Parts of the Bible are narrative in nature, some are more poetic and others read like a history book. Such is the case with the first chapter of Matthew, where we find a long list of names – the genealogy of Christ. During this program, we’ll find out why this historical list is an important, barrier-breaking, conflict-causing introduction to Matthew’s gospel.
Which aspect of the Christian life is simultaneously a gift, an obligation and a necessity? The answer to this riddle, of course, is prayer. It’s our means of communication with God and it’s the same powerful tool that, when used correctly, makes Satan tremble in fear.
Every superhero has a battle to fight and a unique weapon to wield. Superman has x-ray vision. Spiderman shoots webs. Although Christians also have an enemy to fight and a mighty weapon to use, our battle is not simply a story from the pages of a com
Everyone has heard the old sports adage, “A great defense is the best offense.” Interestingly enough, the Bible seems to agree – at least when it comes to spiritual warfare and the armor of God. In fact, five of the six pieces of armor are defensive.
People will go to great lengths to ensure their own security. Some learn self defense techniques and others install alarm systems in their homes. But when it comes to defending ourselves against spiritual attack, there’s really just one thing that we need to succeed... the power of the same God who created the Heavens and the Earth.
The Bible describes an enemy that opposes God’s plan and plots against God’s people. When you think of that enemy, what comes to mind? Do you imagine a little, red, cartoon devil carrying a pitchfork? In this message, Dr. Boice offers us a Biblical perspective on this topic as he teaches about both the reality - and the limitations - of Satan’s power.
Imagine this: you’re considering enlisting in the army, but you struggle with fear about going into battle. You’re relieved when the recruiter explains that no matter how intense the fighting may get, your side will always be guaranteed to win in the end. The Christian life is very much like a war – but one with a guaranteed victory!
A man once pondered why God would allow such poverty and injustice to exist in the world. After a friend suggested that he just ask God the question directly, the man hesitated and explained, “I’m afraid He’ll ask the same question of me.” In this message, Dr. James Boice challenges us to stop pointing fingers and take personal responsibility for seeking justice.
In response to instruction, children often pose the age-old question, “Why?” And well-meaning parents can frequently be heard responding, “Because I said so…” In this message, Dr. Boice teaches on the importance of the parent-child relationship, and we learn about the real, Biblical reason why children should obey.
Within Christian doctrine, there are said to be 3 mysterious unions. The first, of course, is the Trinity - the Godhead three in one. The second is the incarnation - that Jesus was simultaneously both God and man. And the third, Dr. Boice addresses in this message on Marriage.
The traditional fairy tale ends with the marriage of a charming prince and a beautiful princess and the promise that they'll live happily ever after. Most real marriages, however, struggle to live up to this ideal and are often messy, hurtful and frustrating. Even so, God has had a plan to redeem marriage all along.
Christians are facing a current political climate that is hostile to the traditional, Biblical idea of marriage. It is more important than ever that we know what marriage really is and how God intended to use it. Did you know that in God's design, marriage is about much more than our happiness and fulfillment?
Today's young people have embraced a life motto that simply states, "You only live once." While this sort of mindset could certainly lead to hasty, rash decision-making and a justification for irresponsible behavior, it can also have a useful place in a proper, Biblical understanding of time.
If the mere existence of laws resulted in a moral society, we’d be in great shape! Want safer cities? Just pass more legislation! Of course, we know that unfortunately this isn’t the case because we can’t legislate the sin out of human nature. However, the ultimate solution for immorality does exist and we’ll learn what it is during this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice.
Have you ever observed a small child’s mannerisms and realized that they seem to mimic that of their parents? As children, we learn and grow by copying others. The Bible calls us to grow spiritually in this same way – but by being imitators of God. That may seems like a monumental task, but on this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will explain what this looks like in daily life.
You finish a long day of yard work and enter your house tired, sweaty and dirty. But after getting a shower and changing your clothes, you’re feeling as good as new. In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will explain how the change that occurs in us through sanctification is a lot like putting on a new, clean outfit – an outfit that clothes us in truth, forgiveness and the righteousness of Christ!
What if there was one key to life – one ultimate truth that would change everything? In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will argue that such a truth does exist. He’ll explain that knowing this ultimate reality makes all the difference…both for this life and for eternity. Is the key to life an ancient proverb or perhaps a new success habit? Let’s find out!
Turn on the television or open a popular magazine and you'll be inundated with images of the things the world values – success, beauty, fame, and wealth. But for Christians, there is a higher calling than simply pursuing these worldly values. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will offer us a biblical perspective on living a holy life and seeing the world as God sees it.
Businesses measure their success by profits gained, schools gauge their effectiveness by observing students’ grades, and athletic teams assess their results in wins verses losses. But what is the ultimate purpose of the church and how should we go about measuring its progress? Listen in as Dr. Boice discusses the topic of spiritual growth on this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour.
When it comes to the topic of spiritual gifts, Scripture has often been misinterpreted and incorrectly applied by Christians throughout the history of the church. So how can we gain a proper understanding of this important issue? We’ll get that answer on this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour as Dr. James Boice explains how a simple comma can alter the entire meaning of a passage.
If you’ve ever made yourself a cup of coffee, you probably used your feet to walk to the coffee pot, your hands to measure the grounds and your nose to enjoy the aroma. Did you know that in working together to perform that task, the parts of your body were acting as a perfect analogy for the church? In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice discusses spiritual gifts and unity among believers.
You look around the room and see a wide variety of different kinds of people. All ages and ethnicities are represented. These people have come from unique backgrounds and have very different preferences. Where are you? Right in your local church! Thanks for joining us for today's broadcast as Dr. Boice explains how true unity among believers comes from a much deeper reality than outward appearance.
Just like a calculator that is designed to receive input data and produce corresponding output results, our lives are meant to absorb the truth of God and in turn, produce faith and good works. A life truly impacted by doctrine will be a life that is sanctified. In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice discusses this important idea in an encouraging message entitled, "The Worthy Life."
Christian parents can often be overheard reminding their children that God is not just a big Santa Clause in the sky - in other words, He doesn't always just give us what we want. While this is certainly true, what if there was a way to guarantee that God would grant 100% of our requests? Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice explains how praying in God's will changes everything.
Science has taught us the importance of using proper viewing equipment to achieve accurate results. If we want to study a tiny organism, we'd use a microscope. In the same way, proper perspective is a key to effective prayer. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice explains that looking through the lens of Scripture gives us a bigger view of what God is doing in the world!
The world's ultimate history lesson starts before the beginning of time, introduces us to a Divine Planner, describes an epic battle between good and evil, projects the restoration of a broken world and answers the age-old question, "what is the meaning of life?" This may not sound like your average history lesson, but it's the Biblical version as described by Dr. Boice in this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour.
Whether it's a Sherlock Holmes story or movie about a private investigation, everyone loves a good mystery! Did you know that the Bible even tells the stories of great, spiritual mysteries? Paul refers to them throughout his letter to the Ephesians and on today's broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will explain the significance and revelation of one of these amazing Biblical mysteries.
What comes to mind when you think about church? Do you picture a large building with stained glass windows? Maybe you recall memories of childhood Sunday school classes. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice explains what the book of Ephesians has to say about what – or more accurately, who – the church should be.
Can you recall the times in your life that you have felt most accepted by your family, peers or coworkers? They were most likely times of joy and fulfillment. We long for a sense of belonging because God built us to live in community. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will explain how Christ’s work on the cross gave us access to the greatest community that exists – His family!
Today, Christians are used to the idea of the body of Christ being made up of people from all different backgrounds and ethnicities. But we can't forget that in the days of the early church, there was still an important distinction between Jews and Gentiles. Dr. Boice explains why that distinction is a reminder of the great hope that we have in Christ.
Scripture is clear that we are certainly not saved by our own good works, but then the question always arises: where do good works come into play in the Christian's life and are they necessary at all? Dr. James Boice introduces a simple math equation, faith= justification + works, and explains how it can help us better understand this difficult concept.
For centuries, theologians have tried to formulate a concise, yet comprehensive definition for the word “grace.” While many helpful ones have been offered, our deepest understanding of this term often comes from stories that vividly depict acts of redemption.
If you had to sum up the entire concept of salvation in just one word, which word would you choose? In another message from his series through Ephesians, Dr. James Boice explains the deep truth of this theological doctrine by focusing on the word “unity.”
Scripture presents a bleak diagnosis for mankind - it tells us we are separated from God and spiritually dead. But with two small words, the entire story changes. Find out what these two words are how they hold the power to bring dead men to life!
Recently, we've witnessed an odd trend in entertainment: the rise of zombie books, movies, and TV shows. You may have found yourself wondering what all the fuss is over zombies, but have you ever contemplated what these morbid characters can teach us about our relationship with God?
Easter may just feel like an average Sunday - except of course for the better than average meal we get to enjoy on Easter afternoon! But Scripture tells us that it is a celebration of the most important day in human history and that our lives should be forever impacted by it.
If you grew up attending Sunday School, then chances are you know the dramatic story of Abraham nearly sacrificing Isaac on Mount Moriah. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will teach from this familiar story. And although the story’s still the same, we’ll gain a new perspective on the importance of obedience and the foreshadowing of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice.
We may feel good about ourselves when we get a raise at work, get a good grade on a test at school or win a championship game out on the sports field. But how often do we remember that as believers, our true accomplishments and victories come through the very power of God in us? Let’s learn together to walk in resurrection power!
Consider your closest relationships. The people who we know and love most are the ones who we wish to please, hate to see suffer and love spending time with. Did you know that God desires to have a relationship with us that is just as personal? In this message from Dr. Boice, we’ll learn what it means to truly know God.
When you think about the Holy Spirit, what comes to mind? Do you think of a voice in your head that convicts you of sin? Maybe you picture the Biblical scene of the Day of Pentecost. In this message entitled, Salvation’s Seal, Dr. Boice provides sound Biblical teaching on this often misunderstood member of the Trinity.
Salvation is offered freely to us, but it cost God a great deal. That’s because all sin - yours and mine - must be paid for. And to those who’ve been saved, the price has been paid in full. Our redemption was secured through the death of Jesus Christ.
It’s a subject often avoided in church. It’s one of the most debated topics of Christian theology: it’s the doctrine of Election. When it comes to salvation, has God really chosen some and not others? Is God’s process arbitrary and should it discourage us from evangelism? In this message, Dr. Boice tackles the tough questions concerning election.
When we make a large purchase, we’re often asked to provide an initial deposit or downpayment. Did you know that when God bought and redeemed us out of our slavery to sin, he also made a sort of “downpayment” to guarantee our salvation? In this message from Dr. Boice, entitled, “All Good In Christ,” we’ll find out what Scripture says about that deposit and the hope that it gives us.
The culture around us seems to be increasingly materialistic, lustful and greedy. But we’re not far removed from the nature of the audience of many of Paul’s epistles. In every age, the church has been a beacon of light in a dark world. In this message on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice discusses the purpose and uniqueness of the church as we begin a series on the book of Ephesians.
When someone first becomes a Christian, we often advise them to go to church, read the Bible, and, of course, to pray. Prayer is an important part of the Christian life, but when we consider that believers of other major religions also practice prayer, we must ask, “What is it that makes true prayer true?”
Christians have experienced suffering since the very first days of the early church. And for as long as believers have faced trials, we have also been asking: “How should we respond?” The world seems to praise those who pick themselves up by their own bootstraps and forge ahead. But does God? In this Bible Study Hour message, Dr. Boice offers us a biblical perspective on suffering.
Did you know that God cares about things like the protection of private property and the right to fair wages? If you thought that economic topics like these were reserved only for business people and politicians, then you might be surprised by how much the Bible has to say about money and possessions.
We plan for the future, work hard to earn money, seek greater success and save for retirement. God certainly created us with a drive to survive and succeed, but did you know that He also calls us to pursue something greater?
Pointing fingers is one of the oldest tricks in the book. In fact, ever since Adam and Eve first sinned in the garden, human beings have been looking for ways to pass the blame. In this message entitled “It’s His Fault,” Dr. James Boice explains that while we can’t escape the reality of temptation, we can control the way we respond.
Christians are often concerned that the commercialism of the holiday season diminishes the real reason we celebrate. I bet you’ve overheard parents explaining to their kids that Christmas isn’t all about the presents. But in this message, Dr. James Boice concludes the current series explaining how Christmas truly is all about the gifts- the four wonderful gifts of God to the world.