We may take offense to rude comments, unwanted advice or controversial opinions, but the story of John the Baptist reminds us that it’s the simple truth of God’s word that is often most offensive to our sinful hearts. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll learn how a determined prophet, a crazy party and a hasty death sentence all feature in Matthew’s gospel.
What do a hidden treasure, a valuable pearl and a fishing net all have in common?... Not much, unless of course you’re reading the parables in Matthew chapter 13! On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will continue in his series through this book of the Bible as he helps us discover what these three items can each teach us about the value of the Gospel and the Day of Judgment.
Next time you hear someone angrily insist that the church is full of hypocrites, take the opportunity to agree with them! While it’s not a justifiable reason to reject Christianity, it certainly is a true statement. Indeed, unbelievers are mixed among true Christians… and that’s just the way Satan wants it! On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will explain why that should really come as no surprise.
It doesn’t take agricultural knowledge or farming experience to understand the Bible, but Jesus did use an interesting metaphor about sowing and reaping to teach about the Kingdom of God. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll each be faced with the question: what happened when the seed of God’s Word was planted in my heart? Did it bear fruit?
We observe Good Friday to commemorate the day that Jesus was crucified, but should we really be celebrating Good Thursday instead? On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice provides fascinating insight into the historical context and timing of Christ’s death and resurrection. And we’ll learn how it all relates to the prophetic sign Jesus gave to the Pharisees – the sign of Jonah.
Proverbs tells us that the power of life and death is in the tongue and in Matthew, we learn that there is judgment waiting for those who utter careless words. The way we speak is obviously very important to God. On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll learn that there’s even one sin that’s considered unforgivable – and it also relates to the way we use our words.
Scripture tells us that Jesus lived a sinless life, but didn’t the Pharisees accuse him of breaking one of the commandments by failing to keep the Sabbath? And if Jesus wasn’t bound by that Old Testament law, then should we feel obligated to keep it today? In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. Boice, we’ll discover the answers to these questions as we study Matthew chapter 12.
The media reports it, so it must be true: the majority of Americans are Christians. But what does that really mean when that majority doesn’t appear to be living according to God’s standards? Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will clarify that being a Christian is not about checking a box on a survey. Rather, the Gospel is a living, active message that has the power to change lives.
It has been said that the most important thing about a person is what comes to their mind when they think about God. Our entire significance depends on one thing – what do we say about who God is?... And specifically, what do we believe about Jesus Christ, who claimed to be God? In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice explains that even John the Baptist had to grapple with this question.
For just a moment, imagine your own funeral – all of the people who knew and loved you most, gathered around your grave. What will be the most defining aspect of your life on this earth? Will they say about you, as was said about John Knox, that you feared God so much that you never feared any man? During this message, Dr. James Boice will encourage us to live with bold faith.
If we take the commands of God seriously, then we each have a very important job to do in this fallen world. Beyond caring for our families or establishing our careers, we have been given stewardship of the most important message the world has ever heard. Dr. James Boice takes us back to the moment when the first 12 missionaries were made.
Perhaps at some point you’ve attended a missions conference or supported a missions organization. If so, then you’ve been part of a movement and a calling that started thousands of years ago when 12 average guys were sent out with a message that would change the world. Dr. Boice will encourage us all to live out that mission on a daily basis.
Both spiritual sin and physical disease can lead to isolation and despair. And while many who are sick call on God’s grace for healing, how much more important is it for us all to call on God for forgiveness? In our desperation, do we turn to the only one who can truly deliver us – not just physically, but spiritually?
If the resurrection of Christ is a myth, then the entire New Testament is nothing more than a simple fairytale. Today, we’ll find out why the whole of Scripture – and even the very purpose of our lives - hinges on this one doctrine. Dr. James Boice teaches on this precious truth and the miraculous event that we celebrate each Easter.
What is the one Christian doctrine that can be boiled down to the single word “hope” and has the power to change our perspective on life and eternity? The essence of its theology is as mystical as it is practical and it is the sole reason why we have victory over death. Let’s discover the answer to this doctrine riddle!
Although the promises made on big billboards, clever TV ads and online popups are tempting, we often learn the hard way that many of them are simply false advertising. We’ll learn how Jesus substantiated the claims he made about himself and find out how his miracles silenced those who questioned his divinity.
Dr. Boice teaches from Matthew’s account of Jesus calming the stormy sea. The story is a perfect depiction of the Incarnation – Jesus as fully God and fully man. Exhausted and sleeping one minute and controlling the forces of nature the next, Jesus takes the staring role in this miracle account that sounds like a scene right out of an action movie!
Most people love the feeling of getting tasks checked off of their “to do” list. But spiritual discipleship isn’t simply a chore that can be checked off a list or put off until tomorrow. It’s a job for today and every day. It’s a duty that is foundational to the Christian life. Dr. Boice discusses this important concept in a challenging message entitled, “The Cost of Discipleship.”
If you grew up attending Sunday School, then you probably remember the old flannel graph depictions of Jesus’ miracles. Sick person is placed on the board. Flannel Jesus cut-out enters the scene. Sick figure is replaced with healed version of the same character. End of story, right? Dr. Boice explains why physical healing is actually just the very beginning!
The Gospel is simple to understand, but not easy to accept. Scripture tells us that the road to Heaven is narrow, but do you ever wonder why so many people seem to miss the road altogether? Dr. Boice explains how apathy, false teaching and hypocrisy are often at the root of unbelief. We'll learn how to protect our hearts from these three culprits.
Though we may never verbally admit to not trusting God, the way we live speaks volumes. And our lack of faith is often most clearly revealed in our finances. You may not consider worrying about money to be the equivalent of telling God, “I don’t trust you,” but that is exactly what Dr. Boice proposes that it is.
When we think of “practicing religion,” we tend to envision a list of obligations- give to the poor, pray, fast, read Scripture, and so on. But the Pharisees in the New Testament fulfilled all of these requirements and Jesus still referred to them as hypocrites. Today we’ll learn how God’s definition of religion is often different from our own.
Laws are made to govern societies and maintain order in human relationships. But man-made laws can only address outward actions and assign consequences for those actions. God’s law, however, addresses the heart. Learn how Jesus took the historic idea of Hammurabi’s Code and flipped it upside down.
We have bookshelves full of self-help guides to try to fix our own problems. We ask teachers, preachers and politicians to try to fix society’s issues. The bottom line, though, is that there is no “cure” for sin outside of the Gospel. If we really want to be fixed, we must turn to the Word of God.
We spend our lives in the pursuit of happiness, but according to Scripture, there’s a big difference between being happy and being blessed. Blessings come from knowing God’s commands and obeying them!
Think back to grade school grammar class when you first learned the difference between statements and commands. If a command is a sentence that gives an order and demands a response, then Jesus’ words, “Follow me,” are certainly no mere suggestion. Learn how this short, two word sentence has the power to change our lives.
If you grew up attending church, you probably have experience memorizing Scripture verses. Because in addition to singing songs and eating animal crackers, reciting Bible verses is a staple activity in any good children’s church program. In this program Dr. James Boice teaches why Scripture memorization is much more than just a fun activity for kids.
He’s one of the most fascinating characters in the Bible. We don’t have much information about him, but his role on earth was extremely significant. In fact, Jesus described him as the greatest man born among women. Can you guess who this man was?
The whole story of The Bible – from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation – points to one main event, one turning point in history. It all focuses on God’s great plan to redeem the world through his Son. Dr. James Boice discusses the parallel Old Testament prophecies contained in Matthew’s narrative of Jesus’ birth and early life.
Imagine the typical nativity scene. We’re all familiar with the traditional pieces, but there’s actually quite a bit of mystery within the story they tell. Who were the so-called wise men and why did they bring myrrh? Was the supposed “star” they followed a comet, a planet or something else? Dr. James Boice unpacks the meaning behind these mysteries.
Have you ever been caught speechless by an amazing gift or a surprising event? Christmas is the gift of God becoming man in order to make salvation possible. How can an indescribable gift like that even be put into words? Dr. James Boice teaches us why fully understanding the Christmas miracle should leave us truly speechless.
Human beings are constantly working to solve the world’s problems. Some rely on government while others put their trust in education or expect good health to get them through. The reality, though, is that we are plagued by something that can’t be solved with a human solution. Our sin requires a Savior. Dr. Boice explains how the Christmas story solves our dilemma.
Each December, we sing carols and celebrate a holiday we call Christmas. But do we know what we are actually professing in the words of those old songs? Matthew begins his gospel with an historic account of the virgin birth– an essential doctrine that is fundamental to the Christian faith. On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will address this aspect of the Christmas story.
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!