Grace to You

  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Getting the Gospel Right”
    Sinful hearts know they are sinful. Sinners can’t appreciate the full depth of their depravity, nor can they understand the magnitude of God’s holiness. But every unrepentant man’s conscience cries out when he rebels against the Law of God written in his heart. While our brazen culture refuses to acknowledge God or the authority of His Word, the pleading cry of the prophet Micah rings out through all of human history: With what shall I come to the Lord and bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, with yearling calves? Does the Lord take... Read more »
  • Telling the Truth about Man
    Evolution’s doctrine of man is fundamentally wrong on two counts. That was the diagnosis Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones delivered during an interview in 1970: “I criticize the modern view of man on two grounds. One is that it makes too much of man. Secondly, that it doesn’t make enough of man.” Jones’s point was in reference to the two biblical truths that evolutionists emphatically deny. They recognize man as “just an animal” and refuse to acknowledge him as being created in the image of God. Conversely, the secular wisdom of our day pronounces man as morally neutral and refuses to acknowledge what... Read more »
  • Everything Begins with God—Including Evangelism
    In the beginning God . . . (Genesis 1:1). God’s own story of redemption begins with Himself. And that’s where we should begin when preaching the gospel. That’s not to say an exhaustive discourse on the character and nature of God, or a full-orbed investigation of His infinite attributes, is a prerequisite to understanding and believing the gospel. Even our Spirit-illuminated minds cannot fathom God in His fullness; how much can we expect the mind still darkened by sin to comprehend? However, we cannot accurately present the gospel without first dispelling the false and idolatrous ideas about God that dominate the world. People... Read more »
  • Friday's Featured Sermon: "Attitudes of Effective Evangelism"
    What makes evangelism effective? Is it a particular proven strategy, a clever way to pitch the promise of the gospel, or a personality that makes the message more palatable? In his sermon “Attitudes of Effective Evangelism,” John MacArthur argues that it’s the motivation of the missionaries—not the cleverness of their message—that drives the work of evangelism and advances the progress of the gospel. And let me tell you this: If you’re going to do evangelism, if you’re going to be a missionary, if you’re going to proclaim the kingdom of God, if you’re going to tell people about the King, the Lord... Read more »
  • The Dangers of an Oversimplified Gospel
    What needs to be conveyed to unbelievers in order that they might understand and embrace salvation? Many of the modern trends in evangelism have tended to take a minimalist approach to the question. Unfortunately, the legitimate desire to express the heart of the gospel clearly has given way to a less wholesome endeavor. It is a campaign to distill the essentials of the message to the barest possible terms. The glorious gospel of Christ—that which Paul called “the power of God to salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16)—includes all the truth about Christ. But American evangelicalism tends to regard the gospel... Read more »
  • John MacArthur on the Irreducible Elements of the Gospel
    The gospel is the great nonnegotiable of Christian truth. We aren’t allowed to add to, subtract from, embellish, or rejigger the sacred message of how sinful men can be reconciled to a holy God. That’s why the apostle Paul reserved his sternest warning for anyone who would dare to mess with the message: “If any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed” (Galatians 1:9). The preacher is left with one option when it comes to faithful gospel proclamation—and it’s not an elusive option reserved for scholars. Paul expected his audience to be... Read more »
  • Friday's Featured Sermon: "The Uniqueness of the Gospel"
    When was the last time you used the phrase, “close enough”? It has become so commonplace in our language that you likely don’t have to think back very far. In a world dominated by consolation prizes and participation awards, the concept of “close enough” often substitutes for true success and achievement. That lazy perspective becomes truly dangerous when it creeps into discussions of eternal truth and the means of salvation. Most of the world’s major religions are happy to accommodate and absorb other beliefs—Roman Catholicism mastered syncretism long ago. People today have no time for exclusive claims that impede their ability... Read more »
  • Friday's Featured Sermon: "The Theology of Christmas"
    Christ Jesus . . . emptied Himself. Those words, uttered by the apostle Paul in Philippians 2:5–7, represent his most mysterious and provocative commentary on God becoming a man. Theologians refer to Philippians 2:5–11 as the kenosis passage. Christ’s kenosis (derived from kenoō, the Greek word used for “emptied Himself”) has been the source of centuries of theological debate. The theories have been many and varied, as great Christian minds have grappled with the mystery of Christ’s incarnation. So who exactly was the baby in the manger? And of what exactly had Christ emptied Himself in taking on human flesh? Those questions take... Read more »
  • The Fullness of Time
    The first Christmas was perfectly timed. Galatians 4:4-5 says, “When the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law.” What was “the fullness of time”? God’s sovereign timing. He ordered world events so everything was ready for Christ’s coming and the subsequent outreach of the apostles. Looking back at the early church, we are amazed at how quickly the gospel spread in less than a century. The sovereign hand of God is clearly evident. Christ’s advent could not have... Read more »
  • John MacArthur on Fighting the Temptations of Christmas
    One of the most common complaints about Christmas is the rampaging materialism that dominates the holiday. Both in the church and in the world, people rightly complain about how the holiday has become an excuse for self-indulgence. But just as troubling to others is how political the holiday has become in recent years. The Christmas season routinely ramps up the skirmishes in the culture wars, as talk of “taking back” the holiday and its traditions dominate the airwaves. But is that where the focus of the church should be at this time of the year? Is Christmas a key battleground that believers... Read more »