Topical Studies

  • 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."
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Arrested, Part 1

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Arrested, Part 1 Jesus is the true focus of our studies here in Mark’s Gospel, which now turns toward simultaneously the most wicked and most holy ground we’ve come to: the suffering, death, and resurrection of the Son of God.
  • Happy Are the Mourners

    Mark Altrogge
    Happy Are the Mourners What does Jesus mean? Why is someone blessed when they grieve? Why mourn just to be comforted? Why not skip both?
  • Why Would God Want to Use Me?

    James Montgomery Boice
    Why Would God Want to Use Me? We are like Abraham. There is nothing in us to commend us to God. And yet God loves us. Just as He sought Abraham, He seeks to draw us into fellowship with Himself.
  • The Lesser Blessings

    Rick Whitter
    The Lesser Blessings God has the very best for us but most of us never get there. We settle for blessings like money or security or other things we can acquire. While these things are considered blessings, they should be considered as second-rate blessings. In other words, you can do better.
  • Beyond Sunday: Work Hard

    Beyond Sunday: Work Hard “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Returning

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Returning This week we come to what some call the Olivet Discourse, Jesus’ teaching on the events coming shortly as well as at the end of history as we know it.
  • Hezekiah: Spiritual Renewal

    Dr. Jerald Daffe
    Hezekiah: Spiritual Renewal The name Hezekiah in Hebrew means "God has strengthened." This is appropriate, given the story of this uncommon king's life and reign.
  • Just Keep Sowing

    Stephen Altrogge
    Just Keep Sowing Why should you keep investing yourself in a person when you are seeing zero fruit? Why should you keep working on a relationship that just doesn’t seem to be working?
  • Beyond Sunday: Has God Forgotten Me?

    Beyond Sunday: Has God Forgotten Me? Though the valleys seem so deep that we cannot see the bottom, and the mountains so high that we cannot see the tops of them, God knows how to raise the one and level the other.
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Tested

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Tested This week we’ll see the opposition try to move against Jesus from different angles, and even some strange bedfellows joining together for one purpose: Getting rid of Him!
  • Do You Need Some Convincing?

    Rick Renner
    Do You Need Some Convincing? You don't have to beat yourself over the head, constantly reminding yourself of how unworthy you are, because Jesus made you worthy!
  • A Re-"vision" of Proverbs 29:18

    Theologically Driven
    A Re- A Christian leader’s goals are given a biblical basis by using this verse. I am convinced that this is an illegitimate understanding of this verse for three reasons.
  • When There’s Strife, There’s Self: In Pursuit of Radical Humility

    Walk Thru the Bible
    When There’s Strife, There’s Self: In Pursuit of Radical Humility Even in the setting of the fellowship of believers, "spiritual" can turn to "selfish" in a heartbeat.