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Topical Studies

  • If God Doesn’t Need Anything, Then Why Does He Command Us to Serve Him?

    Mark Altrogge
    If God Doesn’t Need Anything, Then Why Does He Command Us to Serve Him? God doesn’t need anything. He doesn’t need our worship, our work or our money. So why does God command us to worship, serve, and give our money to him?
  • Beyond Sunday: A Good Requirement

    Beyond Sunday: A Good Requirement The good which God requires of us is, not the paying a price for the pardon of sin and acceptance with God, but love to himself; and what is there unreasonable, or hard, in this?
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: Transition and Servanthood

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: Transition and Servanthood This week we will complete Mark 10 and examine the transition toward the last part of the Gospel, as well as Jesus’ definition and example of servanthood.
  • Why Do Modern Christians Rarely Talk about Rewards in Heaven?

    Michael J. Kruger
    Why Do Modern Christians Rarely Talk about Rewards in Heaven? When is the last time you heard a sermon that suggested that a motive for our obedience should be the rewards we receive in heaven? I imagine for most of us it has been a long time, maybe even never.
  • Beyond Sunday: For a Season

    Beyond Sunday: For a Season There is a certain time appointed by God, which no human mind or action can alter. By virtue of this appointment of God, all changes that happen in the world, whether comforts or calamities, come to pass.
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: The Teachings of Jesus

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: The Teachings of Jesus The first half of Mark 10 addresses five teachings of Jesus that are important for us to know and to practice in our lives. Let’s hear what Jesus said about these topics.
  • Why Christians Can Be Both Humble and Certain

    Michael J. Kruger
    Why Christians Can Be Both Humble and Certain One of the most common objections made to the absolute claims of Christianity is that Christians are arrogant. Christians are arrogant to claim that they are right; arrogant to claim others are wrong; arrogant to claim that truth can be known.
  • Discovering the Power of Luke's Gospel: A Greek Word Study without Greek

    Andrew B. Perrin
    Discovering the Power of Luke's Gospel: A Greek Word Study without Greek Those students of the Bible who don't read Greek can still reach beyond the English Bible to the original Greek in four easy steps.
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: Transformation and Exhortation

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: Transformation and Exhortation At this time, Jesus “steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51), and in this middle section of Mark we’ll see how there is a definite change in things from Caesarea Philippi on.
  • Telling Your Story

    Randy Newman
    Telling Your Story The task of evangelism often includes telling our individual story along with the larger gospel story. Weaving the two together makes for a powerful articulation of God’s gracious work through all times and his specific salvific work in an individual heart – namely, yours.
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: Questions Demanding an Answer

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: Questions Demanding an Answer It is interesting that the more we dig into Mark we find it isn’t the “comic book Gospel” thrown together in non-stop action it appears to be at first glance, but we can see how this is a very well crafted account to minister to the group Mark wrote to.
  • Has God Called You to Ministry?

    Al Mohler
    Has God Called You to Ministry? Though all Christians are called to serve the cause of Christ, God calls certain persons to serve the church as pastors and other ministers. Has God called you to ministry?
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: Hypocrisy or Religiosity?

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: Hypocrisy or Religiosity? Religion had become hypocritical, sterile, and dead under the leadership of the Pharisees, and compromised with the world under the Sadducees. Let’s see what we can learn from Mark 7 as we turn to it now.
  • Can a Person Be “Overly Righteous”?

    Theologically Driven
    Can a Person Be “Overly Righteous”? Can “be not overly righteous” really be saying what it seems to be saying? Does God actually want us to tone down our righteousness?
  • Beyond Sunday: True Freedom

    Beyond Sunday: True Freedom Christ will not be the Savior of any who will not own and rely upon him as their only Savior.
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: Compassion and Faith

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: Compassion and Faith In Mark, we can learn a lot about having a true heart of compassion, but also we also see how to deal with our faith being tested when the enemy tries to stop us.
  • Independence... Is It Really a Good Thing?

    Cindi McMenamin
    Independence... Is It Really a Good Thing? In a day and age when independence is praised, I wonder if it's really a good thing when it comes to our relationship with God.
  • Vacation Meditations

    James Montgomery Boice
    Vacation Meditations Need a spiritual boost on your vacation? Dr. James Boice provides 14 days of meditations to keep you focused on God.
  • Will America Survive?

    Adrian Rogers
    Will America Survive? What time is it in America? It is knee time. Time to be on our knees, time to be on our face, before an Almighty God.
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: Rejection, Training, and Murder

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: Rejection, Training, and Murder After all the miracles in Mark 5, you’d think that these glorious events would continue on in chapter 6. From the beginning of the chapter we’ll see quite the opposite.