Preparations for my office move prompted a collection of studies in a future book, hopefully not too far in the future. Over 300 pages so far. Working title, Knowledge of the Gospel.
One series of studies in the book, which I’m now preaching in the Urbanova congregation, focuses on the divine initiative. We teach, and rightly so, the steps to salvation. Each of those steps is a response to an initiative of God’s. Here’s the structure:
- Word of God : hear, believe.
- Glory of God : repent.
- Son of God : confess.
- Salvation of God : be immersed.
- Family of God : love, serve, speak.
The emphasis falls on what God does. Then comes our response. This approach provides needed context for the steps to salvation and provides them greater weight of importance.
We have several non-Christians meeting with us, including my neighbor, with whom I’ve been studying, and a nice young couple, with two small daughters, who visited the first time on the first sermon in the series and have been attending since then. The couple are neighbors of Douglas and Ludmila, and were invited by them. (I shared the third lesson tonight, Apr 8.) Pray they may turn to the Lord.