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January 2019

FAITH: Intentional Atonement

Today we continue studying the five points of grace using the helpful acronym, FAITH, which stands for: Fallen Humanity, Adopted by God, Intentional Atonement, Transformed by the Holy Spirit, and Held By God. This week, we’re studied Intentional Atonement. It’s a tough subject that sometimes can make our heads spin. And ultimately, we saw that we as humans cannot always understand the things of God. But we can praise and thank him for sending Christ as an atoning sacrifice to wipe our sins away. We can also give thanks and praise that decision of saving isn’t up to us. It is our job to be agents of reconciliation.

 As you read the passages for this week, you can dive deeper into what the atoning death of Christ is all about and who it is for. 



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FAITH: Adopted by God

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Today we continue studying the five points of grace using the helpful acronym, FAITH, which stands for: Fallen Humanity, Adopted by God, Intentional Atonement, Transformed by the Holy Spirit, and Held By God. This week, we’re studying Adopted by God. Ephesians 1:3-12 teaches us that God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world! God planned our adoption as His children through Jesus Christ. The question we should ask, is, why? Why did God choose us? Why didn’t he condemn everyone to what we deserve: death? The answer we are given is that it pleased God to do so. And because he was pleased to lavish on us His love and grace, he did it. He poured out his incredible mercy, love, forgiveness, and grace. He gives and gives, He is extravagant in his giving! What God decides to do, he does. You are reading this blog because God wants you to know that He has chosen you. He wants you to know that His Son, Jesus, paid for all the things you’ve ever done wrong. The debt is paid. Do you know this? Do you trust this? Those who do have the assurance that they belong to God!

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FAITH: Fallen Humankind

On Sunday we stared a five-part series on the doctrines (teachings) of grace. These teachings came out of a meeting that took place 400 years ago, called the Synod of Dort. It was held by the Dutch Reformed Church in the city of Dordrecht, Netherlands in 1618-1619. Its purpose was to answer questions people had concerning God’s grace toward humanity. The Synod published their response in a document called the Canons of Dort. The word canon (not to be confused with the weapon cannon) means rule, principle or standard. For a long time, the Canons of Dort were summarized by the acronym, TULIP (Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, Perseverance of the Saints). Some people haven’t found that summary very helpful. Jim Osterhouse developed a different acronym, FAITH (Fallen Humanity, Adopted by God, Intentional Atonement, Transformed by the Holy Spirit, Held by God).

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