Living for the Gospel

If your life were an outline, what would it look like? Where would the gospel be on your outline? Would it be a sub-point? A main point? Or would it be title of the whole thing? For Paul, the gospel was the title for the outline of his life.…

What Does it Mean to be Perfect?

What does it mean to be perfect? What does it mean to be holy? And what does it mean to be pure? These are important questions because God expects me to pursue these distinct qualities in my life now. He expects me to pursue perfection (Matt.…

The Village Pastor

Do you know the source of these opening lines? Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the plain, Where health and plenty cheared the labouring swain, Where smiling spring its earliest visit paid, And parting summer's lingering blooms delayed. These…
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Free Romans Commentary Download

On Monday evening, Faith Baptist Institute will begin another 14-week semester. We welcome you to join us! Three classes will be offered: The Epistle of Romans: Knowing and Living the Gospel, Part 1 Beginning Sign Language, Part 2 Christian…

Accepting Paradox in Theology

Certain aspects of theology invite greater measures of debate and careful thought. One of my professors called these topics the "sticky wickets" of theology. The theological relationship between the sovereignty of God and the responsibility…

Don't Depend on Me

The words of Philippians 2:12-13 provide a ready-made invitation to discuss the intricacies of the theological connections and distinctions between the sovereignty of God and the free will of man. Paul tells the Philippian believers to work…
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Looking Forward to Sunday

I am looking forward to Sunday for two very practical reasons. First, our church will begin a new worship service sermon series, a verse by verse look through the New Testament book of James. The theme? Practical Faith. I am looking forward…

Trusting God for Tomorrow

What will the Wall Street Journal headlines be tomorrow? Will the S&P 500 index rise or fall? Will I wake up healthy or ill? Will I encounter a personal tragedy or experience a remarkable blessing? Ask any conceivable question about…

I Am Righteous

I don't deserve to be called righteous, and neither do you. I've done many things that are not right - blatantly not right, and so have you. But I am righteous. I'm not righteous because I've done righteous things. No, not at all. In fact,…

Every Christian is a Teacher

What common feature do you find in the following four verses taken at intervals from the book of Acts? And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were…