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What We Believe About Grace! (5 of 9)
Series: Baptist Beliefs
Steve N. Wagers
July 27, 2005
1. Grace Pardons the Sinner!
A. We are Redeemed by His Blood!
B. We are Reconciled through His Blood!
2. Grace Preserves the Saint!
A. The Origination of Grace!
B. The Occupation of Grace!
3. Grace Predestines the Saved!
A. The Process of Predestination!
1. We are Selected by Him
2. We are Perfected to Him
3. We are Accepted in Him
B. The Purpose of Predestination!
1. Someone has said that you are the same today as you will be in five years except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read. It was while a student in Bible College that I fell in love with biographies. From the day when I pulled from the shelf a biography on the life of Billy Sunday, biographies have played an important role in my life and have occupied much of my reading. I confess that a biography is a constant companion of mine.
2. Through biographies I have met so many wonderful people. Through biographies I have walked with giants. Through biographies I have been privileged to listen too many of the soldiers of the cross as they stood in their pulpits and preached. I have even shared those intimate and sacred moments in their studies while they prayed. In biographies I have been privately mentored by finest teachers the world has ever known.
3. Through biographies I have attended the service on Aldersgate Street when John Wesley was converted. I have sat beside Spurgeon in a little Primitive Methodist Church and listened to a deacon declare, "Look unto me and be ye saved." I have walked to the pulpit with G. Campbell Morgan, looked out a cobbler's shop window with William Carey, shouted and danced with Billy Bray, prayed with John Hyde and felt the fires of revival with Jonathan Edwards and Evan Roberts.
4. Yes, it was indeed a great moment when I discovered the great gift of a biography. What special and cherished friends they are ...
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