Today, I want to start a series on the Doctrine of Salvation. This series will be recorded “OUT OF MY STUDY” because the Church’s video equipment has not been working too well. In the beginning of the year, I preached very briefly (skimming over) on the topic of salvation. However, what I want to do today is; get into what the Bible has to say and what it teaches us when it comes to the Doctrine of Salvation.
Doctrine simply means, in this context; “What the Bible has to say, as a whole and comprehensively, about a certain topic or subject.” and in this case; Salvation!
The theme of this series called; Getting Back to God – Getting Back to Basics and, under this theme, I have subtitled/entitled the series; The Doctrine of Salvation!
This is a mere introduction and what I will be dealing with in the coming weeks is things like; “Common Grace”, “Saving Grace”, God’s Sovereignty”, “Free Will”, some people living under “The Delusion” of Salvation – some people thinking that they are saved when they are not”, “Election and Predestination”, “God’s Promise of Forgiveness”, God’s Promise of Eternal Life”, Justification by Faith Alone” and so on and so forth.
Today, however and, as I said, is a mere and brief introduction. Below are some of the points:
Fishers of Men – Going Fishing!
How is your Christian Themometer?
Idolatry – Money!
Grace – Common Grace and Saving Grace!
Bible Text: Matthew 22:1-14.
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
1And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ 5But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Ps. Shane Bryant (OMIN CLC, BDiv)