We need to look to Christ. We need to draw our strength from him. The way we grow is simply by looking to Christ.
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We need to look to Christ. We need to draw our strength from him. The way we grow is simply by looking to Christ.
Ray Ortlund answers your questions about how pastors can cultivate churches where honesty about porn thrives and repentance abounds.
Whether speaking with strangers, acquaintances, or those we dearly love, we sometimes realize that we and they would greatly benefit if we would talk about God. But how?
Prayer feels weak. We feel awkward trying. So we neglect prayer. But our prayers to God are not weak. They are powerful, because God is powerful.
What does it mean to be united to Christ? It’s a little bit mysterious and elusive.
Scripture speaks directly to the Christian’s responsibility to address or confront sin in the lives of other Christians.
From Genesis to Revelation, encounter the word-for-word reading of the ESV Bible text through this audio recording by musician and hymn-writer, Kristyn Getty.
The words of a gracious friend are self-controlled, wise, and hopeful, and those who hear her speak are the better for it.
Now on ESV.org, users can access audio for the entire Bible, read by Kristyn Getty.
Now through September 29, 2021, get 50% off on orders of Unfolding Grace or Unfolding Grace for Kids, and 60% off when you order ten copies or more.
As you have conversations with those who are suffering, remember how the Lord’s healing words have strengthened and sustained you in your own times of trouble.
Dane Ortlund discusses why we, as children of God, can remain hopeful—even when our journey toward Christlikeness is painfully slow.
New books from Crossway this month include The Death of Porn by Ray Ortlund and Good News of Great Joy by John Piper.
Jesus's resurrection body is the foretaste of what is going to happen to all of us. We will all be raised to new physical life.
Theologically understood, justification is the moment—the event—that God declares a sinner righteous in his sight.
Accountability opens the door for men to be pressured, cornered, and coerced into admitting what they really don't want to admit.
Christian salvation is fundamentally a matter of grace, rescue, help, deliverance—it is God invading our miserable little lives and triumphing gloriously and persistently over all the sin and self he finds.
Christ is the termination of the law in the sense that he ushers in a new age— both continuous with and different from the former age.
Virtual church cannot deliver the water of baptism. It cannot deliver the body and the blood, the bread and the wine of Christ's body broken and his blood shed for us.
There is a strange though consistent message throughout the Bible. We are told time and again that the way forward will feel like we’re going backward.
Here are seven important principles for sharing our faith with others gleaned from a close reading of Acts 8.
Today, we are pleased to share a special hour-long audio preview of The Death of Porn by Ray Ortlund.
Think of Scripture and prayer as inhaling and exhaling because that shows the two necessarily go together.
You may see yourself as damaged goods, but that's not all you are. You are made in the image of your Creator.
The unfailing love of Jesus is unspeakably glorious, sacred, and precious—especially right after sexual sin.
As men walk together in honesty, prayer, and activism, they can diminish the porn industry, pushing it out to the margins of culture.
We are royalty created in God’s image for a great and noble purpose. This has the power to free us from the dehumanizing lies of the porn industry.
What if not just one man but a whole generation of men takes a bold stand against the new slave trade of our time—pornography?
What it means to be men and women is a really complex issue and one that's very controversial today, so we need to be really careful not to go beyond what God has said.
We need to know what Scripture says in general about God’s relationship to evil. Scripture declares that the Judge of all the earth will always do what is right.
We can seek to understand as much as possible about how God will work in the end times, but let’s stay humble and freely admit our ignorance.
The antidote to hypocrisy is humility. What good deeds do you do that are seen by few or none? When did you last volunteer for a menial task?
Joyous reflection and eager anticipation mark the season of Christmas, as Christians around the world celebrate the coming of their Savior.
Jesus came to bring peace, but peace is not the only consequence of his coming. Both peace and division, harmony and conflict, joy and strife will occur.
Join author Dane C. Ortlund for a 30-episode journey as he reflects on the riches of the psalms.
Did Jesus teach a form of pacifism? How should we square Jesus’s command to love our enemies with the way that God’s people were commanded to conquer their enemies?
Be honest with yourself. Are you perhaps traveling too fast and trying to do too much—thereby violating the concept of Sabbath on a weekly and daily basis?
God seems extremely concerned that we learn to submit ourselves to authority, especially to the one whose lordship demands obedience from the heart.
Learn more from Scripture about jealousy, envy, and covetousness—and how to trust and lean on the Lord for help when we're tempted.
Your ability to do your job as a church member depends on pastors or elders doing their jobs.
Temptation cannot be defined in terms of the capacity of the one tempted to succumb. Temptation is enticement to sin from whatever source.
Crossway’s Union series invites readers to experience deeper enjoyment of God through four interconnected values: delighting in God, growing in Christ, serving the church, and blessing the world.
We need to realize that being embodied means that we are designed to relate to one another physically.
The fact that God has made us physical means that attending to our physical life is not unspiritual; our bodies are not unspiritual.
Jesus didn't just experience a taste of humanity, he experienced the fullness of what it means to be physically human.
Though our congregations are made up of ordinary people engaged in predictable practices, we are an outpost of heaven itself.
Over the course of 10 days, follow along with passages of Scripture and excerpts from Judges: The Path from Chaos to Kingship by Lydia Brownback.
Bobby Jamieson talks about his own path to church leadership, what role seminary played, and as well as what advice he'd give to those aspiring to be pastors.
Theology should determine so many things about what our churches are like, and we shouldn’t try and reverse engineer our preferences into our theology.
The most important things about a Christian church are always the things that make it a Christian church. The things that are unique about your church or mine can never be the most important things about it.
Every elder is a pastor. The New Testament uses three terms that are all distinct, but they all describe the same office.
Prayer shows our dependence on God. It honors him as the source of all blessing, and it reminds us that converting individuals and growing churches are his works, not ours.
Scripture doesn’t use the exact word calling. So, that means we don’t have to. It’s a question of wisdom. Is this helpful language?
A call to ministry is a call to die—to self, to sin, to selfish ambition, to idolizing your own success, and to enhancing your own image.
Glenna Marshall talks about the life-changing practice of Scripture memory, the oft-given advice to give ourselves grace, and the importance of perseverance in the Christian life.
Some people stop following Christ because they enjoy other things more than Jesus. To them, Christianity just isn’t satisfying anymore. So how should you deal with this important issue?
Learn more about new releases like the ESV Bible, Read by Kristyn Getty and Rediscover Church by Collin Hansen and Jonathan Leeman.
When it comes to building a healthy church, there are many factors to consider—membership, evangelism, biblical theology, corporate worship, and more.
Are you called to the ministry? How can you tell if you’re called to ministry? What should you do to find out?
The college years can challenge your faith and belief in the Bible, so it’s important to equip yourself to engage secular challenges with intellectual honesty, compassion, and confidence.
Help your church go deeper with Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane C. Ortlund.
If you’re a pastor and a father, you already know how hard each is, and how much harder the two in tandem can be.
Crossway is distributing 400,000 free copies of the book to churches in the US in partnership with 9Marks and The Gospel Coalition.
Jonathan Leeman discusses the vital importance of in-person church fellowship, how we can and should prioritize involvement with the people of God in a local church—especially after a year like 2020.
In various times and places and life circumstances, God calls his people. For all the outward variety in our testimonies, we actually have a common story.
If you try to grow as a Christian apart from a church, your growth will be misshapen.
The push toward the virtual church, we fear, is a push to individualize Christianity. It trains Christians to think of their faith in autonomous terms.
We might think it doesn’t matter what we do with our bodies, but the Bible repeatedly and powerfully shows us this is not the case.
People are special and human life is sacred, whether or not we admit it. Every life is precious and worthwhile in itself—not only to us human beings but also to God.
You have many reasons not to go to church. That’s why we see this moment in history as an opportunity to rediscover church.
Stock up on a variety of resources for personal devotion or small group Bible study.
In our sin, we—who were created to know, love, and obey the God of all glory—stand guilty and condemned before him; we cannot save ourselves.
Everything else in creation reflects something of God’s glory in a general sense, but humanity alone is described as being created in God’s image.
We forget who we are, and when we do, we begin to give way to doubt, fear, and timidity. Identity amnesia makes you feel poor when in fact you are rich.
What's the difference between a Christian and secular understanding of the heart, what are the heart's spiritual functions, and how we can think about them in terms of our minds, desires, and will?
Are Christians to disregard the law or embrace it with joy? Learn to see the law of God as a feast for your famished soul.
Knowing who God is and what he’s like as revealed in Scripture is very important as we approach God in prayer.
One of the hot spots in the perceived conflict between science and Christianity is around the question of how human beings came to exist.
The local church is the authority on earth that Jesus has instituted to officially affirm and give shape to my Christian life and yours.
Prayer can get repetitious, feel rote, rambly, or distracted. For these reasons, many are reticent to pray in public. How can we overcome our fears and misguided thinking?
As we emerge from this pandemic, we have a fresh opportunity to embrace essential relationships, not just returning to our pre-pandemic status-quo, but moving forward into something even better.
The church is essential for believers and God’s mission. What does it look like to think biblically about it?
There’s a danger in focusing too much on the body. There’s also a danger in not valuing it enough.
Unrealistic standards of beauty are being pushed on us almost constantly by the media, and the cumulative effect is that it can leave us thinking about our bodies in a seriously distorted way.
Effective public prayer must be well-prepared prayer. This is the engine that will move all the other principles.
Sam Allberry talks about the eternal significance of our physical bodies, how it relates to our identity, and why our bodies matter here and now.
God gave his own Son as the final sacrifice so that your brokenness could be the only prerequisite to receiving God’s abundant mercy.
“Teens” and “rest” don’t usually go together, do they? The teen years are busy years, restless years, hectic years.
What character is required so that we can be part of what God is seeking to do in the lives of our children and not in the way of it?
According to Scripture, laziness or sloth is considered a sinful indulgence. Learn more about what God values in kingdom laborers.
Learn more about the new and notable resources releasing from Crossway this month including Pure in Heart by J. Garrett Kell and Praying in Public by Pat Quinn.
Dane Ortlund discusses how the psalms uniquely invite us into prayer and devotion, how they reflect the greatness of God, and how he cares for his people.
Helpful reflections and encouragement for believers who are hesitant to return to church for a variety of reasons.
One way to teach our children about our need for God’s grace in Christ is to appropriately confess our sin to them.
Ultimately only the Lord can provide the help our teens need, which is why parents like me must pray for their teenager’s sexual purity.
What follows is the catechism that pastor Richard Baxter used in his parish to train and instruct those under his care.
If the people in our charge are to teach, admonish, and exhort each other daily, no doubt we pastors may do the same for one another
Tim Cooper discusses the importance of Richard Baxter, a Puritan responsible for many key (if not misunderstood or difficult to read) treatises on church doctrine and the role of ministry.
A faithful response to sin involves drawing near to God in faith through confession, repentance, and trusting the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
Packer would contend that one has fallen short in the knowledge of God until such time as the glory of God becomes central in all areas of life and thought.
We must choke temptation to death—it is the only way out. Here are four ways to fight when temptation strikes.
We want to read the Scripture, inhale it, and then exhale it out to God in whatever way makes sense for our own life.
Get more insight into the truths of Scripture through the lens of original languages using the Hebrew Old Testament language tools on ESV.org.
One joy of aging is a stillness of soul that helps us see the small moments as sacred moments when we can reflect God’s glory to someone else.
Sinclair Ferguson discusses the relevance of church history and divisive theological positions as we dig into a largely forgotten 18th-century Scottish debate about God’s grace and our works.
Wisdom is knowing where you're going and sticking to that. Foolishness is straying off the path, being susceptible to people on the periphery calling for your attention.
The first step in reading the Bible in the power of another is to begin with humility. It begins with the renunciation of pride.
Common grace prompts us especially to love one another as Christ has loved us and to pursue medicine as a ministry of mercy.
Caregiver fatigue is real. For someone going through this, there is still hope, joy, and merit to your service.
This verse is commonly found on bumper stickers, signs, cards, etc. to encourage people to have hope for the future. But is that really what this well-known verse means?
Prayer is oxygen for the Christian. It sustains us. So it follows that prayer must be a source of life for any community of Christians.
What can be learned in seminary and what can only be learned through years of experience in ministry? Hear from Dave Harvey about his own path to the pastorate.
Blessing plays a significant role in God's plan of redemption, in that blessing is the goal of God's plan of redemption.
In your suffering, doubt is a battle worth fighting. Remember, you never fight this battle alone but with the strength that is yours because of the presence and power of Christ.
Perhaps it takes growing old to realize that aging with grace sometimes feels impossible. It is more than we can handle.
As Christians, we’ve been released from the power of sin and death by Jesus and his substitutionary death on the cross.
What does Christian faithfulness look like when life feels unpredictable, hard, or just plain ordinary? Be encouraged by these quotes from Everday Faithfulness by Glenna Marshall.
Jesus proves that he is gentle and lowly through his actions throughout his life and the pages of the Gospels.
God is wildly different from us, and this is for good reasons—one of which is to teach us humility before him.
Isaac Adams discusses the nature of evangelism and why we so often feel intimidated, unequipped, or unsure of how to even speak about the gospel to others in our lives.
Learn more about the new and notable resources releasing this mont including The Heritage of Anglican Theology by J. I. Packer and How Can I Serve My Church? by Matthew Emadi.
The word submission is loaded with a powder keg of emotions. We live in a culture more accustomed to questioning authority than submitting to it.
We can trust God to manage the future without our help. It is none of our business.
Was Saul a prophet or was he possessed by a demon? Learn more about 1 Samuel 19 with commentary from the ESV Expository Commentary Series.
We each have a blink. We can waste it in sinful busyness or laziness or discontentment or distraction. Or the gospel of Jesus Christ can change how we spend our time.
With great appreciation for the lives and ministry of Lane and Ebeth Dennis, the Crossway Board of Directors announces that they will be stepping down and that Josh Dennis will be Crossway’s new President and CEO.
Pastors being single is not prohibited by Scripture, nor is singleness necessarily a hindrance to effective gospel ministry, even in contexts where the majority of people are married.
Learn more about these how these truths can shape and motivate the lives of all who follow Christ.
Jesus's quoting of Psalm 22 on the cross has been a source of wonder and speculation. What can and can’t we say about this cry?
What is the doctrine of union with Christ, and why is it so misunderstood today?
God is a personal God, and you have the chance to continually reintroduce your family to him while praising him for who he is and what he’s done.
All of us can see the good in our friends. Scripture, however, authorizes us to see the good and enjoy it in all people, even when most of us are not always so good.
Let’s be honest, we’re all worried, aren’t we? The good news is that God knew this day was coming and has provided counsel for us to stop worry at its source.
God is kind to us—most evident in Christ—and demonstrates how we can, in turn, show his character to others by being kind.
We are pleased to share the entire audio of The Promise by Jason Helopolous on The Crossway Podcast.
We want to read more than just the Bible because from the earliest time that words were recorded, civilization has been having this ongoing conversation.
Jesus has one office, that of Messiah or Christ. He is the anointed one, the one mediator between God and man, the Savior. But this office has three aspects to it: those of prophet, priest, and king.
How should we understand God in his fullness—both near to us as our Father and yet above and beyond us as our Creator?
Sermons, classes, and small groups aren’t the only ways the church teaches us to read Scripture. We’ll also become better Bible readers by investing in relationships with fellow members.
J. R. R. Tolkien always acknowledged that C. S. Lewis played a huge role in encouraging him to finish writing The Lord of the Rings, and was equally insistent that Lewis had no influence on the actual content.
How we think about the church will affect how we think about our service in the church.
Christ fulfills the law by obeying it perfectly during his earthly ministry. This is an important detail that's sometimes left out of gospel presentations.
As we eat the bread and drink the cup, we remember him, just as he told us to. We look back with thankful hearts to the cross.
Believing in a moral God is still not the same as believing that God took on flesh and dwelt amongst us as Jesus.
The law in the New Testament is to show us that in the life of the believer, the law is in fact a means of grace because it shows us what pleases God.
In many places around the world, pastors lack access to biblical resources to help them cultivate healthy churches full of thriving Christians.
Learn fascinating details about the start of Lewis’s career, his personal faith, the relationships that would shape his world, and the books that would make his name world-renowned.
It can be really hard to remember God's love when you're working in the hospital witnessing other people's suffering, or even in the hospital as a patient yourself.
God not only forgives your sins and guarantees you a seat in eternity, but welcomes you to a radically new way of living.
Ministry leadership, at its core, is about a community of leaders practicing together the presence of the Lord.
You must counsel. It’s not optional. You can’t say no as if it were simply a career choice, a matter of personal preference, or an absence of gifting.
He not only knew about God with his reason but also met God with his emotions. He experienced Joy. And God changed him.
It behooves us all to reach out and stay connected with people who are working in the hospital right now.
Stephen Wellum discusses myths and misconceptions about Jesus that obscure his true significance—for history and for our own lives.
Go into any Christian bookstore, and you can find an entire shelf—sometimes an entire section!—of different Bible translations.
Learn about new resources releasing from Crossway this month including The Making of C. S. Lewis by Harry Lee Poe and The Promise by Jason Helopolous.
What was so unusual and so attention-grabbing about Jesus’s teaching? Part of it was that once people began to challenge him and ask him questions, Jesus proved to be a masterful chess player.
Only one Comforter is great enough: the infinite-personal God who exists—that is, the God of Judeo-Christian Scripture. Only He is the sufficient Comforter.
If we try to influence the world by using its methods, we are doing the Lord’s work in the flesh.
It is Christ and his blood rather than our faith that is really the foundation of our salvation. Our faith in the gospel of Christ is important and necessary to our salvation.
Paul Tripp answers questions from around the world about healthy communication, asking forgiveness, offering correction, and reigniting a sense of romance.
John Piper explains four ways God is defeating Satan by allowing Satan to deceive, influence, and tempt—for now.
Anglican worship is distinct because of the central contribution that the 1662 Book of Common Prayer has made to it.
Any good news in the hospital is a glimmer of God’s grace. Any cure reflects not the power of our own hands, but rather his provision for us.
There is a particular call to faith in Christ through the call of the gospel. Both God’s gifts and his calling of Jews to faith in Christ remain in force and will not be revoked.
We cannot force this faith. We labor for it, we teach to it, we encourage it, and above all, we can pray for it.
Justification by faith does not draw attention to ourselves and our great faith but rather to Christ and God’s great work of redemption through him.
How do we sow in our children love for the word that has become a lifeline for us? How do we communicate in a way that prepares them for a life of faith and faithfulness?
True worship is not possible unless God himself enables it, because human beings are unable to truly worship him without his enabling.
Matt Smethurst discusses the important role that deacons should play in the life of the local church.
The law of God changes when we move from thinking about it in terms of our justification to our sanctification.
Evangelicals who prioritize true piety are as centered and focused on the church as they are on anything—because we know that the church is Christ’s focus.
Jesus and his apostles considered the Old Testament Scriptures to be the written Word of God, and thus the ultimate authority for life.
The demands of medicine and the spiritual burdens of long hours take their toll. Here are five ways to pray.
If we give in to impatience with the learning process, we tend to react in one of two ways.
The book of Job is realistic in the sufferings it sets before disciples of Jesus and full of glorious hope because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ fills the mental horizon of mainstream Anglican believers; the claim and the purpose is that in all we do, we are seeking Christ’s glory and furthering his kingdom.
Paul Tripp discusses how the gospel comes to bear on the day-to-day realities of marriage and why that's more than just a platitude.
Survival mode for the weary Christian is not hibernation from Christ but perseverance in Christ.
When facing doubts and fears, the last thing you want to do is isolate yourself and struggle alone.
Crossway's Global Ministry Fund has raised $125,000 to support the distribution and translation of gospel-centered resources in Africa.
Sanctification is absolutely essential to the life of faith—so much so that Scripture frequently treats holiness as the identifying mark of a true believer.
We tend to project our natural expectations about who God is onto him instead of fighting to let the Bible surprise us into what God himself says.
See how the Gospel of Luke presents Jesus as the promised King of kings, showcasing how Jesus’s earthly ministry is good news to the downtrodden, the hurting, and the outsider.
What are the essential wisdom perspectives that Scripture gives us that enable us to have realistic expectations for our marriage?
Christopher Ash discusses the story of Job and how God's goodness shines through suffering. He also explores the roles of Satan, the fall, and the cross of Jesus Christ in human suffering.
Giving out of scarcity declares in an especially profound way that God is better than money.
The practice of remembering the Sabbath requires Israel (and us) to remember what God has ordained for his children from the earliest moments of human existence: a pattern of work followed by rest.
Each of the four books features hand-lettered, gold-ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi, inviting readers to add their own artwork and reflections to each page.
The work to which you’ve devoted your life can plunge you into your darkest hours, luring you into doubts about God’s love, perhaps even about his existence. Where is God in all this?
You can have a marriage that is mutually satisfying while being honoring to God. You really can!
Here is what you have to understand: forgiveness is a vertical commitment that is followed by a horizontal transaction.
Stott recognized the need for both intellect and emotion in Christianity, but, clearly for him, “the greater danger is anti-intellectualism and a surrender to emotionalism.”
On this day in history John Stott, one of the most influential Christian leaders of the twentieth century, was born. This year marks the centenary of his birth.
There is no emotion, no experience, and no quest more authentically human than love.
Kathryn Butler discusses her work as a trauma surgeon working in the ICU, sharing what it was like to be inundated with life and death situations day in and day out.
Whenever we start doubting our faith, it’s usually because we’ve come to believe something else in its place.
We are called, as was Job, to begin our lives of discipleship with the fear of God and repentance from evil.
As our world continues to speak about inclusivity, diversity, and tolerance, it can seem like Christianity is embarrassingly behind the times.
In the context of the whole Bible, perhaps the deepest error and omission of Job’s friends is this: they have no place for innocent suffering.
Learn more about this month’s new releases like Marriage by Paul David Tripp and the ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal, Gospels Set.
In this episode, Garrett Kell discusses why all Christians are called to be discipled and to disciple others.
Deaconing is not for the faint of heart. Much of it is thankless: grunt work, not stage work.
What is righteous vs. unrighteous anger? What does the anger of God look like? Glean insight about the right time and application for anger by reading these verses and commentary.
Deacons are not the church’s spiritual council of directors, nor the executive board to whom the pastor-CEO answers. They are a cavalry of servants.
God loves beauty, and he gives it to us as a gift. He is the source of beauty, and he is beauty himself.
Perhaps in the hospital bed, you try to pray but can’t find the words. The spiritual disciplines upon which you’ve depended seem oceans away.
Greg Gilbert discusses why Christians so often struggle to clearly define a simple yet foundational concept: the gospel.
Not meeting together has meant missing out on the countless interactions that establish and enable the very practical supports which overflow from our spiritual unity in Christ.
What do we say to our sons and daughters who ask, “Daddy and Mommy, what does it mean to be a man or a woman?” Tell them they are made in the image of God and for union with Christ.
God doesn’t just require holiness; he promises it to his people, he bought it for them, and he brings it about in their hearts and lives.
What is at stake in God making us male and female? Nothing less than the gospel.
In partnership with a generous ministry donor, Crossway is pleased to offer any church in the US up to 208 free copies Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund.
The most fundamental reason that people don’t believe the miracles in the Bible is because they already believe something else, namely, that miracles are impossible.
Ruth Chou Simons discusses her life as an artist, sharing her passion for creating beautiful pieces of art that reflect the beauty of our Creator.
Because your world is not out of control but under God’s careful redemptive control, you can have hope even when it looks to you as if darkness is winning the day.
The Bible may not give explicit instructions about men and women in the church, but it does reveal some patterns that ought to shape how we think of sexual differentiation and complementarity.
Learn more about artist Joshua Noom and his work on the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series.
Learn more about artist, Jess Phoenix, and her work on the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series.
Michael Kruger discusses the top intellectual challenges to biblical Christianity many students will face on a secular campus.
Most of us would be quick to speak up and protest our innocence. It’s just human nature to want to speak up and justify ourselves.
Learn more about German designer and illustrator, Peter Voth, and his work on the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series.
We are pleased to share the entire audio of The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung on The Crossway Podcast.
The fifth commandment is found in the middle of a list of commands clearly addressed to adults, targeting issues that are, developmentally speaking, primarily the concerns of adulthood.
God loves his people despite their sin against him. He loves them before they love him back, and before there’s anything in them worthy of his love. But his love doesn’t stop there.
Learn more about artist, Lulie Wallace, and her work on the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series.
We need mature believers to help us resist sin, grow in godly affection, and to persevere in faith.
Learn more about artist and master penman, Jake Weidmann, and his work on the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series.
To obey the law is to look like Jesus Christ. While legalism builds self-righteousness, lawfulness builds righteousness.
Join Jen Wilkin, author of Ten Words to Live By, for a ten-day journey through the Ten Commandments, learning what they are and what they mean for our lives.
Learn more about these Bibles featuring commissioned cover artwork designed by Christian artists such as Peter Voth, Ruth Chou Simons, and Joshua Noom.
Learn more about ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist series and her work on the Be Transformed cover.
Sister, don’t try to follow Christ alone. There is no substitute for your commitment and service to your local church.
We should love the law because we love Jesus, and because Jesus loved the law.
The decline of reading has impoverished our culture and individual lives. We have lost mental sharpness, verbal skills, and ability to think and imagine.
Today, we are pleased to share a special hour-long audio preview of Ten Words to Live By: Delighting in and Doing What God Commands by Jen Wilkin.
In this episode, Jen Wilkin discusses what's wrong with the way we often talk about the Law, along with some of the common dangers of legalism.
When every moment of our iWorld existence conditions us to celebrate the self, the church boldly celebrates something bigger, grander, and more compelling.
Rather than seeing our cultural challenges today only as obstacles for our kids, I’m increasingly convinced they’re opportunities to do three important things.
The local church feels uncomfortable because it's countercultural on so many fronts. It goes against the spirit of our age.
Thoughtful reading is becoming a lost art. Artful reading is dying. Many people believe it’s drawing a final breath on its deathbed.
There are four essential identity markers of the church: oneness, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity.
What are some major obstacles that prevent children from enjoying reading? Here are some practical suggestions for helping to instill a love of books.
Our new status and our new identity are due to the saving mercy and transformative power of God and are not of ourselves.
Dave Harvey discusses why plural leadership—a team of elders—is so crucial for the health of a local church.
Over the course of five days, be encouraged by God’s commitment to his own in this devotional adaptation from John Piper’s book, Providence.
Leading in community puts us under a holy spotlight. But it’s all part of God’s plan and protection.
Learn more about this month's new titles including Providence by John Piper, Ten Words to Live By by Jen Wilkin, and the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series.
Most of us like to think we’re basically good people. We know we’re not perfect. We sometimes do bad things. But at heart, we think we’re pretty good.
God loves patience, so he imposes a way of governing that requires humble listening and trust that he is working in the lives of others. God loves humility, so he gave us plurality.
On the one hand, we are told that Christ frees us from fear; on the other, we are told we ought to fear—and fear God, no less. Is fear a good or a bad thing?
What is the proof that God is for us? Where else do we need to look other than God giving the most valuable thing in the universe, offering up his one and only Son for his people?
Rebecca McLaughlin discusses what it looks like for parents to prepare their teens for a life in a post-Christian world, reflectong on kids' propensity to ask hard questions and why that's a good thing,
We need to remember that the Bible is God's direct speech to us. His word is the source of wisdom. It is God himself speaking to us.
If the ship is going down, it’s not arrogant to tell people the truth and point them to the lifeboat. It’s deeply unloving not to.
I would argue that the author of Hebrews is presenting much more than a definition of what faith is, but also offering a summary of what faith does.
We are all familiar with the hashtags around social media. The word blessing gets thrown around a lot, so people have an idea of what they think blessing means.
When Müller was twenty years old, he was invited to a Bible study and, by the grace of God, felt the desire to go.
As we savor the good news of the sin-bearing servant of the Lord, we learn to enthuse. The gospel of a surprising salvation can only make us laugh, sing, and cheer.
In what sense are the Internet and social media potentially valuable for wisdom? We know the many downsides to online life. What are the upsides?
The providence of God is his purposeful sovereignty by which he will be completely successful in the achievement of his ultimate goal for the universe.
Matt Merker discusses the central importance of corporate worship for the life of the Christian and shares his thoughts on the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic could have on church gatherings.
The world is not a machine that God made to run on its own. It is a painting, or a sculpture, or a drama.
The term sovereignty does not contain the idea of purposeful action, but the term providence does.
Learn how pastors and church leaders can encourage God-glorifying worship in the local church.
Because of the priesthood of believers, when we gather, we all edify one another.
Prayer and evangelism are both part of the plan—the all-embracing, all-pervasive, unstoppable providence of God is the only hope for making our efforts effective.
Being a Christian—a worshiper of God—entails identifying with God’s worshiping people. You’ve been adopted into his family.
God’s blessing is not contingent upon whether we live in material wealth or whether we live in material poverty because we can learn to be content.
The pandemic has stripped away many of our opportunities to connect with the people in our congregations.
The zeal to proclaim the holiness of God and the gospel of Christ propelled R. C. Sproul to devote his life to teaching, to preaching, to traveling, to writing.
A couple of weeks ago, we asked readers to submit their questions for Dane Ortlund. Many of you sent in questions from around the world.
R. C. Sproul loved to laugh. He enjoyed people. He truly knew the generosity of God, and that propelled him to serve people.
Christians, remember that God has graciously given us his Holy Spirit, who makes us fearless in troubled times.
Stephen Nichols discusses the fascinating life and ministry of the late R. C. Sproul reflecting on who he was in private and how his theological passions shaped his ministry.
Today, we are pleased to share a special hour-long audio preview of R. C. Sproul: A Life by Stephen J. Nichols, including the book's prologue and first chapter, on The Crossway Podcast.
Browse the new and notable resources releasing from Crossway this month including The Wisdom Pyramid by Brett McCraken and the ESV Panorama New Testament.
The mark of a faithful church service is not whether it caters to our tastes, but whether it orients us to devotion to God, love for the body, and zeal to see our neighbors know Christ.
Acts is the story of God’s grace flooding out to the world, from the cross and resurrection of Jesus in Jerusalem to the ends of the earth.
View many of the New Testament books in their entirety on a panoramic, two-page spread with this new edition.
We live in an angry world, and most of it is obviously destructive. But anger is not intrinsically evil, essentially evil, or necessarily evil.
Here are five things you might focus on in your prayers as you seek to do the heart work necessary in your own circumstances.
God gathers us to glorify him. Praise is the natural response of redeemed creatures.
When Jesus is angry, he is right to be angry; the cause of his anger is right, and he expresses his anger rightly.
Modern medicine can be used to overcome many diseases and disabilities today. We should view this as a good thing, and as something for which we can give thanks to God.
Christopher Ash discusses why anger is such a powerful, dangerous emotion for the Christian, walking through some of the key Bible passages that address the topic.
Is anybody listening to the voice of John Wesley anymore? Outside the self-identified Wesleyverse, the Wesley Literacy Quotient among evangelicals has declined alarmingly.
Jacob Lee lives in Uganda and works with a church and missions organization to equip pastors and distribute books and Bibles to help further the gospel of Christ in Africa.
Why would anyone ever fast? What is to be gained from giving things up?
God uses seasons of waiting to teach us patience and make us more like himself.
We sometimes characterize the digital age as a “post-literate” age, where images and video have taken over the place that written words used to occupy.
We believed that the Bible was the most valuable thing in the world, and that was the motivating force behind the publication of the English Standard Version.
Conrad Mbewe discusses what American Christians should know about the church in Africa, dispelling common misconceptions and sharing some of the big issues facing local congregations.
It is said that the number of Christians in Africa at the beginning of the twentieth century was about 9 million and that by the end of the twentieth century it was about 380 million.
Our culture is obsessed with wealth and riches. Why, then, does Jesus call the poor "blessed?"
Christians who have been through divorces also have a wonderful encouragement to realize that Jesus understands our sufferings and is willing to walk beside us in them.
To any Christian who is starting to be persuaded by the arguments of the LGBTQ+ movement, I would suggest these things.
Sam Crabtree explains why gratitude is actually more foundational to the Christian life than you probably think and offers practical advice for cultivating gratitude in the ups and downs of our everyday lives,
Being a good steward of my time requires that I tune in to God’s heart and see the opportunities to love others that are all around me.
The biblical picture of love can differ wildly from how the world defines it. Be set aright and encouraged by these verses and commentary.
Algorithms lure us into constant distraction by putting “suggestions” into our minds, waiting to pounce and consume our attention.
Church can be an indispensable source of stability and growth; a treasure trove of communal and Spirit-infused wisdom that we’d be foolish to neglect.
Today’s world has more and more information readily available, but less and less wisdom.
If you fail to understand poetic structures and literary devices, you will understand and preach the Psalms improperly.
There is a kind of thankfulness that is grateful not only for what isn’t but for what is. The Bible doesn’t exhort us merely to be thankful in everything, but for everything.
It’s good to mourn, it’s healthy to be sad, and it’s appropriate to groan. Something is wrong with us, something is missing in our hearts and our understanding of life.
Why do we need suggestions on how to express gratitude? Shouldn’t a truly grateful heart just naturally overflow in expressing that gratefulness?
Brett McCracken discusses what it looks like to pursue true wisdom in a noisy and confused age.
In our modern world, we're overwhelmed by information: too fast, too much, and too self-focused. And, it's crowding out our ability to think deeply.
Sexual desire is often one of the most powerful, powerfully creative, and powerfully catastrophic forces within human history.
God delights in identifying with us in our suffering. He feels the sting in his chest when you hurt. He takes
Scripture speaks to us on many issues, but none so important, glorious, and central as our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is no greater need for the church today than to think rightly about Jesus, biblically and theologically.
The church has a vital role to play in reconciliation between people of different ethnicities. It actually goes to the essence of what it means to be a Christian.
Marshall Segal discusses singleness and dating as a Christian, sharing some of his own story including his struggle with contentment as a single person.
Many unmarried people have strengthened their hands with the truth that no one has left anything for the sake of the kingdom, says the Lord Jesus, who will not receive back far more.
The knowledge of God that the fear of the Lord brings is not a sterile knowledge. Those who fear God come to know him in such a way that they actually become holy, faithful, loving, and merciful, like him.
The fear of God is not a state of mind you can guarantee with five easy steps. It is not something that can be acquired with simple self-effort.
Most of us take God’s attributes for granted and seldom think about them specifically. They may be hard to fathom, but they matter greatly for our relationship to him.
The most important blessing of the church’s new existence will be its similar experience of the immediate, palpable presence of God.
Browse a list of the new and notable resources including Journey to the Cross: A 40-Day Lenten Devotional by Paul David Tripp and the ESV Preaching Bible, Verse-by-Verse Edition.
Even those in their prime with perfect health have limits. We need a stronger strength to match our deep discouragements.
In this episode, Jani Ortlund discusses the joys and challenges of being a pastor's wife for nearly five decades.
It is the devil’s work to promote a fear of God that makes people afraid of God such that they want to flee from God.
Having been a pastor’s wife for many years, let me share with you some of the struggles your wife may be dealing with.
One of our greatest struggles with contentment is that we often have an incorrect picture of what it means to be content.
Some people expect the pastor’s wife to have the most ideal and perfect relationship with God. What should we—women married to men in ministry—do to stay spiritually radiant?
Of all the blessings in my life, one is without a doubt the most wonderful blessing of all. Of all the things I most needed, but could never provide for myself, this was my deepest need.
What every congregation really needs to see is a family serving God with wholehearted devotion while dealing with the realities of sinful parents raising sinful children.
His almighty power makes it possible for him to reach out to us in love and to save us from our sins. This is why the attributes of God matter.
Over the course of 10 days, dig deeper into the books of 1–2 Peter and learn how God uses hope, humility, and holiness to prepare believers for their final home in heaven.
What is the Bible getting at when it commands us to fear the Lord? Is it ever sinful to fear?
The Acts of the Apostles is basically an account of how the Holy Spirit transforms the earliest followers of Jesus into the restored people of God, the beginnings of God’s new creation.
Mourning sin—past, present, and future—is the first step in seeking and celebrating the hope of divine grace.
Learn more about the materials and production processes behind Crossway Bibles by reading about what goes into choices for Bible paper, cover materials, binding and gilding, and typesetting.
Try a simple experiment. Take a small child on your knee. Respect him. Do not see him as something to prune, form, or mold.
It’s really critical that the Bible and theological categories inform the racial reconciliation conversation lest culture and politics become where we start from.
Lament doesn’t solve all the problems of racial reconciliation, but it can really help.
What does it look like to embrace the call on all Christians in a time where we're limited in unprecedented ways?
To what extent can I help to rid even the smallest parts of sinful prejudice and racism out of my life for the glory of God?
In God’s sweet providence, I began studying Psalm 90 about a year before my eightieth birthday, asking the Lord to teach me how to glorify him in old age.
It is critically important to give our lives in the service of leading our children to be followers and friends of Jesus.
As counterintuitive as it sounds, flourishing is a slow and progressive death that brings abundant life.
Disgrace is the opposite of grace. Grace is love that seeks you out even if you have nothing to give in return.
“Habits of grace” are the God-designed channels through which his glorious grace flows—making them life-giving practices for all Christians.
Barbara Hughes discusses why discipline is important for Christian women, highlighting her own struggle to cultivate a disciplined life over the years.
If you’re like most women, fear about your changing physical appearance is just the beginning of aging anxiety. Many of us struggle with aging because we know it is often a season of loss.
The one prayer Christ calls us all to pray requires us to let go of our momentary agendas and take up his eternal one.
The most outrageous acts of penance in the world are powerless to do what needs to be done—radically transform your heart. So you and I are left with only one final option.
Godly character is developed over time—honed by the practice of spiritual disciplines and commitment to living honorably before men and God.
Whether you’re already in the habit of reading the Bible daily or you struggle to find consistent time in the Word, reading plans can be helpful in cultivating daily Scripture reading.
Slowly and prayerfully turning over Scripture engages the eyes, the ears, and the mouth, and drills through the granite to the heart—maximizing internalization and devotion.
There are barriers to creating a regular habit of family worship, but God has provided many helps to get over them.
Good deeds matter to God in regards to their purpose for the church, the world, our sanctification, and God’s glory.
Kent Hughes discusses why discipline is so important for the life of a Christian man. He explains how discipline is actually aimed at freeing us to be the men that God called us to be.
What’s the most frightening thing you’ve ever had to do? Terror is a powerful force that can seize us and render us powerless to act.
What are the general principles to bear in mind as you begin to work with your teen through anxiety and depression?
You may not know how badly you needed silence and solitude until you get to know them.
Recapture your attention and reactivate your awe for Christ and his coming during Christmastime.
To explore the wonder of who Christ is and stir our hearts to worship him, let us consider two questions about who he is.
The surety of past prophecies and the specificity of how Jesus fulfilled them is also your guaranteed future hope.
Bob Kauflin discusses his work as a songwriter and worship leader, reflecting on his process for writing songs for the church.
Though we don't want to cater only to the unbelievers in our congregations, we need to be aware of certain things we can do to help them encounter Jesus in a way they can understand.
When you come to Christ for mercy and love and help in your anguish and perplexity and sinfulness, you are going with the flow of his own deepest wishes, not against them.
One day the ruler—the King of kings and Lord of lords—will return and make peace a reality.
Read these familiar passages about God’s plan of redemption manifested through Christ at Christmas.
Joy is the gift of God to those who trust in Christ—not circumstantial, but the result of a deep trust in and love for Jesus.
It is God’s intent that every person who comes into a relationship with him through Jesus Christ eventually will grow up into maturity. And maturity looks like Jesus.
What does it mean to be fluent in the gospel, and why is it an essential part of living as a disciple of Jesus?
To see the goodness of God most clearly—to focus on Christ during Christmas—your children will need to see you enthralled by him and captured by him.
One of the most immediate, inexpensive, and portable options for accessing God's Word is via digital means.
We are overjoyed to be able to partner with organizations across the globe who share our passion to bear witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
3 Simple Helps I've noticed when I talk about family worship that people say, I've tried it. It doesn't work. Or, I've tried, but I can't keep it going. They are discouraged from even trying …
Read about God’s condescension and wonder anew at his redemptive plan for humanity this advent season.
Busyness is like sin: kill it, or it will be killing you. When busyness goes after joy, it goes after everyone’s joy.
There is a reason to value some gifts above others, but the Bible does not teach that any are more important, lasting, or Christ-centered than other gifts.
As believers, we put our ultimate hope not in this world, but in what is unseen. We trust and wait expectantly for God to usher forth the promised King and kingdom.
As you think about God-ordained limits of time, what changes are needed in your leadership community?
Stephen Meyer discusses the controversial topic of theistic evolution and explains what the term does and doesn't mean.
Celebrate the beginning of Advent season by reading these passages either on your own, with a friend, or with your family.
May the God of peace be with believers—now and always—as we seek to usher in his kingdom here and now.
Technology and the media have played a significant role in the triumph of the sexual revolution—specifically in terms of the LGBTQ+ movement.
God has equipped us to follow Christ faithfully no matter what season of life we’re living.
Build your hopes and your faith on the truth that God can take his word, with prayer and worship, and bless it to your children’s salvation.
At Christmas, God thunders into our lives in his flesh and beckons us to behold in him the glory of God, full of grace and truth.
How do you pray to prepare for Advent season?
As we near the end of 2020, we thank God for his continued faithfulness to Crossway over the course of a year full of unexpected challenges.
It is the Spirit’s work to help us see our sin. This drives us to Jesus for forgiveness, and this is very good.
Joel Beeke discusses the doctrine of Christ's ongoing intercession in heaven and why it's more important and spiritually edifying than you may realize.
The Advent story is a hope story because it chronicles the coming to earth of the One who is hope, Jesus.
Encourage those you love with biblical truth this year and find a gift for everyone on your list.
A believer’s contentment is not to be affected by circumstances, but firmly rooted in the good news of Christ and what he has accomplished for sinners.
If the contentment goes and the giving of thanks goes, we are not loving God as we should, and proper desire has become coveting against God.
Gratitude to God is essential, but not only for the sake of the good things which he bestows.
Expressive individualism, like a lot of things, captures something of the truth. Human beings do have an inner life, and that inner life is very important to who we are.
Lamenting the toppling of our cultural idols can reorient Christian exiles as to what King and what kingdom we were supposed to long for.
Learn more about the new and notable resources releasing from Crossway this month.
What does it look like to cultivate a spirit of contentment in a world that often seems dead set on helping us do just the opposite?
To become humble and self-forgetful is to become truly human so that we might truly know God. God wants to give us himself.
God has designed the universe so that anticipation is built into the order of things.
Don’t let the busyness of Christmas crowd out a quiet anticipation of this sacred season.
The question of transgender identity looks set to be significant for Christians both in matters of public life and pastoral care for the foreseeable future.
Life includes not only living experiences, but also the best that mankind has produced in art, books, music, ideas, and many more areas.
There is no shortage of conversations surrounding spirituality—culturally and across various religious expressions—but a Christian understanding of spirituality must have its roots in the gospel.
Look at the Jesus of the Bible. Look at him. Don’t close your eyes and hope for a word of confirmation. Keep your eyes open and fill them with the full portrait of Jesus provided in the Bible.
In the Bible, lament is a prayer that leads to trust, which can be a starting point for the church to “weep with those who weep."
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Enjoy a special two-hour preview of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by Carl Trueman on The Crossway Podcast.
For Christians, our identity is not rooted primarily in our feelings or desires, be they sexual or otherwise. Our identity is to be rooted by the fact that we are created in the image of God and united to Christ.
The sexual revolution is simply one manifestation of a broader culture of what we might call expressive individualism.
Why is our culture obsessed with gender identity and sexuality? Learn what history has to say about our modern times and how Christians can navigate this increasingly hostile issue.
Jesus suffered and died on behalf of sinners and calls blessed those that follow in his steps for his name’s sake.
Christians are often prone to focusing on symptoms rather than looking at underlying causes.
Are we truly using and thinking of money with a Christ-centered heart? These questions will help you evaluate the role of money in your life.
What makes the sexual revolution remarkable is that the transgression of boundaries has now become effectively normative within society.
This 10-episode podcast is a great way to introduce young and old alike to the deep truths of the Bible that explain how we got here, why our lives matter, and where we're going.
There are eight godly attitudes in Colossians 3:12–14 that are foundational to biblical peacemaking.
Why are covenants so important in Scripture? Why does it matter in the Christian life?
The wasted life is the life without a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples.
Rediscover these historically significant classic works and be encouraged by timeless truths for all Christians.
We can approach discussions about abortion with evidence from the Bible, or just by using the facts of the universe about how a human life develops inside the mother's womb.
Where do snakes and dragons appear in the story of Scripture and what part do they play in the history of Redemption?
God’s choice of his people is related to their being predestined to be a part of his family, but predestination is not an end in itself.
Me-ology prizes you and me. Theology prizes the God of the universe who holds everything together.
Christians live in the painful paradox of salvation begun but not completed.
The more you understand the magnitude of God’s grace, the more accurate will be your view of the depth of your unrighteousness; and the more you understand the depth of your unrighteousness, the more you will appreciate the magnitude of God’s gift of grace.
Jesus is the serpent slayer. So how should a Christian live in light of that thrilling storyline?
When life feels out of control, it can be comforting to remember that we're never out of the sight of our Creator—and he never loses control.
Why were Joseph and Mary commanded to name the holy Child “Jesus?” What does his name mean for believing Christians?
Faith is much more than a one-time decision; it is a lifestyle lived with the presence, promises, and call of God always in view.
In the midst of a busy season, make space in your days to prepare your heart for the joyous reason we celebrate Christmas.
How do we understand the biblical covenants, and how can they help us to read Scripture rightly?
With 40 daily readings, each of these short devotionals encourage Christians to experience the life-giving message of the gospel every day.
The Digital Greek Scripture Journal provides a flexible, on-the-go interaction with the original Greek text.
The church cannot control our forgiveness because we are answerable not to human authorities, but to God.
The Unfolding Grace audiobook is for people on the move. Listen along to the storyline of God's unfolding grace.
Lament gives us a language to express our grief and sorrow to God, while asking him to lead us to deeper trust.
If your teen experiences anxiety or depression, it’s very common for you to feel that you’ve failed or you’ve done something wrong. So what do we do with these feelings and thoughts?
When we first began work on the ESV Study Bible, we could never have anticipated the way God would use it to encourage and equip Christians to study his word.
The Bible is a book about God’s plan to glorify himself by saving sinners through the work of his Son, Jesus Christ. At every point, Scripture’s covenant theology leads us to Jesus.
The topic of money can be tricky for Christians to navigate. What does the Bible say about it and how ought we to use it to honor God?
Learn more about this month’s new books and Bibles.
God tells us over and over in Scripture to lean on him for what our human strength and ingenuity cannot achieve.
There are some basic steps we shouldn’t miss before we try and treat anxiety and depression with medication and counseling.
How should Christians think about political disagreements within the church and how much should politics be shared from the pulpit?
What is going on when a disagreements affects your heart’s posture or hinders fellowship with another person in your church?
God’s design has always been for his people to experience the fullness of life in his presence—physically and spiritually.
Perhaps one of the greatest misunderstandings concerning the Christian faith is that God is only concerned with “good people.”
A Christian is someone who, by virtue of his reconciliation with God, has been reconciled to God’s people.
If our salvation depended upon our feelings, we should be lost one day and saved another, for they are as fickle as the weather.
God’s unity of simplicity means that God is one with himself, selfsame and indivisible in his being and operations, and God is not composed of parts.
Just like themes such as law, sacrifice, and covenant, the theme of blessing must be understood within the full biblical story, if it is to be understood biblically at all.
Take the imaginative journey through the grand story of the universe wherever you go with the Emblems of the Infinite King audiobook.
According to the entire witness of Holy Scripture, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are not three gods. Nor are they some confederation of the one God with lesser gods. These three are the one God.
Giving priority to the Scriptures can help ensure that we make God’s voice the loudest message we hear.
What does the Bible say about the presence of God, and how does it relate the Christian life?
If you have struggled with this doctrine, you are not alone. Even Jonathan Edwards once wrestled with it before he became fully satisfied with it.
Crossway has expanded cover options for select Bible lines to include buffalo leather covers.
The best way of casting out an impure affection is to admit a pure one, and, by the love of what is good, to expel the love of what is evil.
With the power and presence of Jesus in our lives, we are called to endure and thus shine the light of Christ in a dark world.
Heaven may not be our final home, but insofar as we are with the Lord, we will indeed be at home as we wait.
What is church discipline? Is it biblical? Jonathan Leeman answers five questions about church discipline.
When we choose to embrace sin, celebrate it, and not repent of it, we keep ourselves away from God and away from heaven.
Jonathan Edwards makes three observations about heaven.
Why should you get baptized? Christ not only commands believers to get baptized, baptism is also a gift he graciously gives for our benefit and blessing.
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Cameron Cole talks about losing his three-year-old son and how that tragedy and all the suffering it entailed has ultimately strengthened his hope in God.
We can, with true humility and firm confidence, call our people to repent when they are sinning, assure them of God’s care when they are hurting, promise them eternal riches when they are dying—all on the authority of God’s most precious word.
Ask yourself, What do I want most for my kids? If we're Christian parents, we want our kids to know Jesus, we want them to be saved. Sometimes just writing that down really helps to reorder our lives.
How can we tell if a church is really a church? What characteristics distinguish a true church?
Between the victory on the cross and the present day, and on to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, did God intend that there should be any evidence of the reality of the victory of the cross?
What are some things to consider when searching for a new pastor to lead the church?
The worst thing you can do when you read the Bible is to read it passively or thoughtlessly.
Major news outlets in the world tend to concentrate on the economic poverty and social deprivation that characterizes much of Africa, but then many believers miss what God is doing in his church across the continent.
To become fluent in a new language, you must immerse yourself in it until you actually start to think about life through it.
Introducing Lead by Paul David Tripp, a new resource for church leadership.
What does the New Testament teach about how the Old Testament applies to Christians?
Anxiety may misdirect us, or, properly grasped, may point us to the right path.
The Bible reveals the nature of masculinity and femininity by describing diverse responsibilities for man and woman while rooting these differing responsibilities in creation, not convention.
Over the course of twelve days, be encouraged by Scripture and wise leadership principles as you seek to become a better leader at home, in your workplace, and in the church.
Maintain a daily bible-reading habit with the new ESV Every Day Bible, and read the whole Bible over the course of a year.
How can churches become equipped to be disability effective? By living transparently with weakness and allowing these weaknesses to issue forth in fruitful labor in Christ’s church.
Pray, have a plan, be patient, and be positive. You will meet him in his word.
How can Christians embrace God and science? Must the two be separated?
To be converted as a Christian is to have changed your thinking and your believing about Jesus Christ, and to be changed into a person who is no longer an enemy of God but a beloved child of God.
A leader is to be above reproach, held accountable for the care of those entrusted to them.
Browse a list of the new and notable resources releasing from Crossway this month.
Select verses or sections that you’re using for study, memorization, or devotion, making it easy to return to them quickly and easily.
What is the foundational quality of a good leader?
Sexual sin is a matter of the heart. When it comes to sex, we all need to say that the biggest problem in our sexual lives is us.
Drew Hunter discusses advice for Christians eager to reinvigorate, or maybe jumpstart for the first time, a consistent Bible-reading habit.
The Bible is more than just a book about events in history: it’s a unified story.
If the primary driving force of leadership in local churches around the world was the gospel of Jesus Christ, we could avoid so much sadness in the lives of church leaders.
What factors contribute to the rise of anxiety in teenagers today?
Truly, we are lost in a darkness of our own making, and we got here by dethroning God and enthroning ourselves. We’ve deified ourselves. And it’s led to our demise.
How do we strategize together as leadership communities for the battle?
Why isn’t humble candor more of a regular part of our ministry leadership culture? Why aren’t we more ready to confess spiritual discouragement or struggle?
Crossway is pleased to introduce an accessible way to interact with the New Testament in its original language.
Introducing a new resource for women who are eager to study God's word. For a limited time, Crossway+ members receive 50% off and free shipping in the contiguous US of the ESV Women's Study Bible.
The church is experiencing a leadership crisis. Two key elements contribute to this crisis.
What is the church's leadership crisis and what is the solution?
This is the way all of us want to live and die. We want to live full of faith and the Holy Spirit.
God has given us work to do faithfully and joyfully—with both our minds and our hands.
Download these free printables for memorizing and meditating on God's word.
Reading the Bible, like eating a meal, isn’t only for individual consumption. Some of the greatest joys come when we enjoy God and his word together with others.
Many Christians know key doctrines or various texts within the Bible, but they often miss the sweep of the Bible’s big story and how it connects to Christ.
Depression has been around since the fall, and the Bible gives examples of even the greatest people who suffered from depression.
The agenda of biblical theology isn’t driven by the questions we bring to the Bible, but by the focus of the Bible itself.
While in recent years same-sex relations have been glamorized in some sectors of society, Jesus confirmed that God’s will for marriage has always been lifelong heterosexual monogamy.
On the side of God’s infinity, there is a complete chasm between God on one side and man, the animal, the flower, and the machine on the other. On the side of God’s infinity, He stands alone.
Lauren Chandler shares her Bible study and reading habits and how Scripture has impacted her personal life and work as a songwriter.
The best self-care habits, not only for the Christian but for any human being, lead us back to our Maker and Savior.
How do you pray biblically? Paul Miller outlines four ways to help you pray biblical prayers.
If we take the lordship of Christ in our lives seriously, then we should seek to apply that lordship to our participation in politics.
Over the course of eight days, be encouraged by Scripture and the wisdom of other women as you seek to apply the truths of Mark's gospel to your everyday life.
Spiritual gifts are capacities or abilities imparted to Christians by the Holy Spirit to enable them to exceed the limitations of their finite humanity in order to serve other believers to the glory of God.
Men are to be worshipers, disciples, witnesses, husbands and fathers, leaders, providers, and protectors.
Orienting ourselves by stories involves using their storylines to put our lives in proper perspective.
What does the Bible teach about how to make decisions and discern God's will in the life of believers?
Doctrine is a body of teaching. Christian doctrine is the teaching found in the Bible—about who God is, who we are, and why the world exists.
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What is curious is that God is impressed not by Satan’s extraordinary abilities but rather by Job’s character.
It's important to realize that anxiety and depression are different while being careful to realize that they do sometimes overlap.
What does it look like to love God and enjoy this world? Are the two in contention with each other?
The more we are pulled in different directions, the more we have to work to guard the time we give to personal study of our Bibles.
Human marriage is not the ultimate human experience. Our relationship with God is. But under Christ, marriage is the most profound human relationship we have.
How does my natural joy in baseball become a supernatural joy in God? That’s the question Christian Hedonists ask.
Our lives ought to be structured by regular rhythms of direct and indirect godwardness, moving back and forth between direct interaction with God himself and active engagement with the world.
Your vocation, be it ever so humble, is a divine calling, and thus must be done for the glory of God. This alone will take the church out into the world.
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When God called Paul from being the church’s persecutor to be a gospel preacher, the Lord showed him how much he would suffer for the sake of his name.
Christ set the ultimate example of humility by submitting himself to life on earth and then death on the cross on behalf of sinners.
Doing good and being rich in good works and being generous and ready to share aren’t just about money.
Is it okay to ask God why when suffering? What do you do when you go through profound suffering?
Did you know that you can bookmark Bible verses using the features on ESV.org, making it easy to toggle back and forth between several passages of Scripture?
In these circumstances, we may find ourselves wondering, Where is God? How can these things be happening if God is perfectly good and all-powerful? Can’t he stop them? Doesn’t he want to?
One of the most debated, and at times perplexing, aspects of belief in the Trinity is the question “Does Scripture actually teach that Jesus is fully God?”
Many Christians often can assent to key statements on Christ’s divinity like the Nicene Creed, but struggle defending such statements from Scripture.
Put simply, family discipleship is leading your home by doing whatever you can whenever you can to help your family become friends and followers of Jesus Christ.
Jesus claims rule over all of heaven and earth. He presents himself not as one possible path to God, but as God himself.
When it comes to family discipleship, low-hanging fruit is everywhere. Family discipleship does not have to be intricate or complicated.
In Jesus's call to make disciples everywhere and to teach his commandments entirely, we can be absolutely sure that this imperative includes those disciples we will make in our own homes.
What is family discipleship, and how can parents start discipling their kids?
As was typical among the Puritans, the Lord’s Supper is seen not simply as a memory aid, but an occasion in which Christ is present among his people through the Holy Spirit.
There are many reasons Christians might not feel like going to church. But if you can discern the reason behind your reluctance, the path forward becomes clearer.
In our suffering God is at work to give us something much better than what we want.
Christ calls us to himself and then invites us to lead others to follow him in obedience and trust. We are called disciples when we love each other in this way.
Christianity is a religion that rests on revelation: nobody would know the truth about God, or be able to relate to him in a personal way, had not God first acted to make himself known.
Over the course of 10 days, dig deeper into the book of Esther and learn how God is faithful to keep his promises and deliver his people.
The more divisive, the more stressful, the more anxious, and the more lonely our society grows, the more compelling the need becomes for a clear exhortation to love.
The gospel challenges some of our culture’s deepest beliefs and can prompt a lot of questions, yet we are called to make a defense for our hope.
What does it look like to lead an effective Bible study? How can a leader keep the conversation on track and guide people to discover the treasures of God's Word?
We have to read the Bible as literature, but we also have to recognize that it is unlike any other book we know.
There are two ways to consider the question of propositional revelation and infallibility. Until the first is in place, the second cannot be sensibly pursued.
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Most people associate the word “catholic” with the Roman Catholic Church. Yet, when used with a little c, the word simply means worldwide or universal.
God’s people have always been a singing people. There must be a robust expression of our testimony to his grace, something not just seen in our lives but heard from our voices.
The ultimate purpose of the book of Psalms is to model for God’s people how and why to praise the LORD.
Truth in relationships, especially between Christians, is divinely commanded and truth telling is integral to godliness.
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There are several things that can be taken into account in a cumulative way to help us know what God is guiding us to do.
What are hymns, and how are they still relevant in a Christian's life today? What are the benefits of learning hymns and congregational singing?
If we intend to teach our children how to appropriately enjoy, but not abuse, time in front of a screen, we must check our own hearts and habits first.
We need a sensitivity to the different genres of literature in order to make the move from the literature of the Bible to the doctrines of systematic theology.
When we consider the view of personhood presented in Scripture, the question of whether we are mere brain machines or something more becomes a gospel question.
Death often brings reality to light. When individuals are thrown onto their last resources, they show where their true hopes lay.
One of the best things we can do for our teens is to explain to them that many teens suffer in the same way.
The following prayers are from The Primer (1652) by John Owen and can be used to give children a framework for talking to the Lord in prayer.
What are the joys and hardships of doing ministry for the long-haul and what does it look like to be faithful in the midst of pastoral overwhelm and exhaustion?
During seasons of depression or anxiety, most of us find it hard to concentrate, we feel God is far away, and we despair of God hearing us or helping us.
Self-care may produce happiness and temporary relief from stress or hardship, but real joy comes when we stop serving ourselves and find meaning and purpose in something outside of ourselves.
The reasons you don’t feel like going to church might be good, bad, or ugly. But, as a fellow sheep loved by the same Shepherd, I’m asking you to trust God, ask for grace, and go.
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John Owen specialized in ministry to young people, though that’s not how he tends to be remembered.
It’s difficult to steward our time, talents, and treasure well in a world that invites us to self-satisfaction and self-fulfillment.
In our digital age, it’s helpful to remember the importance of real-life relationships and the benefits of older believers in the faith who can offer us wisdom, presence, and pursuit.
Now more than ever, it’s time to pick up Owen and find his encouragement for the Christian life.
If we are not just machines, but spiritual beings as well, even the cleverest computer could never replicate the priceless and wondrous imago dei borne by every human.
Did you know that you can take and save digital notes alongside passages of Scripture using the features on ESV.org?
How can thinking and being really honest about the reality of death paradoxically free us to find hope and joy in God like never before?
Call on God for help and strength when yours is lacking, and be encouraged by his sufficiency.
If you’re over the age of twenty-five and single, surely by now you’ve experienced at least some of the challenges of living an uncoupled life.
As we remember the life of J. I. Packer, join us in thanking God for his profound writing ministry and the legacy of his faithful service to the church.
As we look back on the life of J. I. Packer, join us in thanking God for his humble writing ministry and the legacy of his service to the church.
Sin causes us to deny our need for God and others. Sin causes us to assign to ourselves the wisdom, strength, and righteousness we do not have.
Sam Storms reflects on Packer's remarkable life and ministry, including how Packer came to faith and the impact that his many books have had on generations of Christians.
Over the course of his life, J. I. Packer became one of the most famous and influential evangelical leaders of his time.
Retirement presents a new freedom to live your life according to your God-given priorities.
If we can get digital technology under control, we will do so much better—physically, intellectually, relationally, vocationally, educationally, financially, emotionally, and spiritually.
Why do we quit paying attention? Because it is hard work to care, it is hard work to discipline ourselves to be careful, and it is hard work to always be thinking of another person.
It’s easy to complicate prayer; but at its essence, prayer is simply talking with God.
As caregivers, parents act as ambassadors of God’s love and care to their children.
The only firm foundation we have in an unpredictable world is the rock of Jesus Christ.
Go to God and ask him to lead you into more understanding of the various factors involved in your child’s suffering: physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, and social.
Lament boldly reaffirms the trustworthiness of God. But, first we need to learn how to do it.
We should be asking ourselves if we act like family members of the church and whether or not our participation in the church strengthens or weakens it.
Why is teen anxiety and depression on the rise, and what can parents do to help their children who are struggling?
When it comes to loaded subjects like racism or ethnic tension, too often believers fall into the familiar ditches of denial or despair.
When we say community isn’t working, what we are really saying is that our expectations were not met.
Most Christians are not sure what to do about racial reconciliation. There are some whose hearts are sinfully closed, but I think most Christians simply lack the tools.
Lament doesn't solve all the problems of racial disharmony. It’s not without risk. But it helps.
It's very easy to shelve God and decide we don't really need him, that we just need to believe in ourselves and to invent who we are and what we want to do.
Reconciliation—vertical and horizontal—is the goal of the good news. Gospel unity creates racial harmony.
We need a brand-new way of thinking about money, a way that is rooted in the gospel story and its narrative of the lavish grace of God.
Mental illness is an old problem; as old as the fall. Although God made everything very good, when sin entered, humanity—together with the rest of the creation—came under the divine curse.
If you’ve been in the pastorate very long, you most likely have considered walking away and doing something else—anything else—with our lives.
One’s gifting is certainly a consideration (“able to teach”), but it is not the whole, or even the main thing, that Paul is looking for in an overseer.
Deacon's wives, whether or not they hold office, do hold responsibility for serving others. This is why they must bear character qualities fitted for a servant.
There are some common sins that keep us from living missional lives: apathy, indifference, and fear of man.
What can we learn from the early church fathers and how can early Christian creeds help us define our faith today?
Christ set the ultimate example of service and sacrifice when he condescended to us and submitted to death on our behalf.
Be encouraged by this reading of Psalm 46 by Kristyn Getty, and rest in the promises of God to be with us—and for us—in our time of need.
For those of us who are parents, God wants us to esteem the field he’s given us. It’s not a tiring distraction from the true mission field we should be tilling.
If it is true that we become what we behold, we must devote the time to learn how to dig into Scripture with our hearts and minds.
It is a healthy sign to wish that the term “race” did not exist. It has not served well to enhance human relations.
Contentment is something that we, as Christians, must regularly work to cultivate. By not working on our contentment, we are working on our discontentment.
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The realities of hell give us all the reasons in the world to persuade sinners to put their faith in the one who experienced hellish despair on the cross.
What do we do when we just don't feel like gathering with God's people in corporate worship, and how has the pandemic affected us in this area?
We are no longer under Old Testament law; but as believers, we are still marked by our obedience to Christ.
As sinners in need of grace, we can find comfort and rest knowing that God’s mercy toward us is new at the break of each day.
The most rebellious, countercultural thing you can do in our culture is to be happily married until death do you part.
Double listening . . . is the faculty of listening to two voices at the same time, the voice of God through Scripture and the voices of men and women around us.
What do you know about the life of John Stott? Do you know about the various facets of his ministry? It can sometimes feel as if Stott lived a dozen lives.
Stott’s obsession with the snowy owl was more than a charming eccentricity. It reflected some important themes in his theology.
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How should Christians think about transgenderism, and how should we talk to our kids about it? What does the Bible teach on gender and sexuality?
Our heavenly Father has good news for each and every one of us, as well as fatherly gifts in store.
Scripture is clear that all earthly fatherhood finds its origin in our heavenly Father, but it also reveals more than that.
God is working in and through the daily, faithful, consistent discipline of Bible reading—even if it’s hard to see it in the moment.
You’re a new creation. So sanctification is a reality, affected by how obedient and willing we really are.
Practicing spiritual disciplines may feel like work at first. Establishing new habits always presses against our apathy in uncomfortable ways.
Not everyone who commits these sins is excluded from God’s heavenly kingdom. Yet, those who persistently give themselves over to them demonstrate that they are indeed excluded from eternal life.
The more delight we take in the Bible, the more we want to get into it, and the bigger difference it makes in our spiritual lives.
What are some core aspects that should be in place in every mentoring relationship, and how can we build relationships that actually help others follow Christ?
One of the reasons our children are given as a heritage from the Lord is so that we can know and love our heavenly Father more and more.
Know that God’s mercy abounds every morning, and his grace covers you. The Lord loves you, he is working toward your spiritual growth, and he is not done sanctifying you.
Older women are to be faithful examples as they teach younger women. As you think about Paul's message to older women, consider these questions from the book of Titus.
Many churches are now resuming our meetings, or will soon. But these new services feel strange. Some believers may feel tempted not to come at all.
Knowing that you are a beloved child does not leave you complacent and self-satisfied.
A spiritual mentoring relationship is one where a younger believer is tethered to a more mature believer for a season so that he or she might grow stronger in faith and be equipped for ministry.
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The calling to raise children to love God and hate sin is daunting, and Christian parents should avail themselves of all the help they can get.
Marriage was created to evidence Christ’s love for his bride, the church. Our earthly relationships, though marred by our sin, can point us toward this true and ultimate reality.
The clay is still soft, so ask God for sculpting opportunities in the lives of your young children.
Many Christians experience seasons of spiritual apathy when the heart seems miles behind what we know to be true in our minds.
Throughout his New Testament writings, the apostle John summarized a Christian’s obligation to obey the Scriptures. He made it clear that walking in the ways of the word was not optional.
In all the important ways, nothing has changed about church. We are still the people of God, gathered in the presence of God, to bring glory to God.
Why are stories such powerful tools for instilling deep, biblical truths in our kids? Are moral formation and the gospel of grace mutually exclusive?
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How does the biblical practice of lament offer Christians from different backgrounds a common language for productive, God-honoring conversations about race?
Knowledge of the way that Christians in the past defended the faith can provide helpful ways of responding to postmodern spirituality today.
Divisions of mistrust and historical bias run deep. Without God, nothing will ever change. In our pain and our weariness, we know that only Jesus can change our hearts and unite the church.
Feeding your faithfulness is an unremarkable practice in real-time. It’s unglamorous by the world’s standards, yet it is precious as it contributes to a life of holding fast to Christ.
We have all had experiences where the same truth we have read a hundred times explodes with new power in our lives. That happened for Hudson Taylor on September 4, 1869.
Why is the local church so important and essential for our spiritual growth as Christians—especially in the time of COVID-19?
Because of Christ, believers are granted salvation from sin and the promise of eternal life. What hope we have in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus!
Jesus is not separable from the God whose wrath he faces on the cross, so he is not separable from us, if we but put our trust in him.
Rather than allowing racial tension to drive a wedge between us or to frighten us into silence, lament can invite all of us on a journey toward seeking God’s grace together.
Technology is not itself bad, nor is it innocuous. Though we’re not all aware of how we are being changed by our digital habits, we are being changed nonetheless.
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God’s word addresses how we, as Christians, should think about sexuality and offers us hope and wisdom for navigating today’s cultural landscape with humility and grace.
There is room for the power of Christ to rest on you in such a way that it will give you the strength to be content even as you continue to live your life in the wilderness of this world.
How should Christians think about theological diversity and gracefully disagree within the body of Christ?
Because human beings are complex creatures with reason, will, and emotion, no reductionistic scheme can explain why we reason or why we dissent the way we do.
When you take your vacation time, how do you reflect your priorities and honor the Lord?
We know God for who he is, and meet him as he is, when we meet him through his word—the Bible.
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The Bible teaches that hospitality is not an option, but a requirement, for Christians. In opening our doors, we have the opportunity to shine the light of Christ in dark places.
What does it mean for Christ to be preeminent, before all things, and holding all things together? Explore the commentary on five verses of Colossians 1.
Studying God’s word is worth all the effort we can give, because it is God’s voice to us, making us wise for salvation and equipped for a life of love.
The discipling life is an others-oriented life. It labors in the power of God to proclaim Christ and present others mature in Christ.
Rather than rushing to refute every theological misstep, we must exercise patience and grace toward those who disagree with us.
Wisdom is, first and foremost, from the Lord. When you desire wisdom, be encouraged to go to him and his word in prayer.
One of parents’ chief responsibilities is to train our children to be worshippers. And bringing our kids to church, whether they like it or not, is an essential act of discipleship.
How can archaeology bolster our faith and enhance our understanding of the Bible?
How can church elders engage relationally with their local fellowship and keep a watch out for church members who may be straying?
Like it did for Paul, the truth should shape us, so that belonging to an ordinary gathering of unremarkable people becomes one of the highest joys and greatest privileges of our lives.
Christian fasting is not only the spontaneous effect of a superior satisfaction in God; it is also a chosen weapon against every force in the world that would take that satisfaction away.
Baptism declares that you are in Christ. You have died with him and risen with him.
The Spirit gives exactly the right gifts in exactly the right measure at exactly the right time to exactly the right people for the well-being of the local church.
God is unendingly patient with us, his children. In turn, we can exhibit grace and patience with others through the help of the Holy Spirit.
Help your family establish regular devotions through realistic aims, a clear plan and direction, and stimulating interaction with Scripture and prayer.
As we continue to plant seeds of faith in our daughters, we must shape their understanding of what it means to grow in godliness.
Why and how should we implement a routine of family worship? What are the reasons it's hard for families to remain consistent and see fruit?
The dirty dishes are not my biggest problem in life, even though it seems like they are. The biggest problem in my life and yours is sin.
The fact that Mother’s Day may have secular origins does not mean that it can’t be used by Christian husbands to remind us of biblical principles related to our mothers and wives.
You’re not doing anything, but God is. Waiting is one of the greatest applications of the Christian faith.
Do your kids try to avoid family worship? Do they find excuses not to be there? Do they obviously dread it and groan when you reach for the Bible?
Even though the history of the Christian church is littered with failed predictions of the end of the world, it remains true that Jesus Christ is coming back.
Pride is a sin because of its self-centered, rather than God-centered, perspective on life.
Don’t let perfection become the enemy of progress. Keep a regular time of family worship and encourage your kids to explore the Bible together with you.
Our focus is on God through prayer; our glance is at the Bible; and we turn Godward and pray about every matter that occurs to us as we read.
The Christian is not merely a man who knows now that he’s been forgiven, and that’s the end of it all. Not at all. That’s merely the introduction.
The best doctrinal summaries promote church unity. They help us to identify what we have in common with other Christians.
My friend, as you are united to Christ and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is applied to your life, you will experience the change that you long for.
Where will you find the reasons to continue working on your marriage in those disappointing moments when those reasons are most needed? Well, you won’t find them in your spouse.
How can Christians can face profound life-changing suffering with their faith intact and find encouragement from God's word in the midst of a season of intense pain?
It’s the Spirit who brings life to our spirits and enables us to know, love, and worship God the Father through Jesus Christ.
We cannot present a reason for Christ to finally close off his heart to his own sheep. No such reason exists.
Have you confessed your sin to God and acknowledged that it was wrong? His word says that he is faithful to forgive your sins.
The high priest was to serve as a mediator between God and the people of God. What was he supposed to mediate from God to the people? Mercy.
As you spend time reading and journaling through the Bible, consider these five prompts to guide your study and reflection.
We have laws against murder because people agree that murder is wrong, and so there are moral standards that underlie many, if not all, of our current laws.
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Do multiservice and multisite church models run counter to the pattern for the local church we see in the New Testament?
God has not left us to wander aimlessly in the wilderness as we raise our children. He has given us a blueprint for multigenerational faithfulness.
How can we establish healthy Bible-reading habits so that we are connected to God, have a God-centered worldview, grow in confident faith, and enjoy spiritual peace and confidence?
Our zeal for theology must never exceed our zeal for our actual brothers and sisters in Christ. We must be marked by love.
What does the Bible really teach about abortion and the sanctity of human life?
While we may not understand what God is doing, we can always trust who he is. We must never interpret God’s character by our circumstances.
There is a great need for the word of God and gospel-centered publishing, and in recent weeks we have felt a palpable sense of urgency in our labors to point God’s people to the hope we have in Christ.
When we read the Bible, we have a deep-seated instinct to look at particular characters and compare ourselves to them. We wonder, Is this someone I should try to emulate?
We live in polarized times. Outrage and rancor seem to be simmering all around us, and it’s making it harder to talk across ideological lines.
God’s grace sustains us, even in the darkest hours, so that we never give up. Psalm 88 offers four lessons of hope.
What does Scripture say about God's disposition towards us as redeemed sinners? What does it mean that Jesus is "gentle and lowly in heart"?
Why should we Christian women turn our attention to the disciplines that will train us for godliness? In today's culture, disciplined Christian lives are the exception, not the rule.
Our understanding of who people in the Bible were—what drove them and what their lives were all about—can be very one-dimensional.
We should prize conversion and spiritual growth over church structure. And the Great Commission should be uppermost in our minds, but should we pit church structure and conversion against one another?
What is wisdom? It’s a capacity of mind that combines the fear of the Lord with the skill of living in God’s created but fallen world in a way that yields justice, peace, and flourishing.
Sometimes we end up disappointed with Jesus because we want the miracle, the answer, the reconciliation, the restoration, the healing right now.
The gospel flows from God’s deepest heart for his people, a heart of tender love for the sinful and suffering.
If you have no hope to be accepted into God’s family other than the perfect record of your righteous brother, Jesus, then you can be sure you’ve found your forever-family.
For all his resplendent glory and dazzling holiness, his supreme uniqueness and otherness, no one in human history has ever been more approachable than Jesus Christ.
Learn from the stories of a handful of the Bible’s scoundrels and see more clearly the ways in which they reveal the generous grace of Jesus toward sinners.
We all long for the restoration that will come when God gives us new, resurrected bodies. But we don’t have those bodies yet.
If God sent his own Son to walk through the valley of condemnation, rejection, and hell, you can trust him as you walk through your own valleys on your way to heaven.
What can we learn from some of the less well-loved characters of Scripture? Why is Jesus's scandalous family tree good news for sinners like us?
In this video series, well-known New Testament scholars explore the background and significance of the history-shaping events that occurred during Jesus's last week on earth.
Just as we can hardly fathom the divine ferocity awaiting those out of Christ, it is equally true that we can hardly fathom the divine tenderness already resting now on those in Christ.
Jesus isn’t like you. Even the most intense of human love is but the faintest echo of heaven’s cascading abundance.
God’s Word paints a picture of a future when death will be swallowed up in Christ’s victory on the cross and where believers will live eternally with him.
It takes a lot of sermons and a lot of suffering to believe that God’s deepest heart is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger.”
Praying in Jesus’s name is an acknowledgement of our total dependence on his provision. We push away from any personal claim on God’s blessing and lean entirely on Christ’s provision.
Jesus explicitly identifies himself with the gathering because the gathering makes his kingdom visible and active through their mutual agreement and testimony.
All our human friendships have a limit to what they can withstand. But what if there were a friend with no limit?
Grant recovery. Grant a cure. Deliver us—your poor, helpless creatures—from these sorrows, we pray.
As leaders of God’s people, we all long to make a difference for Christ. We don’t want to be unfruitful. The main reason to nurture gentleness is neither pragmatic nor historical, but biblical.
The whole reason we care about sound doctrine is for the sake of preserving God’s beauty,
The death of Jesus was the end of the priesthood. There was simply no need for an imperfect priest once the perfect priest had come.
Do not minimize your sin or excuse it away. Raise no defense. Simply take it to the one who is already at the right hand of the Father, advocating for you on the basis of his own wounds.
The question we should be asking is, Do we have a Rock under our feet? A Rock that cannot be shaken—ever?
Do our kids know the thing that will sustain and oxygenate them when other vital needs go unmet?
The doctrine of the atonement reassures us with what Christ has done in the past, the doctrine of his intercession reassures us with what he is doing in the present.
Just as we can hardly fathom the divine ferocity awaiting those out of Christ, it is equally true that we can hardly fathom the divine tenderness already resting now on those in Christ.
The subject of literature is human experience. We should read the Bible through that lens.
What should Christians do when they disagree over doctrine?
Jesus is sometimes caricatured as a prophet of free love, unconcerned about sexual ethics. But his teaching on sexual morality was consistently stricter than the Old Testament law.
The greatest victory in David’s life was not a victory of David’s at all, but, rather, God’s victory of grace over the sin that had captivated David’s heart.
The atoning work of the Son, decreed by the Father and applied by the Spirit, ensures that we are safe eternally.
There is no story more worthy of being retold in our families than the true account of Jesus's life, death, and resurrection.
When we are weary and distraught, we have a place to go. Jesus welcomes us to come to him and cast our cares on him.
Rather than dispensing grace to us from on high, Jesus gets down with us, he puts his arm around us, he deals with us in the way that is just what we need.
Scripture tells us that we cannot serve two masters and that the love of money is the root of all evil. What is the proper way to use our money for the glory of God and the good of others?
It is in “our weaknesses” that Jesus sympathizes with us. His is a love that cannot be held back when he sees his people in pain.
When pastors do the right kind of reading, it can heighten sensitivities to the literary forms of the Bible.
God has implanted in people longing and desire for the true, the good, and the beautiful. The Bible speaks to all three of these.
No matter how hard your story is right here, right now, it is guaranteed for you as God’s child that it will end better that you can imagine.
When you come to Christ for mercy and love and help in your anguish and perplexity and sinfulness, you are going with the flow of his own deepest wishes, not against them.
Confession is like the gateway to freedom. As we confess, repent, and own the wrong things that we have done, we move forward with a lightness of heart.
When Jesus, the Clean One, touched an unclean sinner, Christ did not become unclean. The sinner became clean.
When the Bible gives us literary subject matter, that subject matter is present through the agency of divine inspiration. The same is true of the genres and forms of the Bible.
The more you know about lament, the more things really come alive to you in reading Jeremiah's lament. His lament is so relevant to the suffering that we’re going through right now.
You don’t need to unburden or collect yourself and then come to Jesus. Your very burden is what qualifies you to come.
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What problems with our lives, priorities, and even theology do we not recognize? What would it look like to wake up to our own blind spots and to lovingly engage with those with whom we disagree?
The Christian life requires strength, fortitude, and endurance. The path marked out for believers is never promised to be easy or smooth.
The resurrection is the most important thing to behold in God’s word to fuel our desire to pray. But really, we need all of God’s word. We also need God’s people.
As much as we try to make sense of our lives, there are things that we simply aren’t able to understand.
God’s leaders are to be people who are growing in submission to Scripture. Their daily lives are to reflect and exemplify the scriptures that they teach.
The Bible presents the greatest story ever told: the ultimate good-versus-evil storyline—the great cosmic battle between God and Satan.
Faith is a necessary part of the Christian life and allows us to live as people of hope, even when we cannot always see the fruits of our hope.
Learn more about March’s new book and Bible releases including Enough about Me by Jen Oshman and How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics? by Jonathan Leeman and Andy Naselli.
With our course marked out for learning contentment, let’s think about how we might evaluate where we are in our own personal progress.
Christians know that the dread of death can only be met by the redemption in Jesus Christ, so we need to proclaim Christ into a COVID-19 world.
What are the literary qualities of Scripture and why should we not just read the Bible for what it says, but for how it says it?
In an increasingly anti-Christian culture, what’s important is how we respond to those who vote or believe differently, to learn how to make at least some space for them, and to encourage charity and forbearance.
There are three things to bear in mind when trying to grow a church in the conviction that the Bible is worth studying over a lifetime.
Read answers to common questions related to COVID-19 from a Christian physician.
To help you make the best use of your time during these days of upheaval, we're offering you the ESV.org basic subscription plan free of charge today through Sunday, May 31, 2020.
When many families are reorienting their lives and schedules around more time at home, we hope you will find these resources helpful in grounding you in the hope of the gospel.
A Christian doctor discusses the current coronavirus pandemic, explaining what's currently happening in the US and around the world and offering perspective on how we should think about this virus.
Expository preaching is preaching that “exposes” the text of Scripture as God delivered it to us. It does not bring its own agenda to the Bible or to the pulpit, but seeks to understand the Bible text in its own terms.
If only we could depend on something more than the power of our thinking and the tools we possess to stand between us and disaster.
From its beginning, the self-esteem movement has been crushing. And the movement hasn’t dissipated over the last generation or two, it has only intensified.
How should a pastor plan a sermon series? Tim Patrick highlights his own process for conceptualizing, scheduling, and studying for a new series.
Despite the fact that the Mosaic law included provisions regulating divorce, the Old Testament makes it clear that divorce falls short of God’s ideal.
Following Christ means loving those who don’t follow Jesus, and that love includes sharing the gospel.
Praying regularly is hard work. So how do we develop the discipline of a healthy prayer life?
These are strange days, days of fear, days of hysteria. In other words, days that simply bring all our latent anxieties up to the surface.
Church Questions booklets answer common questions about the local church and what it means for the daily life of a Christian.
I’m passionate that every Christian display the gospel in their lives, which is why I’m passionate about church membership.
We can learn what and how to pray to God from his very Word—even from the example of his own Son.
You don’t join a church in order to be saved, but you may want to join the church to help you in making certain that you are saved.
Scripture is not silent on the value of children and how parents ought to regard and guide them in wisdom.
The Christian life isn’t guaranteed to be without struggle and strife—and it undoubtedly requires courage. God’s Word invites us to trust in God’s power and strength, and not our own.
Questions we should ask when studying the Bible to help us get at the true meaning of Scripture, and how to apply it to our lives today.
People threw off the shackles of the church and the state and they began to look inward. They began to look to themselves for what is true and what is real.
Jesus said that it is out of the overflow of the heart that the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). What comes out of your heart displays what’s in it and what has captured it.
As the world takes a moment to applaud women and girls in various ways, may we Christians be the biggest champions, the loudest cheerers, and the most proactive supporters of women.
How can pastors approach teaching the whole word of God to the people of God? It can be a daunting task.
As we've prioritized our personal relationship with Christ, we've also privatized it.
Christ not only valued women very highly, but also demonstrated a clear role distinction between men and women.
Often without warning or intention, the drive to know ourselves becomes all-consuming. It’s impossible to not be affected by the age of self in which we currently live.
Mourning acknowledges that the world is not the way God meant it to be. Mourning cries out for God’s redeeming, restoring hand.
Now that you're a Christian, what do you in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead? Here are a few practical suggestions as you seek to follow the Lord.
What does it look like to pursue real fulfillment in God, rather than in ourselves? And what's wrong with the self-obsessed, individualistic culture that dominates our world today?
Let’s talk about why we should take the Titus mandate seriously and not miss God’s rich provisions for our growth in grace.
We can rest because our choices don’t actually have the final say in any sphere—God has the final say.
God has called elders to be men worth imitating. A healthy local church typically has many people, men and women, whose example we could follow.
Because of Christ, our sin does not have to separate us from God. In fact, when we confess it and believe in him, we are cleansed from our unrighteousness.
Older women, read Titus 2, and be encouraged to embrace your calling to train younger women in the church.
Read more about Crossway's new releases for the month of February.
Any discussion of Anglicanism in our present context must include the rise of neo-pagan Anglicanism in many Anglican churches around the world, especially in the West.
Anglicanism is the third-largest Christian communion in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.
This study guide was created to help readers define the gospel and apply the it to their lives.
What does the Bible teaches about tithing? Are Christians still obligated to give 10% of their income today?
Perhaps more clearly than any other book of the Bible, Romans contains a deliberate, step-by-step expression of what Paul understood to be the good news.
The children entrusted to your care have ears, and they use them. So teach these little ones the big truths. God willing, it will yield fruit for many years to come.
Appearing just under 1,000 times, the word “heart” is used in the Bible more than any other for the inner self.
We live for Christ because Christ lived and died for us. But we are not able to maintain a Christ-focused life apart from being “Spirit energized.”
Calvin himself understood the cumbersome nature of his book. Here are some helpful tips for getting the most out of your reading of his important work.
If you’re not cleansed from the things that corrupt your life, you’re not a vessel fit for the Master’s use.
Let them grow into understanding the big truths of Scripture by building a foundation that will shape and guide them as they learn and understand the big words and the big theology of the gospel.
The ESV Bible app—available for both iOS and Android devices—was designed to facilitate a beautiful and intuitive digital Bible reading experience.
Preview Crossway's Bible releases for the year, month by month.
We learn from the apostle Paul that the pastor's primary calling is the sanctification of his people.
Jen Wilkin discusses God-given limits as created beings, reflecting on why the common refrain that we should look inside ourselves for meaning and purpose is so misguided.
On the night of Jesus’s betrayal, before he prayed for himself, he prayed for his own.
God’s word is powerful. When reading our Bible we hear his voice. However, it does not mean that Scripture is always easy to understand.
We are convinced in our heart of hearts that love is a feeling, but God’s word says nothing of the sort.
There's diminishing interest in holiness and godliness among this generation of younger pastors because of pragmatism.
Be encouraged from God's Word about his plan and purpose for marital relationships.
You are completely valued and treasured just as you are because the Being running this massive universe is, in fact, a personal Being and he loves you wholly and completely.
God speaks in light of who he is and what he has done, and we respond back to God.
Over 200 people told us how they were using and what they like most about the ESV Digital Scripture Journals. Read what a few of them had to say.
The same grace that saves sinners from the penalty of their sin also instructs them in holiness.
Christopher Ash shares biblical wisdom and practical advice for couples working through disagreements related to money, sex, and kids.
A sacrament is a covenant sign that is appropriate to the promises made by God in his covenant.
Many non-Christians take a “blind leap of faith” that their non-Christian beliefs are true simply because they want them to be true.
Creeds and confessions are useful only to the extent that they reproduce faithfully the teaching of Scripture itself.
There is an intimate path between our words and our heart. Our speech simply puts on display what is produced in the heart–whether good or evil.
There is an enemy of God and humanity. That enemy needs to be known.
The advice to listen to your heart is not only common, but it has also been exalted to a sacrosanct place of moral authority in our culture.
God offers us forgiveness from our sins in Christ if we confess our wrongs and trust in him.
Has the church neglected one-on-one discipleship? Why should an emphasis on this kind of intensive discipleship be recaptured today?
It has long been assumed that the rise of modernity will be accompanied by the decline of religion, but the scholarly consensus today rejects the secularization hypothesis.
Though we are in post-Christian times, when the culture is becoming increasingly secularized, Christianity is far from “over.”
A new Scripture journal great for college or seminary students learning Greek, pastors preparing for sermons.
What is prayer and when and how should we do it? Explore answers to some common questions from To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism.
What is a creed and why is it important for the Church? Learn the basics from the answers to seven questions from To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism.
Children are not commodities to be bought and sold, or products to be manufactured, or objects to be designed for someone else’s use.
While many rightly think of Packer as a theologian, he has averred for years that he is, first and foremost, “a catechist.”
Like all healthy and satisfying relationships, our relationship with God needs time and energy.
Do evangelical churches undervalue communion? What's the significance of the fact that Jesus gave us the physical elements of bread and wine?
Catechesis is meant to be a robust witness to biblical faith and practice, a tool which in the hands of skilled practitioners to be used to instruct, form, and make mature disciples.
If we truly believe that our very spiritual lives depend on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Deut 8:3; Matt 4:4), we will make the time to study God’s Word.
The theistic worldview begins with a belief in a personal, all-powerful, and morally perfect God. Moral ideas that flow from God’s nature are absolute.
What exactly is salvation and how does it work in the life of a believer. Get answers to the basic questions of God's saving work from How to Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism.
The Communion meal involves us in and embraces us in God’s grace. We are not mere observers. We do something. We eat something. We become participants in the story.
Creeds and confessions have been used throughout Christian history to summarize the Bible's teaching, distilling the key truths of Scripture into concise and succinct propositions.
When Jesus walked the earth, he wasn’t afraid to touch hurting people. He drew people in close. He met them empty and left them full and turned everything upside down.
The Spirit makes godly conversations possible, and he expects you to give yourself to them because the people around you—your children—need them.
The gospel is a series of promises expressed in words. God promises forgiveness, acquittal, adoption, preservation, resurrection, and glory.
The Lord pursues and offers forgiveness of sins to those who want their own way, who want to have their own kingdom.
Ian Smith discusses what the New Heavens and New Earth will be like when Jesus returns.
Fathers are called upon to choose not only between our children and our work, but between our convenience and the inconvenience of keeping a promise.
The case can be made that every Christian is a theologian because every Christian has a theology, whether well thought out or not.
To do theology we need to do with an attitude of reverence to the God who has made himself known in his Word.
What is a sacrament and what is its purpose in the church? Learn answers from To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism.
Theology helps us uncover what we know about God and turn it into prayer and praise to God.
Work is not primarily a place to please our boss, help our customers, make money, or build a career. Work/life balance begins with a biblical view of work.
Ed Welch discusses the human need for relationship, reflecting on the epidemic of loneliness in our world today, and offering advice for the person who feels God is distant.
The reality is that Christians are priests and that’s one of the most significant identities we share as human beings.
Hearing and remembering God’s word requires a worldview that takes into account the whole counsel of God in order to guide the whole life.
Having your family in a Christ-exalting, gospel-centered, Bible-teaching local church is crucial to Christian parenting—but it is not enough.
As we live in our identity as a priest—which means that we are near to God—there are a couple of things that emerge as we look out into the world.
The highest meaning and the most ultimate purpose of marriage is to put the covenant relationship of Christ and his church on display.
We were made for closeness to others and to God through Christ, and yet it doesn’t always feel as though we can grasp God’s nearness to us.
Our role as priests—a role that includes both male and female—is a premier theme throughout Scripture.
Jim Hamilton discusses what to do when you hate your job, offering encouragement for those frustrated in their work and explaining the difference between a job and a vocation.
Conflict can be an opportunity to be salt and light, particularly in academic settings.
We can rest in the midst of difficult seasons because of the Savior who leads us and loves us, even in unexpected and hard places.
Why has there arisen this impulse in our day toward pastor-scholars and scholar-pastors? Why are so many in the younger generation reluctant to let the pastoral and scholarly roads diverge?
Far more than a rush of caffeine in the morning, Christians need with the most potent encouragement imaginable: the gospel.
Many of us believe that Christian discipleship is synonymous with self-improvement. But true Christian discipleship is a call to die, not to improve.
The Bible teaches that heaven has come down to us most wonderfully and assuredly in the person of Jesus Christ, to bring us back up to heaven.
Hope is not a situation. Hope is not a location. Hope is not a possession. Hope is not an experience. Hope is more than an insight or a truism.
It can be helpful to hear that there’s essentially no wrong way to go about journaling, and no real rules for it, but that it’s something you can really make your own.
We will often neglect what we don’t prioritize. And book reading is often neglected because it fails to be a priority.
David Mathis discusses how anyone can make Bible reading a habit in 2020, reflecting on the pros and cons of New Year's resolutions and offering practical advice on making a plan to read the Bible every day.
It is precisely because Christians have been called to or by God’s glory and excellence that they are to add excellence to their faith.
If you have trouble mustering up the excitement to read through Leviticus, you are not alone.
People outside the four walls of the church will eagerly embrace the faith of believers who model the honesty and integrity for which they long.
When fear paralyzes you, turn to the Lord through his word and in prayer and be comforted by the light that overcomes darkness.
Scripture indicates that in heaven we will join the angels in worshiping God around his throne.
Although we cannot bequeath God to our children, we can help them know him and understand him in ways that prepare them to believe in his name.
Andreas Köstenberger explores how to distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to the Christmas story, discussing the real date of Jesus's birth, the wise men and the star, and key Old Testament prophecies and allusions surrounding the incarnation.
What does it look like to seek the welfare of our cities? How do you train your high school and junior high students to do this? Why is this important?
For those of us in ministry, Sunday is not a day of rest. We should try to ensure that we have a Sabbath rest so the family can refresh itself.
For the widow, a needed gift, a consumable gift, or a sentimental gift are some of the most significant gifts she can receive that often uniquely minister to her.
Jesus prayed that our unity would also be a testimony such that “the world may believe you have sent me” (17:20).
The ESV Digital Scripture Journal makes a great gift and resource for digging into Scripture this Christmas.
For the believer, the most important thing we can do this Christmas is not wrap another present, but open up our hearts and minds anew to the wonder of God coming to earth.
We often think of prophecy as relating to what is yet future or to what is now beginning to happen in the world, forgetting that what is past for us was future for the prophets.
The problem with so many of us today is that we have close to no anxiety about spiritual realities and endless anxiety about the things of this world.
When Saul can no longer consult the prophet, Samuel, he uses a medium to communicate with him from the dead.
Nancy Guthrie discusses dealing with grief over the holidays and how God used suffering in her own life to teach her about his healing grace.
Despite the commercialization of Christmas and its overall worldly cast, God still infuses wonder into the season.
When your eyes are fixed on the horizon of eternity, it affects your vision for motherhood.
We won’t love God’s word until he helps us to do it. And the beautiful thing is that he will.
For Calvin, self-denial was not a special requirement for the few but a norm for all believers, and we deny self because we have been united with God, not because we want to achieve such a union.
Women who love God and love his word find sources of joy and satisfaction that surpass any the world has to offer.
As another year comes to a close, we thank God for the work he has done in and through Crossway and the generosity of those who have partnered with us in our ministry efforts around the globe.
Here are answers to a few common questions about the brand-new ESV Digital Scripture Journal.
The stories we tell reveal our understanding of the world, with our hopes and fears, and the songs we sing are reflective of the deep longings of our hearts.
God is unswervingly active in bringing about good from troublesome circumstances in the Christian’s life.
How we live in the world should manifest the change the Spirit is working in us, carrying the impact of the joy of God “far as the curse is found.”
Thomas Schreiner reflects on the best way to approach Revelation when studying it for the first time, and explains what the mark of the beast is really all about.
Humans are relational, emotional beings—and nothing reveals this more beautifully than the book of Psalms.
The potential causes for conflict in marriage are virtually limitless. We must put on the armor of God and pray for each other and for our relationships—often!
While Calvin is remembered today as a great theologian, he viewed his calling from God primarily in terms of his work as a pastor and preacher in Geneva.
Here are ten apps we've tested and that work well with the ESV Digital Scripture Journal.
There are countless ways to use the ESV Digital Scripture Journal to dig into God’s Word, from taking sermon notes, to inductive Bible study, to art journaling.
Designed from the ground up for use with a digital tablet and stylus, the ESV Digital Scripture Journal is an innovative resource created to maximize the best of the digital Bible and print Bible experience.
Crafting a meaningful sermon demands time, energy, careful thought, clear insight into the Bible's meaning, and nuanced application of Scripture’s intent.
Here are just a few ideas for how you might use the ESV Digital Scripture Journal to express your creativity and connect with God through Scripture.
I entreat that your time may be thus spent. Let it not be about your dressing, your plays, your profits, or your worldly concerns but let it be the wonders of redeeming love.
Fixing our eyes on the home that is to come will help us thrive in this world that is not our home.
Parenting is not a behavior-control mission; it is a heart-rescue mission. The only hope for a lost child is a radical transformation of his heart.
How can you help your family not lose sight of God and the gospel during the holidays and build in a rhythm of regularly worshiping him together?
Like many larger-than-life figures in the history of the church, the memory of the French Reformer John Calvin has been subjected to various distortions that amount to urban legends.
C. S. Lewis provides a case study of what is missing from most youth ministries in the United States.
Browse our 2019 Christmas Gift Guide and find a book or Bible to build up and encourage friends and family this season.
The advent season is a reminder to pause and wonder anew at the story of the incarnation.
On this day in history, the most significant Christian apologist of the twentieth century was born at home in Belfast, Ireland.
As you gather around the table this month, read about the biblical importance of gathering over the breaking of bread.
Media doesn’t create a sense of entitlement—a sense of “I deserve”—but it fuels that belief by holding in front of our eyes what others have and do.
Turn to the Lord in gratitude with help from Scripture and these prayers of the saints.
Rarely, if ever, have we found a systematic theologian so well versed in the data of Sacred Scripture as we find in Calvin.
John Piper discusses complementarianism, with both personal and practical implications, and how we should think about it in the #MeToo era.
Focusing on what I don’t have or what I can’t do is a common detriment to practicing biblical hospitality.
Our faith and all that flows from it in the Christian life is due to the Spirit, who renews us in the image of God and transforms us into Christ.
In praying for the global church, start by remembering that there is just one church of Jesus Christ.
In spite of C. S. Lewis’s fame, several myths have attached themselves to him which might give an unbalanced view of the man who wrote the Chronicles of Narnia.
Traditionally eschatology consists of the return of Christ, the resurrection, the final judgment, heaven, and hell. Here's what else you should know.
A disciple of Jesus follows in Jesus’s steps, doing as Jesus taught and lived. But it means more than that.
We interact with family in a host of mundane activities that seem disconnected from eternity—but they are most certainly not.
Jesus came into the world as the incarnate Son of God to accomplish more than one thing and defeating the devil by tasting death was among them.
Since our life is to be like Christ’s, our life must include suffering of some kind so that God’s spiritual strength can be exhibited in our physical weakness.
When it looks like we’re facing defeat or failure, we’re often tempted to take things into our own hands.
Crossway+ is a new membership program designed to provide you with gospel-centered resources aimed at strengthening your faith and serving the church.
Derek Thomas discusses John Calvin's enduring legacy, reflecting on the importance of predestination in hius theology and describing what it would have been like to have Calvin as your pastor.
When we’re committed to something else that doesn’t have the Spirit of God, we become as spiritually inanimate as that thing to which we are committed. We need the Lord to break through.
Offering students opportunities in the church makes them feel as if they are contributing—here and now.
Every pastor faces that tension of cultivating a rich inner-life, focusing on the spiritual aspect of calling, without neglecting the mundane responsibilities of ministry.
Retributive and restorative irony ultimately finds its zenith of expression at the cross.
What does Scripture have to say about angels and demons and what role do they play in the world today?
The nature of the divine glory can sustain a marriage. We can marvel at its multifaceted radiance and rejoice at the very down-to-earth assistance it affords husbands and wives.
As evangelicals, we tend to go right to the cross and to Jesus dying to save us, and sometimes we forget that’s not the only thing that he did to save us.
Pray your pastor would love God, and you, so much that he would be willing to disappoint you for God’s glory.
What does the Bible really teach about angels, demons, and Satan, and what have we implicitly adopted from culture?
What does the Bible have to say about angels and what have we incorrectly adopted from a worldly perspective on spiritual beings?
Hospitality towards others then becomes a natural outworking or extension of what we are already practicing within our own homes.
Local church membership is not the only way we clarify the distinction between the world and the church, but it is one way we make it visible and plain.
Believers are called to seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, even when it brings them into conflict with natural family obligations.
God cares for us, and our families, even as he controls the vastness of all creation. And he hears the prayers of all the children he loves—including our prayers for those whom we love.
Discovering church history is like going through the wardrobe into Narnia and discovering there’s a whole world back there just waiting to be explored.
Have Protestant Evangelicals lost our connection to church history? How can we embrace our heritage and appreciate how to learn from past Christians?
Helping others understand the Bible and apply it to their lives is a great privilege and a great responsibility.
We recently asked over 14,000 people about the state of their prayers lives and gathered some stats about established habits as well as some common pain points.
Theological retrieval is a way to draw attention to things that you were assuming that you didn’t even know that you assumed.
What is the best way Protestants today should look back on the Reformation? Should we think of it more like a happy birth or an ugly divorce?
Turn to the Lord in prayer and in his word during times of despair and discouragement. He is near and read to defend, protect, and preserve those he loves.
When we join Jesus, we join his family and his mission. When Jesus Christ is Lord, he integrates disciples into a missional church family.
Michael Reeves discusses what the Protestant Reformation was really all about and whether or not is it still relevant today.
Paul’s conversion came by embracing the righteousness of Jesus, not earned by works but received as a gift by faith. The righteousness a holy God demands of us, he gives to us in Christ.
Theological retrieval can be very beneficial, but it can also go wrong. It may also be useful to briefly articulate several potential dangers.
When Bavinck lived in the early twentieth century, he believed there was “a disharmony between our thinking and feeling, between our willing and acting” and “a discord between religion and culture, between science and life.”
All the dead, whether powerful or poor, stand before God’s throne to be assessed by him.
Faith Comes By Hearing has the mission to “get God’s word to every person and cover the world with the word” by creating and distributing Bible recordings and programs in the languages of people worldwide.
We're pleased to announce the release of a free new resource that allows you embed audio from the ESV Bible on your blog or website.
Kids really learn theology when it moves from being information in their heads to truth in their lives.
It's amazing to witness the power of God and how Christ is building His church all over the world.
This gospel meditation explores the idea of being worried and confused with the Christian life, offering an invitation to turn to God when life doesn't make sense.
There is a disharmony between our thinking and feeling, between our willing and acting. There is a discord between religion and culture, between science and life.
Fred Sanders explains why the doctrine of the Trinity is essential to the gospel, highlights why Trinitarian analogies are of limited value, and responds to the charge that three-in-one is inherently illogical.
This gospel meditation by Paul David Tripp encourages us to turn to Christ in our hardships, taking even our most difficult moments to him.
This gospel meditation by Paul David Tripp laments the effects of sin’s curse on the world.
This gospel meditation by Paul David Tripp expresses a burden to share the light of Christ with those who may be unaware of his presence.
I love the psalms because we find ourselves, but even more significantly, we find our Lord in the psalms.
This gospel meditation by Paul David Tripp contrasts the broken cities of this world with the restored one to come.
If you are a true believer in Jesus, you are in constant communication with your Lord in some way—either vocally or in your heart.
This gospel meditation by Paul David Tripp explores the idea of elusive rest and our ultimate hope in the life to come.
We need to rely on the gospel like this throughout our lives. Remember, Christ is both the means and the goal of counseling.
Over the course of six days, watch videos and read Scripture and gospel meditations written by Paul David Tripp, adapted from My Heart Cries Out: Gospel Meditations for Everyday Life.
God calls us to disciple our children into him—to walk with them into his kingdom and help them be conformed to the image of the one, true King.
Over the course of eight days, explore the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith with Bible passages and readings adapted from Emblems of the Infinite King by J. Ryan Lister.
Everyone is a theologian. The question for Christian parents, church members, and friends is: how do we help children be good theologians?
Sometimes evangelicals view church history as though our main tradition is the last 500 years, but there's much more to our history.
In this episode, John Onwuchekwa discusses how prayer can deepen our relationship with God instead of being a source of guilt.
It is interesting to note how Athens affected Paul. Instead of being awed by all the marvelous sites, Paul saw only a city full of idols, and it grieved him greatly.
Introduces kids ages 10+ to God’s radiant beauty through the main categories of systematic theology in this imaginative journey through the grand story of the universe.
Christian scholars must demonstrate a deep humility before a sovereign God before they can learn anything.
The resurrection is the guarantee that the wrath of God has been appeased by the sacrifice of Jesus.
Father in heaven, in spite of all our uncertainties and all our embattled anxieties and all our discomfort, we say, great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.
Godly leadership doesn’t give us the right to lord our authority over others; it means that it is our glory to die first.
God did not create us to be self-protective, so being so will eventually lead to misery rather than safety.
The journey into faithful Christian learning in a liberal arts context involves the daring venture of whole-life discipleship in response to the Great Commandment.
Joe Rigney explores the legacy of one of the most beloved Christian thinkers and writers of the 20th century.
As a way to serve Christian leaders around the world, we're offering free access to ESV.org resources for those in ministry outside of the US.
Jesus was excluded by all and abandoned by his friends in a time of need so that we could always be welcomed into relationship.
God is the Divine Warrior who ascends to his throne after defeating his enemies. Here, Christ is the victorious conqueror who ascends to his throne in heaven after defeating the spiritual forces.
What could be more important than teaching your kids to read the Bible? What better habit would you want them to have?
When we teach the stories of the Bible without helping them connect those stories, we’re giving them puzzle pieces only without the context of the larger picture.
Life has not passed you by. It’s not going to. If you are in Christ, your life has only just begun.
When we look at Jesus’s life and ministry we also see that he was the greatest evangelist. In his earthly ministry he was the light of the world, the one who always lived in a way that was pleasing to his Father.
The Lord is undoubtedly favorably disposed to David, but this does not warrant a blanket endorsement of all that David proposes. It is the Lord’s right to decide when and by whom a temple for him should be built.
The classic tale of The Pilgrim’s Progress has been popular with readers through the ages because it is rooted in the truths of the Bible.
Apostolic witness, signs and wonders, and regeneration—are all entirely the doing of the Spirit. How the Spirit is working and what he is bringing about depends on the context.
Dennis Johnson discusses Hebrews 6:4–6, one of the New Testament's most famous—and debated—warning passages.
Journal through the Old Testament with these individual volumes of Scripture—packaged in thin portable notebooks.
Learn more about the impetus and creation of the ESV Reader's Bible, Six-Volume Set with Chapter and Verse Numbers.
God is labouring to bring you back from sin and from Satan unto himself. Open the door of your hearts and the King of glory shall enter in.
A new edition of the ESV Reader's Bible, Six-Volume Set offers subtle navigational help through the text, while maintaining a clean novel-like reading experience.
As we read the Old and New Testaments through the lens of redemption in Christ, we will understand
the whole Bible as God wants us to.
A new edition created to help the new Bible reader orient to the foundational building blocks of the Christian life revealed in God's word.
Though the Bible compiles the voices and writings of many individuals, it is, in fact, one story—written by God.
God can work exceptionally. We have science existing at all because God is faithful in his governance of the world.
Want to stand out as a Christian? Foster diligence, honesty, self-control, concern for others, and integrity.
Lindsey Carlson discusses what it looks like for parents to thoughtfully disciple teenagers during a pivotal point in their lives.
The global economy can be a little frustrating because globalization and the global economy are terms that mean different things to different people.
Believers should not act as if material possessions are the key to the good life, because they are not. The good life is in godly contentment.
I have seen empires come and go, but never have I seen anything so radical and pervasive as the gospel of the kingdom.
Retirement should not all be free unscheduled time, nor is it time to focus on ourselves, our comfort and happiness.
Focus your heart and mind on the gospel truths of the New Testament with this elegant new edition.
One of the most prominent burdens felt by society and church in the early 20th Century was the plight of orphans.
Hudson Taylor was committed to proclaim the gospel to people who were passing into eternity without hope and without God.
When we make a home for others, we are often doing small and unseen work humanly speaking, but the meaning behind the work is never small.
The Holy Spirit guarantees that he is at work. He will continue to be at work until it is completed on the day of Christ Jesus.
The biggest deception of our digital age may be the lie that says we can be omnicompetent, omni-informed, and omnipresent.
Examine your life. Is there fruit? How would you describe your growth in godliness?
Dane Ortlund looks back on the life and theology of famed pastor-theologian, Jonathan Edwards, gleaning wisdom that we can learn from him nearly 300 years later.
There really are two kingdoms that are competing within the gospels. There is the kingdom that is ruled by Satan and there is the kingdom that is ruled by Jesus.
God is an ever-present help in trouble. Read from Scripture these truths about God's nearness to those who call upon his name.
We can do the next thing because we know that God orders the seasons of our lives. Even the most difficult ones.
Jonathan Edwards was stirred by his congregation’s spiritual pride, apathy, and confused notions about true religion, alongside misunderstanding about genuine spiritual life.
The Spirit of Christ burns in our hearts, awakening us to the presence and activity of Jesus Christ. Sleeper, awake!
The reality of a believer's faith will reveal itself in observable and concrete ways—those who endure follow God in obedience.
The pattern for prayer that Jesus has given to you and to me exists so that we may discover peace and contentment, hope and forgiveness, truth and assurance.
Through all areas of publishing, Crossway strives to articulate and apply the truth of the gospel to every area of life, and to invite as many readers as possible to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior.
For the Christian to grow in a healthy way, we must clarify what growth is and is not.
We must read the Bible as history, theology, and literary artistry because there’s only one God who is doing all three things at the same time.
John Piper discusses God's sovereignty, pastoral burnout, and the sin of racism.
God is the one who enables us to do the good works he has called us to do.
When we find ourselves weak, broken, disabled, we find that God shows up in unexpected ways.
Each book of the Bible has something unique, something distinct, to teach us about God, about ourselves, and about the meaning of life.
Natural disasters can be a doorway for spiritual questions and eternal decisions. We can do more than just watch and marvel.
Scripture speaks to how husbands and wives should honor and love one another for the good of each other and the glory of God.
We speak often in the church about how Christianity is a religion of the heart. It is right to speak of Christianity in this way, but not exclusively in this way.
Economists are looking at things that people have to make trade-off decisions about. That includes material resources, time, and relationships.
Learning about church history can be exciting, uplifting and often funny. But if taught badly, it can also be turgid, pedestrian and dull.
Take extended notes or record insights and prayers in on blank lightly lined pages opposite full pages of the ESV text.
If we spend our time gazing only on lesser things, we will become like them, measuring our years in terms of human glory.
How should believers think about the global economy and what practical difference should our beliefs make in the way that we spend and live?