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What is the Gospel? : 1

A Series of Studies on the foundational Doctrines of the Gospel

The Grace of God (Ephesians 2:5,8)
“It is by grace you have been saved” (Eph 2:8)

Introduction

a) The importance of theology

“The full restoration of the church today requires the rediscovery of theological truth.” Peter Lewis: “The Glory of Christ.

b) The heart of theology

“Grace is the key word of Christianity.” J.I.Packer: “God’s Words

1. The Origin of Grace in God

a) Failure in man - the covenant of works

b) Success in God - the covenant of grace

  • The divine contract
  • The contractual requirements on the Son
  • The contractual requirements on the Father
  • The human consequences

“The covenant of grace precedes faith. Faith is not a condition to the covenant, but in the covenant; the way to obtain possession of and enjoy all the blessings of the covenant.” H.Bavinck: “The Doctrine of God”

2. The Outcome of Grace in Glory

a) Its triumph

b) Its benevolence

“Grace gives some good things to all men, though it gives all good things to some men.” Elisha Coles

“I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never have chosen him; and I am sure he chose me before I was born, or else he would never have chosen me afterwards; and he must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could fins any reason in myself why he should have looked upon me with special love. So I am forced to accept that great Biblical doctrine.” C.H.Spurgeon: “The Early Years”

Brian Watts is Pastor of The King's Community Church and lives in Langley with his wife Rosalind.
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