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Irresistible Grace: Wooing Grace (John 6:22-51)

Irresistible Grace: Wooing Grace (John 6:22-51)

We’ve been walking through components of TULIP acronym over the past 3 weeks, and we’ve learnt how each component reveals something challenging and comforting about God’s grace to us. Today, we'll see something of the attraction and beauty of Jesus and the grace He has shown to us! 

Limited Atonement: Triumphant Grace (Hebrews 9:15-28)

Limited Atonement: Triumphant Grace (Hebrews 9:15-28)

This series looks at what is commonly referred to as the "5 points of Calvinism", but we're also mot interested in looking at each of these truths, and how they show 5 characteristics of grace. Today's study focuses on limited atonement. Our context and philosophical worldview could cause us to baulk at this topic and the thought that God’s atonement is limited. But limited atonement also means that grace is triumphant. As we unpack this passage in Hebrews 9, let's remember that both these things can be true -- that atonement is limited and also grace is triumphant. 

Unconditional Election: True Grace (Eph 1:3-10)

Unconditional Election: True Grace (Eph 1:3-10)

The doctrine of election could be the doctrine of grace that is the most controversial or has a bad reputation. What is election? Many people equate this with predestination, and many avoid talking about it because God appears unjust and unfair by “choosing” one group over another. Today, we'll use Eph 1:3-10 to help us understand this doctrine as God intended for it to be. 

Total Depravity: Amazing Grace (Psalm 53 c.f Rom 1:28-32)

Total Depravity: Amazing Grace (Psalm 53 c.f Rom 1:28-32)

Today, we'll begin looking at the first doctrine of grace -- total depravity. This is a study about understanding ourselves in our natural state before we knew God.  To help us do so, we'll take a look at Ps 53, and also a corresponding passage in the letter to the Romans. 

Why Doctrine (Part 2): Humble Orthodoxy (2 Tim 1:13-2:26)

Why Doctrine (Part 2): Humble Orthodoxy (2 Tim 1:13-2:26)

What is “Humble Orthodoxy”? We know that it comprises of humility and right thinking. But what else? This passage in 2 Tim is helpful for us. 2 Tim also tells us that it began all the way with Paul. In 2 Tim, Paul the good pastor is telling Tim to be a good Christian, and telling all of us what it means to be gospel-centered.

Why Doctrine (Part 1): Gospel Centeredness (and Calvinism) (Eph 2:1-10)

Why Doctrine (Part 1): Gospel Centeredness (and Calvinism) (Eph 2:1-10)

October 2017 marks the 500th year of the Protestant Reformation. The lessons from the Reformation are just as important for us today. The same question confronts us today: do we remember or keep the gospel? This whole series will focus on gospel-centredness. Gospel-centredness not only means keeping the gospel at the core, but it also means seeing gospel connections to everything in life.