Topical Studies

  • Beyond Sunday: Coming to an End

    Beyond Sunday: Coming to an End In many ways, the sudden end of Acts reminds us that the story of the church has only just begun.
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: Review

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: Review As we have discovered over this season, Mark isn’t the comic book/Reader’s Digest Gospel it appeared on the surface. Here's an overview to help in your studies.
  • Self-Deception

    Founders Ministries Blog
    Self-Deception Have you ever met a person who admitted to being self-deceived? The very nature of self-deception is that there is no conscious awareness of believing lies. Self-deception emerges from living on a self-referential basis.
  • The Sands of Galilee: The Parable of the Two Builders

    Associates for Biblical Research
    The Sands of Galilee: The Parable of the Two Builders When Jesus preached a sermon, told a parable, or gave a discourse, He always used object lessons that were familiar to His hearers in order to illustrate His point. The archaeology and geography of Bethsaida provides the background for two of His parables.
  • Blessed Are Those Who Are Gentle

    Mark Altrogge
    Blessed Are Those Who Are Gentle God gives the meek everything they need. Those who are meek find deep contentment and joy.
  • Beyond Sunday: A Better Rest

    Beyond Sunday: A Better Rest In time there are many Sabbaths, but someday there shall be the enjoyment and keeping of a Sabbath-rest that is perfect and eternal.
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Resurrected!

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Resurrected! We’ll see that more than just atonement was accomplished—we will see a glorious new beginning as we witness the Son of Man resurrected!
  • Who Authorized David's Census? God or Satan?

    Michael S. Heiser
    Who Authorized David's Census? God or Satan? In 1 Chronicles 21, Satan instigates David to take a census, but 2 Samuel 24 says it was God who did so. Is this a contradiction? Or are we missing something?
  • Living in Light of Death: Ecclesiastes 9:7–10

    Theologically Driven
    Living in Light of Death: Ecclesiastes 9:7–10 We all face the reality of death many times in our lives. We see our loved ones die, people in our community, those we work with, and fellow believers. This is the type of context where Solomon commands his audience to joyfully make the most of God’s basic gifts.
  • 5 Principles of Making Disciples and Enabling Spiritual Growth

    Ron Edmondson
    5 Principles of Making Disciples and Enabling Spiritual Growth How can we know we are growing people spiritually? I don’t know that we can ever know as clearly numerically as we do with attendance or contributions. But I think there are principles that can help us know we are on the right track to building disciples.
  • Beyond Sunday: Beyond All Reach

    Beyond Sunday: Beyond All Reach These verses mark, perhaps more comprehensively than any other similar passage, the covenant relationship of the believer to his God.
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Crucified

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Crucified The hour for which Jesus was incarnated into our world had come. This week we will see another person crumble and make the wrong decision about Jesus.
  • The Forever King: Seeing Jesus in 2 Samuel

    Nancy Guthrie
    The Forever King: Seeing Jesus in 2 Samuel Here in 2 Samuel, as we look at the king God put on the earthly throne over his people—the throne that was to be an earthy extension of his heavenly throne—we get a glimpse of the forever God intends to give to us.
  • Philemon, the Refresher

    Tim Brister
    Philemon, the Refresher He’s got one of the shortest books of the Bible named after him, but even Paul’s letter has more to do with Onesimus than him. I’m talking about Philemon, someone heaven knows, and we should know as well.
  • Beyond Sunday: A Mystery Man

    Beyond Sunday: A Mystery Man During Abram's sojourn in Canaan, Melchizedek met and treated him with hospitality (Genesis 14:18-20). Much mystery appears to hang about this distinguished personage.
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Arrested, Part 2

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Arrested, Part 2 It is now Friday both by Jewish and Roman reckoning. Let’s turn to that now and see Jesus on trial...
  • Is There an Expectation of Eternal Life in the Old Testament?

    Randy Alcorn
    Is There an Expectation of Eternal Life in the Old Testament? The New Testament reflects much more specific revelation from God of the afterlife. Yet there are some strong Old Testament indicators, though not nearly as many.
  • Why Did God Give the Law?

    John Piper
    Why Did God Give the Law? The law which God gave to Moses at Mount Sinai a few months after bringing the people out of Egypt has been the victim of some very bad press in the past several hundred years. My guess is that there is a good deal of confusion.
  • The Question Behind the Question

    Randy Newman
    The Question Behind the Question I’ve been interviewing a lot of new Christians to hear how God has worked to bring them to the Savior. One pattern intrigues me. I often hear of people asking one question but really seeking an answer to something else.
  • Beyond Sunday: Regenerated

    Beyond Sunday: Regenerated I often rejoice that Christ did not say this to the woman at the well, nor to that woman who was a sinner. If He had said it to them, people would have said, "Oh, that poor woman needed to be converted; but I am a good person."