Paul expressed his thanks to God for his brothers and sisters in Christ. He prays for grace-the underserved favor of Christ to be upon them. He prays for the peace that results as we live our lives for His glory. We must believe the best of our brothers and sisters in Christ and forecast achievement for them.
Scripture: Philippians 1:1-5
The relationship of homosexuality to Christianity is without doubt one of the main subjects of cultural conversation today. If you are a Christian in New York City (where I pastor), it is nearly impossible to talk about your faith without this subject being raised. Although it is not central to the gospel message at the heart of Christianity, right now the cultural moment...
Author: Tim Keller
I have in mind men and women. For men it's obvious. The need for warfare against the bombardment of visual temptation to fixate on sexual images is urgent. For women it is less obvious, but just as great if we broaden the scope of temptation to food or figure or relational fantasies. When I say "lust" I mean the realm of thought, imagination, and desire that leads to sexual...
Author: John Piper
Our handicaps, or "thorns" as Paul dubs them, are no accident. God can use them for spiritual service. We must stop window-shopping for what we don't have and learn to live with our own inventory.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Psalm 139:16, Galatians 4:13-15, Acts 23
God calls us to be clothed in humility just as Christ demonstrates when He washes the disciple's feet at the Last Supper. The humble recognize that their abilities are not self-generated but gifted by God to serve Him.
Speaker: Stanley Toussaint
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:5-14
Topic: Pride & Humility
The first consequence of Adam’s and Eve’s sin mentioned in Genesis 3:7 is that “the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.” Suddenly they are self-conscious about their bodies. Before their rebellion against God, there was no shame. “The man and his wife were both naked and were not...
Author: John Piper
The Bible does not describe us merely as wayward, broken, or needing a moral boost but as those who are dead in sin (Eph. 2:1). Dead men and women do not just need recovery: they need resurrection. For the follower of Christ, the ultimate goal is not merely “quitting pornography,” but is something far richer and more comprehensive. If merely modifying behavior was the...
Author: Luke Gilkerson
Paul gives us a picture of loving restoration in Galatians 6:1-10. We must restore people who have fallen into sin by gently counseling them and bearing their burdens. As a community of believers, we are responsible for each other. Humility and compassion are keys when we share God's Word and restore others, and we must be careful not to fall into sin ourselves.
Speaker: Francis Chan
Scripture: Galatians 6:1-10, Colossians 3:12-15
Christ calls us to be grace-filled, humble people. We are to love others and pray for them rather than nagging and trying to change them. Self-awareness and self-righteousness are contrasted.
Speaker: John McKinzie
Scripture: Matthew 7:1-6, Matthew 7:12
Dear Roger, I joined a women’s Bible study several months ago and recently an argument began over whether or not it is a sin for Christians to have tattoos. The discussion soon evolved to a discussion regarding breast implants. Heidi Montag is a perfect example. The group was split 50%-50” with some seeing no problem and the others arguing that God made us like He wanted us...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Topic: Sin, Church and Culture, Conscience