John D. Witvliet

John Witvliet

Dr. John D. Witvliet has served as a professor at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary for the past 11 years, as well as serving as Director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. He and his wife, Charlotte, have four children.

Devotionals by John Witvliet

June 30, 2008

God, the Singer

Zephaniah 3:14-20
“He will take great delight in you … he will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17

June 29, 2008

God, the Composer

Deuteronomy 31:15-19, 30-32:4
“Write down … this song and teach it to the Israelites and have them sing it …”
Deuteronomy 31:19

June 28, 2008

The Supper as a Pledge of Faithfulness

1 Corinthians 10:16-22
You cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.
1 Corinthians 10:21

June 27, 2008

The Lord's Supper as a Symbol of Unity

1 Corinthians 10:14-17
We, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
1 Corinthians 10:17

June 26, 2008

Their Eyes Were Opened

Luke 24:13-35
He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened.
Luke 24:30-31

June 25, 2008

The Lord's Supper as a Feast of Gratitude

Matthew 26:26-30
Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them …
Matthew 26:27

June 24, 2008

The Lord's Supper as Feast

Matthew 26:26-30
“I will not drink of this … from now on until … I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Matthew 26:29

June 23, 2008

The Lord's Supper as Proclamation

1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
1 Corinthians 11:26

June 22, 2008

The Lord's Supper as Covenant Seal

Luke 22:14-20
He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”
Luke 22:20

June 21, 2008

Baptism as Apprenticeship

Matthew 28:16-20
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them …”
Matthew 28:19

June 20, 2008

Baptismal Clothes

Galatians 3:19-29
All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Galatians 3:27

June 19, 2008

Baptism and Suffering

Luke 12:49-53
“I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!”
Luke 12:50

June 18, 2008

Baptism Into the Body of Christ

1 Corinthians 12:1-20
The body is a unit … For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body …
1 Corinthians 12:12-13

June 17, 2008

Baptism as Drowning

Romans 6
We were … buried with him through baptism … in order that … we too may live a new life.
Romans 6:4

June 16, 2008

Baptism as Birthing

John 3:1-17
“No one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.”
John 3:5

June 15, 2008

Baptism as Washing

Acts 22:1-16
“Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”
Acts 22:16

June 14, 2008

The Cross as Foolishness (To the World)

1 Corinthians 1:17-31
The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing …
1 Corinthians 1:18

June 13, 2008

Salvation for Shalom

Micah 4:1-4
Every man will sit under his own vine … and no one will make them afraid …
Micah 4:4

June 12, 2008

Salvation as Adoption

Ephesians 1:1-14
In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:4-5

June 11, 2008

The Cross as Conquest

2 Timothy 1:7-10
Jesus … has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
2 Timothy 1:10

June 10, 2008

The Cross as Reconciliation

Ephesians 2:14-22
He himself is our peace, who … has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility…
Ephesians 2:14

June 9, 2008

The Cross as Complete Access to God

Ephesians 2:11-18
Through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Ephesians 2:18

June 8, 2008

The Cross as Medicine

Isaiah 53
The punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5

June 7, 2008

God, Our Light

Psalm 4
“Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.”
Psalm 4:6

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