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!
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.