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The Doctrines of Grace: Unconditional Election: Part 3

The main reason why people reject the teaching of God’s free sovereign and gracious election, is not so much because God is sovereign in showing mercy, but that He is sovereign not only in election but reprobation as well. Many can see the logic of God’s sovereign mercy for the elect, but the other side of election, the dark side, the side of reprobation, this is the main reason why people reject the teaching altogether. Some will accept single predestination, that God elects to have mercy on some; but will not accept what is known as double predestination, that...


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The Doctrines of Grace: Unconditional Election: Part 2

Most people do not realize this but the doctrine of God’s sovereign grace in election is brought up by Paul in Romans 8-9 to give assurance of salvation. Paul wants to ground the faith of suffering Christians whose lives feel like they are spiralling out of control and implying God does not love them or is too weak. He grounds their assurance by showing how all things including suffering are working together for the good of those God is calling according to His purpose. Paul then reveals that God has a plan that began in eternity past as He...


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The Problem of Hell

Introduction: One of the most emotional arguments against Christianity is the problem of hell. Many are ready to accept a God of love but will not believe in the God of the Bible because of the doctrine of endless conscious torment. The Bible’s teaching on hell is one of the most nightmarish images we can imagine, and our minds and emotions have drawn back in horror from them. The enemies to this teaching are everywhere, outside Christianity, inside the church and even our hearts cringe in the face of such harsh realities. We must recognise as we begin this...


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Romans 16:20: Victory over satan

Introduction: This is the first and only mention of satan in the book of Romans. Why talk about him now? Paul has been giving his love to the church and encouraging love between people and churches. He naturally moves from the unity of the church to the enemies of that unity warning about those false teachers who have a different gospel and who cause divisions. That is why Paul is talking about satan. The book of Revelation reveals that satan is thrown down to earth and is waging war against the church. The prophecy reveals satan using persecuting power,...


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The Moral Argument for God

Introduction: One of the most popular arguments against God is the problem of evil. We will be dealing with that later in the series. Today however we want to talk about an argument for God called the problem of good. The existence of morals and moral obligations points to a moral God who created us with this sense of obligation. Romans 2:14-16 gives us a record of this sense, ‘For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law....


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1 Kings 7:1-12: The House of Solomon

Introduction: The good gifts of God given to bad hearts like ours can become snares to us.  The Giver is good and gives from good motives.  He seeks to display His generosity and kindness to us through the gifts of creation.  The gifts are also good, life, marriage, health, wealth, position, work, they are not evil in and of themselves, but good.  But we are bad.  You can give us a good gift like marriage and we turn it into an attempt to enslave another person to our wills.  God can give us a skill for work and we...


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1 Kings 3:16-28: Wise Justice

Introduction: We all love a good riddle, for example the famous one about a choice between two doors.  There are two door guardians by the two doors, one always lies and one always tells the truth: what single question could you ask to find out which is the right door?  The answer is, ask any one of them what the other door guardian will tell you is the right one, and then choose the opposite.  The one telling the truth will know that the one who lies will point to the wrong one; and the one who lies will...


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