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Reflecting on the past

Much of our life is less than perfect. We've all made plenty of mistakes and I wonder if it brings you down. Maybe it's broken relationships, cultivated addictions or false ideologies that plague your past. Do you live up to the moral standard? How does your track record fare? To the outsider, the verdict is that you are a failure - a sinner, unworthy of a place in His kingdom. And...
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Yet not I, but Your Grace within me

  Lord of Hosts, my Saviour and King How do I please You? What can I give to You that is a fragrant sacrifice? But is that not a bizarre question to ask? Because on my own, I have none such desire. The unregenerate heart has no thirst for You. What can I offer? When all I have with all I am is not enough? Pride and jealousy exudes my demeanour, Can even a single thought ...
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Putting Amazing back into the Doctrines of Grace – 5) Forever Grace

We're up to the last doctrine of grace in the PROOF series! The typical question asked is whether a Christian can fall away. "Salvation is up to God, but staying saved is up to us", many say, but I want to answer a better question: "is God able to break his promises?".  Previous articles in this series: Introduction Planned Grace Resurrecting Grace Outrageous Grace Overcoming G...
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Putting Amazing back into the Doctrines of Grace – 4) Overcoming Grace

After learning about predestination in Outrageous Grace, how then does our choice to believe fit into the picture? Does God just drag us into heaven against our will, kicking and screaming, not wanting to be there? What exactly happens before, during and after our conversion? Previous articles in this series: Introduction Planned Grace Resurrecting Grace Outrageous Grace &nbs...
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Putting Amazing back into the Doctrines of Grace – 3) Outrageous Grace

So far in this series we've seen that God's grace is both necessary and definite, planned before time for His people. But what does it mean for God to have predestined people? On what basis does He choose? What does this mean for the non-elect? Previous articles in this series: Introduction Planned Grace Resurrecting Grace   If you've begun reading this article because o...
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Putting Amazing back into the Doctrines of Grace – 2) Resurrecting Grace

To continue with our study in the doctrines of grace, we must reflect on the reason for our need of grace in the first place. What is the natural state of humanity? What is free will? Who on earth are we preaching the gospel to? Previous articles in this series: Introduction Planned Grace Before our need of saving grace, we were created with class. Adam was the free king and rule...
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Putting Amazing back into the Doctrines of Grace – 1) Planned Grace

What is the biblical definition of grace? What sort of grace do we need it? How might it have been Planned? Who did Jesus die for? Here's a dive head-first one of the hardest doctrines of the Christian faith. It serves as an introductory shock to the concept of God's grace. Previous articles in this series: Introduction   The first and necessary distinction that must be made...
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Putting Amazing back into the Doctrines of Grace – 0) Introduction

  This marks the beginning of a new set of articles based the fruits and reflections of a teaching series recently run for WaC and Twelve. It's called "Putting Amazing back into the Doctrines of Grace - a doxological re-envisionment of calvinistic soteriology". Let me introduce what this means and why it's important for all believers to wrestle with, including you.    Despite ...
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