Grace to You

  • Peter: What’s in a Name?
    Sanctification is never linear. The Christian life always undulates on the way to greater Christlikeness. We may bear the fruit of the Spirit in increasing measure, but the flesh of our former life still rears its ugly head from time to time. And that biblical reality plays out vividly in the lives of the apostles, most notably Peter. We have four lists of the twelve apostles in the New Testament: Matthew 10:2–4, Mark 3:16–19, Luke 6:13–16, and Acts 1:13. In all four biblical lists, the same twelve men are named, and the order in which they are given is strikingly similar.... Read more »
  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Holy Affections”
    How do you know that you’re truly saved? That’s a vexing question for many churchgoers. And as John MacArthur rightly points out, the modern epidemic of decision-based evangelism has only served to escalate the confusion. We have this new and bizarre idea that if you go through some motions at a service, pray a prayer, decide for Christ, or do whatever you're asked to do and affirm some belief in Jesus, you can have permanent salvation. It may or may not manifest itself in any kind of righteous works or any kind of holy affections, not only in the moment but lifelong. The... Read more »
  • Election and Christ
    From heaven’s perspective, the ultimate end of election and the ultimate purpose behind God’s grace poured out on us is the eternal glorification of the Son. But to understand God’s individual purpose in electing His people for salvation, we need to consider Romans 8:29: “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.” Conforming to Christlikeness God’s elective purpose is not merely about the beginning of our salvation—He predestined us to the absolute perfection we will (by His grace) enjoy at the end of the... Read more »
  • An Eternal Expression of Love
    We often skim quickly over the introductory parts of Paul’s epistles, but they are usually pregnant with meaning—and in the case of his letter to Titus, profoundly so. In his seemingly simple salutation, Paul gives us some vivid insight into how the plan of redemption started. In verses 1 and 2, Paul describes his work as “a bond servant of God.” He identifies his gospel work in three distinct categories—justification, sanctification, and glorification. Paul’s focus was never merely on making converts—God’s saving work continues until we’re with Him in eternity. But notice the end of verse 2, which is the key: this... Read more »
  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Four Ways to Miss Heaven”
    Almost everybody wants to go to heaven. In a world where the mortality rate still sits at 100 percent, most of us hope for a better place once we depart this fallen earth. Many choose to assume that their deceased loved ones are in heaven because it’s simply too painful to consider any other possibility. And nobody wants to contemplate any other kind of afterlife when it comes to their own eternal destiny. But to stake one’s eternity on hollow optimism and wishful thinking is nothing more than random and reckless guesswork. We need the concrete truths about heaven that are... Read more »
  • God's Freedom to Elect
    Despite what we sometimes think, we have no say in what God does or how He does it. He’s not swayed or influenced by our values, our interests, or our sense of justice. In fact, the psalmist tells us, “Our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases” (Psalm 115:3). Moreover, the Lord does not conform to our fallen, flawed standards. Everything He does is true and right because He does it. He would never do anything that’s inconsistent with His own holy character. He Himself is therefore the standard of what is holy and righteous. In other words,... Read more »
  • Making Sense of Grace and Election
    What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone brings up the topic of God’s saving grace? For most believers—frankly, for most people—it’s the cross of Christ. That makes sense—it represents the climax of God’s redemptive work, and the fullest depiction of His love for lost sinners. But while the grace of God is most clearly and fully manifest in the sacrifice of His Son and His redemption of sinners, its expression is not isolated to the Person and work of Christ. God’s grace is older than history, reaching back before the creation of time itself. It is not... Read more »
  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Taking the Mystery Out of Knowing God’s Will”
    God’s will for our lives is not a secret we have to uncover. It’s not a mystery we have to unlock, or a pattern we have to decipher. In fact, God is abundantly clear about His will for our lives in His Word. And rather than hunting for mystical answers, interpreting dreams and impressions, or parsing the inclinations of your heart, God has called His people to discover His will as laid out in the pages of Scripture. In his sermon, “Taking the Mystery Out of Knowing God’s Will,” John MacArthur helps listeners do just that. Working through the Bible’s statements about... Read more »
  • Honoring the Spirit by Honoring the Scriptures
    From the very beginning, the battle between good and evil has been a battle for the truth. The serpent, in the Garden of Eden, began his temptation by questioning the truthfulness of God’s previous instruction: Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” . . . The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will... Read more »
  • A More Sure Word of Prophecy
    Go with your gut. That might be good advice when shopping for shoes online, but it’s not a reliable means for interpreting or understanding God’s Word. Too many people in the church today trust the inclinations of the upper abdomen to be the final arbiter that determines both when God is speaking and what He is saying. As we saw last time, that is a dangerous approach—one that will likely lead to spiritual confusion and chaos. If we turn our faith into an entirely subjective exercise, we’re left with no reliable way to determine what is actually true. Scripture very clearly addresses that... Read more »