Grace to You

  • Limitless Love
    Let’s be honest. If we encountered a scenario like the one Jesus describes in the parable of the Good Samaritan, we would not react like the title character. In fact, most of us would probably think the Samaritan’s generosity toward a stranger seems excessive. Did you ever set aside everything to help a total stranger in a desperate situation? More to the point, have you ever done that for someone who was your enemy? Did you risk defilement in order to minister to all his needs? Did you singlehandedly provide everything he needed—dress his wounds, feed him, stay with him through... Read more »
  • The Unlikeliest Ally
    The parable of the Good Samaritan isn’t a story about benevolence or social justice. It was not delivered as a heartwarming tale of gracious self-sacrifice, but as a stinging rebuke to pharisaical self-righteousness. In response to a hairsplitting question from an unctuous law scribe (Luke 10:29), the Lord told a story that highlighted the vain piety of the religious elite, and gets to the heart of how God wants us to love our neighbors. We already saw how other characters in the story—religious leaders without excuse—cruelly overlooked the man’s plight. Today, we will consider how help finally came from his unlikeliest... Read more »
  • Friday's Featured Sermon: "Why Does Evil Dominate the World?"
    The book of Job is regarded as the oldest in the Bible, but it might as well have been written yesterday. In a book of forty-two chapters, thirty-five of them concern the same prominent question people wrestle with today: If God is good and the all-powerful Creator of the world, then why does evil exist in the world? It is the question of theodicy. So how can we reconcile the evil world we live in with the good God who made it? Most of us have wrestled with that question at some point, usually when faced with an unexplainable tragedy. We... Read more »
  • Condemning Callous Piety
    How do you react when someone tries to make you look foolish? What do you do when an opponent tries to paint you into a rhetorical corner? That’s exactly what happened to Jesus in Luke’s gospel, when an expert in Israel’s religious law tried to “put Him to the test” (Luke 10:25). This episode in the life of our Lord set the scene for one of His most famous parables, and one of His sharpest critiques of self-righteous religion. The fact that Jesus continued to answer this man was in itself, an act of grace. The man’s attempt to show Jesus up... Read more »
  • A Divine Shot at the Self-Righteous
    The dramatic tale of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30–37 is one of the most beloved and interesting of all Jesus’ parables. It is so well known that it has become a common idiom for lavish, sacrificial kindness. To call someone a good Samaritan is a noble compliment. But our familiarity with this parable may cause us to think we know the story better than we really do. Lots of people assume they understand exactly what this story is about and what it was intended to convey, when in fact, most don’t. The lesson of the Good Samaritan is not merely... Read more »
  • Combatting the Lies the World Believes
    It makes sense that the truth is the best defense against a lie. But should that be the church’s strategy when combatting the lies of the world? Should we try to persuade and out-argue sinners bent in defiant rebellion against their Creator? Should we present rebuttals and counterpoints to sway the minds of those caught in the slavery of sin? Should we pin the hopes of another person’s eternity on our ability to present a better, more convincing argument? We recently asked John MacArthur about the best strategy to combat Satan’s lies and penetrate the darkness with the light of God’s truth.... Read more »
  • The Soteriology of the Thief
    John MacArthur refers to soteriology—the doctrine of salvation—as “the pinnacle of Christian theology” [citation John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue, eds., Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Biblical Truth (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017), 485.] That’s understandable considering that our eternal destiny hinges on the correctness of our soteriology. Throughout this series we’ve examined the simple yet stellar theology of the thief—his right view of God, his right view of himself, his right fear of judgment, and his right recognition of Christ as the one true Savior. And that doctrinal excellence also extends to his right understanding of salvation. Saving Faith In fact, there is... Read more »
  • The Christology of the Thief
    Christology is an inexhaustible subject. Concerning His incarnation alone, the apostle John said, “There are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25). We cannot know everything about Christ. But we can know everything we need to know in order to receive His mercy and inherit eternal life. And for that, we don’t need to study systematic theology or evangelistic methodology. The answers come from a criminal during a brief cameo in the gospel of Luke.   One... Read more »
  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Exchanging Living Death for Dying Life”
    This Sunday, the church will celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and His triumph over sin, death, and the grave. In his sermon “Exchanging Living Death for Dying Life” (which he originally delivered on Easter Sunday twenty years ago), John MacArthur declares, The resurrection of Jesus Christ is . . . the most determinative event of all time because by it, the destiny of every person is ultimately determined. It is the most impactful thing that ever happened in the history of this world. How you respond to the resurrection will determine whether you spend forever in heaven or... Read more »
  • The Eschatology of the Thief
    Eschatology is a hotly debated subject among modern believers. It concerns the study of the “end times,” last things, or future events in God’s redemptive plan. Its scope includes Christ’s return, the rapture, the millennium, future judgment, and God’s kingdom. Those are all broad and important issues—it’s understandable why a lot of ink has been spilled by people staking out their particular positions. But there’s also an intensely personal aspect to our eschatological views. And that concerns the only two possible eternal destinations for every person who has ever existed. “Where will I go when I die?” That is the most crucial... Read more »