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The Apostle Paul says, "11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints, for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ..." Does this mean that the saints do the ministry as the men gifted in interpreting the word teach them or does this mean that the men who bring the wor…
 
The Apostles desire to go to a church, but they are not able to meet with that church. Our struggle as Christians is to think that the Lord is not really doing anything to save us. However, we learn from the Thessalonian church that God's word is sufficient. How does Paul's prevented visit communicate that the Lord's word is sufficient?…
 
The true church desires to bend its neck under Christ's yoke. The true church desires to conform to Christ and build Christ's kingdom rather than its own kingdom. The false church desires to build a kingdom unto itself. The false church claims its own authority and might even claim to uphold the Bible. We know that there is no such thing as a perfe…
 
The Corinthian church has many problems and the Apostle Paul uses the precedent of the Exodus to exhort the Corinthian church. Paul does not just recall the Red Sea crossing as part of the Exodus, but he refers to it as a "Baptism." This Baptism is a movement from death to life and it warns the church today that just because someone goes through th…
 
Article 28 in the Belgic Confessions says two things that some people find troubling. First, it states that there is no salvation outside the church. What about the thief on the cross? What about deathbed confessions? What about children who die in infancy? Does this mean that the Reformed believed that the church tells the Lord who is in the kingd…
 
The Lord is going to raise up citizens to dwell in his kingdom. They will be pilgrims in this world. This week we spend a few minutes seeking to lay out how one enters into the Lord’s kingdom. Does the Lord secure every single human being in this age meaning that all are in Christ Jesus no matter what? Does the Lord secure only 144,000 people as a …
 
Christ is our gracious Lord who takes away the heavy burden. Christ's righteousness goes beyond that of the scribes and the pharisees. Does this mean that we just have to work harder to attain the Lord's favor? Does this mean that we live as we want? How can Christ take away the heavy burden, but still we are called to conform to the Lord?…
 
The world seems to have gone awry at different times in history. We might wonder if the Lord really takes note of this age or if the Lord is just sleeping. Habakkuk wants to know what the Lord is doing. The Lord shocked him by saying that he sending the Babylonians to bring judgment. How can the Lord counteract the problem that is worse than what H…
 
The prophet Elijah is very discouraged. It is strange that he would be discouraged. He has won the battle of the gods and rain has been sent in the land. It would seem that these are good things, and why the discouragement? The rain is not good enough for Jezebel because the Baal prophets have been executed. She vows to kill Elijah. Elijah runs to …
 
When we do our Bible Studies we can dig down so deep in the significant particulars of Scripture that we miss the overall trajectory of God’s word. It is important to learn what God desires us to do out of gratitude for our redemption in Christ. We are called to live as slaves of righteousness as we offer ourselves as living sacrifices to God as we…
 
We are wise human beings and we know what is best for the world around us. In our wisdom we think that God just needs to listen to us because he does not see things clearly. We begin our study in Habakkuk with the prophet expressing his frustration with God. His frustration is that God does not deal with this world fairly and Habakkuk is upset with…
 
Human beings can cast God in our image rather than seeing humans are created in God's image. We fail to comprehend that God desires us to pursue him, and God himself is the priest enabling our pursuit. We can devise our own schemes to please God without hearing the Lord's means to enter into his presence. How do we know that our Lord is gracious in…
 
Christ has ascended into heaven. Scripture implies that heaven is above the sky. Heaven is far away, and so is our Lord. This is what we are tempted to think and we can be tempted to think that our Lord is too busy to keep track of us. Is this the case? Should we find others to pray on our behalf because our Lord is too busy? How do we know that Ch…
 
When Christ teaches the crowds he does not care about one's genealogy. This means that one is not necessarily disqualified or qualified to follow Christ because they are child of Abraham. However, this is also true for the gentiles. Christ calls the crowd to be insiders of the kingdom whether they are a literal child of Abraham or a gentile. This l…
 
Peter is the spokesmen for the apostles. In fact, we would expect Peter to silence critics by making an apostolic decree to silence any skepticism of the gospel. Peter does not do this at the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15 and he does not do this when he writes his second letter to the church. How does Peter prove that Christ is coming again if he do…
 
The resurrection affords us great comfort because we know for certain that those in Christ will be raised to life. The resurrection consoles us as we think about parting at the end of this life. However, can Christ's resurrection grant us comfort now? Can Christ's resurrection accomplish something other than merely guaranteeing my resurrection? Why…
 
We mighty wonder how Christ's burial contributes to the success of his mission. One thing we note is that Christ cannot remain on the cross as a covenant breaker, but he must be taken down to fulfill the Mosaic law. This is also fulfills what the Lord spoke through Isaiah that the suffering servant would be buried in a rich man's tomb. Matthew subt…
 
It is tempting to think that Christ’s resurrection only guarantees our resurrection. However, the Gospel accounts communicate that Christ’s resurrection does far more than merely guarantee a resurrection. What does Christ’s resurrection guarantee? How does Christ’s resurrection encourage us today to continue to fight the good fight while we are on …
 
The Corinthian church appears to doubt Paul's apostolic credentials because he does not seem spiritual enough or like the guru they have come to expect. Paul encourages the church to shift and reorient their focus. Where is the church called to orient its focus? How does this shift in focus change our priorities? How does this shift in focus confor…
 
Human beings want to build their own heaven on earth. This is not something new nor is it necessarily sinful because the Garden of Eden was a taste of heaven on earth. When does this desire become sinful? Will man be able to build heaven on earth when it seems that God is silent? Is this a legitimate problem or just a problem with our perception?…
 
It can feel as if we are alone and the Lord does not care about our circumstances here on earth. It is very likely that Judah felt this way as the Babylonians marched them out of the land in front of their brother Esau. Esau taunts his brother while Esau is safely nestled in the clefts of the rock. Esau is above the world, but is he above the Lord?…
 
Hebrews warns us, "that if we go on sinning deliberately…. there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins" (Heb. 10:26). This is a pretty severe warning because it sounds as if we consciously sin then there is no redemption. Further, you combine this warning given to us in Hebrews 6 and we might be temped to give up on our Christian walk. Where is ou…
 
Israel is in the land, and Joshua gives his farewell address. He exhorts the people to consciously choose if they will follow the Lord or the false gods of the land. We can think that we are going to be faithful or that God should note our faithfulness, but how much of it is really about us? Where do we find the power to persevere in our pilgrimage…
 
One of the frustrating things about Christianity is that we do not have a tangible king. This means that we cannot simply knock on a door and see a king at work. We are a people who are to walk by faith with our eyes peering to the heavens as we sojourn on this earth. How can we be assured that our Lord is walking with us? How can we be assured tha…
 
If Christ is going to have a successful mission he better accomplish something that is tangible. Rome and Israel both have an issue with the way Christ conducts His holy war. In their mind Christ is a weak king whose mission falls flat, Christ is a king with bigger ideals than power, and Christ is a king who is not to be feared. Are these claims tr…
 
Our story of God’s pilgrim people skips ahead to the tragedy of Israel’s rebellion. We would hope that with the huge build up and the drama of being called out of Egypt that the Lord’s people would possess the land of Canaan. However, God’s pilgrim people fail to see the big picture. Why would we want to see the bigger picture of God’s redemptive m…
 
It is shocking to think that the God who rules over heaven and earth would allow himself to be lead around by mere mortals. You would think that the God of heaven would want to put the arrogant betrayers in their place, but God does not do such a thing. How does Christ's trial show that heaven's wisdom is radically superior to earth's wisdom?…
 
If Christ merely pays our debt for today then we are still in trouble. This would mean that our sins are only covered until today. It is true that God is merciful if he does this, but God does more than merely take a few sins away. God takes all our sins away and restores us to a right relationship with him. In fact, we have a priest who is better …
 
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