The Five Points of Calvinism | Afterward by John MacArthur

Scripture speaks with absolute, unmistakable clarity on these vital issues:
(1) Sinners are utterly helpless to redeem themselves or to contribute anything meritorious toward their own salvation (Rom 8:7-8).
(2) God is sovereign in the exercise of His saving Will (Eph 1:4-5).
(3) Christ died as a substitute who bore the full weight of God’s wrath on behalf of His people, and his atoning work is efficacious for their salvation (Isa. 53:5).
(4) God’s saving purpose cannot be thwarted (John 6:37), meaning none of Christ’s true sheep will ever be lost (John 10:27-29). That is because
(5) God assures the perseverance of His elect (Jude 24; Phil 1:6; 1 Peter 1:5).

Those are the five points of Calvinism. I believe them not because of their historical pedigree, but because that is what Scripture teaches.

John F. MacArthur Jr.

Extracted from The Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended and Documented. 2nd Edition : David Steele, Curtis Thomas, and Lance Quinn. Click title to learn more about the book.

The Doctrines of Grace | Dr. Steve Lawson

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from Ligonier.org

“Those who have received salvation are to attribute it to sovereign grace alone, and to give all the praise to Him, who makes them to differ from others.” —Jonathan Edwards

The doctrines of grace are so called because these five major headings of theology, often identified as the five points of biblical Calvinism, contain the purest expression of the saving grace of God. Each of these five doctrines—radical depravity, sovereign election, definite atonement, irresistible call, and preserving grace—supremely display the sovereign grace of God. These five headings stand together as one comprehensive statement of the saving purposes of God. For this reason, there is really only one point to the doctrines of grace, namely, that God saves sinners by His grace and for His glory. These two realities—God’s grace and glory—are inseparably bound together. Whatever most magnifies God’s grace most magnifies His glory. And that which most exalts God’s grace is the truth expressed in the doctrines of grace. Continue reading The Doctrines of Grace | Dr. Steve Lawson

The Doctrines of Grace

from Grace Life Church of the Shoals, Muscle Shoals, Alabama

The doctrines of grace, put simply, teach that every aspect of man’s salvation can be traced back to God’s divine and initiating work of grace in the life of sinners. In grace God chose us, foreknew us, elected us, predestined us, called us, justified us, sanctified us, and will glorify us! Ephesians 1:4-6 says, “In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”

Grace originated in the person of God the Father, was manifested and exercised in the person and work of Jesus Christ, and is extended and applied to us by the work of the Holy Spirit! Grace is extended to people who are altogether unworthy to experience it. Grace is unmerited favor. It cannot be bought, earned, or won by man or woman in any way!

Ultimately, the doctrines of grace remind us that the work of salvation is a work that is designed to direct all glory to God and Him alone. The end of grace is that He might be known and glorified for the wonder, the wisdom, the beauty, and the utter attractiveness of His grace!

Relating the Reformed faith to the world

Sharing the Reformed faith with others.

Mike and Scott Reiber continue their discussion on how those who affirm the Reformed faith relate to those who do not. Can one not affirm the Doctrines of Grace and be a Christian? How can one of the Reform faith dialogue with non-reformed Christians, and do so with conviction and compassion?

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