When a person accepts Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour, he is immediately justified in the eyes of God. But how is a person justified in the eyes of men? This commentary takes you through the book of James and explains the defining hallmarks of Christianity. Here you will find practical tips on how to stay right in a world that is constantly drifting left.
Life is filled with warnings. Various household products have warnings on their labels. We constantly have traffic warnings and weather warnings. Life would be dangerous indeed if we were never alerted to danger. It is not surprising, therefore, that the Bible contains very specific warnings. This is especially true in the books of Joel and Amos. Joel sounds the trumpet, and Amos roars like lion. Both are designed to alert us to the dangers ahead. This commentary is offered to help you understand the warnings of God and recognize when it is time to sound the alarm.
The prophets Obadiah and Jonah teach us that God disciplines with equality. He humbles the proud. He pillages those who pillage. Those who harass will find themselves harassed. Those who dispossess others will find themselves dispossessed. God always makes the punishment fit the crime. Even notable preachers who think more highly of themselves than they ought to think can be reduced by the overflowing water or scorching sun of God’s discipline. There is always a day of reckoning in the calendar of God. The Heavenly Father loves us enough to make us obey. This commentary explores the vital message of these two prophets to help is see how God reduces us when we become a legend in our own mind.
We often think that trials are inappropriate for the Christian, and therefore we respond with bitterness and retaliation when they come. The Bible is clear, however, that trials are not foreign to the Christian life but a necessary component of it. Therefore, trials should not only be embraced but enlisted to serve God more effectively. This commentary explores the book of I Peter and develops concepts to help you submit the next time your Christian life is under fire.
The modern-day church is becoming increasingly weak in its doctrine. Teaching doctrine is not favorable and practicing doctrine is not popular. In fact, many churches have decided to abandon doctrine altogether because of its divisive nature. Today’s Christian must be properly equipped with Biblical doctrine to combat the heresies that dominate modern thought. Every Christian must know what they believe about core truths and why they believe them. This commentary trains you to be a heresy hunter. You will learn how to recognize the subtle differences in false teaching and how to avoid being trapped in unscriptural error.
Micah’s name means “Who is like God?” And the prophet goes to great lengths to present God’s incomparability. There are three sections in the book each beginning with an admonition to hear (1:2, 3:1, 6:1). The first shows that there is nobody like God in identifying sin. The second shows that there is nobody like God in judging sin. And the third shows that there is nobody like God in forgiving sin. This commentary helps you explore the book of Micah and discover God’s uniqueness. Indeed, there’s nobody like Him.
Many Christians have used 1 John 5:13 to give doubting believers the assurance of their salvation. John says that he wrote “these things” that we may know that we have eternal life. But what are “these things”? This commentary examines the three major tests or evidences of salvation delineated by the Apostle John. These things are the doctrinal test, the social test, and the moral test. Do I believe the right things? Do I love my brother? Is my life characterized by righteousness? In short, does my life give evidence that I have been born again? Do I pass the tests? If we were ever arrested for being a Christian, there ought to be enough evidence to convict us. The epistle of 1 John is written to help explain these evidences.
Though Nehemiah was privileged to live in the lap of luxury while serving as cupbearer to a Persian king, he left it all for the seemingly impossilbe task of rebuilding the city walls of Jerusalem. Obviously, he needed the help of God to mobilize a task force of Jewish workers. This commentary examines the prayer life, management skills, and tenacity of one of the Old Testament's greatest leaders. We trust that this case study of a powerful role model will help you to rise and build amidst the rubble.
Christians have often been criticized for majoring on the minors. We must remember, however, that the devil is in the details. The last twelve books of the Bible are often called the minor prophets, but the messages of these prophets are of major importance. This commentary explores the messages of Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, and Haggai to assist you in your Christian walk. We trust these studies will help you to major on the minors.
The hallmark of orthodox Christianity is justification by faith. The thing that separates Christianity from every other religion is the fact that men are counted righteous before God by faith in the work of Christ independent of human merit. After we are saved, however, we somtimes feel that we must work for the smile of God. We believe that we are justified by faith but sanctified by works. Paul uses no other word but “foolish” to describe this mentality. In this commentary, you will learn that growth in the Christian life is accomplished by the same means as entrance into the Christian life – by grace through faith.
If Haggai is the builder who encourages the Jews to complete the unfinished Temple, Zechariah is the artist who installs the colorful windows. Though Zechariah is fully aware of the present realities and spiritual needs of his countrymen, he lifts their eyes to see things from a heavenly vantage point. God is over all, working all things according to the good pleasure of His will. It is during times of deep distress that you and I should catch a glimpse of the glory. The inspired visions and prophecies of Zechariah prove that even when things are blackest, when the Shepherd is smitten and the sheep are scattered, nothing can keep God’s kingdom from being established on planet earth. Join us in a study of Zechariah to catch a glimpse of this glory.
Someone has once said, “Blessed is the preacher who can get airborne without taking too much runway.” If this statement is true, John and Jude were certainly blessed preachers. Both knew how to say much in a few words. Though postcards in length, these epistles contain a weighty message that embraces truth and exposes error. This commentary explores these often forgotten New Testament books and applies their message to the church today.
The children of Israel had returned from Babylonian captivity and were eagerly anticipating great things from the Lord. The had returned to their homeland and had rebuilt their temple. Fifty years later, however, expectations were very low. Joshua and Zerubbabel had both died. The glory of the Lord had not filled the temple as Ezekiel said it would. And the day of miracles had passed with Elijah and Elisha. This was apathetic age, an uneventful waiting period. Malachi writes to his fellow Jews to give them cures for apathy. This commentary explores those cures and presents them as hope for our current apathetic age.
If you have been saved for any length of time, you have probably seen some rift over Calvinism. Perhaps you feel uncomfortable believing that your lost relatives are unsaved because somehow God has not chosen them to salvation. That all having been said, however, you are not quite sure how this fits with the election passages of the Bible. In The Great Rift, Jeff Amsbaugh explores the roots of Calvinism and attempts to explain the five points of Calvin in light of God’s Word in order to help you the next time a rift over Calvinism comes your way.
The book of Philippians is a missionary prayer letter, yet few theologians have commented on the missiological aspects of this epistle. In Keeping the Mission in the Missionary, Jeff Amsbaugh comments on the book of Philippines as a missionary prayer letter. In so doing, he provides a valuable tool for local churches to evaluate missionaries the are considering for support and for missionary candidates to evaluate the ministries before they go to the field.
Pay-Per-View: The Double Cost of Pornography
The Christian is opposed by a trio of enemies: the world, the flesh and the Devil (James 3:15). Satan is an expert at using the world system to incite the flesh as it “lusteth against the Spirit” (Galatians 5:17). In perhaps no other area is this more clearly seen than in the matter of pornography. With the growing influence of Hollywood and the emergence of the internet, obscene material is now readily available to people and in places where it was not before. Christians struggle in the battle with their flesh as this onslaught increases. Dr. Jeff Amsbaugh clearly outlines the extent of the problem in PAY-PER-VIEW, and he also shows the steps needed for victory in this devastating war. PAY-PER-VIEW will show that the costs of pornography, to it’s patrons, are extensive.