The Importance of the Apostles (June 10)

The Importance of the Apostles (June 10)

The apostles were eyewitnesses of Jesus after His resurrection. And they were not just disciples of Christ; they were the definitive, authoritative emissaries of Christ. They could regulate the practice of the church in its foundational period.

Saved From, Saved For (June 9)

Saved From, Saved For (June 9)

God’s plan is to repair the damage of sin (its “corruption”) and transform us into people who think and act as creatures made in His image. In fact, He plans to makes us into people who have the same character as His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).

What We Need to Be Saved From (June 8)

What We Need to Be Saved From (June 8)

Whatever sins we have done outwardly, it is from our hearts that such deeds have come. We need to be saved not just from the penalty for our sins, but from the sinfulness of being the kind of people who would do such things to begin with.

From God, for Our Profit (June 7)

From God, for Our Profit (June 7)

God has reached across the gap and reintroduced mankind to the truth about Himself. So the record in the Scriptures of this revelation is extremely profitable to us: “for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”

Delivered from the Power of Death (June 6)

Delivered from the Power of Death (June 6)

Christ opened the door to a life much better than what we call “life” right now. Although it is ironic that He gave us this life by dying, that is the good news. He died that we “might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7).

Jesus’ Final Instructions to His Apostles (June 5)

Jesus’ Final Instructions to His Apostles (June 5)

If we follow Jesus, our concern must be for the eternal welfare of people’s souls. Let’s not lose our focus. By God’s grace, let’s do what Jesus told His apostles: teach people how they can be with God when their broken lives in this world are done.

Sin Strikes Deeper Than We Admit (June 4)

Sin Strikes Deeper Than We Admit (June 4)

As Jeremiah said, the human heart is “deceitful above all things” (17:9). So when we find ourselves doing something for multiple reasons, do we have the honesty to ask, “Deep, deep down, what was the real reason why I did that?” Our motives matter!

The Incarnate Word (June 3)

The Incarnate Word (June 3)

The Incarnation was a necessary miracle. Out of all our problems, there is only one that required God to become flesh: the problem of sin. To fix that problem God had to die in our place, and to do that He had to become a man capable of being killed.

Salvation Is Not Earned, but It May Be Forfeited (June 2)

Salvation Is Not Earned, but It May Be Forfeited (June 2)

When we are emphasizing the graciousness of God’s forgiveness, we may lead people to think that salvation has nothing to do with our conduct. But, in fact, it has very much to do with our conduct, and I want to mention one way in which that is true.

The Tempting Lure of ‘Self-Realization’ (June 1)

The Tempting Lure of ‘Self-Realization’ (June 1)

If we don’t turn around, we’re going to spend eternity in a place where, without any hindrance from God, we’ll be completely “free to be ourselves.” And it will be our little “self” (now fully “realized” and “actualized”) that will make hell, hell.

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