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Salvation 4, Grace pt.2


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Soteriology, Bible Basics, Todd Linn, First Baptist Church Henderson, KY

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Salvation 4, Grace pt.2

  1. 2. <ul><li>SPECIAL CHURCH MEMBER DISCOUNT! </li></ul><ul><li>$50 per couple (C hildcare: $5) </li></ul>
  2. 4. BIBLE BASICS for the Family <ul><li>(A Study in Systematic Theology) </li></ul>
  3. 5. Soteriology (The Study of Salvation)
  4. 6. GRACE, PART II A Review and Further Study on the Teaching of Efficacious Grace
  5. 7. <ul><li>Grace declares that salvation is not the culmination of our quest for God, but rather it is God who has taken the initiative toward us . </li></ul><ul><li>Ephesians 1:4 : </li></ul><ul><li>“ . . . He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself . . . </li></ul>
  6. 8. Jesus: <ul><li>John 6:44: </li></ul><ul><li>“ No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>F.F. Bruce: </li></ul><ul><li>“ It is the Grace of God that brings us to Faith and carries us on the pathway.” </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>Common : To all people; the All of God’s good gifts (rain, sunshine, etc.). What is needed to survive. </li></ul><ul><li>Effectual : To some people; to enable them to believe in Christ. </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>Efficacious grace is an act of God related to His sovereignty, using or employing human instruments. </li></ul><ul><li>Efficacious grace is the means by which God brings life to a sinner, through the Word of God by faith . . . </li></ul>
  10. 12. Common Objections to Efficacious Grace: <ul><li>“ It will kill missionary zeal!” </li></ul><ul><li>(i.e., “If God has predestined only “some” to be saved, He knows who they are, so why go?”) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Then we’re all robots!” </li></ul><ul><li>(i.e., “we are passive persons who have no freedom of will. We’re like a machine; God punches the button and we’re saved whether we want to be or not.”) </li></ul>
  11. 13. Response: <ul><li>These objections neglect man’s responsibility and the mystery of salvation. The fact is, God commands us to evangelize. The Apostle Paul, the greatest missionary in history, was the person through whom this doctrine came. </li></ul><ul><li>The doctrine of efficacious grace should make us more desirous to be used by God, and it should make us that much more aware of our dependence upon Him. </li></ul>
  12. 14. Summary Reflections: <ul><li>Far from violating our wills or personality, God’s grace appeals to our deepest yearnings and therefore when we are exposed to grace, intrinsically we are drawn to it. </li></ul><ul><li>As A.W. Tozer has said, “Salvation is from our side a choice , (but) from the divine side it is a seizing upon , an apprehending , a conquest by the Most High God.” </li></ul>
  13. 15. Reflections Continued . . . <ul><li>Therefore, we are not merely passive robots. Nor do we even believe that God merely does “His part” and we do “our part.” </li></ul><ul><li>Rather, “God does ALL and we do ALL.” The two (God’s sovereign will and our human responsibility) go together . They complement one another. </li></ul><ul><li>Live with the tension! It is Biblical. Remember Deuteronomy 29:29. </li></ul>
  14. 16. From The Pilgrim Hymnal , 1904 <ul><li>I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew, </li></ul><ul><li>He moved my soul to seek Him, </li></ul><ul><li>seeking me; </li></ul><ul><li>It was not I that found, O Saviour true; </li></ul><ul><li>For I was found by Thee. </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>Thou didst reach forth Thy hand </li></ul><ul><li>and mine enfold; </li></ul><ul><li>I walked, and sank not, </li></ul><ul><li>on the storm-vexed sea; </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Twas not so much that I on Thee took hold, </li></ul><ul><li>As Thou, dear Lord, on me. </li></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>I find, I walk, I love, but O, the whole </li></ul><ul><li>Of love is but my answer, Lord, to Thee! </li></ul><ul><li>For long beforehand </li></ul><ul><li>Thou didst bless my soul; </li></ul><ul><li>And ever hast loved me. </li></ul>
  17. 19. The Big Point Here: <ul><li>The point of God’s Amazing Efficacious Grace is our realizing that we didn’t just “come to God” as though we woke up one day and decided to become a Christian. </li></ul><ul><li>Rather, we realize that God, from the beginning of time, has been moving throughout history, throughout our circumstances, drawing us to Him because of His loving grace. </li></ul><ul><li>From our side, we may think we chose Him. But, the truth is, HE MADE THE FIRST MOVE! </li></ul>
  18. 20. QUESTIONS?
  19. 21. How Does all this Apply? <ul><li>Knowing this (that God chose us first; that He made the first move), we should . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Live our lives as a “ Thank You Note ” to God. </li></ul><ul><li>Do Christian deeds, then, not because we feel we HAVE TO (Legalism), but because we WANT TO (Love)! </li></ul><ul><li>Are you motivated more by legalism , or love ? </li></ul>