The Gospel in Colossians | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Christ’s Supremacy and Sufficiency Of all the books in the Bible, Colossians may rightly be considered the most Christ-centered. In this short letter Paul goes to great lengths to proclaim the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ in all things and for all people. The good news of Christ’s lordship over creation as well as his redemption for his people rings forth from start to finish in this epistle.…

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The Gospel in Philippians | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Rejoice! If there ever was a clarion call to rejoice because of the gospel, it is Paul’s epistle to the Philippians. Writing from his jail cell in Rome (Phil. 1:12–16), Paul calls the Philippian readers to turn their gaze back to the power and joy of the gospel—and particularly their deep fellowship in it—and away from outward circumstances. By outward appearances, as Paul writes, there is little reason…

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The Gospel in Ephesians | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Explanation and Application The book of Ephesians is full of gospel from start to finish. In fact, there may be no other book in all the Bible that packs in as much gospel per square inch. The first half of the book is almost nothing but gospel explanation, while the second half is almost entirely gospel application—mind-boggling indicatives followed by grace-filled (and grace-motivated) imperatives. When we embrace the…

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How to Study Scripture Theologically – Christian Article

Theology in Community Doing theology is a process that involves both study and personal spirituality. And these are not, in our mind, two separate activities, but really two sides of one work done in the presence of the living God. It begins, of course, by becoming a disciple of Jesus—learning from him, imitating him, depending on him. He’s a prophet, the priest, the king sent by God to save us from our sins. And then we lean prayerfully on the…

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The Gospel in 2 Corinthians – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Gospel Paradoxes Second Corinthians is filled with the astounding paradoxes of the gospel. Rather than a well-ordered theological treatise (like Romans or Ephesians), we find a letter that stylistically is somewhat free-flowing. Yet it is overflowing with the apostle’s gospel-love for his readers. Though this can sometimes make the argument of the book difficult to follow, the unique historical setting of the book allows the modern reader to…

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The Gospel in 1 Corinthians – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. What Christ Has Done The gospel—the good news of what God has done for sinners through Jesus Christ—permeates 1 Corinthians. The letter opens with a celebration of the cross of Christ (1 Cor. 1:18–31), closes with an emphasis on Christ’s resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3–58), and repeatedly presents Christ and the gospel as the essence of Paul’s preaching (1 Cor. 2:1–5; 3:10–11; 9:16; 15:1–8). Patterns of Gospel Truth Despite…

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2 Heated Cultural Debates the Bible Addresses – Christian Article

A Multicultural Church If we read the Bible carefully, we find that all of our modern cultural debates are addressed there. We can derive very meaningful and important responses to all the things that are going on around us today if we are willing to do that work. I’ll pull out just a couple of examples. First is the questions that we grapple with today around racial equality. Christians over the last 2000 years have failed many, many times to…

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10 Things You Should Know about Reformed Theology – Christian Article

This article is part of the 10 Things You Should Know series. 1. Reformed theology celebrates the glory of God. The heart and soul of Reformed theology is the glory of the triune God (Ps. 96:3; John 17:1). For this reason, it is often called “God-centered” theology. B. B. Warfield said, “The Calvinist, in a word, is the man who sees God. . . God in nature, God in history, God in grace. Everywhere he sees God in His mighty…

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The Gospel in Acts | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Spreading the Gospel 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. Nothing is more prominent in Acts than the spread of the gospel. Jesus promises a geographic expansion at the outset (Acts 1:8), and Acts follows the news of his death and resurrection as it spreads from Jerusalem to…

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The Gospel in John | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Exercise in the Obvious Setting out to find a gospel-focus in John’s Gospel might seem like the “challenge” of finding a mountain in a photo montage of the Swiss Alps—an exercise in the obvious. Yet there is a great difference between holding a travel brochure in your hand and actually standing at the base of the Alps. It is the difference between pleasant thoughts and soul-gripping wonder; a…

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The Gospel in Mark | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Fulfilled Promises The Gospel of Mark is presented in a way that demonstrates the fulfillment of Old Testament promises. This is clear right from the start, as Mark begins his account by focusing on the fulfillment of Isaiah 40:3 in John the Baptist, who prepares Israel for the comforting arrival of Yahweh to his people (cf. Mal. 3:1). Yahweh will come to pardon—and to rule over—his people (Isa.…

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The Gospel in Matthew | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Jesus, the King Matthew’s Gospel is focused on explaining what the gospel is and how it should be applied in the lives of Jesus’ disciples. 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 (Matt. 4:23; 9:35; 11:5). God has given…

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The Gospel in Zechariah | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. The Coming Branch Zechariah’s prophecy begins with a cycle of vivid and complex visions, and it would be easy to get lost trying to explain all of the intricate details. Yet we are not left alone to try to understand these visions: the Lord sent an interpreting angel to Zechariah (and to us), and we can find the meaning of the visions explained in the angel’s comments. He…

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The Gospel in Haggai | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. God Dwelling with Man With its focus on rebuilding the house of the Lord, the book of Haggai would be easy to apply moralistically, especially in the midst of a church-building program. The key to applying the book in a gospel-centered way is to see that the temple, like the tabernacle before it, was the visible symbol of God dwelling in the midst of his people, and therefore…

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Does the Bible Condone Slavery? (Philemon 1) – Christian Article

This article is part of the Tough Passages series. 8Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, 9yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus—10I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment.11(Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.)12I am sending him…

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What Does It Mean that We’re “Justified By Works”? (James 2) – Christian Article

This article is part of the Tough Passages series. 14What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,16and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?17So also faith by itself, if it does not have works,…

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