Monday, July 26, 2010

Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (and a sermon)

Part 3 of the "Return of the King Series" (Matthew 1-4) was entitled, "God's Reign and the Human Response." You can download this message here: http://cornerstone-marion.org/sermons/10-0725_~Return_of_the_King_Series__Matt_2--1-23_(Matt_Proctor).mp3

For those wanting more information, here are some good online articles:

This is a great book review of JI Packer's book entitled Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (Ivp Classics) (if you have not read this book, read it, but the review is well done too): http://andynaselli.com/summary-and-outline-of-j-i-packers-evangelism-and-the-sovereignty-of-god

The Sovereignty of God by John Murray


Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility by Kenneth Boa

Also, a classic book by DA Carson: Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility

I also think the Evangelical Free Church of America's Statement of Faith (points 1 and 10) help show how these two truths (divine sovereignty and human responsibility) interplay:

1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

 10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

From: http://www.efca.org/about-efca/statement-faith

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