Getting Back to God, Getting Back to Basics. The Doctrine of Salvation, Part 1 – Introduction

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)


I Was Adopted: Here’s My Story

An amazing story of God’s Mercy, love, and passion, especially for little ones. This truly is a story worth telling and showing the world, especially that there is indeed a God – the One true God – who never sleeps nor slumbers but is continually pouring out his Grace and protection. He is passionate about Families!!!

Justified And Redeemed

I’m letting you into another part of my life that defined who I am, and this one isn’t down or gloomy, but some may think the beginning part is, but I have come to terms with my past, and I want to share it.

God blessed me with loving parents, and even if they weren’t my biological parents, they loved me as their own daughter, and I want to share the wonderful joys of adoption or in my case, becoming the daughter of my biological grandparents who are the most wonderful parents I could have ever asked for!

My “adoption” story is different, as I stated above, for I was adopted/legally raised within my own family, but they still loved me as a daughter. God blessed me with loving grandparents who then legally became my mom and dad at age 3, so I still saw my family growing up, but…

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Communicating with God – A Personal Relationship!

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Many Christians, when they are asked by non-Christians; “Is Christianity not just another religion….?”, would  then, of course, respond almost immediately with the popular and well-learned apophthegm ; “…Christianity is not a religion; it’s a Personal Relationship with God…”

Well, perhaps that would be true for some but, the question is; is that honestly true for the rest of Christendom?   A personal relationship, just as it should be between a man and his wife, should be one of natural communication. It should never be a one-way monologue. If it was then surely that could never be deemed as a relationship, could it? I suppose, in some sense, that would be one of the reasons marriages do not last these days – among many other reasons like infidelity, abuse, and the list goes on and on.

Now, we are told that when we want to speak to God, then we go to Him in prayer, right? Again, the prayers of so many Christians are a practice that is made only at dinner time, bedtime, at a prayer meeting, or when there is trouble and the flare-gun-prayer is shot off into the sky, and so forth.   But, is that really communication with God? Is our communication with God relegated to specific times (ingrained) because of tradition and habit – as if God listens only at those moments [of prayer]?

I think of David who spoke to God about anything and everything. He did not just leave it to “a prayer meeting” but, rather communicated with God all the time because he knew that God was always with him and he was always with God – even when he sinned. David knew how to communicate with God and not just “Pray” only at certain times but perpetually and fervently spoke to God continually – impassioned with a need to communicate with his Creator, God!

Yes, we are most definitely called to pray and, we are most definitely are called to do it together as Christians should be doing. But, if a genuine “Personal relationship with God Christian” is what we describe ourselves to be then surely, we are then meant to speak to God without having to close our eyes at specific times like we have been taught by the bidding of traditions. Imagine closing your eyes and praying while you are driving your car? That probably would be the last prayer you would ever be saying and, perhaps for the other person or people you have just driven over because your eyes were closed.

Our personal relationship with God is communing with Him all day long; speaking to Him and knowing that He will speak back to our heart, mind, and spirit.   Listen to David’s communication with God and how naturally it pours out of his mouth. This is just one example out of so many other examples. There are just so many Psalms one could read and realise how David communicated with God.

I could have probably even have used Job as a good example as well, and it would be good to even go and read about his communication with God. Moreover, there are even many, many more characters in Scripture that I could have used, but I have Chosen just this one;

Psalm 86

“Incline your ear, O Lord , and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O Lord , to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O Lord , that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them. But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant. Show me a sign of your favour, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.”

Notice how naturally David is communicating with God. Yes, it is still called prayer but, it is not just at a specific time but all the time.

My question once again is this; and, by the way, it includes the writer as well – me. Are we really Christians who have a Personal Relationship with God and are speaking to Him continuously and pouring out our thoughts and hearts to Him vocally? Notice how David speaks to God. This is what I would want to encourage every “Personal-Relationship-with-God Christian” to do. Speaking to God should never be a monologue or a shopping list but, rather, “Deep crying out to Deep” and having our hearts and souls filled with His presence!

Lord, Jesus, give us hearts that are like David’s heart and a longing to be with You, speak with You, and glorify You!



Ps. Shane Bryant (OMIN CLC, BDiv)