Ephesians 4:30-32 – Living in Gospel-Centered Community

Let me put it this way: If you excise the gospel community from your thinking about the gospel announcement, you gut the gospel of its purpose. Though the church is not the subject of the gospel announcement (Christ alone is the subject, of course), the church is a necessary object. Christ’s death has a purpose: […]

Posted on: May 30, 2019 - 10:00PM

Psalm 63:1-8 – Delighting in God

As soon as the soul has obtained an interest in Christ, and reconciliation with God through him, it is privileged to claim God as its own peculiar portion: it is entitled to say of Christ, “My Beloved is mine, and I am his:” “He has loved me, and given himself for me.” And to the […]

Posted on: May 23, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mission and Values – Matthew 28:18-20 – Discipleship

Following Christ means making disciples. His words echo in the back of our minds, “Go therefore and make disciples . . . ” (Matthew 28:19). Not first and foremost “have daily devotions” or “give to the poor,” but make disciples. We don’t become a Christian by making disciples, but once we are in Christ, few […]

Posted on: May 16, 2019 - 10:00PM

Obadiah 15-21 – The Coming Day of the Lord

“Thus says the word of the Lord, — “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; so that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether it is good or bad.” To the saints the judgment of the things done shall be according to […]

Posted on: May 9, 2019 - 10:00PM

Obadiah 1-16 – God’s Certain Judgment of Evil

In this, the shortest book of the Old Testament, it seems the prophet Obadiah considered each word a high-priced commodity. The majority of the book pronounces judgment on the foreign nation of Edom, making Obadiah one of only three prophets who pronounced judgment primarily on other nations (Nahum and Habakkuk are the others). While others […]

Posted on: May 2, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mark Overview – The True Prophet and the Suffering Servant

The Gospel according to Mark is the shortest gospel and in presentation the most dense one. Mark does not so much describe the teachings but more the actions of the Lord Jesus. Very often Mark uses the present time in his accounts instead of the past time. The word “and” (Greek: euthys) is very striking […]

Posted on: April 25, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mark 15:16 – 16:8 – Christ Rejected So That We Could Be Brought In

From his birth to his death, rejection was a significant theme running through Jesus’ life. He came to his own but his own received him not…he was despised and rejected by men.   The question is, why? Why was Jesus’ life so characterized by rejection? Why would he leave his throne in heaven where he was […]

Posted on: April 18, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mark 14:53-15:15 – The Faithlessness of Peter and the Faithfulness of Christ

When they’d finished Pilate gave the opportunity to Jesus to answer the charges, but he made no reply. Pilate urged him to answer; “See how many things they are accusing you of” (v.4), but still Jesus was silent. Pilate was amazed. Why? Why didn’t Jesus speak to them as coolly and wisely as he had […]

Posted on: April 11, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mark 14:32-52 – Jesus Alone Capable To Drink the Cup

So many Christians have a superficial understanding of Christ. And they never go to the depths of Scripture’s revelation and see the majesty and the glory that comes when you dig deeply. Yes, His glory transcends our understanding, but there is much that we can grasp that makes Him all the more glorious, all the […]

Posted on: April 4, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mark 14:12-31 – The Significance of the Lord’s Supper

“And He said unto them, This is My blood of the new testament, shed for many.”–Mark 14:24 Never did those lips, upon which grace shed its divinest, sweetest fragrance, utter words so precious as these. The language is figurative, but the truth is literal. “This is My blood,” or, this cup is the ’emblem’ of “My […]

Posted on: March 28, 2019 - 10:07PM