The doctrines of grace: Limited atonement

The doctrine of limited atonement is perhaps the most misunderstood and maligned of the doctrines of grace. There are those who call themselves “four-point Calvinists” who reject this doctrine. At the same time, while it is the central point of the five, it is…

The doctrines of grace: Unconditional election

We have already examined the biblical doctrine of total depravity, and concluded that salvation, if it is at all possible, is so only by the grace of God. Salvation must necessarily be of the Lord. That is where the doctrine of unconditional election enters…

The doctrines of grace: Total depravity

As noted previously, the five points of Calvinism (doctrines of grace) arose as a response to a petition by a group of Dutch Arminians in 1610 to affirm the tenets of Arminianism as orthodox Christianity. The Synod of Dort rejected this appeal and in…

The doctrines of grace: An introduction

W. J. Seaton has written, “There is scarcely another word that arouses such suspicion, mistrust, and even animosity among professing Christians as the word Calvinism. And yet much of the zeal that is levelled against this system and those who hold and preach it…

Everyone evangelising everyone everywhere

In his last inspired letter, Paul urged Timothy to “preach the word” and to “do the work of an evangelist” (2 Timothy 4:1–5). “The work of an evangelist” is a work to which every believer is called. The importance of evangelism in the life…

God’s ultrasound

Abortion has always been a practice in this fallen world. In nations that have historically rejected the Judeo-Christian worldview, abortion rates have been, and are, horrific. In recent decades, however, abortion has been widely legalised in nations that traditionally have embraced this ethic (so-called…

Living in dependence upon God

As you read the Gospels, it becomes quickly clear that the life of an apostle (like the life of any disciple of Christ) was one of highs and lows. For three apostles—Peter, James and John—one high point in their walk with Jesus was the…

Powerful versus irresistible

We have recently been journeying during our Family Bible Hour on Sunday mornings through the Gospel of Matthew. Our approach has been to take one chapter per week and overview it in a discussion-oriented setting. This morning, we approached Matthew 13, in which Jesus…