Is it wrong to have material wealth? Is prosperity an indication of God’s blessing? Do our possessions say something about our own sin and greed? Christians have long been raising, debating and disagreeing on the answers to these questions. This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll take a look at Jesus’ encounter with a rich man, who didn’t know the blessing he was missing.
This week on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will teach from a passage that has raised questions, created traditions, and produced some of church history’s most fundamental controversies. The text itself contains a simple confession from one of Jesus’ disciples, but the truth it conveys has deep and lasting significance for us, even today. Be sure to tune in for our upcoming broadcast to find out more!
Giving thanks should look a lot like what we naturally do when we see a movie we like or when we try a new, great restaurant. We tell all of our friends about it, of course! And if those simple, material pleasures of life can move us to praise, how much more should we be raving about God’s goodness? Join us this week for a special Thanksgiving message on The Bible Study Hour.
If you’ve ever wondered if God could really love you in spite of your sin, you’ll be relieved to know that Jesus made a habit of surrounding himself with sinful people. In fact, he came to address our need for forgiveness, not to avoid it. Tune in to The Bible Study Hour this week when Dr. Boice will use the story of one, persistent Canaanite woman to remind us of our own profound need for mercy.
In this message we’ll take a close look at an incredible miracle involving mass impact, but also a very personal learning opportunity for the disciples. Join us as we witness the very first missionary sending ever recorded. And we’ll discover that God’s priority list always involves caring for people’s needs - both physical and spiritual.
This New Testament writer went from what was considered a sinful professional career to full time disciple of Jesus - all in a moment of heartfelt obedience. On the next broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, we’ll learn how Matthew’s story reveals a pattern for the kind of people God calls. You might be surprised to learn that He tends to prefer the weak and unqualified. Tune in to find out why!
Just like any good doctor knows that addressing the symptoms doesn’t provide a solution for the underlying cause of a physical condition, Jesus knew that spiritual health had to begin with a discussion about sin - the root of the problem. This week on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll witness the extraordinary love of true friends and we’ll learn that salvation without forgiveness is no salvation at all.
When Jesus meets two demon possessed men in what seems like a scene from a Hollywood horror flick, the encounter is life altering for all involved. In a powerful display of both compassion and authority, Jesus delivers the men and leaves us with practical implications for how we are to view our material possessions.
The New Testament contains countless stories of onlookers, filled with awe at Jesus’ various miracles. But Matthew chapter 8 describes one, incredible account of a moment when Jesus himself was caught in amazement! Tune in this week to The Bible Study Hour as we begin a new series and discover why Dr. Boice calls personal interactions with Jesus, “encounters of the fourth kind.”
We can plan for our immediate future and we can contemplate our earthly calling, but as believers, we can’t talk about our ultimate destiny without talking about Heaven. This week on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll learn all about the “New Jerusalem” - a city that is defined by God’s presence, characterized by peace, and secured by the same one who grants us access to it - Christ himself!
We can be knowledgeable, eloquent, wise and charitable, but the true measure of our spiritual state is not determined by any of these impressive characteristics. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will offer us a simple, two question test that can identify the mark of any true believer. Let’s continue our series on “Great Chapters of the Bible” with a look into 1 Corinthians 13.
If you’ve ever read through Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, you may have wondered why God would ever want us to be poor, sad and weak. On today’s broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, we’ll learn that while the “Beatitudes” are well known among Christians, they are also frequently misunderstood. We’re about to find out what kind of attributes truly characterize a Christian life.
The disciples were confused and disheartened when Jesus announced his impending death as they sat around the Passover table. But along with that announcement, he gave them a promise of extraordinary hope and victory. Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll discover that the key to understanding life and knowing God is contained in Jesus’ words in John chapter 14.
Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll look at a passage that delivers great news by unpacking an important sequence of events that began in eternity past. And we’ll learn what our belief in the hope of the gospel today has to do with Joshua and Caleb’s mission into the promise land all those years ago. Thanks for joining us for this powerful, practical study of Romans 8.
In an impressively rich, yet condensed presentation of Christian theology, one single chapter of Romans sums up the entire gospel. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will teach on this incredible chapter, which he refers to as the very “heart of the Bible.” We’ll get a theology lesson and learn why trying to earn salvation is like attempting to pay for groceries with monopoly money.
Consequences. Judgment. Accountability. It’s no secret that these aren’t especially popular terms in our modern age of tolerance. But the Bible isn’t shy about our what God requires of us - and it’s a calling that comes with instructions, standards, and a metaphorically narrow path. Thanks for tuning into The Bible Study Hour today as Dr. Boice unpacks the Biblical secret to the “good life.”
December’s not the only good time to remember the birth of our Savior. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll consider how a lowly stable became a holy place in an amazing story, full of wonder and paradox. We’re about to find out the best way to celebrate the most famous birthday in the history of the world, as we study the narrative contained in Luke chapter 2!
If you’ve ever suffered though a trying time, then you can probably relate to David’s description of the “valley of the shadow of death” in Psalm 23. But even during those times when we feel most threatened, there are four essential things that we will never be without. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will walk us through the important promises packed into that famous Psalm!
Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’re kicking off a new series entitled, “Great Chapters of the Bible.” Thanks for joining as we take a look at Isaiah 53 - a powerful prophecy concerning an unlikely Messiah. Dr. Boice will help us study the chapter with a five part assessment and we’ll find out why theologian, Karl Barth, claimed that the most important word in the entire Bible is a preposition.
Personal goals, family commitments and work deadlines are certainly important responsibilities of this life. But as believers, there is one, primary task that demands our full attention. Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll wrap up our current series on Christian discipleship with a message to remind us of our great call to go and make disciples!
The world teaches that the most important things about us are our ambitions, our opinions, and of course, our possessions. But God calls us to a different kind of identity - one that requires that we come to him with empty hands, trusting the promise that He will bless us abundantly!
There’s a significant difference between hungering and thirsting for righteousness and striving to fulfill our own desires. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will reference the Sermon on the Mount as an ultimate guide for finding lasting happiness. If you’ve ever longed to live above your circumstances and find the secret to true contentment, you’ve tuned in at just the right time!
We’ve all heard the phrase, “there’s no if, and or but about it” and that’s exactly how we need to think about Christian discipleship. Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll learn that no excuse is a legitimate excuse for avoiding obedience to God’s call. And once we’re redeemed, there’s no turning back! Listen in to find out how Dr. Boice uses an obscure Old Testament character to make his point.
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.