Monthly Archives: December 2009

  • Growth In Grace

    With a new year comes for many the opportunity for a new start. Resolutions will abound next week. For some they will be physical resolutions, packing out the gyms for a month or two. For others certain destructive behaviors will be suppressed. Many of these resolutions, however, will be short lived because resolutions are only as good at the one resolving them. Resolutions aren’t all bad, though, especially when they are good and godly and for the glory of God. Paul prayed, “To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every good work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according … Read More »

  • TULIP VI – Perseverance of the Saints

    What happens to the one who becomes a follower of Jesus and then falls away? If you have spent any amount of time in the church you know that question arises not from the hypothetical but from the actual. Apostasy happens. In the minds of many Christians, there are two answers to that question. Historically, Arminians and Lutherans have taught that a person may be born again and fall away from that state of grace. So it is possible for one who makes profession of faith, is baptized and joins Christ and his church, and then falls away to have truly been regenerate and then lost her salvation. In reaction to this position, many Christians began to advocate a position commonly referred to as “once-saved-always-saved.” According to advocates of this position, a person … Read More »

  • TULIP V – Irresistible Grace

    What happens to the one who becomes a follower of Jesus and then falls away? If you have spent any amount of time in the church you know that question arises not from the hypothetical but from the actual. Apostasy happens. In the minds of many Christian there are two answers to that question. Historically, Arminians and Lutherans have taught that a person may be born again and fall away from that state of grace. So one makes profession of faith, is baptized and joins Christ and his church and then falls away, that one was really regenerate and then lost her salvation. In reaction to this position many Christians began to advocate a position commonly referred to as “once-saved-always-saved.” According to advocates of this position, a person who is truly regenerate … Read More »

  • TULIP IV- Limited Atonement

    The most controversial petal on the TULIP is “L” which stands for “Limited Atonement.” As the second word in the phrase indicates, this relates to the death of Christ. What, if anything, did the death of Christ accomplish? On the one hand, there are those who think that the death of Christ made salvation possible for every person who has ever lived. As the theory goes, Christ died for all the sins of the world and the only thing that keeps people from knowing Jesus as Savior and Lord is unbelief. On the surface there seems to be Biblical warrant for such a view. After all, the Scriptures do say that Christ died for the sins of the world (cf. Jn. 3:16; 1 Jn. 2:2). As the theory is scrutinized, however, problems arise. … Read More »