Means of Grace

  • Written by John Fesko

Summer Travel and Church Attendance

Many families and individuals are under the impression that they can take a vacation not only from work and school but church as well.  A common mindset is that, ‘I can take the whole week off—including Sunday!’  This, however, is a misguided understanding of vacation and especially worship on the Lord’s Day.

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  • Written by John Fesko

Morning and Evening Worship

Many churches are doing away with evening worship services because they are seen as the leftovers of a bygone era.  Sure, when there were fewer demands upon the time of a family, fewer distractions such as television and sporting events, what else was there to do but to go to church in the evening?  Yet, this attitude towards evening worship assumes that there was no theological or biblical reason for creating an evening worship service to begin with.  While many Christians institute practices because they are quaint ideas, or opportunities to gather the people of God together, the evening worship service has no such roots in vapid sentimentalism.  On the contrary, man did not institute the evening worship service.  Rather, God Himself instituted it.

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  • Written by John Fesko

The Importance of Prayer: Private, Familial, and Corporate

The Bible and our Lord’s example call Christians to be a people of prayer.  We are to pray at all times, for all things, alone, with out family, and with the church: “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” (Eph. 6.18).

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  • Written by John Fesko

The Places for Prayer

All Christians agree that prayer is an important part of their Christian walk.  Yet, how many Christians can say that their lives a marked by prayer?  The Apostle Paul’s letters have countless references and exhortations to prayer.  We see, for example, Paul writing to the Thessalonians, “We rejoice for your sake before our God, night and day praying” (1 Thess. 3.9b-10a).  So, if our lives are supposed to be marked by prayer, what are the ways that we can live this out?

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  • Written by John Fesko

The Use of Wine in the Lord's Supper

When it comes to the consumption of alcohol we tread upon a hotly debated subject that often generates more heat than light. Regardless of where one falls on this issue, due to the nature of the debate many have allowed it to affect the practice of the Church. In particular, many, perhaps if not most, American churches do not use wine in the Lord’s Supper; they instead use grape juice. This practice should cause us to ask two questions. What does the Bible say about alcohol? In particular, what does the Bible say about wine? And, second, should we use grape juice or wine in the Lord’s Supper? Let us proceed to answer these questions.

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