The Church: The Gospel Made Visible | Part Four

Chapter Seven: The Purpose of the Church “The church ultimately exists for the glory of God. Whether pursuing missions or evangelism; edifying one another through prayer and Bible study; encouraging growth in holiness; or assembling for public praise, prayer, and instruction, this one purpose prevails. The church is the unique instrument for bringing God such…

Friday Findings—May 20

Say Hard Things “When was the last time someone told you you were wrong? If you can’t remember, you may have reason to be concerned.” The Tender Heart of a Woman “Women, don’t let Satan use some ten or twenty year old words to devour you… And, husbands, handle your wives with care. They are…

Charles Spurgeon… Yet Speaking

A deep sense and clear sight of sin, its heinousness, and the punishment which it deserves, should make us lie low before the throne. We have sinned as Christians. Alas! that it should be so. Favoured as we have been, we have yet been ungrateful: privileged beyond most, we have not brought forth fruit in…

1534

Henry VIII declared to be “Supreme Head of the Church of England” by the English Parliament, an explicit rejection of obedience to the pope in Rome. This “Act of Supremacy” is considered to be the beginning of the “official” English Reformation. It would be some time before this “official reformation” had any genuine connection to…

Why Are All of Us Misfits?

The other day, as I was reading along in my Greek New Testament, I came across some of the most challenging verses in all of Scripture. In Matthew 7:13–14, Jesus makes it clear that the path of salvation will be found by few. Even those who find it, who enter through the gate, will find…

And I Quote… May 16

Oh, the surpassing kindness and love of God! He did not hate or reject or bear a grudge against us but he was patient and bore with us, having mercy he himself experienced our sin, he himself gave his own son, a ransom on our behalf, the Holy for the lawless, the innocent for the guilty,…

Friday Findings—May 13

Prayer for Beginners “God means for your life — married or unmarried, student or employee, young or old — to run on the power of prayer… You need God in and through prayer more than you need anything else.” Come Down! “Here is the thing. When Jesus was here on earth in the body of…

Thomas Manton…. Yet Speaking

There is no end of books, and yet we seem to need more every day. There was such a darkness brought in by the fall, as will not thoroughly be dispelled till we come to heaven; where the sun shineth without either cloud or night. For the present, all should contribute their help according to…