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Assurance is the confident realization of what we have in Christ such as eternal life, forgiveness of sin, and being the object of God’s personal care as his children. Assurance has to do with our comprehension of the facts and provisions of salvation through faith in Christ. This is a crucial doctrine because, properly understood, it will touch the believer’s life in several areas. Not only does it give assurance of salvation, but with that also comes a greater assurance of God’s provision in all areas of life.
Since all believers are responsible to share their faith with others, every Christian needs a clear understanding of the plan of salvation. This is especially true for new babes in Christ. The following short presentation of the gospel is designed to reinforce the key issues and provide a tool for presenting the gospel to others as new Christians begin their walk down the road of life as Christians.
- Plan of Salvation
- Man's Separation from God
- The Futility of Man's Works
- God's Solution for Man's Problem
- The All Important Question
The main purpose of this forum in these studies on assurance is to give Christians some basic biblical concepts about God’s guidance. It is not intended to be a full treatise nor even a full outline on the will of God.
- The Problem People Face
- The Promise God Gives
- Passages On God's Will
- Principles We Must Supply
Many questions will arise about the problem of sin in the life of the believer? Why do I continue to sin? What do I do about it? How do I get forgiveness? How do I overcome my old patterns? The believer will face the dilemma of Romans 7:15-18 and the struggle of Galatians 5:17. Obviously, this means Christians desperately need direction and encouragement from the Word on this issue.
- Definition of Sin
- The Categories of Sin
- Provision for Forgiveness of Sin
- Forgiveness By Confession
- The Purpose of Confession
- The Propitiation for Our Sins
- Provision for Deliverance Over Sin
- Way of Escape
While the believer may gain assurance of his salvation and know that he has been saved, the question may arise concerning the permanence of his salvation. Once genuinely saved by trusting in the merit of Christ’s death on the cross for sin, can the believer lose his salvation? Is there anything we can do to lose our salvation? The answer is NO! Why? Because Scripture clearly affirms the fact we are protected by the power of God through faith. Faith brings us into a grace relationship with God as a gift of God through the merit of His beloved Son. We are saved by His record, not ours.
- Trinity Approach
- The Problem Passages
- What Sin Approach
- Grace Approach
- Present Tense Approach
- God's Hand Approach
- Logical Approach
- Positional Approach
- Consequences of Carnality
- Continued and Open Rebellion
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When we trust in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we become a child of God, one who is both born and adopted into the family of God. As such, we become the recipients of God’s personal care as a loving heavenly Father.
- God Cares
- Promise of Provision for All of Our Needs
- The Promise of Provision Through Prayer
- Hindrances to Prayer
A prominent doctrine of the New Testament concerns the Doctrine of Rewards and the Judgment Seat of Christ. It is a doctrine often ignored or, when taught, it is misrepresented because of the term “judgment” that is used in translating the Greek text. Although it is serious with eternal ramifications, the Judgment Seat of Christ is not a place and time when the Lord will mete out punishment for sins committed by the child of God. Rather, it is a place where rewards will be given or lost depending on how a believer has lived his life for the Lord.
- Meaning of the Judgement (Bema) Seat
- The Time of the Bema Seat
- The Place of the Bema
- Participants at the Bema
- Examiner at the Bema
- The Purpose and Basis of the Bema