Is it true? Does Jesus really want to be friends with me? Does he delight in me? How could that possibly be?
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Is it true? Does Jesus really want to be friends with me? Does he delight in me? How could that possibly be?
Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!
Some question whether we should even say that the book of Philemon has a theology since it is merely a short, practical letter written to an individual Christian rather than a church.
Abortion advocates are correct that the Bible does not specifically mention abortion. But what’s the best explanation for its silence?
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will . . .
Jesus taught on a variety of topics, from family, to money, to discipleship, and more. But there is one subject that is central to all his other teachings—himself.
Reflect on God's creation of the universe and read from Genesis along with commentary notes from giants of the faith, such as John Calvin, Thomas Manton, Anselm, and Augustine.
It’s not that Jesus merely teaches truth or that his words are true (he does, and they are!); Jesus is truth embodied. Truth incarnate.
Whether we are feasting with our church—a fantastic God-given means of built-in meditation alongside other hungry believers—or “snacking on” Scripture alongside our children, the point is that we feed our souls.
We got the Bible through a providential process. God continually orchestrated both what was going on in the Jewish synagogue and also how the books were being used and affirmed by Christians.
For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
This passage reminds Christians to live in the knowledge that God loves them and has shown his love for them through the death of Christ on their behalf and through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit.
The theology of Colossians is distinct because it arises from Paul’s response to a false teaching that was threatening the church in Colossae.
It may surprise you to hear that Lewis was unable to reconcile the beauty of verses 1–4 of Psalm 23 with what he regarded as a spirit of hatred in verse 5, a spirit “almost comic in its naivety.”
The thorn’s purpose is to deflate the certainty that Paul would quietly become puffed up over his indescribable experience of heaven. And who wouldn’t, without a thorn to burst that bubble?
Some seek to explain how the stories were passed from Jesus into the Gospels, but that question, though tending to get primacy in academic discussion, is actually secondary.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand . . .
Was Jesus a rather ordinary teacher with brilliant students who selflessly credited him with their great ideas? Or was Jesus a very smart teacher with smart disciples, and therefore the credit should be shared?
If otherwise vital Pauline notions such as “grace” and “law” are nowhere near the heart of Paul’s concerns in 2 Corinthians, what is the heart or center or core burden of this letter?
What if the great storyteller also lived a perfect life? What if he came from God? What if he was the long-anticipated Jewish Messiah?
Our great familiarity with Psalm 23 as a whole might cause us to miss the stunning way the shepherd leads the sheep for his name’s sake.
Jesus’s miracle in the boat didn’t solve the disciples’ life problems; it gave them a bigger problem. Now they had to figure out what to do with Jesus.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
As we strive to know the Holy Spirit the way he makes himself known in Scripture, we are constantly tempted to add a few details, to quietly nudge the Spirit in the direction of being more immediately vivid.
More than any other physical feature, we associate the face with a person. Faces matter to people, and so it’s not surprising that faces matter in the Bible.
The beauty of Psalm 23 is that it is so simple and clear that it almost needs no interpretation or exposition.
What’s underneath cowardice? How does the Bible describe what’s underneath that cowardly demeanor? The answer is unbelief. We don’t believe that God can do it.
Men and women and children are to conduct themselves in accordance with a pattern. A woman’s personal gifts do not take priority over the design pattern that God established in the garden.
It’s quite possible that this Scripture text is the one you’ve heard most often in worship. Here are ten things you should know about this most famous blessing.
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim
Pride can be a struggle for every one of us and is at the root of other sins in our lives as well. Consider meditating on these verses from God's word to help fight against the sin of pride.
Reading the Bible is an action. It's something that I do, but there is a supernatural reality going on when we open God's Word that we can't see with our eyes.
Jesus seeks disciples—people who respond to all that he is and all that he offers with a faith that says, “Wherever you take me, I’ll go.”
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
If you had to name the most important invention of the last thousand years, what would come to mind?
Kristen Wetherell offers wisdom and encouragement to the Christian struggling with a lack of passion for God's Word, and she shares practical tips for establishing better Bible reading habits.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
If we approach the Sermon on the Mount only or mainly as a means by which we see our sinfulness, we’ve not taken the sermon on its own terms.
The word wrath is important for understanding what Jesus meant by hell. Hell is not simply the natural consequence of rejecting God.
Do we share some responsibility for the sins committed by those who were part of the same immediate family? What about the same religious family?
When you read what New Testament authors say, Jesus’s resurrection has fulfilled an earlier hope. And we can see that the resurrection is an ancient notion.
If Moses is behind the Pentateuch, that lends a certain massive authority to it. It's a singular book and Moses is ultimately the author, so we should listen to it.
Throughout the history of the church, Psalms has been among the first books of the Bible translated and the most commonly read and memorized.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens . . .
Here’s the principle. Seeing courage spreads courage. Seeing boldness awakens boldness. Seeing fearlessness overcomes fear.
How can you dig deeper into God’s Word? Understand it better? Apply it well? Keep these fourteen foundational Bible study principles in mind when you read.
We get our Bible, first of all, because God has chosen to reveal himself to humans. If it weren’t for that first step, of course, there would be no Bible.
Studying Romans carefully is worth every minute you invest that way. It’s a relatively short letter, it takes about sixty minutes to read aloud, and it’s profound.
The joy that Paul calls for is not a happiness that depends on circumstances but a deep contentment that is in the Lord, based on trust in the sovereign, living God.
Scripture’s prayers, especially the psalms, are prayers we can and should take on our lips. We can pray through Scripture. It’s part of learning how to pray.
The Beatitudes set the moral and spiritual bar so high that we cannot possibly live up to them—and in our best moments, we know this.
What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”
Reading the Bible aloud together can have a powerful impact. If you’re not sure where to begin, read any of these 15 passages as you commit to reading the Bible as a family.
People seek lasting significance, but no matter how great their accomplishments, they are unable to achieve the significance they desire.
“How much will you lose if you follow Jesus?” That’s the devil’s favorite question; he has successfully used it more than any other to lead billions to hell.
Look at the red letter edition of the Bible! There are pages of verses in red. Treasure-filled treatises. But sometimes, Jesus gave a full, significant, amazing, life-giving answer in two words or less.
Michael Kruger walks us through the history of the canon and responds to common questions and misconceptions people tend to have related to our Bibles, how they were formed, and what it means for our faith.
One of the things that makes 2 Peter and Jude so relevant to our contemporary situation is the fact that they address issues that the church still faces today.
These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Paul’s main charge in this passage is that believers who have legal disputes with fellow believers should settle those disputes before believers and not take them to the law court before unbelievers.
If you look at the structure of the Pentateuch, we've got five books. Right in the middle is Leviticus. And what do we find right in the middle at the center of the center of the Pentateuch?
Prior to their new life in Christ, New Testament believers had not experienced the continual indwelling of the Spirit. It was at Pentecost that the Spirit came upon the first believers and the church was born.
One of the neglected spiritual disciplines of our time is Scripture memorization. Rarely are churches, families, and individuals taking the time to learn by heart God’s Word.
If we study the fall in Genesis 3, I think we're going to notice that the seeds that are planted in that chapter are going to bear much fruit to flower over the progressive revelation of the Old Testament.
Fundamentally, the Psalms are both by and about the king. The Psalter can be thought of as a royal hymnbook, and its individual psalms have the house of David as its subject matter and point of reference.
Naomi’s plan initiates this scene’s events. After Boaz has eaten and gone to bed, Ruth is to enter his tent, lift the blanket at his feet and lie down, and wait for him to wake. Why does she do this?
Although we all have derived spiritual benefit from the Psalms—an ancient collection of poems—on many levels, there are ways to read the Psalter that are more beneficial than others.
As parents and caregivers, we want our children to know the God revealed in the Bible and come to love his word deeply, just as we have.
Children who are able to read will benefit from being with their parents in worship, and it is the duty of husbands and fathers to make sure that their families hear God’s word both in private and in public.
Made for communion with God, Adam and Eve experienced alienation. Made for trust and hope and life abundant, they descended into sin and shame. They fell.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
In this special bonus episode, Jen Wilkin answers the questions that listeners have sent in about studying the Bible.
The appearing of Christ becomes a sudden trap not because it could happen any moment, but because the spiritually unseeing will be blind to Christ’s coming.
Teaching the Bible to children can be a great challenge, but, if done well, it will be deeply rewarding. By modeling your dedication for God’s Word, you can help children grow in their knowledge of and love for it.
Matt Harmon walks through the book of Jude to explain its meaning and relevance for God’s people today and explains how the key themes of this short, confusing letter apply to us.
Romans is about the good news—the gospel. The word gospel is prominent at the beginning and end of the letter. And we can summarize the bad news and the good news with four words.
When we think of justification conceptually instead of just verbally, we see that Jesus taught justification in his own idiom and his own way before Paul ever came on the scene.
The doctrine of the necessity of Scripture reminds us of our predicament: the One we need to know most cannot be discovered on our own, and this same ineffable One has made himself known through his word.
Mitchell Chase walks us through the story of the fall from Genesis 3, showing how it connects to the whole of Scripture and highlighting key moments that we need to understand.
Whereas Old Testament worship focused on offering animal sacrifices in the temple, Paul says that spiritual worship in a broad sense now includes offering one’s whole life to God.
There are going to be two lineages, two seeds: one of the woman and one of the serpent. Ultimately, the seed of the serpent is going to bruise the heel of the seed of the woman.
We are all born outside of Eden. In the garden, we are entering a world that is before the fall, and then we're watching an unfolding event.
Readers often pause and puzzle over Colossians 1:15 and its statement that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is “the firstborn of all creation.”
Is this a shocking incident? Yes it is. But this incident is also one that fits perfectly with the flow of 2 Kings 1–2, in which we see very clearly how God not only works in the darkness but will not be silenced.
When we look around us and within us, a truth is clear: not all is well in God’s world and in God’s image bearers. Things are not the way they once were or will be.
Everything that happens unfolds according to God's plan, without exception. But If God planned all things that ever come to pass, how is he not also the author of sin?
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
The provision of clothing makes the theological point that sin needs to be covered. And the language about uncovering nakedness is typically connected to a wicked act.
The most common misconceptions about heaven and hell have to do with their nature and purpose. There are many false ideas about what they will be like, but the word of God gives us a clear picture.
Verses like these are a doorway into the message of the book, an entry at a high point of the story with all its tension and drama.
Without the Bible, there would be no ingathering of God’s people, and without the Bible, there would be no beautification of the bride. So everyone who enters the people of God by faith comes by the word.
The account of Ananias and Sapphira causes understandable trouble for readers who believe their punishment to be harsh, but we should read it in the context of the description of the believing community.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
Perhaps you believe in Jesus, but sometimes you are not sure. Maybe you find the Bible hard to understand or you find yourself wondering what is true. Asking questions is often the best way to learn.
Christ got angry and still gets angry, for he is the perfect human, who loves too much to remain indifferent. And this righteous anger reflects his heart, his tender compassion.
In the age of TikTok, how does a naked, bloodied, and bruised body hanging on a wooden cross outside Jerusalem have any connection with my life?
Knowing the true gospel inside and out is a crucial way of being able to identify departures from the gospel and remain true to Jesus.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Our brothers before us have gone down challenging roads and they have much that they can share that is of true benefit to us.
Paul shows the Philippians catastrophic consequences of unnecessary war to make them long for necessary peace. Let’s fight the good fight of faith but surrender bad fights of faith.
God is a God who speaks and delights to reveal himself. And so when God speaks, he is telling us something about who he is, what he values, what's important to him, and what he is doing in this world.
Reflect on the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus with insight offered into these events by gifted teachers from church history like John Calvin, Martin Luther, Augustine, Jonathan Edwards, and Charles Spurgeon.
How can the covenant God redeem and restore his people and can even grace save them when they seem to have sinned away their blessings?
He does not say “the exile is over” or even “salvation has come”—although both of these are connected to the kingdom—but “the kingdom of God is at hand.”
Join Jen Wilkin over ten weeks as she walks through methods, tips, and encouragements to studying the Bible more deeply so we might know and love the God of the Bible better.
The longest-lasting—and most accurate and faithful to the Word and character of God—is to approach the Bible trying to understand what God is saying to us about himself.
It is always in the context of human weakness that the Lord achieves his greatest victories, even the weakness of his own Son’s death on the cross.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
What historical evidence was sufficient to convince these non-Christians that the resurrection should be taken seriously and not carelessly dismissed?
When we speak about the ethics in the Bible, we are not just thinking of the Old Testament law or of the Sermon on the Mount, nor do we only have in mind actual moral instructions, injunctions, and prohibitions.
It is impossible to ignore what is routinely viewed as the grave moral problem of the book of Joshua, namely, the action of the Israelites in exterminating the Canaanites.
The king would represent. And the king would suffer. But what do those have to do with each other, and how do they lead to salvation?
The positioning of each book relative to other books in the canonical collection has hermeneutical significance for the reader who seeks meaning in the text.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
The point of interpreting Scripture is not to rob us of the joy of the journey but rather to protect us from wrong turns and unnecessary repairs that will slow us down.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
When we peer into the word of God, we see who God is: his character is revealed to us. At the same time, we see who we are: we see ourselves in light of God’s character.
One of the most powerful human experiences is when one construal is replaced with another, when a shift in the Gestalt happens and we come to see in a different way.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Second Peter has a robust doctrine of Scripture. Peter begins his letter with one of the strongest assertions of the sufficiency of God’s Word found in all of Scripture.
When we are praying in the Spirit, we are being obedient to what the Spirit desires, and bringing those desires to God in prayer.
The cursing of the fig tree is symbolic. The prophets use the fig as a symbol of Israel in its fruitlessness.
What a glorious end to the story! In the new Jerusalem, there is no temple, no need for one particular place where God will dwell, because he dwells right out in the open, among his people.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
The pages of church history are littered with heretics who boasted of their devotion to Scripture yet failed to spot how their biblical language concealed unbiblical thinking.
What’s fascinating (and saddening) is that there seem to be many Christians, particularly in the affluent West, who think of theology, or doctrine, the way Marie Kondo thinks of clutter.
Since the old covenant could be broken by disobedience, the new covenant will impart a greater ability to obey. The result will be the kind of covenant relationship that Yahweh has always sought with his people.
If we are Christians who want to understand the gospel better, the Pentateuch is a great place to start.
Ian Vaillancourt talks about why the story of the exodus is so central to the Old Testament as a whole and how the story of Israel's rescue from Egypt pointed forward to the coming of Christ in more ways than one.
As one of the more mysterious utterances in the Old Testament, God’s self-revelation to Moses in Exodus 3:14 has received countless examinations by biblical interpreters.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
We forget we were saved by God. We forget the suffering required to save us. We forget to worship God for saving us. What’s the antidote for such serious spiritual amnesia?
What would it mean for an infallible spokesman (an apostle!) of the Lord Jesus, who cannot predict the time, to say that Jesus is coming soon?
Jesus’s instruction about discipleship applies to all (i.e., not simply the twelve) who want to follow him and includes three elements: denying oneself, taking up one’s cross, and following him.
But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.
The weed of doubt never grows alone. When we plant the seed of doubt in God’s word or God’s power, the weeds of fear, disobedience, and pessimism also take root and grow.
Certainly Mark is the Gospel that has most in common with the other Gospels. But even Mark has some distinctives that are worth noting and that help us to read Mark as Mark.
We may take it for granted that women are equally valuable as men. But that was not what people in Jesus’s day believed.
Like Solomon, we must hate life. We must hate its terms and dread its end. We cannot control or comprehend anything.
We feel shame when some fault, imperfection, or vulnerability of ours conflicts with what we think we should be. Finding this shameful, we attempt to hide.
Losing your job can be discouraging and confusing. Lean on the eternal hope of Christ in a difficult time with these Bible passages.
A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.
The biblical proverbs as a whole have a Godward goal: the fear of the Lord. As preachers, our job is to focus on that fear.
We know being in the Scriptures daily is essential to the Christian life, but it can be overwhelming to know where to start and what to do. These resources will help you read, study, and understand the Bible.
As David looks back in reflection on his life, he writes not a lament about how many enemies he’s had to face but a praise song for how much deliverance and faithfulness the Lord has shown.
When women grow increasingly lax in their pursuit of Bible literacy, everyone in their circle of influence is affected.
Peter Williams answers tough questions about the reliability of the Bible, offering assurance to those who have ever felt like their trust in God's word has been shaken.
But God’s plan to liberate his people exceeded anything they could have hoped for. He intended liberation from the tyranny of sin itself.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
The Bible promises that in Jesus, we have peace. But when our circumstances and our emotions threaten us with despair, it doesn’t always feel like that is the case.
Benjamin Gladd talks about how the Gospel of Luke draws on the riches of the Old Testament to reveal truly amazing things about the identity of Jesus, Old Testament prophecy, and the real meaning of Christmas.
Popular Christian images of the magi clash with Matthew’s account. The magi were counselors, not kings, and while they bore three gifts, their number (unstated) was large enough to cause a stir in Jerusalem.
It may be that many people approach the book of Revelation with the assumption that somehow, as they look at the book, it's going to give them a better sense of when Jesus is going to return.
Lots of people want to teach us how to postpone death through healthy living, but very few teach on how to face up to death when healthy living is fading.
Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
The entry and exit miracles carry the same message. First, they confirm that Jesus, though not less than man, was more than man. His earthly life, though fully human, was also divine.
Read through this well known passage from Luke chapter 2 along with commentary notes from giants of the faith such as Martin Luther, John Owen, Charles Spurgeon, and Jerome.
In a culture that promotes immediate gratification, will we have the endurance to persevere in the hard work needed to understand the message of Ecclesiastes?
What does Jesus want this Christmas? We can see the answer in his prayers.
Why does Luke talk so much about God being "high"? The answer lies in Mary’s praise in the well-known Magnificat.
The point is that Jesus not only comes for sinners—that is, to die for our sins—but he comes from sinners. He identifies with sinful people like us.
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
We are not called to accept, follow, or love any ideology, but rather, in discernment and wisdom and based on biblical fidelity, we should test every thought and claim.
The four Gospels present Jesus as true Israel and the divine Son of God who lived a faithful life, died for sins of his people, and rose from the dead, but each evangelist retells this story a bit differently.
The signs of the prophets are not merely visual aids; they are designed to reach people’s wills and hearts, enabling people not just to see the truth but to feel it.
Be encouraged to embrace God's grace to believers through these Scriptures.
When faced with temptation, arm yourself with these verses from the word of God about fighting sexual sin.
Just like missing the first fifteen minutes of a movie will spoil our ability to fully enjoy its plot line, a lack of familiarity with the Pentateuch will compromise our ability to fully appreciate the Bible’s overarching story.
The meals of Jesus represent something bigger. They represent a new world, a new kingdom, a new outlook. But they give that new reality substance.
Is there any hope that reading a biblical genealogy can lead us to encounter God? The (perhaps surprising) answer is yes, but first we need to learn about the purpose of these passages.
Although we are fallen and our sexual desires can easily be distorted and debased, there is still something “very good” about the desire for physical intimacy.
Foundational truths from Scripture in celebration of Reformation Day.
In the creation account, God makes the world and everything in it in six days. A seventh day follows that is set apart from the previous six in some important ways.
Prayers of this sort generally carry the unstated assumption that the evildoers will not repent and seek forgiveness; should they turn, these prayers are reversed as well.
What if I told you that a glorified and risen body was not just a New Testament hope? And what if I told you it was rooted in previous biblical revelation?
Through the discipline of textual criticism, we can have a high degree of certainty as to the content of the original Old Testament manuscripts.
What's the New Catholic Edition Bible? Which Bible is right and which one contains the canon?
Money talks, but some rich people can’t hear what it’s saying. Read James 5:1–6, and as you read it, listen to how money is speaking.
When it comes to books, none is more famous than the Bible. As with anything of historical importance, the Bible has accumulated its share of mythical distortions in the popular mind.
Bible scholars John D. Meade and Peter J. Gurry discuss the Bible—where we got it, what we know about the original manuscripts, and how the text was passed from generation to generation.
Revelation is not simply another book in the Bible. It's the final book of the Bible, and it's such a fitting end not only to the book of Revelation, but to the Bible as a whole.
As we move through life, the world just constantly dupes us into believing a false story. Our heads and our Bibles might tell us, “God willing,” but we are immersed in the oxygen of the world, which says, “Me willing.”
The book of Job does not directly tell us how to address Job-like suffering. But I think we can sketch what a helpful answer would be, if we take an approach exactly opposite from the friends.
Waiting is not easy, and the strength for patience comes only through trusting in the Lord. Be encouraged by these verses from God's Word when you're in a season of waiting.
Scripture offers wisdom for those leading churches in roles of pastoral ministry. Return to the words of God for guidance, hope, and encouragement about this important calling.
Listen to Psalm 67 with new ears as it is read by Zambian pastor and author Conrad Mbewe, one of the new voices coming to ESV.org and the ESV Bible app in 2023.
Perhaps you felt a twinge of discomfort when Jesus told the rich young man to give everything he had to the poor and follow him. But he’s not done.
“Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” The scribes aren’t wrong: the only person with the right to say these words is God himself.
The most challenging part of Revelation's very clear message is a call to bold allegiance to Jesus Christ, and a call to refuse to compromise with the world.
How can we keep on loving and serving people when life has so much pain and disappointment? What are the roots of endurance?
Proverbs 1:7 seeks to instill in us the indispensable virtues for becoming wise. We must tremble at the Lord’s holiness, just as we are drawn to him in love.
Scripture has specific instructions for those in the body who are charged with teaching other believers. Read what God has to say to teachers.
Every pastor—as time and opportunities arise—should study the Bible in its original languages. Yes, it's that important.
The message of Revelation—over and over again—is not that judgment is going to fall, but instead, that you will be protected in the judgment.
When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy.
Identifying the genre of a text gives us the right terms for interacting with it. Conversely, if we do not interact with a text in terms of its genre traits, we cannot deal adequately with it.
The literary approach to the Bible, and the importance of genre as a chief ingredient of such an approach, are subjects of neglect. This represents a missed opportunity of massive proportions.
What do the Old Testament commands have to do with New Testament Christians? Should Christians seek to obey the Old Testament just like the Israelites? Can we “unhitch” ourselves from it altogether?
Ruth is a very old book. The events took place over three thousand years ago. Could it be relevant and helpful for your life? I think so.
The question that Ruth 3 answers is, What do a God-saturated man, a God-dependent young woman, and a God-exalting older woman do when they are filled with hope in the sovereign goodness of God?
We know we should pray. We start praying. But soon we give up. Or we pray with no expectation of an answer. Or we pray for the wrong things. Prayer becomes a problem rather than a solution.
God is worthy of our praise precisely because he has chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world.
Andy Naselli talks about what he considers to be the greatest letter ever written: Romans 8.
Although sparingly told—or perhaps because it is sparingly told—the tiny drama has exercised a fascination out of all proportion to its size.
God works all things for good for his people. “Those who love God” does not refer to a subset of believers but to all “who are called according to his purpose.”
Stress sickens the soul. Yes, stress causes bodily disease (some estimate that 90 percent of doctor visits are stress-related), but it also causes soul disease. Stress and spirituality are mortal enemies.
Paul’s letter to the Romans is relatively short (it takes about sixty minutes to read aloud), and it is profound. It explains and exults in and applies the greatest news we could hear.
The New Testament leaves no doubt as to the deity of Christ. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. So perhaps it is unsurprising that we forget that Jesus was also a follower.
Donald Whitney talks about a simple, proven approach to prayer that has the potential to transform your spiritual life for the better.
Imagine reading The Lord of the Rings out of order. You pick it up, flip over to Rivendell for a moment, then hop over to Mordor before slamming back into the Shire.
You could argue that the theme of kingship is the central theme in the story of the Bible, the one without which the others simply cannot cohere.
Greg Gilbert answers common questions about reading the Bible such as: How do I get started with a consistent habit of Bible reading? When should I read it? How long? And what if I don’t understand something?
Anger is infectious. It is not a purely individual phenomenon; there is a corporate dimension. Here, we'll explore five biblical examples of infectious anger.
From its opening pages right through to the end, Scripture attests to the importance of peoples in God’s purpose for humanity.
Steven Bryan talks about how Christians should approach the various “collective identities” that bind—and divide—us in our world today.
Read from Scripture what God says about his commandments, our obedience, and his faithfulness.
The following seven principles are useful for researching a theological paper, preparing to write an article, or developing a full systematic theology one piece at a time.
Lydia Brownback discusses 12 key tools for Bible study that all Christians can use—tools that will help us go deeper into the biblical text and understand the Bible’s life-giving message for ourselves.
Yet, when we look at these four books, we see Jesus doing what priests do throughout. He teaches the law, purifies the unclean, cleanses the temple, forgives sins, and prays for his disciples.
When Peter forbids the cross, he is a stumbling stone. When he proclaims Jesus as the Christ, he is a rock.
Life is complex. Gray areas abound. Yet Jesus taught that we all face a simple but fateful either/or: a wide way leading to woe, or a narrow way leading to life.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
Nancy Guthrie is joined by Greg Beale to discuss questions related to the sometimes difficult symbolism and imagery of the book of Revelation.
This verse is well-loved and often quoted, but frequently misunderstood and thus misapplied. This verse is not a promise that God will enable believers to do whatever they want whenever they want it.
While we may blush over our sin and our stories and our embarrassing past, we have a Savior who doesn't blush. He actually enters into the mess with us.
Nancy Guthrie talks with Karen Ellis about what it looks like for believers to patiently endure persecution.
In today's episode, Greg Lanier talks about the many ways that the Old Testament stands as an indispensable foundation for the New.
Graciously, our heavenly Father shares the wonder of his fatherhood with us men. To be a father, therefore, is a sacred privilege and a high calling.
"Keep yourselves from idols" means to keep yourselves from trusting, obeying, revering, and following—that is, in effect, worshiping—anyone or anything other than God himself and his Son Jesus Christ.
Nancy Guthrie and Russell Moore discuss themes presented in the letters to the churches found in Revelation 2–3 and how we can gain courage and hope from the book of Revelation.
Who will escape the wrath of God at the final judgment? Only those who belong to God, those who are sealed by him, who are numbered by him.
Nancy Guthrie talks with Jim Hamilton about how our understanding of the book of Revelation hinges on our understanding of the promises of God throughout the rest of Scripture.
Nancy Guthrie talks with Vern Poythress about reading the book of Revelation not as a puzzle book to be figured out but as a picture book which should stir us up to be moved by Christ's rule and God's plan for history.
Nancy Guthrie talks with Jonathan Gibson about God's people being prepared as a bride throughout Scripture in anticipation of the marriage supper of the Lamb and an eternal marriage in Revelation.
The Lord's Prayer orients us, most importantly, to the vertical dimension of our prayers. That's why we start by saying, “Our Father.”
Join Nancy Guthrie as she talks with Thomas Schreiner about how our reading of the book of Revelation is impacted by our theology of the Trinity, judgment, and eschatology.
A simple definition is to think of the kingdom of God as his reign and rule. Another way to think of the kingdom is as God’s redemptive presence coming down from heaven to earth.
What is the “sin that leads to death” and why does John not say we should pray for people committing such sin?
Are you ready to receive him and believe in him as your supreme treasure, even if it costs you the loss of your family and your life?
The challenge greater than understanding the book may be opening ourselves up to the adjustments in our lives this book calls for. Yet this greater challenge is also what promises the greatest blessing.
Join Nancy Guthrie as she talks with Andrew Sach about how the more we keep our eyes and ears open for Old Testament imagery and allusions, the less strange the book of Revelation will seem.
The deeper motive for Luke’s focus on Peter and Paul is not on them simply as prominent, historic individuals in earliest church history, but on them as apostles and the nature of their apostolic commission.
Consider these passages for encouragement as a mother or to reflect on the sacrificial love of a mother in your life.
Many of us have a rather lightweight perception of what it means to be blessed. Revelation is going to correct some of our assumptions about what the blessed life looks like.
How should we proceed in our own interpretation of Paul? Is it, for example, with his teaching on justification by faith? Or with his teaching on the work of the Holy Spirit? Or somewhere else?
The aim of God’s work in redemption is not that through Christ we might have salvation, but that through salvation we might have Christ—the all-satisfying treasure.
Nancy Guthrie discusses the book of Revelation and how we actually can understand its central message, encouraging us to accept the blessing promised to those who “hear and keep” this book.
Nancy Guthrie as she talks with Iain Duguid about how we can understand Revelation in new ways when we read it as a letter, as a promise, and as apocalyptic prophecy.
In this new podcast, Nancy Guthrie—author, Bible teacher, and podcast host—leads listeners to a deeper understanding of the book of Revelation through conversations with respected Bible scholars, pastors, and other Bible teachers.
Revelation is actually less about when Jesus will return and more about what we are to do, who we are to be, and what we can expect to endure as we wait for Jesus to return to establish his kingdom.
Nancy Guthrie discusses why the book of Revelation is actually more accessible, more timely, and more encouraging than you probably know.
Why do Christians take the Bible so seriously? Despite some variety in how they might frame their doctrine of Scripture, Christians have, right from the beginning, been “people of the book.”
One is not free to maintain that Adam is a mythical or semihistorical figure while Jesus Christ is a fully historical figure.
The Christian attitude toward the Bible is part of Christian discipleship. To follow Jesus is to follow him in this too.
Our friends who hold to theistic evolution maintain that Adam and Eve were ordinary human beings, doing sinful deeds for their entire lives just as all other human beings do.
When it comes to the nuts and bolts of the gospel, the NT often adopts essential concepts/words from the OT, particularly the Greek version.
As you enter into the celebration of Easter, read these passages to help you meditate on the significance of the resurrection.
The decisive speech fell to James, the brother of Jesus. Yet his speech mainly quoted Scripture. The turning point at the Jerusalem Council was a passage from the Word of God.
God is a righteous judge, and Scripture details just what true justice is. Read ten verses about justice alongside notes from the ESV Study Bible.
Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Read these passages to help fight the sin of worry.
Spiritual growth in seasons of languishing is more about persevering through the struggle for belief than it is about arriving at a settled conclusion.
Kids—and really all of us—are drawn to images and pictures. The illustrations in this edition present a kind of mood.
Don Clark discusses what appealed to him (and what scared him) about illustrating the stories of the Bible for The Biggest Story Bible Storybook.
The emotion that we should naturally expect to find most frequently attributed to that Jesus whose whole life was a mission of mercy, and whose ministry was so marked by deeds of beneficence, is compassion.
Jesus is not only the agent of creation but is also the goal of creation, for everything was created by him and for him, that is, for his honor and praise.
James instructs the church elders to “anoint” the sick person with oil “in the name of the Lord.” Throughout the centuries, Christians have struggled to understand and apply this verse.
“Act like men” is a phrase that could be easily misunderstood in light of modern sensibilities. For many, at first blush, it could read as a sexist statement by Paul. So, what does it mean?
But if God invites and expects all his children—regardless of their age, IQ, education, or resources—to do the same thing—to pray—then prayer has to be simple.
God is our refuge and strength. Read these passages for comfort and to help guide prayer during times of worldwide strife, conflict, and war.
“Joy” is probably the last word most of us would use to describe the book of Job. What could be less joyful than the nightmare of Job’s suffering?
What the author of Hebrews is getting at is the perfect marriage between doctrine and practice. If we believe the things that he has declared, that has radical implications for how we live our lives.
The divine origin of Scripture is the reason for its power to convert and its usefulness in training.
Gloriously, there is a lot to unpack in Hebrews, but a proper understanding of that book will assist you to understand the rest of the Bible and what it says about the priesthood.
How is Christian unity revealed? Put another way, what is the flesh and blood of union with other believers? Paul roots his theology of unity in love.
Consider reading these passages if you are together with someone nearing the end of their life and you are searching for comfort in God's word.
The issue isn’t really whether or not God has emotions but what they are like. Does God experience emotions the way we do?
Fear is probably the strongest human emotion. But it baffles us. When we come to the Bible, the picture seems equally confusing: is fear a good thing or bad?
In the book of Jude, our heavenly Father threatens the church to keep her from being dragged away from his love.
If receiving God’s affirmation is of critical concern for our mission, then isn’t the antithetical desire for others’ approval to be a potential snare for Christian ministers?
Disciples must keep their word, especially when others depend on them, even if circumstances change or oath keeping brings real loss.
The abrupt but victorious ending compels readers to ask about their own role in this narrative. Acts offers a word of encouragement. Yet, encouragement for what?
We are inclined to give our attention to and serve those with influence and power, to praise those who wield influence in the world, but every person is made in God’s image and every person is significant.
The book of Acts offers something unique in the Christian canon. It recounts the birth of the church age, and its content has no parallel in the New Testament.
Consider the following resources to help you as you commit to pursuing biblical truth this year.
There is “no condemnation” for the Christian because God has condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son.
This passage gives every indication that the thorn in Paul's flesh is still a present reality and thus represents a prolonged, sustained pain. But what was the thorn?
You and I and all those who belong to him and are his children are indeed called to his glory, and we shall become partakers of his divine nature.
The Holy Spirit is God. Therefore, to study the person and works of the Holy Spirit is a great opportunity to know God in a better way.
This verse promises that God will never allow a temptation that we cannot stand under because he will provide the power to escape through endurance. But what is Paul getting at here in particular?
A proud person would protest that some low position was “beneath” him or her. Jesus displayed his humility by not regarding anything as beneath him.
What kind of human nature did Christ assume in the incarnation? Was it the nature of Adam before the fall, a sinless nature but with the potential to disobey God and fall into sin?
God loves joy-motivated giving to others because it expresses contentment in God’s gracious giving to the believer.
When you understand Bible reading as the means, the food, the fuel, the sustenance of your Christian life, then you will consume it with joy, like a hungry person eats bread.
John proclaims the Word as God, through whom the world was made, in whom is life, and who is unquenchable light.
New Testament scholar Tom Schreiner answers questions submitted by readers about the book of Revelation and surrounding topics.
In the midst of evil, in a world in which the Christian faith is under attack, we need hope and assurance that evil will not have the last word.
Reflect on the goodness of God and his gifts to his children, and give thanks for who he is!
If you want to know what you truly value, consider where you tend to invest your time, energy, gifts, and money.
The disciples’ journey with Jesus on the road to Emmaus poignantly illustrates the fact that we need spiritual sight to recognize Jesus’s true identity as revealed in the Scriptures.
Paul David Tripp takes a close look at 12 core doctrines and how they engage and transform the human heart and mind.
Jesus clearly explains the message of the Scriptures “concerning himself” in Luke 24; he also provides a model for faithful Bible reading.
The doctrines of the word of God were not intended just to lay claim on your brain, but also to capture your heart and transform the way you live.
The Lord has a storehouse of blessing and honor for his people—the question is, are we humble enough to enter as unworthy characters in his story, humble enough to beg for crumbs?
He has prepared food for us. The food he has prepared is himself. He serves us himself through his holy word—the Bible.
A discussion with Abigail Dodds about what the mixture of flour, water, and yeast can teach us about God, the Bible, and what it really means to be satisfied by our Savior.
Do we think our doubts trouble Jesus? Do we think skepticism is a surprise to him? Our honest thinking will not offend him. He can handle any question we have.
The “Septuagint” is a catchall term that usually refers to the corpus of ancient Greek translations of the Hebrew Bible. What else should we know about it?
By persevering in prayer, your gaze will be fixed on Christ, which God will use to transform you.
We are encouraged not to fear, but trust in the Lord with all our hearts, leaning not on our strength and understanding, but on his.
ESV Translation Oversight Committee member Dr. Peter Williams discusses many of the factors involved in translating the New Testament.
ESV Translation Oversight Committee member Dr. Jack Collins discusses many of the factors involved in translating the Old Testament.
The work of God gets done when there is a good heart for God and his work. It starts in a heart with a deep concern for the glory of God and the health of his church.
The psalms are poems that reflect the beauty of God himself and how he wants to enchant, allure, woo, and draw us up into him.
Today's episode is a conversation with Justin Taylor—Crossway’s book publisher and project manager for the ESV Study Bible when it was being created.
Knowing that God has promised to complete the work he began in us, we are well equipped to practice perseverance.
God saves people for a purpose. Salvation in Christ begins a life spent growing into being like him and serving him faithfully.
How does the Bible restore our lives daily? I find no better explanation of what I have learned than the words of Psalm 19.
Without revelation, we cannot know God. God’s revelation is trustworthy, for God is trustworthy.
A member of the ESV Translation Oversight Committee answers listener questions about the ESV related to how translators work, the translation philosophy of the ESV, tricky passages, and more.
God called us to be his children, has entrusted his word to us, and has entrusted the gospel to us. To faithfully steward what he has given to us, we must walk by faith and not by sight.
Here, a few members of the ESV Translation Oversight Committee comment on the translation philosophy and why it makes a difference in preaching and teaching.
Dr. Packer served on the Translation Oversight Committee as general editor for the English Standard Version.
The Bible is good news for us. Here are nine common but wrong ways to read the Bible, followed by the right way.
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.
Here are seven important principles for sharing our faith with others gleaned from a close reading of Acts 8.
Think of Scripture and prayer as inhaling and exhaling because that shows the two necessarily go together.
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.
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.
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?
Learn more from Scripture about jealousy, envy, and covetousness—and how to trust and lean on the Lord for help when we're tempted.
Temptation cannot be defined in terms of the capacity of the one tempted to succumb. Temptation is enticement to sin from whatever source.
Jesus didn't just experience a taste of humanity, he experienced the fullness of what it means to be physically human.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the hot spots in the perceived conflict between science and Christianity is around the question of how human beings came to exist.
God gave his own Son as the final sacrifice so that your brokenness could be the only prerequisite to receiving God’s abundant mercy.
According to Scripture, laziness or sloth is considered a sinful indulgence. Learn more about what God values in kingdom laborers.
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.
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.
The first step in reading the Bible in the power of another is to begin with humility. It begins with the renunciation of pride.
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?
Blessing plays a significant role in God's plan of redemption, in that blessing is the goal of God's plan of redemption.
As Christians, we’ve been released from the power of sin and death by Jesus and his substitutionary death on the cross.
Jesus proves that he is gentle and lowly through his actions throughout his life and the pages of the Gospels.
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.
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.
Learn more about these how these truths can shape and motivate the lives of all who follow Christ.
God is kind to us—most evident in Christ—and demonstrates how we can, in turn, show his character to others by being kind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Piper explains four ways God is defeating Satan by allowing Satan to deceive, influence, and tempt—for now.
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.
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.
Jesus and his apostles considered the Old Testament Scriptures to be the written Word of God, and thus the ultimate authority for life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is at stake in God making us male and female? Nothing less than the gospel.
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.
Learn more about artist Joshua Noom and his work on the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series.
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 artist, Lulie Wallace, and her work on the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series.
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.
We should love the law because we love Jesus, and because Jesus loved the law.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christians, remember that God has graciously given us his Holy Spirit, who makes us fearless in troubled times.
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.
When Jesus is angry, he is right to be angry; the cause of his anger is right, and he expresses his anger rightly.
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.
Why would anyone ever fast? What is to be gained from giving things up?
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.
If you fail to understand poetic structures and literary devices, you will understand and preach the Psalms improperly.
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.
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.
Even those in their prime with perfect health have limits. We need a stronger strength to match our deep discouragements.
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.
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?
Godly character is developed over time—honed by the practice of spiritual disciplines and commitment to living honorably before men and God.
There are barriers to creating a regular habit of family worship, but God has provided many helps to get over them.
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.
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.
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.
Read about God’s condescension and wonder anew at his redemptive plan for humanity this advent season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gratitude to God is essential, but not only for the sake of the good things which he bestows.
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.
Jesus suffered and died on behalf of sinners and calls blessed those that follow in his steps for his name’s sake.
Why are covenants so important in Scripture? Why does it matter in the Christian life?
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.
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.
How do we understand the biblical covenants, and how can they help us to read Scripture rightly?
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.
God tells us over and over in Scripture to lean on him for what our human strength and ingenuity cannot achieve.
Giving priority to the Scriptures can help ensure that we make God’s voice the loudest message we hear.
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.
What does the New Testament teach about how the Old Testament applies to Christians?
The Bible is more than just a book about events in history: it’s a unified story.
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.
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.
The agenda of biblical theology isn’t driven by the questions we bring to the Bible, but by the focus of the Bible itself.
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.
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.
What is curious is that God is impressed not by Satan’s extraordinary abilities but rather by Job’s character.
Christ set the ultimate example of humility by submitting himself to life on earth and then death on the cross on behalf of sinners.
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.
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.
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.
Discover Afresh the Beauty and Power of God's Word The book of Psalms has been cherished by Christians for centuries. Down through the ages and across the globe, the church has clung to these biblical …
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.
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.
Call on God for help and strength when yours is lacking, and be encouraged by his sufficiency.
It’s easy to complicate prayer; but at its essence, prayer is simply talking with God.
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.
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.
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.
We are no longer under Old Testament law; but as believers, we are still marked by our obedience to Christ.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We know God for who he is, and meet him as he is, when we meet him through his word—the Bible.
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.
Wisdom is, first and foremost, from the Lord. When you desire wisdom, be encouraged to go to him and his word in prayer.
How can archaeology bolster our faith and enhance our understanding of the Bible?
Baptism declares that you are in Christ. You have died with him and risen with him.
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.
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.
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 best doctrinal summaries promote church unity. They help us to identify what we have in common with other Christians.
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.
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?
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"?
Our understanding of who people in the Bible were—what drove them and what their lives were all about—can be very one-dimensional.
Sometimes we end up disappointed with Jesus because we want the miracle, the answer, the reconciliation, the restoration, the healing right now.
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.
Our understanding of who people in the Bible were—what drove them and what their lives were all about—can be very one-dimensional.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The subject of literature is human experience. We should read the Bible through that lens.
What should Christians do when they disagree over doctrine?
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.
There is no story more worthy of being retold in our families than the true account of Jesus's life, death, and resurrection.
God has implanted in people longing and desire for the true, the good, and the beautiful. The Bible speaks to all three of these.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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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.
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.
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.
How can pastors approach teaching the whole word of God to the people of God? It can be a daunting task.
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.
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.
Appearing just under 1,000 times, the word “heart” is used in the Bible more than any other for the inner self.
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.
Be encouraged from God's Word about his plan and purpose for marital relationships.
God offers us forgiveness from our sins in Christ if we confess our wrongs and trust in him.
While many rightly think of Packer as a theologian, he has averred for years that he is, first and foremost, “a catechist.”
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 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.
Our role as priests—a role that includes both male and female—is a premier theme throughout Scripture.
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.
If you have trouble mustering up the excitement to read through Leviticus, you are not alone.
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.
The ESV Digital Scripture Journal makes a great gift and resource for digging into Scripture this Christmas.
When Saul can no longer consult the prophet, Samuel, he uses a medium to communicate with him from the dead.
We won’t love God’s word until he helps us to do it. And the beautiful thing is that he will.
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.
As you gather around the table this month, read about the biblical importance of gathering over the breaking of bread.
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.
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?
Helping others understand the Bible and apply it to their lives is a great privilege and a great responsibility.
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.
All the dead, whether powerful or poor, stand before God’s throne to be assessed by him.
I love the psalms because we find ourselves, but even more significantly, we find our Lord in the psalms.
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.
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.
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.
The resurrection is the guarantee that the wrath of God has been appeased by the sacrifice of Jesus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Though the Bible compiles the voices and writings of many individuals, it is, in fact, one story—written by God.
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.
Prayer is the means by which we implore the Holy Spirit to take up residence in our study time.
After establishing what the text says and what the text means, we are finally in a position to ask how it should impact us.
We must always keep in view that each of us individually is called to love God with our minds.
God is an ever-present help in trouble. Read from Scripture these truths about God's nearness to those who call upon his name.
A good literacy-builder honors the learning process by moving through three distinct stages of understanding: comprehension, interpretation, and application.
Every good endeavor should be done with purpose. Without a clear sense of purpose, our efforts to do a good thing well can flounder.
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.
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.
Each book of the Bible has something unique, something distinct, to teach us about God, about ourselves, and about the meaning of life.
If we spend our time gazing only on lesser things, we will become like them, measuring our years in terms of human glory.
When Bible study participants think critically about the Bible, it holds a leader accountable to avoid seven common teaching pitfalls.
The Bible presents a picture of the church as unlike any other organization or society of people in the world.
As Christians, we believe the Bible is the very word of God, and it’s pivotal that we spend time knowing and loving him through it.
Christianity isn’t a religious system that collapses if you think about it too hard. The truth can stand up to the toughest questions.
Peter Williams, author of Can We Trust the Gospels? answers a crucial question: can we really trust the New Testament Gospels?
There are not two separate classes of Christians: Christian soldiers and Christian civilians. There are only prepared and unprepared Christian soldiers.
From the psalms we see that God works in and through our emotions to draw us closer to him and to mature us spiritually.
The main purpose of Daniel is to reveal to us who God is—his character, his purposes, his way of working in the world for the good of his people.
The book of Revelation shows us how to live victoriously in the midst of both torment and temptation.
How do we preachers handle the Bible faithfully and accurately so that Jesus is seen in every passage?
If we have yet to grasp what’s so great about Deuteronomy, it may be that we have misconceived it.
When or loved ones are burdened with suffering and illness, find comfort in Scripture and in these historic prayers of saints that have gone before.
God’s people are not merely praying for God to give them a peaceful and quiet life. They are praying that all people might experience salvation through Christ.
Turn to Scripture for hope and help when preparing for childbirth—the Lord is near!
From ancient times, books have had a profound and mysterious power to move us. We find this in every culture and in every time period.
Parenting requires all kinds of help, most helpfully from the God who created us. Find encouragement from Scripture for the task.
The man of lawlessness seeks to make himself the central person of worship, beyond any other religious objects or personages in his day.
Teenagers who are wondering if the Bible is relevant to their lives are often starting off on the wrong footing with Scripture.
Scripture has a lot to say about the responsibilities and blessings of being in the ministry.
What does it mean to take a Sabbath? Does this Old Testament law even practically apply today?
Why study these short Old Testament prophetic books? Because the Lord gives us hope through his Word.
Ecclesiastes is consistent with the rest of Scripture in its explanation that true wisdom is to fear God even when we cannot see all that God is doing.
To the degree that sin remains within us, we all seek to find in the Bible what we want it to say rather than what it actually does say.
Over the next 15 days, read through John’s first letter to the church alongside explanatory passages adapted from ESV Expository Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Volume 12).
Your whole Bible “applies personally.” This Lord is your God; this history is your history; these people are your people; this Savior has brought you in to participate in who he is and what he does.
John Piper reflects on key verses that have had a huge impact on his life and helped him grasp the connection between our joy and God’s glory.
We are to treat a promise of God as reality, as someone treats a check. We are to take the promise and endorse it with our own name by personally receiving it as true.
Humans are created good and blessed beyond measure, being made in God’s image, with an unhindered relationship with God, and with freedom.
This is a theologically rich book that makes a unique contribution to our understanding of our sin and frailty, God’s character and provision, and the plan of redemption being worked out in history.
Recount Hebrews 11 and the stories of faith-filled men and women throughout biblical history whom God commended for believing what they could not yet see.
The constant pressure is toward practical atheism, toward falling asleep to the glory of our God. Galatians is given to wake us up.
Ephesians invites us to consider what God has made us to be, do, and have in Christ for a display of the gospel to the world.
Turn to God and his Word and the prayers of the saints when your heart cries out to the Lord in repentance.
When we study this book, will not our hearts burn within us with love for him? And will not this love overflow for the salvation of the world?
Lesson number one on God’s holiness and the people’s sinfulness was delivered in the form of instructions for offering sacrifices at the tabernacle.
Scripture is true in all that it claims, and when interpreted rightly, it harmonizes perfectly with the book of nature. The church had misunderstood this principle and used Scripture to silence science.
Turn to the Word of God and the prayers of the saints when your heart is saddened and in need of the gospel’s hope.
Biblical Greek is not just a tool for use in ministry. It gives us the most privileged place from which to listen to the voice of our Lord.
Find encouragement through Scripture and the prayers of the saints for when your spirit faints and flags—the Lord is near.
The Bible can be rather intimidating to young readers (and old ones alike) and it can be immeasurably helpful to have a little guidance when independently working through the Scriptures.
Over the course of six days, read through the book of Galatians alongside passages adapted from Christ Has Set Us Free: Preaching and Teaching Galatians and begin to better understand what Christ has done to set us free from the power of sin through his death and resurrection.
The book of Revelation is a triumphant vision of God’s final victory over all the forces of evil in the world.
The faithfulness needed to combat wickedness requires an experience of God’s powerful grace in the gospel.
The word “gospel” never appears in the letters of John. Yet it is hard to imagine a book more intimately connected to the gospel of saving grace in Christ Jesus than John’s first letter.
Where is the gospel in Jude’s epistle? In such a compact space, we actually receive a potent portrait of the gospel.
While Hebrews clearly makes its own unique contribution, it joins other New Testament books in exulting in the same amazing grace in Jesus that forms the Bible’s main message.
James is a beloved epistle, eminently practical and full of vivid exhortations to godly living.
Peter writes to encourage a “mixed bag” of believers with dear but easily forgotten truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Paul’s second letter to Timothy is a call to endurance amid opposition and suffering for the sake of the gospel.
The book of Titus is a letter from Paul to a young pastor, urging him to lead his people deeper into the gospel.
The central gospel themes in Paul’s shortest letter are surprisingly substantial.
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul cannot stop rejoicing that the gospel came to the Thessalonians in word, in power, and with full conviction by the Holy Spirit.
Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians is a letter of comfort to those eagerly awaiting the promised return of Jesus Christ.
The thrust of 1 Timothy is that godliness is central to the Christian’s continuing in the gospel and the church’s proclamation of the gospel.
There may be no other book in all the Bible that packs in as much gospel per square inch than Ephesians.
If there ever was a clarion call to rejoice because of the gospel, it is Paul’s epistle to the Philippians.
Of all the books in the Bible, Colossians may rightly be considered the most Christ-centered.
Doing theology is a process that involves both study and personal spirituality. And these are not two separate activities.
The gospel—the good news of what God has done for sinners through Jesus Christ—permeates 1 Corinthians.
Second Corinthians is filled with the astounding paradoxes of the gospel.
Galatians is a letter is about protecting the truth of the gospel, which declares what God has done in Christ for sinners.
The Old Testament can feel confusing and intimidating. In this episode, we hear from Bryan Chapell about how reading it with an eye on the gospel helps us understand it better.
The heart and soul of Reformed theology is the glory of the triune God. For this reason, it is often called “God-centered” theology.
If we read the Bible carefully, we find that all of our modern cultural debates are addressed there.
Through a recent partnership with Crossway, The Rafiki Foundation is now working to equip thousands of Christian leaders in Africa with study Bibles and other ministry resources.
Everything John tells us about Jesus leads us to his cross and his empty tomb—to his substitutionary death and glorious resurrection.
Acts shows that the new Christian movement is not a fringe sect but the culmination of God’s plan of redemption.
Romans explains the saving work of Jesus reported in the Gospels, and unpacks many of the teachings that were foundational to the churches that arose in Acts.
Pastor, your preaching will be a direct reflection of what you believe about the Bible.
For Matthew, the gospel is the good news that God has inaugurated the final stage of his plan to reclaim the world from the destruction of sin and establish his just and merciful reign over it.
The Gospel of Mark is presented in a way that demonstrates the fulfillment of Old Testament promises.
Luke’s presentation helps us see clearly that the gospel of Jesus is about the comprehensive blessedness of God available to us through Jesus Christ.
Haggai is all about the ongoing work of building up the people of God, a work that is primarily God's.
Writing to people who were discouraged by living, after the exile, Zechariah encouraged them to look forward to the day when the Lord would act once again.
The book of Malachi contains six oracles (or disputations) that each begin with a saying of the people, to which the Lord responds through his prophet.
In a variety of ways, the prophecy of Nahum brings home the gospel and carries along the redemptive story that culminates in Jesus Christ.
Like the book of Job, this book presents important gospel truths for people who encounter difficulties that seem incomprehensible.
People are rebellious, even God’s people, but God himself insists on doing his people eternal good anyway.
What do we do if we find an apparent discrepancy between Genesis 1-3 and what modern scientists claim about the origin of the world?
As an oracle of judgment, Obadiah presents unique challenges for gospel application.
Once we begin to pull back the layers of the story, we discover that it is not really about what Jonah is doing for God, but what God is doing for Jonah.
God deals with sinners in one of two ways: deserved justice, or undeserved grace.
In this episode of The Crossway Podcast, we chat with Jen Wilkin about the importance of developing a habit of Bible study in various seasons of life.
The salvation God has accomplished in Messiah Jesus is the fulfillment of all that was prophesied in the Old Testament.
In typical prophetic form, Joel gives his readers both the bad news of God’s judgment and the good news of his promised deliverance.
In four ways, the Old Testament book of Amos is essential for a robust understanding of the gospel.
Out of the smoking ruins came cries of lamentation and confession, and the daring hope of restoration.
Understood rightly, however, Ezekiel contains and continues a beautiful story of God’s grace to his undeserving people.
The “gospel according to Daniel” comes in glowing revelations of the power of God to redeem his people, overcome their enemies, and plan their future.
We gain insight into the loving nature of the God who inspired this Song, and are made able to love him in return although we constantly require his fidelity, protection, and undeserved love.
Isaiah’s messianic profile informs Christian worship of Jesus as the suffering servant who brings a new creation through his life-giving resurrection.
Jeremiah plays a strategic role in God’s revelation of his purposes that will be fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Jesus considered the book of Psalms to be ultimately about him.
The book of Proverbs is one of the “many ways” God spoke, leading us to his only Son Jesus.
Throughout Ecclesiastes we are led forward to other answers, other solutions, and other wisdom than the world’s vain promises of satisfaction, happiness, and fulfillment.
Rather than focusing mainly on human faithfulness to God, the book of Nehemiah shows God’s faithfulness to his unfaithful people.
For believers today, the significance of the book of Esther is that it coordinates with the rest of the Old Testament to foreshadow Jesus as deliverer and mediator for God’s people.
The book of Job helps free us from believing in a “score-keeping” God.
The clear contrast between God’s covenant-keeping and Israel’s covenant breaking, particularly among Israel’s kings, is perhaps the most important theme in the book of Kings.
As the last books in the Hebrew Old Testament, the books of 1–2 Chronicles prepare God’s people for the arrival of Jesus.
God’s covenant promises are gloriously on display as this weak, struggling remnant returns to Jerusalem after the exile to live together again as his people.
The book of Judges portrays the people of God languishing without good leadership. Who would lead the people of God into battle?
The language of redemption permeates the story of Ruth.
In the riveting stories of 1 and 2 Samuel we catch glimpses of who God is, what he does, what life is like with him and without him, and what life can become by his grace and in the power of his Spirit.
We should be very willing to learn principles of redemptive interpretation that the New Testament writers employed and exemplified.
Today we can read many interpretations of the book of Genesis, and even more interpretations focused on Genesis 1–3 or part of it. The interpretations do not agree.
Numbers is especially relevant for God's people in “wilderness” times when we must practice faith and trust in God's guidance and provision.
Deuteronomy is clearly one of the most important books in the Old Testament.
Even Joshua’s name (“Yahweh Saves!”) points away from himself to the real hero of the story. Joshua is a story of grace.
Human persons have deep significance. We alone among the earthly creatures are made in the image of God.
The foundation stories of Genesis set the stage of the drama of Scripture in many ways.
Exodus offers the greatest paradigmatic redemption event in the Bible prior to Christ’s incarnation.
Is Leviticus just a collection of disconnected laws? How does this book of the Bible really point to Christ?
Read through the book of Ruth and come to see how the story of a young Moabite woman communicates the covenant love of God—and ultimately the gospel.
Prayer is the means by which we implore the Holy Spirit to take up residence in our study time.
Many theologians over the course of church history have wrestled with this question. The answer to this question is relatively simple.
The Song of Songs gives us permission to have a very intimate, affectionate relationship with Jesus.
There are three primary agents in the character formation or sanctification of a Christian—ways that God uses to change us.
When people read and interpret the Song of Songs, there are a couple of mistakes that they often make.
Through this video devotional, beging to grasp God’s vision for love and marriage by working through the Song of Songs.
While the Song of Songs is for lovers, it applies not just to human relationships but also in our soul’s relationship to God.
In this 14-day devotional, read through the entire book of Acts with devotional readings corresponding to select passages adapted from the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible.
In this 9-day devotional, read through the entire book of 1 Corinthians with devotional readings corresponding to select passages adapted from the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible.
The Song of Songs can be a difficult book if it's not read through the right lens.
In spite of having such a privileged role in the early church, Paul did not try to pull rank by hiding his weaknesses or his sins.
The documents describing Jesus’s career—the four Gospels—make clear that he was a teacher.
Paul loved God and people. His love for God summoned him ever higher into God’s revealed glory, and his love for people summoned him alongside ordinary folks.
We have much to learn from the apostle who had the ability to be blunt and corrective while striving toward peace with others in kindness.
Paul addresses a delicate matter in his epistle to the leader of a Colossian church.
Complementarian interpretation of Scripture holds that God’s creation purpose for man and woman entails equality of individual value but also distinct roles.
Faith without works is dead. Genuine faith always produces righteous deeds. But are we saved by them?
“Quietly” does not mean that women are never to utter a word when the church gathers for worship.
God uses the water of baptism to save us—only in that it links us to Christ and his victory and promises.
When “behavior modification” or feel-good aphorisms aren’t enough to make you new, learn to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory each and every day.
Jesus didn’t set the Ten Commandments aside. He fulfilled them.
The Holy Spirit must always lead us into God’s truth, so pray for his help to help you lead a study of his Word.
Rejoice in what God has done at Christmas in the reading of his Word and remember the foretold birth of the Savior. God is with us.
The Bible is God’s story, recounting the Creator’s involvement with his creation.
This daily reading plan helps you digest the entire book of Proverbs over the course of a year, reading just a few verses each day.
The book of 1 Kings tells the story of fourteen “kings of the Jews,” framed by King Solomon—and this story foretells the coming of the Messiah.
The Bible tells one story of the one God who is redeeming one people in his one creation through the one Savior Jesus Christ. The unity of the Bible is breathtakingly joyous.
A new edition of the Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge to make for a smoother, less-interrupted reading of the text.
After being presented with a collection of essays in his honor, Wayne Grudem reflects on the verses that have impacted his life and ministry.
Commentaries can be wonderful friends, debating partners, and theological mentors. But start with the Bible.
If anyone wants to argue that two Gospel accounts are in such conflict that both cannot be true, he must first ensure that he has correctly understood the claims being made in each text.
Biblical freedom doesn't mean doing what we want to do, but what we ought to do.
There are many people inside the church—and especially outside the church—who would say the Ten Commandments are irrelevant or antiquated.
If someone observed an average day in your life, how would they see you spend your time? How much do you devote to Bible reading?
The Bible is God speaking to us, ever pointing us to Christ.
God gave the commandments that they might be obeyed—not to earn salvation but because of who we are, who God is in himself, who he is to us, where we are, and what he has done.
Use these five features of the ‘ESV Story of Redemption Bible’ to learn how God has brought salvation to mankind throughout human history.
There have been three items that have formed the backbone of the church’s catechesis: the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments.
Sadly, there is a lot of confusion about angels and demons and certain myths that simply won’t die. Here are five of them.
Over the course of 365 days, read through Scripture chronologically, and see how the story of redemption has unfolded over time.
The Old Testament identifies several ways in which the third commandment can be violated.
The way to find moral instruction is not by listening to your gut but by listening to God.
We study the Bible because it is God’s word to the world. We want to hear him.
Biblical literacy is ever-important for Christians as we seek to understand how the Scriptures come together to tell the story of the gospel.
What does it mean for living believers to be “caught up together with them in the clouds” and to “meet the Lord in the air?"
As inspiring and wonderful as stories can be, the Bible—with all its twists and turns, ups and downs—is greater than any other because it tells what actually is.
Trying to understand the New Testament without the Old Testament is like trying to understand the last four chapters of a book without reading the first eight.
The events detailed in Daniel 9 are fulfilled in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. He is the coming king.
What is God teaching us about his faithfulness in the story of Hosea and Gomer?
Christians have disagreed over the details of this passage for nearly two thousand years.
Because God's love was unmerited, it is unchanging. From before their ancestor’s birth, God has loved Israel.
We must respond to the terrifying possibility of irreversible apostasy and the comforting evidence of God’s heart-transforming, love-producing grace
We must be willing to suffer, to give our all for Christ, to persevere until the end in order to obtain the final reward.
The interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:15 has been an item of great debate among commentators.
Every story in the Bible can be better understood through the lens of Christ and the gospel.
If you understand that the Bible as the epic story of the history of humanity and God’s dealings with humanity, then the glory of God shines through so brightly.
In this 5-day video devotional, Nancy Guthrie answers the question, “What is the good life?”
The emergence of Islam and the Qur’an can be properly understood only within the larger context of the Bible and the monotheism of Islam’s two main predecessors, Judaism and Christianity.
What does the way you introduce yourself say about how you see yourself, about where you find the source of your identity?
We need to remember—and believe—that we need to hear from God’s Word each day and other things that seem urgent can wait.
Seminary is dangerous. Its gospel fragrance proves life-giving to many. But for others—far too many others—its aroma can lead to death.
In this video, Wayne Grudem recounts his journey to become a professor and author, sharing about his passion to faithfully teach the Bible to God’s people.
What is Christian ethics and what role should it play in the life of a believer?
Putting together the biblical covenants is central to the doing of biblical and systematic theology.
Even if the Mosaic covenant no longer has binding force on us today, we still need to realize that the Old Testament is a valuable source of ethical wisdom.
It is one of the great ironies of Scripture that the generation that saw God’s works most vividly became the epitome of those who refuse to believe him.
We are not just individually liberated from death, hell, and the Devil—the whole of creation is on an exodus journey as well.
These books are rich with God’s truth about our sin and need of redemption as well as his love for us in the savior Jesus Christ.
Jesus is—and will always be—our king. And yet, it’s also true that our king has invited us to be his friends.
Resist the urge to see simple memory as the goal. Learning the text “by heart” is secondary; taking the text to heart is primary.
Chronicles is a reboot. It is not just the same old material; it has a new tone, a new message, new truth about God to communicate.
God sent the prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi to speak powerful words of challenge and comfort to his world-weary people, words which are just as relevant and powerful for Christians today.
Although it is rarely taught, preached, or studied, the Song of Solomon is God's gift to the church.
Progressive revelation is a movement from truth to more truth and so to full truth.
Our culture's understanding of freedom says when you break from the oppression of an external force, then you’re free to be who you want to be.
Do you find the Old Testament more than a little bit daunting? Don’t worry, you are not alone.
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One of the benefits to reading the Bible is to understand the culture behind the text.
Archaeologists get very excited about pottery as very few people elsewhere in the world do.
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Archaeology provides a vital avenue for understanding ancient everyday life.
The reason we have a hard time talking about wisdom is that we have a very misguided notion of what it is.
The Lord's Prayer—a simple prayer which Jesus taught his disciples—can also show us how to talk with God in prayer.
In this video with Drs. David Chapman and John Currid, editors of the ESV Archaeology Study Bible hear why archaeology isn't needed to prove the Bible true.
While archaeological findings don’t prove the truth of Scripture, they do have the potential to enrich our understanding and draw us into the world of the biblical writers.
The ESV Archaeology Study Bible roots biblical text in its historical and cultural context.
Ezekiel wants us to know that God is where he always is; he is with his people.
How are the rest of us, who never had a revelatory dream or vision and to whom God never spoke directly, supposed to know what God wants us to know?
Ours is not a time of great respect for authority. For most people, including many evangelical Christians, personal freedom and liberty are avidly pursued virtues.
The reason the exodus story is so important is partly that it is so foundational to the whole Old Testament.
The narratives contained in the book of Judges were written to “bear witness” or “testify” to the person and work of Jesus and the great salvation that he has achieved for his people.
Travel with Jesus through Scripture on his path to the cross, learning more about the people and places he encountered along the way.
Combined with reading the Bible, hands-on activities are a great way for small children to engage with and learn truths from Scripture.
When God delivers Israel from Egypt in the book of Exodus, they are walking in the footsteps of the patriarchs.
The biblical exodus is recalled and made part of our lives through baptism, the Lord’s supper, and these other celebrations that place us within their pattern.
Jesus's life brings to fulfillment the entire spectrum of theophanies of God in the Old Testament.
God is present throughout the events of the exodus. But theophanies represent events of intensive presence that underline the principle that he is always present with his people and that he is faithful to his word and his covenant.
The Gospel of John is an account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus—teaching us about his life and mission and about our salvation.
Single or married, young or old, man or woman—everyone experiences loneliness at various times and to varying degrees. No one is exempt.
Today marks the beginning of the Lent season. Read seven passages of Scripture to help prepare your heart.
A 7-day video devotional on ESV.org aimed at helping you run to God in the midst of trials and suffering.
A theophany is a visible display to human beings that expresses the presence and character of God.
We all read things every day and are warned not to believe everything. Why can we believe everything in the Bible?
Marriage is God's invention intended to bring him glory. Begin a 7-day reading plan to guide you through what Scripture says about it.
The importance of believing in a historical fall of Adam and Eve is seen when we ask the question Who is to blame for the evil in the world today?
On this day in 1516, Erasmus dedicated his New Testament translation to Pope Leo X.
Benedictions are God’s good words for us as he looks on us with joy and love and grants us grace and peace.
Today, we're introducing a new 7-day reading plan on ESV.org to guide you through some of the prayers Jesus uttered during his earthly ministry.
Start the year off right with the Word of God. Read these passages alone or with your friends or family.
The Bible creates the framework for all theological understanding.
God has always existed as the Holy Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
A Christmas gathering is a great time to center your family's celebration on the Word of God.
If we imagine that Jesus was born in a freshly swept, county fair stable, we miss the whole point. It was wretched—scandalous!
God came to dwell with man and as man at Christmas. Coming to the manger should lead us to worship.
God speaks definitively to us in Scripture and we can trust the Bible as his words.
Day 8 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.
Day 7 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.
Day 6 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.
Day 5 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.
Day 4 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.
Day 3 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.
Day 2 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.
Day 1 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge through the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.
Join us on this 8-day journey through Luke and Acts aimed at helping us see the glory of God through his Word.
Dig deep into your study of God’s word with the ESV Student Study Bible on ESV.org.
Learn more about theology with over 400 short doctrinal summaries connected to specific Bible passages—all on ESV.org.
The story of Christmas is meant to enliven, motivate, excite, and transform you. May the glory of the best gift ever recapture our hearts this season.
A goal for all of us is to be able to say Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth I desire besides you.
Paul uses the picture of the body to teach the horizontal dimension of union with Christ.
This Thanksgiving, as you gather around the dinner table with your friends and family, try reading some Scripture and these biblical reflections of thanksgiving.
Center your heart and mind on biblically rooted thanksgiving with these nine passages of Scripture.
The ESV Illuminated Bible, Art Journaling Edition includes 66 unique book opener illustrations. Learn more about how they were created.
'The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge' reflects significant advances that have been made in Greek New Testament translation.
The ESV Study Bible is now available as part of the ESV.org Basic subscription plan.
Illuminated manuscripts have a long history. Here are five ways to use the new 'ESV Illuminated Bible, Art Journaling Edition.'
What does the Bible say about Christ's death and atoning sacrifice for sinners? Learn more from this look into the ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible.
This 7-day Bible reading plan was designed to help you find the peace that God offers to us in his Word.
The practice of illumination—adding decoration to book manuscripts—dates back to the early fifth century.
This unique Bible features over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by artist Dana Tanamachi.
What does the Bible say about Christ's return? Learn more from this look into the ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible.
The Reformation emphasized preaching the gospel with boldness and clarity.
Here are ten things you should know about Martin Luther, the great leader of the Protestant Reformation.
What the doctrines of grace do is they show us that God is still on his throne. He's still saving people.
Pastors and church leaders, serving in some of the most challenging places on earth, have been equipped with God’s Word—many for the first time.
We've created a free, 5-day devotional leading readers through the five solas of the Reformation.
When we fix our attention on God’s standard we will begin to feel peace and hope.
Christ had to have trust in his Father, hope in his Father’s promises, and love for his Father.
Determined commitment propels our path, but reaching the destination is possible only because God gets us there.
We've created a free, 30-day crash course in systematic theology designed to give you an overview of key doctrines and show how they connect to the specific passages of Scripture.
The whole Christian life, in terms of our living in response to God and his new work in us, springs from faith, hope, and love. Everything we do as Christians relates to these three virtues.
Systematic theology teaches us to trace all things from, through, and to God, enabling us to give him all the glory.
Faith, hope, and love have been referred to as the three divine sisters. We can think of them as three beautiful sisters joined together, hand-in-hand, swirling around as in a dance.
The ESV is an “essentially” translation of the Bible in contemporary English emphasizing “word-for-word” accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning.
This 7-day Bible reading plan was created to help you draw encouragement from God's Word in the midst of suffering—leading to hope in the gospel through the power of the Spirit.
For Martin Luther, Scripture alone was of ultimate authority for Christians, yet this did not mean that there were no other means of discovering truth.
The five solas are inspired by and rooted in Scripture, which states that we are saved by grace and faith in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone.
Here are six practical suggestions for digging into God's Word with your kids.
We should and can encourage our children to see Bible reading as a delight rather than a drudge. And the most powerful way of doing that is by conveying our own delight in God’s Word.
What systematic theology offers is a way of surveying the essential content of the entire Bible.
Consider these seven key items to look for and prioritize when you embark on your next church search.
In the Psalms we find how to be real with God and simultaneously reverent—how he wants us to relate to him as his children.
The Bible makes clear that our right standing before God comes not by works, effort, merit, or achievement, but by faith in Christ alone.
We make time for many things. But none is so important as the life-giving Word of God.
Read whole letters written by the apostle Paul in one sitting without distraction.
Women are extremely valuable to society, not because of their own merits but because of the qualities God has given them to use on his behalf.
Sin and the Snake separated us from God, but the Snake Crusher came to restore our relationship.
The doctrine of definite atonement is a misunderstood doctrine, one that we must seek to understand more accurately and embrace more deeply.
Into a historical moment when many Christians feel disoriented, 1–2 Peter helps us recenter our hope on Christ.
The same encouragement, hope, and exhortation that the Thessalonians of 2,000 years ago needed, we need today.
We do not embrace definite atonement merely by looking at Bible verses here and there, but by synthesizing the Bible's comprehensive teaching on Christ's death.
Emotions are not a bad thing, but they must arise from accurate thoughts about the truths of Scripture.
Men: Crossway wants to equip you with resources to help you joyfully receive, carefully study, and faithfully share God's Word.
One of the most important things you can schedule is consistent time in the Bible. How will you prioritize God's Word this fall?
If you're hoping to start a Bible Study, always incorporate these three vital aspects: structure, accountability, and predictability.
When we allow the Bible to show us who we are and who God is, we find that Bible reading goes from being mildly boring to vitally life-giving.
John Piper energized thousands of young people to live lives of radical devotion to Christ, primarily (and simply) by preaching sound doctrine from the Bible.
God made the world good. And no amount of being a Christian ever changes the fact that God put you in a physical world with hands and food and drink and culture and relationships and beauty.
The news of the kingdom of God is simultaneously good and bad—good for the cosmos and bad for sinners. Systematic theology helps us personally resolve the bad news of the kingdom.
There are six major covenants in the Bible. Understanding these covenants is crucial for understanding the Bible's message as a whole.
A concise summary of how three respected biblical scholars—Geerhardus Vos, D. A. Carson, and Stephen J. Wellum—each define biblical theology.
Thomas Schreiner shares 10 important things you should know about the biblical covenants—the backbone of the biblical story.
A lot of people think that the reason they are to study the Bible is so that they can know the Bible well. But when we study the Bible, we always should be coming to an increasing knowledge of God not just the Bible.
Sometimes we make studying the Bible more complicated than it has to be. In reality, it's actually just a matter of asking the right questions that point us in the right direction as we seek to relate to God through his Word.
Justin Taylor sits down with Matt Harmon to discuss his new book about asking the right questions when reading the Bible.
Sometimes we think of Bible reading as a duty, rather than a grand invitation to encounter the living God by opening the pages of Scripture, reading it, seeing him, and understanding more of who he is and how we should follow him.
Whether you're a pastor looking for a large print Bible for preaching or you're simply wanting a larger, readable type size for personal reading and study, Crossway offers several editions to suit your needs.
Devotional Bible reading is vital for every believer in the same way that eating is vital for every human—it's just the way you're nourished. It's what you do to get stronger and grow.
The Psalms were written for ordinary Christians leading ordinary lives—lives marked by depression, discouragement, despair, frustration, or maybe even numbness toward God or anger toward others.
1–2 Timothy and Titus are among the most personal and practical books in the New Testament. These letters are often called the "Pastoral Epistles,” but they’re relevant for all Christians, not just pastors.
Perhaps the most important reason for reading the book, however, is that Job’s tragedy—an experience of searing pain and loss which did not make sense within any framework Job had—is all too common.
A father’s world is filled with responsibilities and concerns, and the stress that can arise from helping to support a family can be overwhelming. But God offers all fathers wisdom and strength from his Word.
Fatherhood began in God, since he is our Father. Ultimate reality is not mechanical but relational, not physics but fatherhood.
The Bible is a story, not simply a collection of religious sayings or an anthology of various people’s religious experiences. The Bible tells us the true story of the world, the way things truly are and should be.
The Psalms are in the Bible to give a us a full range of ways to approach God. They're not just for those who are happy and they're not just for those who are in pain. They cover the whole range of emotions.
The Bible is full of typology that reveals deeper meaning in the narrative of Scripture. But seeking to understand such literary connections doesn't have to be overwhelming.
What we get out of the Bible largely depends on the kinds of questions we ask when reading the text. But how do we know what are the right questions to ask?
All believers should seek to learn how to read and understand the biblical prophets on their own. They are a different kind of literature from Romans, as much so as comics differ from the front page of a newspaper.
God has begun to fulfill his promises in and through Jesus, but he's not quite finished yet.
The Psalms help us express our pain to God, knowing that he hears our cries.
Don't succumb to guilt if you are doubting; instead, combat your doubt with specific truth.
Creation is an important and recurring theme throughout Scripture, because the God who creates is also the God who redeems.
Godly growth and change happens through 5 influences and circumstances: God, Scripture, wise people, suffering, and you.
The book of Psalms is special because it equips us to speak to God.
In his two of his newest books, John Piper helps us to understand and enjoy the Bible for what it truly is—the very Word of God.
The Psalms give us language to pray to God when we are guilty and seeking forgiveness.
Sanctification isn't a one-size-fits-all process—God guides different people in different ways.
Two books, two ways to study the Bible.
True understanding of Scripture comes when we set aside our earthly and sinful desires and instead seek God's glory.
God's blessings are more than just polite sayings or false promises—we have assurance of these blessings from the the Holy Spirit.
God will dwell with his people in the land that he promised.
Nine verses to meditate on during National Day of Prayer.
Casting off the old self and walking in love is only possible through God's work in us as new creation.
The Scriptures themselves are God's signature—they bear witness to his glory.
Meditation on the Psalms lifts our eyes and reminds us to be mindful of God.
Reading the Bible for wrong, selfish, or insincere reasons is not a threat to Satan.
Since God is able to be completely content in himself, we are able to find contentment in him as well. We will never find true contentment with God.
Because Jesus gave himself for us, our lives no long belong to us—we surrender our bodies and our souls to the Lord.
Because of Christ's assurance of salvation to all believers, we don't need to fear missing out on eternity.
Tim Keller explains the value of catechesis and shares a sneak peek at ‘The New City Catechism.’
What is catechesis? Here are 10 facts you should know.
Jesus death an resurrection changed everything, and it has the power to change us.
Meditate on the story and themes of Easter by reading these 10 passages.
Meditate on Good Friday by reading these 7 powerful Bible passages.
The Psalms have an important message: God loves you.
Catechesis helps us grow in and meditate on the truths of God in Scripture.
The purpose of reading the Bible devotionally is to commune with God and grow closer to him.
It's hard for teens to stay in the Word, but it's easier if they make a plan, set aside a specific time, and read with someone else.
Catechism benefits adults and children alike by giving them a deeper understanding of theology and the ability to communicate those beliefs well.
Culture is like a big magnet, it’s pulling on us and around us.
Patrick’s mission to Ireland has been an inspiration to many through the years. Read more about the man behind March 17th.
A commonly held prejudice regarding Reformation theology is that the doctrine of predestination and election was the peculiar focus of Reformed theologians.
Catechesis—from a Greek word meaning "instruction by mouth"— is a historic teaching method of giving Christians the language with which to articulate the basic tenets of faith.
I grew up with an appreciation that the Bible contained truth—completely consistent and coherent because God was behind all of it.
Knowing the whole message of the Bible should be transformative.
Paul's letter to the Ephesian church details how being embraced by the love of Christ truly changes everything.
By definition, a Christian is one who has been delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of his beloved Son (Col. 1:13).
Life is wasted when we do not live for the glory of God. All of life, all for his glory.
Our work, when earnestly undertaken, lays us open to attacks in the direction of depression.
When we think about the message of the Bible, we should never lose sight of God's kingdom, or his reign over his people, and ultimately his reign over the entire universe.
If you talk about a doctrine that needs to be recovered, you have to start with the doctrine of Scripture.
How does knowing the end of the story influence the way we think about the story now?
I don't know if you know this, but the Bible is not ultimately about you—the Bible is about God.
Are you too foolish and slow of heart to understand why life sometimes doesn’t make sense?
In Psalm 119 we see at least three essential, irreducible characteristics we should believe about God’s word.
If you're going to enter the ministry, whether as a missionary or a pastor, you will spend the rest of your life (if you're faithful) teaching sound doctrine.
The Bible tells us one story about our Creator God, who made all things and rules over all.
Most literature is fictional at some level, but fictionality is not a defining trait of literature.
When life and ministry demand of you, where do you turn?
In this video, Justin Taylor sits down with Chris Bruno to discuss his new book, The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words.
How can one know which concepts about Satan and demons are biblically accurate and which are not?
John MacArthur discusses the historicity and significance of Adam in the Bible.
God’s decree is his eternal plan, whereby, according to his decretive will and for his glory, he foreordained everything that comes to pass.
These nine passages can help center our gaze on Christ—our just king who reigns now and promises to return, bringing true and lasting peace.
God wants Christians to share his holiness and to present themselves as slaves of righteousness, which will result in holiness.
God invites us to meditate on his Word (Ps. 1:2). Art journaling is one of many ways to study and reflect on Scripture.
Consider using these eight tips, and use a notebook or the margins of your ESV Journaling Bible to record thoughts and sermon notes.
Adopting habits and regimens may appear to provide some stability in out-of-control situations, but without Christ, our feet falter on shifting sand.
Reading the Bible devotionally is about engaging with the text at the heart level.
Learn some practical tips for engaging with and getting the most out of your time in God's living, active Word.
Reclaiming the biblical meaning of marriage in our culture today matters because the darkness of our generation is deep and profound.
The Christian life, the church, our faith are not about us, they’re about him—his plan, his kingdom, his glory.
Even those most faithful to God occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of their lives.
While many know D. A. Carson for his mind and his impressive scholarly writings, fewer have an intimate acquaintance with the heart that produces those works.
We live in a world that has trivialized God, having reduced him to human proportions.
Here are some of our favorite Bibles for diving deep into meditation and study. Find one for yourself or someone you love this season.
The truths of Scripture are rich and profound, and their understanding requires the full engagement of our hearts and minds.
There is no doubt about it—the Bible is a big-picture book that calls us to big-picture living.
What is the priceless masterpiece of your life? What ambition drives you on, day after day?
God's Word is a gift, and the fact that his children are afforded the opportunity handle it, study it, and meditate on it is an immeasurable grace.
When we could not take care of ourselves, God took care of us. That’s the message of grace.
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The words "nourish" and "cherish" in Ephesians 5 help us understand the meaning of true love—a love that Christ has for his church and that a husband is called to have for his bride.
We were made by God to find our greatest joy in fellowship and communion with God.
The more we are tugged, the more we have to work to guard the time we give to personal study of our Bibles.
When you see the message of grace unfolding in the Bible a pattern emerges. God is gracious to us, and then expects us to respond.
Our hope at Crossway is that you will encounter the beauty of God's Word and be able to step back and marvel at its masterful author.
The Reader's Bible, Six-Volume Edition was created with a deep conviction that the Word of God is an immeasurable gift, meant to be savored.
Learn about four ways that the Old Testament book of Amos is essential for a robust understanding of the gospel.
Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus.
The testimony of Scripture is clear: if we want to walk in the way of holiness, the love of God is indispensable to our progress.
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God's love is altogether other. Learn about five reasons its not like ours, and why it's better.
The Psalms are meant to invite readers into communication with God.
Know the Bible In the following posts, contributors to the Knowing the Bible series explain the vital contribution each biblical book makes to the whole, and why each one is worth knowing. Old Testament Why …
We should study Jeremiah because we want to know Christ better and see God deepen our endurance in the gospel.
Although the Bible nowhere discusses “other religions” as such, much in it is relevant to the subject.
There’s nothing like a really good story. That’s the first reason I often give for studying the Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah.
The best answers to that question will come when we understand why God gave us this book.
Like Israel of old, we begin our lives with a sensory disability: we are spiritually ignorant, blind, and deaf.
The Christian life is impossible to live without 2 Corinthians.
Maleness and femaleness are creational, not contractual. They are divinely instituted rather than socially defined.
The Preaching the Word commentary series is unique because I’ve asked all the contributors to have preached the content of their commentary viva voce, or live.
When you do expository preaching you get a sermon's symmetry and structure from the biblical text.
No human mind can comprehend God. We cannot define God or provide a comprehensive account of who he is.
Anytime we spend time gazing at who God is as he’s described in the Scriptures, we cannot help but be drawn into worship.
God’s incommunicable attributes are important for us to understand because they’re the ones that tell us how God is not like us.
Most of us haven’t spent much time devoting our attention to just things that are true about God.
The Custom ESV Bible Program allows you to create a custom cover to represent your church, ministry, or organization.
Psalm 139 is more than just fodder for t-shirts, coffee mugs, and picture frames.
What does it mean that God condescended in Christ and dwells with us through His Spirit?
Here are a few suggestions for how to use an ESV Journaling Bible to enrich your study of God’s Word.
God wants me to learn how to wait so that I can wait well, even if my waiting continues for the rest of my life.
Scripture teaches that we can have a true and personal knowledge of God, but this does not mean we will ever understand him exhaustively.
Sometimes, in God’s plan and providence, this ministry takes us to the farthest corners of the world.
Moses didn't want God simply to send down orders; he wanted to know the purpose behind God's plans.
God's incommunicable attributes belong to him alone.
through the donations of hundreds of God’s people around the world—the Lord has provided the money to fund phase two of our Global Study Bible project.
The symbolism of the book ranges through the entire Old Testament canonical Scriptures and drives us back to the very beginning.
When it comes to resolving conflict: there are two groups: the weak in faith and the strong in faith.
God chose us in Christ “before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4).
Being a disciple of Jesus means orienting our lives toward others, just as Jesus did.
Proverbs tells us that there are two voices calling out in the marketplace.
Since the Bible is the Word of the all-powerful God, we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that it is active and accomplishes much.
At the heart of the Bible is the gospel, the good news that Christ has come and has lived and died and has risen from the dead, and now lives to intercede for us.
My view of the Bible was always a view through the Bible.
In the simplest form, we sit down and read the Bible with a focus on the fact that God is present and speaks to us through what we read.
For Christians, the stakes are even higher for cultivating holy curiosity and the mindset of a lifelong learner.
I am amazed by God's great love and compassion for his church.
Maybe the breakthrough could come with some simple change in perspective. What if Scripture memory really was about today?
Combining the readability of a large print edition with the easy portability of a standard Thinline Bible.
A red herring is something that distracts, whether intentionally or not, from the real purpose and goal.
God designed you with the capacity to pause and ponder. He means for you not just to hear him, but to reflect on what he says.
In this video, pastor Matt Capps discusses the unique contribution that the book of Hebrews makes to the New Testament.
The temptation to forget God is always present. But there is a way to maintain one's devotion to the Lord.
Jesus once said that it is very difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Why?
The miracles of Jesus were relevant to the people back then. But what about now?
Jesus is Immanuel. The man Jesus is “God with us.”
Our need to anchor our souls with the reminder of God's goodness and greatness hasn't changed.
Are we swimming in the mental and emotional universe of what God has told us our future is?
Jesus claimed that the fulfillment of the Old Testament hope with its attendant blessings was present in his person and ministry.
For those who want to know God, the study of theology is indispensable.
One of the things that I love about the stories in the Bible is how many ordinary people you meet.
One of the things that’s important for us to do for our own sanctification is to ask the question, “Why am I grumbling and complaining about this?”
To make sure that you are gospel-centered every day, look for Christ in the Scriptures.
There is something sweet that goes beyond just repeating the words of Scripture to each other but actually living in the good of God’s Word together.
But if every revelation of God is a revelation of myself in relation to God, then all of Scripture is continually in the business of rewiring our self-understanding.
What does Augustine mean to us now? What is there about his life and work that still speaks to the Christian life today?
Brief summaries of the New Testament books.
Brief summaries of each book of the Old Testament.
The Bible calls men today to lead in their churches and in their homes through both doctrine and devotion.
Could you explain to someone who is a total skeptic—doesn’t believe in God, Jesus, Jonah, or the big fish—why you think that everything the Bible says is true?
I can’t tell you how many times in my early days of ministry I questioned if God had really called me into pastoral ministry.
The author of the epistle to the Hebrews reminds us that “it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace” (13:9).
Our world presents daily distractions that can easily displace Christ as the center of a man’s heart and life.
We humans are hoping creatures; we live very largely on and in our anticipations, things we know are coming and we look forward to.
Few would argue against the fact that the Scriptures clearly require every Christian to both be a disciple and make disciples.
When the church ceases to treat the Bible as a final standard of spiritual truth and wisdom, it is going to wobble between maintaining its tradition in a changing world and adapting to that world.
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Salvation from the judgment of God into fellowship with God is all of God. It is not of us.
Reader's editions were created to change the way you read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Since its launch in 2001, the ESV has become one of the fastest growing English translations of the Bible in the world.
The way so many of us treat the Scriptures—as God's "how to" book—doesn't seem quite right when we carefully look at what its own pages say.
Scripture, just like good stories, contains truths we should tell and retell until the narrative has shaped us.
We don’t truly understand who we are as the church of Jesus Christ unless we know our own story.
In this video, Justin Taylor sits down with Don Whitney to discuss what it means to pray through God's Word.
Developing doctrine in the church is one more in a series of improvisations.
What, we may well ask, in literary terms, is the plot structure of the Old Testament or even of the entire Bible as a single text?
As a whole, the psalms comprise the best place in Scripture from which to pray Scripture.
One hurdle many people face when trying to pray the Bible is confusing prayer time with Bible study, interpretation, and application.
Why study Paul’s letters to the Colossians and Philemon? Let me provide three reasons.
Here are six benefits of praying through the Bible.
“Empty phrases” are ruinous in any area of spirituality, but especially in prayer.
God's Word has cut me untold numbers of times since. But each pain, responded to, has brought a fresh, satisfying healing.
Hebrews shows us that the Bible is not a collection of unrelated stories, but is rather one unified story.
John 5 The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a …
1 Thessalonians 2 Paul's Ministry to the Thessalonians For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain. But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as …
Psalm 67 Make Your Face Shine upon Us To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song. May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, …
Psalm 37 He Will Not Forsake His Saints Of David. Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. …
Psalm 23 The Lord Is My Shepherd A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He …
Matthew Newkirk explains how the book of Exodus fits into the storyline of the Bible and sets the stage for the coming of Jesus.
In this video, Kathleen Nielson and Gloria Furman discuss the importance of women's ministries in the local church.
Todd Wilson explains how the book of Daniel ultimately points to the sovereign Lord of history.
New converts to Christianity typically have few doubts. But years of living and learning often soften their confidence.
“Docetism,” was a heresy which could not accept the direct union of God and man.
The book of Proverbs offers wisdom for godly living that both glorifies God and leads to blessing for his people.
There are about eighty direct references to widows in the Scriptures. Why?