Are we truly prepared to follow Christ at any cost? Are we willing to bear pain for his sake? These questions become more than hypothetical when something as personal and precious as a family relationship is on the line. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will explain how even the God-ordained institution of the family must be placed in submission to the call of Christ.
The gospel message is a simple one and we shouldn’t try to complicate it. But while it may be simple to understand, it’s far from easy to accept. Truly embracing the cross of Christ requires repentance and demands our full allegiance. Today, on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll learn that while the costs may be great, discipleship yields the greatest blessing of all - peace with God!
We categorize people by age, gender, nationality, and socioeconomic status. And within the church, we even separate ourselves between denominations. With so many ways to distinguish and divide, how can we identify those who are truly unified as believers? Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will help us answer two important questions in our search for unity in the body of Christ.
Whether you’re barely making ends meet or you’ve found yourself blessed with a life of abundance, God calls each of us to live by the same standard when it comes to how we relate to material possessions. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will teach on the importance of “traveling light” and challenge us all with the question, “what’s keeping you from true discipleship?”
From our earliest years, this world teaches us that personal prestige and reputation should be our foremost priorities. We’re wired to pursue power, climb the ladder of success and get an edge up on our competition. But this natural worldview is radically reversed in Jesus’ teaching. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will teach on the transformational power of humility.
In this busy, noisy world, our default is often to block out the many things that constantly clamor for our attention. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will encourage us, instead, to serve those in need of friendship and encouragement by giving a listening ear. Listening, in fact, is one of the greatest ministries a believer can offer a hurting world.
Is the Christian life nothing more than the drudgery of compliance?…the constant restriction of rules and regulations? Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll hear a biblical perspective on what true freedom looks like - and we’ll find out that it has a lot to do with obedience. You’re about to find out why Dr. Boice claims a believer’s life should be a great adventure and full of surprises!
When Jesus commanded the disciples, saying, “Follow me,” he didn’t mean “tag along if you feel like it.” The call to discipleship demands a radical lifestyle of submission and sacrifice. Thanks for joining us for this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice. We’re about to find out how biblical self-denial is possible in a world that tells us to look out for our own interests at all costs.
A “light burden” seems like an oxymoron.But isn’t that exactly what Jesus promised in Matthew chapter 11 when he encouraged us to come learn from him and find rest for our souls? Today, on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll investigate the mystery of true discipleship: how taking on Christ’s burden actually lightens us from the weight of our own sin.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer coined the term “costly grace” in his warnings to a weak, German church that refused to stand up to Nazi tyranny during World War 2. Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll find out how costly grace is at the heart of biblical discipleship, and Dr. Boice will challenge us to consider how many modern church pews are filled with those who are unwilling to pay the price.
You can’t study reformed doctrine without going over the 5 points of Calvinism in the form of the acrostic TULIP. Today Dr. Boice will take a look at each of those 5 points as we study the final verse of the entire Bible in this concluding message from the series, “Amazing Grace.”
Adjectives enrich our language; they add depth and texture to our world. And when we apply adjectives to the grace of God, we get words like boundless, indelible, matchless, overflowing, abundant, marvelous, unfailing, and irresistible. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice adds persevering to the list.
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." This is simply not true! Words can hurt, wound, and kill or words can bind, heal, and make alive. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice offers five qualities that should mark the speech of a Christian, so that it's full of grace and seasoned with salt.
The Jesus of Easter is not just an ancient figure - a character about whom we like to rehearse stories in the church. This Jesus is the Lord Himself, that is, the Christ, the Messiah. Hear Jesus' own telling of the Easter story, on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Montgomery Boice.
On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice proves the Resurrection from the perspective an intelligent, educated, articulate young man - a true erudite, and a ruthless one at that. See what happens when this man realizes that he is wrong - that Jesus Christ is God, was raised from the dead, and that Christians are right after all!
Dr. James Boice explains his 'formula for great giving.' The three elements of this formula include a trial, poverty, and joy. Using an example from 2 Corinthians, we'll see how a severe trial, extreme poverty, and overflowing joy welled up into rich generosity and "The Grace of Giving."
The throne of God, which should be a throne of judgment, has become a throne of grace - a mercy seat - because of the death of Jesus Christ. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice gives us the bottom line on all of this - that we should be bold in coming to God in prayer.
Everyone lives with personal deficiencies and handicaps. These internal trials affect us continually and often painfully. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice explores the ways that God's grace helps us and reaches us in our individual limitations and hurts.
There are pressure points in the Christian life - things that tempt us to give up. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice discusses the challenges of ridicule, hardship, and sin in the church. The antidote to all three is the same - the power and strength of the grace of God.
If we're saved by grace, and grace abounds when sin increases, why should we try so hard to lead holy lives? Dr. Boice argues away this 'first great objection' to the gospel of grace, using the power of triumphant grace and our union with Christ.
God doesn't dole out grace in a miserly way. He gives 100% grace that utterly and powerfully overwhelms the sin in our lives. Dr. Boice tells of the undiminishing, superabounding grace of God!
Do you think it's possible to lose your salvation? We often perceive our standing with God to be based on how well we keep His commandments. But on this program, Dr. James Boice shows that legalism does not in fact lead to holiness, and corrects common misunderstandings of the phrase "falling from grace" in Galatians 5.
The Bible never promises that Christians will be materially rich. But Romans 5 does explain how our standing in grace swells our spiritual assets. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Montgomery Boice details four of the great riches we are guaranteed to possess in Christ.
In this country, we have our democracy, our Constitution, and the American justice system. The realities of guilt, innocence, punishment, judgment, and redemption exist in the spiritual realm as well. Dr. Boice teaches on "Justification by Grace Alone."
We know that salvation is by grace alone, but what about good works? Where do they fit in? Dr. Boice explains what he calls the deepest theology - the theology of salvation - by looking at the past, present, and future of salvation from God's point of view.
On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice combats the shallowness of our day by offering a mini course in theology. In an age Boice calls "very introspective and disgustingly subjective," we will discover the wonderful depths of election, redemption, and the application of Sovereign Grace.
Does grace coexist with the law? Clearly, the Old Testament is not graceless, and the New Testament is not lawless. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice lays out the characteristics of the reign of the law versus the reign of grace, which came by Jesus Christ.
Christmas is wonderful! It's a delightful whirlwind of shopping, decorations, family, food, gifts, and parties. Yet, more than all this, Christmas is a spiritual event. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice casts light upon three astonishing miracles of Christmas.
At Christmastime, we like to think of Jesus as the baby in the manger. Yet we must realize that before that little baby was in that manger... he always was! Next time on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice focuses our eyes on Jesus as the light and life of men - at Christmas and forever.
Why do bad things happen to good people? Are these events outside of God's control? Or, maybe a better question would be - Why do so many good things happen to bad people? Next time on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice talks about common grace, and why it is so amazing.
Grace is truly amazing, and yet it seems that, over time, grace loses its ability to enthrall. And after many years, amazing grace can even seem like boring grace. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice explains that grace can only be amazing when viewed against the dark background of sin.
None of us can guarantee the choices of the next generation. We can only choose for ourselves whether or not we'll serve the Lord. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice talks about choosing - choosing God now, tomorrow, the day after, and to the very end of our lives.
The last words of a great man are of special interest to us; they are often poignant and deeply moving. Joshua's final farewell to the people he loved is no exception. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice shares some very stirring words in a sermon titled "Passing the Torch."
Nations sometimes win a war but lose the peace. This was Joshua's fear for Israel at the end of his life, and Christians today often find the test of prosperity more difficult than the test of adversity. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice discusses the need to live for God and serve God in peace-time as well as in war.
Forty-eight cities, scattered all across the Promised Land, were assigned to the Levites as their homes. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice reflects on a very unsavory story from Genesis to explain why these cities were so important and a blessing to all.
Men and women are made directly by God in His own image. And human life in the image of God mustn't be wantonly destroyed. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice discusses the cities of refuge and the tremendous value of human life revealed in the law of God.
Caleb had total faith in God, and gave himself utterly to God’s service. This was the secret of his greatness. This is what enabled Caleb to look into the faces of real-live giants without fear. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice tells the story of this magnificent old man.
The Promised Land was given to God's people, but they still needed to go in and possess it. In the same way, the whole world has been given to Christ, yet we need to go and possess it for Him! Coming up on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice calls on us to 'possess our possessions' in Jesus.
If we're talking about salvation, God isn't interested in what you can do. He is interested in what He has done in Christ; what God calls on you to do is believe in Christ. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice asks.... Do you believe wholeheartedly, with all your life, soul, mind and strength?
When a great God develops great faith into great leadership it leads to great victory. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice examines six characteristics of strong leadership with the backdrop of Joshua’s Southern Campaign to possess the Promised Land.
The Bible tells of a day long ago when the sun stood still over Gibeon and the moon over the Valley of Adullum. Is this poetical language? A scientifically verifiable event? Or merely the effect of refraction? On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Montgomery Boice talks about a day like none other - "The Longest Day."
Joshua was supposed to make war on all the enemies of God. But, when some tricksters showed up in tattered clothes, toting moldy bread and cracked canteens, claiming to be friends... Joshua trusted his eyes and failed to seek God’s guidance. Relying on his own perception, he was fooled! On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice describes a spiritual warfare above and beyond what we can see.
From the beginning of the Bible, God is clear that there are curses for sinning and blessings for obedience? On the Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll witness how Joshua paused his campaign yet again to renew the covenant with God and declare the blessings and curses of the law before the people of Israel.
While it's true that sometimes the 'walls of Jericho' come down when we merely shout, but most often there are no short-cuts, and our battles need to be fought in the ordinary way. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice assures us that whether the battle is miraculous or ordinary, the key to victory is one and the same.
"When we go our own way - rather than God's way - God makes sure we never get where we're going. He walls us in." On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice explains these words and how, by walling us in, God opens a door of hope for this life and for all eternity.
Genocide. It's an ugly word and an awful thing. But it’s exactly what we read in the book of Joshua. How is it possible that a good and loving God would direct his people to do such a thing? Join us on The Bible Study Hour, when Dr. James Boice tackles this moral dilemma.
Who comes to mind when you hear the words 'ancient military genius'? Napoleon? Attila the Hun? Caesar? Alexander the Great? What about Joshua? On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Montgomery Boice explains the surprising secret to Joshua's stunning success as a military conqueror.
It is simply true that one lonely, weak, and trembling Christian against a human army is stronger than anything else if the armies of the Lord are on his side. It was true for Joshua and it is true today. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Montgomery Boice talks about God as Divine Commander.
Joshua's army was poised for the immediate invasion of Jericho. Their enemies were filled with terror and dread. But at the last moment, the invaders pause, not for military strategy or a call to arms, but to be circumcised and observe the Passover. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice explains the sacraments - both old and new.
Pyramids, obelisks, sculptures and gravestones all serve to focus our memories on a person or event from the past. We need memorials. They help us remember important things in our history. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice talks about memorials to the power of God - memorials we can see right now.