Category «Theology»

Christian Honesty

Every Christian, it seems to me, should be more scrupulous than other men in his dealings. He must never swerve from the path of integrity. He should never say, “It is the custom: it is perfectly understood in the trade.” Let the Christian remember that custom cannot sanction wrong, and that its being “understood” is …

Take courage! It is I!

“Take courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.” Mark 6:50 Listen, then, to the voice of Jesus in the storm! It is I who raised the tempest in your soul — and will control it. It is I who sent your affliction — and will be with you in it. It is I who …

The Church is Vital

According to the Scriptures the church is the habitation of God through the Spirit, and as such is the most important organism beneath the sun. She is not one more good institution along with the home, the state, and the school; she is the most vital of all institutions—the only one that can claim a …

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

The Most Misunderstood Parable (Luke 10:30–37) Parables are really the most direct connection with our Lord revealing truth to His disciples and hiding it from His rejecters. This parable, therefore, will be misunderstood by non-believers. It will be flattened out into a simple story of showing kindness. We kind of expect that. For believers, it …

Be Joyful Always!

“Be joyful always!” 1 Thessalonians 5:16 “In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy!” 2 Corinthians 7:4 Thankfulness or unthankfulness is largely a matter of the attitude of our heart. Two men look at the same scene: one sees the defects and the imperfections; the other sees the beauty and the brightness. If you …

Pragmatism and the Church

Right here is where the pragmatic philosophy comes into its own. It asks no embarrassing questions about the wisdom of what we are doing or even about the morality of it. It accepts our chosen ends as right and good and casts about for efficient means and ways to get them accomplished. When it discovers …

A Triune Trust

Who are you trusting in? This… Or A Triune God! Spurgeon asks “On whom dost thou trust?” “I trust,” says the Christian, “a triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I trust the Father, believing that he has chosen me from before the foundations of the world; I trust him as my father, to care for …

Seeking The Approval of Others

I cannot believe in the spirituality of any Christian man who keeps an eye open for the approval of others, whoever they may be. The man after God’s own heart must be dead to the opinion of his friends as well as his enemies. He must be as willing to cross important persons as obscure …

Growing In Grace

“Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” 2 Peter 3:18 When I speak of growth in grace, I only mean an increase in the degree, size, strength, vigor, and power — of the graces which the Holy Spirit plants in a believer’s heart. I hold that every one …

The Church Is Essential

…Open Your Church! The church is essential! Hi, I’m John MacArthur and I am the pastor of Grace Community Church right here in Los Angeles and I have been for over half a century. This is a church committed to the bedrock conviction that the bible is the word of God and we in obedience …