you, “What does the word dog mean?” You might respond, “Well, use it in a sentence!” Most words have a range of meanings, and what a word means depends on how it is used. Doing a word study is a helpful Bible study practice; however, it involves...

The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy and What to Do About It

The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy and What to Do About It

One of the biggest issues that isn’t being talked about enough is the issue of biblical illiteracy. Researchers George Gallup and Jim Castelli put the problem squarely: “Americans revere the Bible–but, by and large, they don’t read it. And because they don’t read it,...