Grace to You

  • Legalism and Sanctification
    Legalism is harder to avoid than you might think. Don’t assume you’re not a legalist just because you’re not trying to work your way into heaven. It’s not that simple. As we saw last time, the Pharisees believed they could keep the Mosaic law through their own efforts. But that wasn’t the full extent of their legalism. They also took simple elements of God’s law and buried them under a mountain of fine print. John MacArthur elaborates on this in his sermon, “Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath, Part 1”: It was God who defined Sabbath in Genesis 2:3, He ceased completely... Read more »
  • Legalism and Salvation
    Have you ever been called a legalist? Or perhaps you’ve slapped that label on someone else? It’s a word that gets tossed around with alarming frequency in religious circles—always as a pejorative. But how well do we really understand legalism? Such a stinging indictment shouldn’t be used recklessly, or ignorantly. In the days ahead we’ll examine three major strains of legalism and what Scripture has to say about them. They range from dangerous to damnable, but not all of them are obvious. You may be more prone to fall into one of them than you think. Likewise, you could be throwing around... Read more »
  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Why Christians Don’t Love the World”
    Loyalty matters. The military shows no mercy to traitors and defectors—those who have violated the trust of brothers-in-arms. On a more personal level, few things can match the devastation caused by a husband or wife abandoning his or her partner. The sense of betrayal leaves long-term scars that never fully heal. But as devastating as the consequences of human-to-human betrayal can be, they pale in comparison to the eternal consequences awaiting professing Christians who turn their backs on Christ. As Christians, all of us have felt the sting of losing brethren to the world. Scripture reserves some of its harshest commentary for... Read more »
  • Highlights from the 2017 Shepherds' Conference, Part 2
    We’re back again today with additional highlights from the 2017 Shepherds’ Conference—there were more than we could fit into one post. While all the sessions from the conference were God-honoring and excellent, here are a few that stood out to staff at Grace to You. “If the World Hates You: Preaching Christ in the Face of Hostility” (John 15:18-16:4) Al Mohler  “Jesus calls you to be hated, persecuted, and even killed.” That is not the way we generally describe the Christian life, but in this sobering message, Dr. Mohler shows how Jesus prepared His disciples for hostility from the world, and that we... Read more »
  • Highlights from the 2017 Shepherds' Conference, Part 1
    It’s been just over a week since the 2017 Shepherds’ Conference ended. The theme of this year’s conference was simply “We Preach Christ,” and each of the speakers took turns exalting and extolling the Person and work of Christ, and His centrality in the lives of believers. And because this year is the five hundredth anniversary of the launch of the Reformation, the overt emphasis on our Savior was particularly poignant. For those in attendance—over 4,500 pastors and church leaders—and others who watched the sessions live online, there is still much to digest. The Shepherds’ Conference is an annual mountaintop experience—we... Read more »
  • Salt, Light, and Social Justice
    What does it mean for twenty-first century believers to be salt and light in the world? Is it a call to promote social justice—to stand up for the oppressed and the outcast? Or is it a mandate for activism and lobbying—to reshape society through the political process? Does the church need to champion a moral agenda at home and abroad? Is it a call to redeem the culture? Or is it something more? We recently asked John MacArthur to help us understand how each of us is to function as salt and light in this sin-ruined world. Here’s what he had to say: Serving... Read more »
  • The Light of the World
    You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16) With those words (from the Sermon on the Mount), Christ set forth an evangelistic standard for His disciples, and all who would follow their legacy of faith. The Lord had previously... Read more »
  • The Salt of the Earth
    From certain perspectives, you could say the world is constantly improving. Science and technology have helped all but eradicate many diseases that once plagued the world. Information has never been more accessible, and keeping in touch with other people has never been easier. But as John MacArthur explains, those advances can’t fully mitigate the world’s consistent downward spiral. Man has increased in scientific, medical, historical, educational, psychological, and technological knowledge to an astounding degree. But he has not changed his own basic nature and he has not improved society. Man’s knowledge has greatly improved, but his morals have progressively degenerated. His confidence... Read more »
  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “How to Face Trials Patiently”
    Patience doesn’t come naturally to the carnal mind. But even the mind renewed by the Spirit of God can find patience to be an elusive virtue—especially in the face of trials. It’s why Peter had to remind his readers that suffering patiently is pleasing to God (1 Peter 2:20). We, too, need to be reminded because trials are inevitable for those who are faithful to Christ. In fact, as John MacArthur points out, Christians will always encounter distinct forms of hardship: For Christians there is the unique kind of trouble that non-Christians don’t have, and that’s the trouble of persecution for... Read more »
  • Paul's Gospel Essentials: Resurrection and Eyewitnesses
    [Note from the Editor: This week’s blog posts are adapted from John MacArthur’s newest book The Gospel According to Paul, and also correlate with our current radio series. Click here to order a copy of the book, or here to listen to the radio broadcast.]  The message of salvation should always build to a climax. And that was certainly the blueprint Paul followed: Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you . . . that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according... Read more »