Resources related to God and his character, including His love, wrath, mercy, longsuffering, jealousy, kindness, and patience, and ultimately how they are all expressed openly in the person of Jesus.

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By Stephen Venable Posted on January 5, 2012

In today's Christianity, "Christ" has become a synonym for "Jesus", and "Lord" has become a synonym for "master". But for the early church, Lord and Christ had significant meaning.

In this teaching, Stephen Venable analyzes Peter's sermon in Acts 2. By His resurrection, Jesus was confirmed to be the Christ, the anointed king who would sit on David's throne in Jerusalem. By His ascension, Jesus was confirmed to be the Lord, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, because He took His seat on God's throne at His right hand.

The significance of this truth cannot be...

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Posted on December 19, 2013

Throughout this Advent season, I've been narrating the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus in several episodes of Opening Up the Gospels. Last year during Advent, I came across a fictional work that was deeply encouraging to me: a poem called The Innkeeper by Pastor John Piper. Though there is much uncertainty surrounding Mary and Joseph's arrival in Bethlehem, their place of residence, and if there was actually an "innkeeper" as we have typically imagined, I wanted to share Piper's poem again this year in hope that...

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Posted on December 11, 2013

Over the past several years I've written, recorded, or published numerous resources to encourage the body of Christ during the winter holidays. As we are progressing through yet another Advent and Christmas season, I wanted to share them with you. I trust they will strengthen your faith and deepen your fellowship with Jesus as you ponder His birth this year.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on October 24, 2013

In Philippians 3:8, Paul said that he "count[s] everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus". Similarly in Ephesians 3:8, he said that he was given grace "to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ". But what makes Jesus valuable and what gives him worth? How was Paul able to consider everything in his life like rubbish compared to knowing Jesus? In this teaching given at Grace Fellowship Church in Nashua, NH, Josh unpacks these phrases, examines several scenes from the Gospels, and beckons us to look at Jesus and discover the...

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Posted on May 30, 2013

Are you saved?

Evangelical Christians are united in the belief that salvation is essential. However, various streams in the church have deviated in articulating what we have been saved from and when that salvation would be evident. Some say we are saved from sin, others say we are saved from sickness, poverty, and lack, and still others say we are saved from hell and unending torment. Yet as Jesus, John the Baptist, Paul, and the rest of the New Testament writers present straightforwardly, salvation is about being saved from the future wrath...

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Posted on May 19, 2013

Pentecost Sunday marks the day when Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit on some of His followers after His ascension back into the heavens. The church celebrates Pentecost 10 days after the ascension and 50 days after Easter. Some call this day "the birthday of the church" because over 3,000 souls in Jerusalem put their faith in Jesus (Acts 2:41).

The two major events of Pentecost as recorded by Luke in Acts 2 are:

  1. The pouring out of the Holy Spirit on 120 Jews in the upper room
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By Josh Hawkins Posted on December 22, 2012

The Christmas story evokes so many beautiful emotions in us this time of year. For those who have eyes to see, Jesus' humble birth fills us with joy and stuns us with amazement. What churned in the heart of the LORD of glory to be born in such lowliness?

Amazement was also a common reaction of many in the four Gospel accounts. Whether it was because of Jesus' gracious words and wisdom (Luke 4:22) or His miraculous deeds (Matthew 8:27; Luke 9:43; Luke 24:41), the crowds, single individuals, and His inner core of disciples were constantly astonished by Him.

The events...

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By Matt Candler Posted on August 12, 2012

Psalm 23 is perhaps the most widely known psalm among both believers and unbelievers. Many find strength through knowing that the LORD, our Shepherd, leads us well and never leaves us. Others have highlighted this psalm for its historic truths as seen in the life of King David. While these well-understood concepts are true, there is a depth to the psalm often unexplored as it relates particularly to Jesus.

In this teaching, Matt Candler breaks down Psalm 23 verse-by-verse through a messianic lens, drawing our eyes to Jesus as the slain Lamb and calling us to imitate Him...

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By Matt Candler Posted on August 12, 2012

Psalm 23 is perhaps the most widely known psalm among both believers and unbelievers. Many find strength through knowing that the LORD, our Shepherd, leads us well and never leaves us. Others have highlighted this psalm for its historic truths as seen in the life of King David. While these well-understood concepts are true, there is a depth to the psalm often unexplored as it relates particularly to Jesus.

In these teaching notes, Matt Candler breaks down Psalm 23 verse-by-verse through a messianic lens, drawing our eyes to Jesus as the slain Lamb and calling us to...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on June 22, 2012

The church and the state have become increasingly entangled since Constantine's rise to power in Europe in the early 4th century. Theologians call this time the Constantinian shift where Christianity was adopted as the state religion of the Roman Empire. As Christianity was legalized, persecution virtually stopped. The church began to acquire power, wealth, and land in Europe like never before. Theology was altered and the "spiritual interpretation" hermeneutic began to take root, dramatically affecting the church'...

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