Sheldon Clowdus

Disciple . Husband . Father


Doctrine of Salvation, Practically Speaking
I just finished a DVD study on the pursuit of God's glory in salvation by John Piper.  It was a bible saturated, eloquent, and passionate defense of the biblical doctrine of salvation.  One on the most helpful sessions for me was the final one where Piper laid out 10 practical implications of holding to the doctrines of grace.  One of my frustrations concerning these truths has long been trying to combat the idea that the doctrines of grace are just esoteric, philosophical ideas that are interesting to argue for or against but have no real bearing on the life of the believer regardless of which side you agree with.  The truth is that these doctrines have profound effects on both the life of the individual Christian as well as the corporate body of the church.

Not surprisingly, Piper has done a much better job of enunciating some of the practical implications of the biblical view of salvation than I could ever have done.  Listed below are the 10 ways a right view of God's glory in our salvation affects us as followers of Christ.

  1. These truths make me stand in awe of God and lead me into the depth of true God-centered worship.
  2. These truths help protect me from trifling with divine things.
  3. These truths make me marvel at my own salvation and feel humbled at my own sin.
  4. These truths make me alert to man-centered substitutes that pose as good news.
  5. These truths make me groan over the indescribable disease of our secular, God-belittling culture.
  6. These truths make me confident that the work which God planned and began, he will finish-both globally and personally.
  7. These truths make me see everything in the light of God’s sovereign purposes – that from Him and through Him an to Him are all things, to Him be glory forever and ever.
  8. These truths make me hopeful that God has the will, the right, and the power to answer prayer that people be changed.
  9. These truths remind me that evangelism is absolutely essential for people to come to Christ and be saved, and that there is great hope for success in leading people to faith, but that conversion is not finally dependent on me or limited by the hardness of the unbeliever.
  10. These truths make me sure that God will triumph in the end.

Doctrine never exists in a vacuum.  It always affects how we live in relation to God.  It is imperative that we search the scriptures and pray that God would reveal to us the truth about Himself, ourselves, and His glorious grace in our undeserved salvation.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband, and a father. I teach 5th grade in my hometown of Rome, Georgia.

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