When does forgiveness not lead to reconciliation?

Forgiveness is at the heart of the Christian faith. Christ died to forgive our sins and to reconcile us to God. And Jesus taught that His disciples must forgive those who sin against them. He said, “if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt 6:15). Forgiveness is …

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What are the duties of church members?

John Owen (1616 – 1683) wrote a wonderful little booklet titled, Duties of Christian Fellowship: A Manual for Church Members. Our church’s pastoral intern, Andrew Graham, has been teaching it to our youth on Wednesday nights. We’ve also made it available to the whole congregation. The book is among the clearest and most concise works …

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How should Christians manage time in entertainment?

Many people today spend a great deal of time on social media, video games, and television, so it's no wonder that someone submitted a question about how Christians should manage the time they give to entertainment. Some Christians have a very open and permissive view of entertainment. They view it as a gift of God …

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Can a whole church really subscribe to a detailed confession of faith?

There has been a good deal of debate about whether the Second London Baptist Confession of 1677/1689 (2LCF) is a serviceable confession for Baptist churches. Some have argued it's far too detailed for a whole congregation to affirm, and they suggest that a shorter confession like the New Hampshire Confession or the Abstract of Principles …

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Why preach through whole books of the Bible?

Preachers may faithfully preach thematic and topical sermons that explain the Bible. They are certainly free to preach sermons on particular texts of Scripture without preaching through whole books of the Bible. But here are some reasons that preaching through whole books of the Bible is valuable. 1. Preaching through books of the Bible forces …

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Are the Ten Commandments distinct from other Old Testament law?

Are believers in Christ required to obey any part of Old Testament law, or is all Old Testament law abolished? Both Dispensationalists and proponents of New Covenant Theology simply say that believers are under no obligation to any Old Testament law. In their view, the laws of the Old Testament are fulfilled and abrogated in …

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What is Christian contentment?

Jeremiah Burroughs’ classic work, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, is a treasure of wisdom and instruction. If you haven’t read it, I highly encourage you to get it and read it. American culture generally fosters discontentment and all the miseries and heartaches that go along with it. Discontentment is coveting what we do not have, longing for it inordinately, and believing that if we have it, we will be satisfied. Simply put, to be content is to obey the 10th commandment, “You shall not covet” by the power of Christ and the gospel of grace. Here’s my summary of 20 ways that Burroughs describes Christian contentment.