R. C. Sproul Jr. talks about being asked by a deacon at church twenty years ago if he had an "accountability group." When it was explained that this would be " a group of men who are active in your life, that care for you enough to challenge you when you fall into sin. They watch out for you, support you, encourage you to grow in grace and wisdom." He responded that he did...Keep Reading
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In Paul’s first recorded sermon we see his worldview and his gospel which comes with two foundational truths. The first is that God’s sovereignty shines through all human history. The second is that everything that has been written about Israel's history was leading up to the coming of Jesus in order to save sinners through His life and resurrection. ...
Luke establishes Paul’s authority as an apostle and gives proof to his legitimacy by recording one of Paul’s signs and wonders, the blinding of the Jewish magician Bar-Jesus. ...
Our gospel witness brings us constantly into a battle with the enemy of salvation in Jesus Christ. Therefore, as believers, we need to grasp how he works (his schemes), in order to do spiritual battle against him. ...
Question Three: Are You a Faithful Friend Yesterday, I gave three characteristics of a foul friend. Today I conclude the four part series with three characteristics of faithful friend. First, a faithful friend is there in times of trouble. â€œDo not forsake your friend and your fatherâ€™s friend, and do not go to your brotherâ€™s house in the day of a c...Keep Reading
Noel Piper writes, "I was sixty years old when this story began â€” when I was forced to have friends. I am ashamed that, until then, I could have remained so ignorant of what God intended friendship to be. At the same time, I am filled with gratitude that God didnâ€™t leave me alone. Good things can happen in solitude. Quietness can be a sweet place to meet G...Keep Reading
Question 2: Are You a Foul Friend? Let me suggest three traits. First, a foul friend is quick to criticize. In my opinion, there are two kinds of people that have the hardest time making friends. One is the person wants to have friends so badly she canâ€™t understand what it means to be a friend. These people are socially unaware. They donâ€™t ask questions...Keep Reading
Question 1: Are You a Fake Friend? Fake friends use people. Money is the example in Proverbs, but there are other ways to use people. Some people get close to pastors or politicians or athletes because they want access, power, or popularity. Others may be so accustomed to soliciting favors for business or school or church affairs that they can no longer tell when their pe...Keep Reading
We talk a lot about relationships in the church. There are scores of marriage seminars, retreats, and conferences. There are video series and books for newlyweds and engaged couples. Most every church offers marital counseling and most every pastor preaches somewhat regularly on marriage. And the same is true for parenting. There are dozens of books on raising children. Th...Keep Reading