But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Grace To You - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 23 July 2017 18:00

Peter: What’s in a Name? Featured

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Sanctification is never linear. The Christian life always undulates on the way to greater Christlikeness. We may bear the fruit of the Spirit in increasing measure, but the flesh of our former life still rears its ugly head from time to time. And that biblical reality plays out vividly in the lives...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Holy Affections” Featured

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How do you know that you’re truly saved? That’s a vexing question for many churchgoers.

And as John MacArthur rightly points out, the modern epidemic of decision-based evangelism has only served to escalate the confusion.

We have this new and bizarre idea that if you go through some...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 18:00

Election and Christ Featured

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From heaven’s perspective, the ultimate end of election and the ultimate purpose behind God’s grace poured out on us is the eternal glorification of the Son.

But to understand God’s individual purpose in electing His people for salvation, we need to consider Romans 8:29: “For...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 18:00

An Eternal Expression of Love Featured

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We often skim quickly over the introductory parts of Paul’s epistles, but they are usually pregnant with meaning—and in the case of his letter to Titus, profoundly so. In his seemingly simple salutation, Paul gives us some vivid insight into how the plan of redemption started.

In verses...

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Almost everybody wants to go to heaven. In a world where the mortality rate still sits at 100 percent, most of us hope for a better place once we depart this fallen earth. Many choose to assume that their deceased loved ones are in heaven because it’s simply too painful to consider any other...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 18:00

God's Freedom to Elect Featured

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Despite what we sometimes think, we have no say in what God does or how He does it. He’s not swayed or influenced by our values, our interests, or our sense of justice. In fact, the psalmist tells us, “Our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases” (Psalm 115:3).

Moreover,...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 18:00

Making Sense of Grace and Election Featured

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone brings up the topic of God’s saving grace? For most believers—frankly, for most people—it’s the cross of Christ. That makes sense—it represents the climax of God’s redemptive work, and the fullest depiction...

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God’s will for our lives is not a secret we have to uncover. It’s not a mystery we have to unlock, or a pattern we have to decipher. In fact, God is abundantly clear about His will for our lives in His Word.

And rather than hunting for mystical answers, interpreting dreams and...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 18:00

Honoring the Spirit by Honoring the Scriptures Featured

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From the very beginning, the battle between good and evil has been a battle for the truth. The serpent, in the Garden of Eden, began his temptation by questioning the truthfulness of God’s previous instruction:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 18:00

A More Sure Word of Prophecy Featured

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Go with your gut.

That might be good advice when shopping for shoes online, but it’s not a reliable means for interpreting or understanding God’s Word. Too many people in the church today trust the inclinations of the upper abdomen to be the final arbiter that determines both when God is...

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Without a doubt, the question we receive most frequently at Grace to You is, “How do I find a good church in my area?”

Locating a faithful, biblically sound church is a struggle most believers face at one time or another in their lives. Sometimes it’s difficult to even know what to...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 18:00

Regulating Special Revelation Featured

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If God is still speaking to His people today—particularly through mental impressions and premonitions—how can believers exercise discernment when it comes to interpreting and applying these divine messages? Put simply, how is following the private, subjective “leading” of...

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 18:00

Subjectivity and the Will of God Featured

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If you rely on internal, subjective messages and promptings from the Lord, what prevents you from imagining the input you want from Him? Moreover, what reliable, objective mechanism exists to keep you from misinterpreting your own imagination as divine instruction?

As we saw last time, many good...

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The terminology we use to describe God’s work in salvation is almost exclusively positive. We talk about the new birth, the new life, transformation and regeneration. But we also have to recognize that salvation requires death—specifically, the death of our old, sinful selves. We have...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 18:00

When Fancy Is Mistaken for Faith Featured

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If God is still speaking to us today—even if only through mental impressions and still, small voices—shouldn’t we consider those messages to as relevant as anything written in Scripture, if not more so?

That very issue was hotly debated during the Great Awakening. It was one area...

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 18:00

Are Mental impressions Divine Revelation? Featured

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You have undoubtedly heard people say things like, “God is calling me to the mission field,” or “God led me to attend this college,” or “We feel God wants us to get married.” Perhaps you have even said such things yourself.

Christians who use expressions like...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 18:00

Friday's Featured Sermon: "A Warning to Pretenders" Featured

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One of the most staggering achievements of Judas Iscariot is that he spent three years looking like a genuine disciple of Christ. Of course, Jesus knew all along that Judas was an imposter (John 6:70). But the rest of the disciples were completely oblivious to the infiltrator in their midst.

Two...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 18:00

Looking For Truth in All the Wrong Places Featured

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We’ve all had strange dreams from time to time. Sometimes the details are so confused and convoluted you can scarcely believe your mind concocted them in the first place. And no matter how vivid the dream appeared, you likely wouldn’t base something as insignificant as your lunch...

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Sunday, 04 June 2017 18:00

Special Revelation and the Work of the Spirit Featured

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God told me.

The Holy Spirit laid it on my heart.

The Spirit is compelling me.

Those phrases and others like them are frequently thrown around the church today without giving many people pause. In fact, it seems the Holy Spirit’s primary role is laying burdens on believers and compelling them to...

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We live in a world full of dysfunction. Estrangement runs rampant among the citizens of this fallen society. And nowhere is it felt more acutely than within the family. All of us have seen or experienced intense conflict within marriages, between parents and children, and among extended family...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 18:00

Feasting on the Word of God Featured

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Christians should earnestly desire to grow. If we aren’t becoming more like Christ, we’re defying what Scripture plainly teaches about the Christian walk: “For those whom [God] foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29).

Christian...

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Monday, 29 May 2017 18:00

Are You Reading or Feeding on God's Word? Featured

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Newborn babies are not ambivalent about their need for milk. It’s not simply one of their dietary options or preferences. They desperately need it and can’t possibly survive without it.

The apostle Peter likened that urgent craving to the kind of hunger Christians should have for...

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What is the worst sin? Most of us probably think of the big ones in terms of visibility and fallout. Sins like adultery or murder are usually near the top of the list. But how many of us would put pride as chief of crimes against God?

Scripture actually contains a list of things God hates and pride...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 18:00

Measuring Your Spiritual Growth Featured

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In the entryway to my parents’ home, there is what looks like a giant ruler bolted to the wall. It functions as a growth chart for their grandchildren, marking the incremental changes in their height through the years. And without fail, the kids are eager to see how much they’ve grown...

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 18:00

Eliminating Spiritual Toxins Featured

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Consider a person who exercises fastidiously and holds to a strict diet but also abuses alcohol and drugs. That kind of schizophrenic behavior would raise a lot of questions, and rightly so.

The same goes for Christians who carefully guard their spiritual diet but make no effort to avoid or...

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