|Salvation What and How?
Audio # 1
1. Different Aspects of the Atonement
The atonement is what has earned our salvation. “Salvation” is a broad word. At root, it means “to be rescued from a dangerous or threatening situation”. Note that it includes the dimensions of:
2. Our Experience of the Atonement
3. Jesus’ Work of Atonement in the Cross
1. Regeneration is totally a work of God
a) Regeneration is a sovereign work of God
b) Regeneration is brought about by the Word of God
c) Regeneration as an act of God is a mystery to us
d) Regeneration is an instantaneous event
2. Regeneration occurs before Saving Faith
3. Genuine Regeneration must bring results in life
Evidences by which we can be sure that the inward act of regeneration has occurred:
III. God’s Sovereignty in Salvation
The Order of Salvation:
a) Bible verses affirming that God ordained beforehand who would be saved:
∑ Acts 13:48; Romans 8:28-30; 9:11-13; Eph 1:4-6, 11; 2Thess 2:13; 2Tim 1:9; Rev 13:7,8; 17:8
b) Reasons why the Bible presents the teaching of Election:
c) Is Election fatalism?
d) Is Election based on God’s foreknowledge of our faith?
Audio # 4
2. What about the non-elect?
Predestination includes both election to salvation and to what theologians call “Reprobation”. But there are important differences in what God does in Election and in Reprobation.
3. What about free-will?
We are free to choose whatever we desire. But the dilemma is in what people desire.
4. The Effective Call
The call is just as much an act of God as the predestination is
5. Definite Atonement
In a Reformed view, the atonement is not merely a potential work of salvation, but an actual salvation of those whom God has chosen. The stress is not on any supposed limitation in the power of the atonement, for the work of Christ is infinite in magnitude and sufficient for the salvation of everyone. But it is efficient (as opposed to sufficient) for some.
Audio # 5
1. The Meaning of Faith
2. The Components of Saving Faith
3. Faith and Works
Saving faith (or what James would call living faith in contrast to dead faith) is seen to be real faith by the fact that it inevitably leads to works of obedience. It has been summed up in the following formula: “We are justified by faith alone, but not by a faith that is alone.” We are saved by faith not works, but real faith works.
Audio # 6
2. True and false repentance
3. Faith and Repentance
4. A Life of Faith and Repentance
1. The Meaning of Justification
Justification is an instantaneous legal act of God in which he:
2. Justification is a legal declaration
a) We are declared to be forgiven
b) We are declared to be righteous
3. God’s declaration of Righteousness is not based on Merit
4. The Practical Implications of Justification by faith alone
VII. Perseverance and Assurance
The perseverance of the saints means that all those who are truly born again will be kept by God’s power, and will persevere as Christians until the end of their lives, and that only those who persevere until the end have been truly born again.
1. Promises of Perseverance
2. Only those who persevere to the end have been truly born again
3. Those who finally fall away may initially give external signs of conversion
4. If only those who persevere to the end are truly saved, can we know assurance of salvation prior to the end?
There are several ways to look for true assurance:
|Brian Watts is Pastor of The King's Community Church and lives in Langley with his wife Rosalind.|
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