Our journey through Romans is coming to an end, and I hope you have learned to embrace God’s grace towards you and been challenged to extend it to others. Be encouraged with Paul’s parting words.Read More
The Bible is anything but dry. Bible study should never be merely about gaining head knowledge but all about changing our lives for the better.
Paul has explained the gospel to us in depth. Now, he encourages us to put it into action. So, how do we put “justification by faith” into action?Read More
Are you awed by the incredible news of the gospel after reading the book of Romans up until now? How can our hearts not be soaring with excitement over the freedom we have in Christ?
Yet, Paul seems to anticipate a different reaction from his audience. He expects them to still be stuck on this question, “What good is it to be a descendant of Abraham?” Doesn't their status as a Jew or an Israelite mean anything anymore? The Jews had been God's favored people for so long. How can the playing field be completely level now? How can faith be accessible to both Jews and Gentiles alike all of a sudden? This just did not seem fair to them.Read More
The gospel is freeing. It tells us that God's grace will always be bigger than our mistakes. We have savored that fact over the last few weeks. We left off with this question: What is the conclusion of all this for our lives going forward? Shall we go on sinning so that God can show Himself even more gracious?
Chapter 6 starts with this question. Paul immediately gives us a resounding “no”! Of course, we should not set out to sin more than our sinful selves will naturally do. We have committed our lives to Christ and His standards. While obedience to Him does not earn our salvation, it certainly should be an outworking of it.Read More
Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He does not change. He is never surprised by anything, and His promises hold true from beginning to end.
It is a common misconception that God was different in the Old Testament than in the New, or that salvation was obtained differently then compared to now. The truth is that God planned to send Jesus to save us from day one.Read More
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jews, then to the Gentiles.”
Paul is not ashamed of the gospel. In fact, it is his whole reason for writing and his driving force for traveling and ministering to people he otherwise never would have met or loved.Read More
Discover the good news of the gospel with new excitement when you study through the book of Romans with us. Paul explains why salvation by faith for all should change the way we extend grace to ourselves and others.Read More
Studying a book of the Bible from beginning to end is wonderful because you get a chance to fully understand a particular author’s message and purpose for writing. But before you get started, here are three things I suggest you do first.Read More
What’s keeping you from studying the Bible in depth? Turn a corner today and connect with God over meaningful time in His Word.Read More
Bible study is worth every effort we once gave school work. It's certainly more worthwhile than reading Shakespeare. Yet many of us don't approach the Bible as we did Shakespeare. So the questions remains: Should we study the Bible like a textbook? Here is my answer.Read More
Do you desire to truly understand the Bible every time you open it? Join us in studying the Bible systematically.Read More
Studying the Bible systematically - Your reactions to this concept may range from excitement to intimidation. Here are 5 reasons why you should give it a try.Read More
Do you want to save an hour a day? These 10 gadgets will save you time doing something you dread, so you can spend more valuable time doing what you love.Read More
It's that time of year again. Get your kids ready for another school year, gather up supplies, re-establish routines, and plan for those school lunches. Here are 7 strategies for preparing for a stress-free school year.Read More
The idea of a morning quiet time - just you, your Bible, a cup of coffee, and Jesus - has always sounded very appealing... and maybe out of reach. Here are three practical, real-life ways to prioritize a morning quiet time without stressing.Read More
Sometimes sin festers and does so much damage in our lives that, by the time we repent, we are left with a pile of bad habits we can't seem to get rid of. The Bible can help us overcome sin and start fresh.Read More
I'd venture to say that most of us are currently seeking God's input and direction for our lives in one way or another. We want to make good decisions, ones based on truth and His will. What better way to look than His Word?!Read More
Taking a biblical stance on current issues like gun control, gay marriage, and abortion can be tricky but is a vital part of our Christian life. Let's understand current events through the lens of Scripture.
Topical Bible studies are so appealing. When a question is burning in your heart, you want to discover Scripture’s answer. Topical studies are a great tool but don't use them as a shortcut.Read More
Sometimes we start a topical study out of curiosity. We are wondering what the Bible says about this or that. But ultimately, we want to know that our Bible study is going to draw us closer to God.Read More