Contentment, not Covetousness (Stott)

Sometimes the commentaries I read aren't overly helpful. It's not that I'm brilliant, it's just that some commentaries state obvious things. Other commentaries discuss matters not overly pertinent to the interpretation or application of the text. But typically I appreciate John Stott's commentaries. They are clear and concise. They are thought-provoking. And they explain the… Continue reading Contentment, not Covetousness (Stott)

Conscience, Obedience, and Truth (Stott)

Near the beginning of his first letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul mentioned some false teachers in the church who rejected a good conscience which caused a shipwreck of their faith. Here's how the NET Bible translates Paul's words: "...You [Timothy] must hold firmly to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and… Continue reading Conscience, Obedience, and Truth (Stott)

What the Gospel Is, Offers, and Requires (Stott)

In Galatians 3 Paul emphasizes the fact that God's benefits of salvation come by faith, not works. It's an extended argument that Paul had to repeat more than once in his missionary travels. Some Jewish people followed him around and harassed him and tried to refute his teaching of salvation by faith alone in Christ… Continue reading What the Gospel Is, Offers, and Requires (Stott)

Persecution: Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (Stott)

The Christians who were part of the new church plant in Thessalonica around 50AD knew quite a bit about persecution and suffering. Not only did they receive the Word with much affliction, they also had to deal with ongoing persecution (1 Thes. 1:6; 2 Thes. 1:5, etc.). And it was serious enough that Paul, Timothy,… Continue reading Persecution: Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (Stott)

The Law, the Heart, and the Conscience (Stott)

┬áRomans 2:14-15 is a very important part of Scripture that talks about the requirement of God's law and what it has to do with our hearts and consciences. ┬áHere's how Paul said it: "For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these who do… Continue reading The Law, the Heart, and the Conscience (Stott)