A Father-Son Baptism Dialogue

Let’s listen in on a Covenant Keeping Father tucking his 10 year old son in for the night. Come on sport it is time for bed. Mom will be home late from Bible study. Ah Dad, can’t I watch the rest of the game, I want to see the Yankees lose, again. It is only the seventh inning and you have school tomorrow. Get ready for bed and I will tuck you in in five minutes. Yes Dad. (I just love it when they say that. Five Minutes later in Junior’s bedroom.) What is the score Dad? Yankees are still down by 3 but they are rallying. So I am going to pray with you quickly and then watch the rest of the game. But Dad, Mom always lets me ask one question before prayer and before bedtime. Ok sport, one qu

Understanding our Great Salvation: (Part 5) Safe in God's Hands

Can we lose our salvation? If salvation is entirely in the hands of God and we can add nothing to it, if salvation is based on Christ and him crucified plus nothing, if salvation is offered to us whole and complete on the basis of the work of Christ on the cross, then our salvation is not in our hands. We cannot lose it. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29) Who are the sheep that have eternal life, that shall never perish, and that cannot be snatche

Understanding our Great Salvation: (part 4) The Spirit's Overpowering Work - Grace

We have heard the bad news that we are sinners who cannot save ourselves. And we have begun to hear the good news that God has made a plan to save his people from their sins and that Jesus has come to pay for sin and to save his people. But now the question arises, how does that finished work of salvation which the Father planned and which Jesus completed come to me? How is the saving work of Christ applied to my needy soul? John 16:5-11 “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will no

Understanding our Great Salvation: (Part 3) Jesus Saves!

We have heard the bad news, that we are helpless, guilty sinners. And we have heard the beginning of the Good News, that God has decided to save some. But now the question is how can God save? What will God do to clean up the mess that our sin has caused? Today’s Good news is that Jesus saves. When Joseph found out that his fiancée, Mary was pregnant, and he knew that he was not the father, he decided to break the engagement quietly. Then an angel appeared to Joseph to encourage him to marry Mary. The angel instructed Joseph to name the special child Jesus. Matthew 1:21: “You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” This whole series of meditati

Understanding our Great Salvation: (Part 2) God Decides to Save Some

What has God decided to do about man’s sinfulness? Earlier we heard the bad news. All men are sinful from birth and they cannot cleanse themselves. The thoughts of their hearts are only evil all the time. There is no one who does good, not even one. Today we begin with the good news. The Good news in a word is God. God has decided to do something spectacular, something that thrilled and surprised even the unfallen angels. God has looked down on the mass of sinful humanity and said, although they all deserve to die for their sins, I am going to save some. I am going to make a way of salvation for fallen, helpless sinners. God has decided to save some. Romans 9 is called by some the most

Understanding our Great Salvation: (Part 1) The Bad News

What is salvation? How does one “get saved”? To put it quite simply, to be saved we must truly know ourselves and we must truly know God. I have bad news and I have good news. The bad news deals with who we are in God’s sight and the good news is what God has decided to do about it. I am going to give the troubling news first because that will make the good news all that sweeter when it comes. Well then, here is the bad news. You are not perfect. Now, that was not so hard. Everyone will readily admit that he is not perfect. “Sure,” we say, “I have my faults and weaknesses; I am not perfect.” But the problem is that we do not ask why we have faults and weaknesses. The old 49er’s, the

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