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The Fellowship of Grace: He Welcomes Sinners

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Beginning with this post, I am starting a new project to summarize teachings at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on a regular basis. Below are my notes from the Sunday service on September 28.

Scripture Reading – Luke 15:1-10 (ESV)

Luke 15:1-10 (ESV), courtesy of http://wordle.net

Notes on the Sermon by Rev. Timothy Keller

The “muttering” [Luke 15:2, NIV] from the Pharisees and the scribes triggers Jesus to deliver three parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and the Prodigal Son. Conventional interpretations of these parables typically discuss how the Grace of God changes us as individuals.

In this 7-week series entitled the Fellowship of Grace, however, Rev. Keller wants to discuss them in a different light, exploring how these parables illustrate that the Grace of God, not only changes us individually, but also transforms us into a unique kind of group—a distinctive Gospel community.

Focusing on the parable of the Lost Sheep in particular, Rev. Keller asks the following three questions.

  1. What does the lost sheep teach us?
  2. What does the search itself teach us?
  3. What does the shepherd teach us?

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September 30, 2008 at 11:06 pm

God’s Two Wills

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Last night, I finally had a chance to read John Piper‘s article entitled “Are There Two Wills in God?” which Susan pointed out to me almost a week ago. This work from 1995 focuses on the theological subject of election as its subtitle [Divine Election and God’s Desire for All to Be Saved] suggests.

In my shallow first reading, I found the idea of hierarchy or rank order of God’s wills (to fearlessly coin a phrase) to be most beneficial, although I am not sure whether such a reading is an accurate portrayal of Pastor Piper’s thoughts. At any rate, this insight allowed me to construct a preliminary framework to think more clearly about the nature of unconditional election which remains the most challenging doctrine (at least for me) among the five points of Calvinism.

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April 28, 2008 at 4:29 pm