The central debate of the Protestant Reformation was over the question of justification: how can one be in the right before God? Because of our sin nature, we naturally strive for self-justification, attempting to atone for our sins by our good works. The Reformers understood that one could never be righteous before God and that our […]
The Protestant Reformation was driven by the conviction that the cause of salvation was the grace of God alone apart from any human merit. This grace is necessary because we are born into a fallen condition and incapable of being or doing anything that pleases God. But the beauty of grace is evident in the […]
Evangelical Christians believe that the Bible, and the Bible alone, is the only infallible source of truth. Because the Bible is the Word of God, it is completely authoritative. And because the Bible announces to us the gospel, it is the only way for us to know how to be saved. But the Bible also […]
Faithful churches will be missional churches, looking for the opportunities that God has given them to proclaim the hope of the gospel. Each of us is privileged to be God’s “sent ones,” and we need to be prepared for the missional opportunities God sends our way. The mission will be challenging, but it will not […]
Perhaps the greatest privilege that God’s people have enjoyed since the coming of Jesus is the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit indwells every believer and has been given to satisfy the thirst of our souls through Spirit-empowered worship and fellowship. As the Spirit fills God’s people, a credible gospel community is formed.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is simple yet profound. The simple truth that God saves sinners also implies a glorious hope not only for those who believe this truth, but also for all subhuman creation. When the sons of God are revealed, we will finally experience the glory that God has promised to bring to […]
Samson was a man of extraordinary strength, due to God’s selection of him as Israel’s twelfth deliverer in the book of Judges. But Samson had one fatal flaw—his pre-occupation with himself and his own sensual passions. Although God used this man to achieve his purposes, Samson’s ultimate disregard for his sacred calling left him defeated […]
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