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Perseverance of Saints - by Michael Phillips
Evangelism and the Five Points of Calvinism - Part 5 of 5
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1 Peter 1:1-5
May 29, 1991 am - Perseverance of the Saints Today brings us to the last sermon in our study "Evangelism and the Five Points of Calvinism". The Five Points correspond to the word, TULIP. Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and the Perseverance of the Saints. The doctrines are of God. They support His work of evangelism. They do--that is--if they're properly understood and applied. The goal of this study is to help us understand the doctrines better--not as an end in itself, but to stimulate our efforts to reach the lost for Christ. The Fifth Point of Calvinism is "The Perseverance of the Saints". What is it? In Article XVII, Section I, the Westminster Confession of Faith explains it quite clearly. "They whom God has accepted in His Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by His Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace; but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved". This teaches two things: Firstly, that believers are put into a state of grace now--our lives are changed for the better. Secondly, that believers cannot fall from grace and be lost in the end. Do we persevere as a result of ... More >>>

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