When Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, he reminded them, “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). This statement establishes the centrality of the cross in preaching, over against the showiness and vanity that’s so often displayed in “lofty speech or wisdom” (v. 1). Most Christians assume that the cross is a matter “of first importance” (1 Cor. 15:3). And so, while we are not surprised when nonbelievers reject the cross and we’ve grown accustomed to Christians marginalizing other essentials of doctrine, many are unprepared to face the fact that within…

The second coming of Jesus Christ is absolutely foundational to the Gospel, which concerns not only the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of God the Son but also His return. This event and the doctrines that surround it are integral to “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Though Christ’s return is both a main thing and a plain thing in Scripture, enough views on the second coming have circulated over the years to cause confusion and, indeed, to induce conflict among those who share convictions about Scripture’s inerrancy and the event’s imminency….

Dear Friend, At Parkside, we baptize individuals upon their profession of faith, and we join our young families as they dedicate their children to the Lord, as well as themselves to the sacred privilege of parenting. We acknowledge the claim that the child of a Christian home has upon the prayers and service of the church. We recognize that it is the duty of the parents and of the church to walk together so that in years of understanding, the child may come to place their faith in the Lord Jesus. This is in keeping with Moses’s words to God’s…

The continuing challenge of preaching is to bring God’s divine content into the human context in which the message is delivered. For pastors, the key is to help their people understand that following death comes judgment and that the salvation God offers through Christ Jesus is the only deliverance from an eternal sentence. Pastors must make a clear, authoritative, and urgent appeal to their congregations to make contact with Jesus Christ from all of Scripture. In this series, Alistair Begg teaches from Ruth, Ecclesiastes, Acts, and Revelation, showing that the good news of Jesus can be preached from every book…

God rescued me from a conspiracy theory and terrorism, and he can save others as well. We live in a time of social upheaval, and social upheaval is fertile soil for conspiracy theories. Most of them are based on error and misinformation, and some can be downright dangerous. The ones that ensnared me in the turbulent 1960s drew me into racial hatred and political extremism and led to a shootout with police that killed an accomplice and very nearly killed me—all in the name of Christian patriotism. My story is just one of many that ended in tragedy. Back then,…

Soldiers of Christ, arise,And put your armor on,Strong in the strength which God suppliesThro’ his eternal Son.Strong in the Lord of hosts,And in his mighty pow’r,Who in the strength of Jesus trustsIs more than conqueror. Stand then in his great might,With all his strength endued;But take, to arm you for the fight,The panoply of God.Leave no unguarded place,No weakness of the soul;Take ev’ry virtue, ev’ry grace,And fortify the whole. To keep your armor bright,Attend with constant care;Still walking in your Captain’s sight,And watching unto prayer.From strength to strength go on;Wrestle and fight and pray;Tread all the pow’rs of darkness down,And…

The season of Lent that just concluded invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s not necessary for you to…

Did Jesus really die on the cross, or did He merely faint? Did He rise from the grave, or did His disciples steal His body? Were the witnesses to His resurrection and ascension merely hallucinating? We’ve all heard these questions and perhaps wondered about them ourselves. There’s more riding on the answers than we might assume at first glance. Christian faith actually rests on the fact that Christ died and rose from the grave three days later. As the apostle Paul proclaimed, “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain and your faith is in vain” (1…

The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s not necessary for you to become a member…

The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s not necessary for you to become a member…

The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s not necessary for you to become a member…

The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s not necessary for you to become a member…

The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s not necessary for you to become a member…

Join us on this Lenten Journey through Scripture! The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s…

Ash Wednesday is February 17th this year, and with the Easter season fast approaching, Bible Gateway would like to introduce you to Walking with Christ to the Cross. This robust free email devotional is intended to make learning Scripture a more immersive and faith-transforming journey. Beginning February 17th and lasting until Good Friday (April 2nd), we’ll be posting, each Friday, that week’s portion of this Bible study series. It’s designed to help you prepare your heart for Easter by deepening your understanding of God’s plan for salvation, culminating in Jesus’ death and resurrection. If you want to receive these free…

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21 ESV) What is my screen resolution? Click Below to Download your Image: Apple Devices: iPhones and iPod Touch iPads iPhone 11 Android Phones: Galaxy S Series, Edge, Nexus 5X, 6P, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, LG G5, Windows Phones Tablets: Amazon Fire Microsoft Surface Social Media: Facebook Header (Top Banner) Facebook and Blog Posts Twitter Instagram Computer Monitors: 1024 x 768 1280 x 800 1280 x 1024 1366 x 768 1440 x 900 1600 x 900 1920 x 1080 *List based on the top devices used on…

Throughout Scripture, believers receive instruction and encouragement to live for God’s glory. What does such a walk look like at the finish line of our lives? Truth For Life recommends the following books for those looking to gain a biblical perspective on aging well, seasons of caregiving, and finding peace amidst trials and grieving. This selection covers a range of Christ-centered resources on these subjects and more, including titles suitable for personal devotion or instructional group study, several short but meaningful booklets, and some powerful Puritan classics. May we be found always rejoicing in Him and faithful at the finish!…

Sooner or later, all of us will walk the path of sorrow and loss. J. I. Packer describes grief as “the inward desolation that follows the losing of something or someone we loved – a child, a relative, an actual or anticipated life partner, a pet, a job, one’s home, one’s hopes, one’s health or whatever.”[1] The key words here, of course, are ‘love’ and ‘loss.’ Grief is the process of adapting to the loss of something or someone that we loved. When people lose loved ones, we speak of them as being bereaved. The word ‘reaved’ means to rob,…

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

It was on a quiet, quarantine morning when I saw them. Maybe it was the consecutive days of social distance that prepared me for this encounter. Perhaps it was the loneliness of isolation that humbled me for this moment. Surely it was the Lord’s nearness, through His Word and by His Spirit, that opened my eyes to see six words leaping right off the page of my Bible. There they were in the text of Mark 10:16, familiar and at-once brand-new. “He took them in his arms.” What was it about this simple sentence that captured my attention and tugged…

The truth of Holy Saturday is that God is with us, even in our mortality. Deep down, I knew I had cancer before the doctor delivered her diagnosis. Still, the news came as a shock. I was 27. My wife and I had just moved to a new town, where we knew hardly a soul. We felt very much alone. Of course, we knew and believed God’s promise to “never leave you nor forsake you” (Deut. 31:6). In church the following week, we sang the chorus “O love that will not let me go.” But this knowledge was mostly intellectual….