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Perseverance of the Saints - by Michael Phillips
Five Points of Calvinism - Part 8 of 9
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1 Peter 1:3-5
Aug 28, 2005 pm - For the last couple of months we have been studying the Five Points of Calvinism. Looking over my notes this week, it occurred to me the series has been long on theology and short on exegesis. While I retract nothing I've said, I wish I had spent more time in the text, to show you that the Five Points do not depend on proof-texting plus reasoning, but are actually taught in the Bible. If there's no use crying over spilled milk, you can put the carton back up and not spill any more! That's what I hope to do today, as we look at the last of the Five Points of Calvinism, which is The Perseverance of the Saints. We'll get to its doctrine in a few minutes, but first we'll have a close look at our text, 1 Peter 1:3-5. What are the verses? They're a call to praise God- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! To 'bless' is to 'speak well of', and this is what Peter wants us to do: to speak well of God, to praise Him, to celebrate Him in the assembly. This looks back to Israel, who sang the Psalms every Sabbath and holy day; and though the Psalms touched on many things, their number one topic is God and our first duty is to exalt Him! Let everything that has breath Praise ... More >>>

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