Continuing on from yesterday we have 5 more essential doctrines from the Back To Scripture ministry (many of these doctrines were derived from Paul Washer's "Heart Cry Missionary" statement and the "Together For the Gospel" statement).
REGENERATION. Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who makes alive those who are dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone (Ezekiel 36:24-27, John 3:3-8, II Corinthians 5:17, Titus 3:5) .
REPENTANCE. Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein the Holy Spirit makes a person aware of the manifold evil of his sin, so that he humbles himself with godly sorrow, detesting sin, and abhorring [i.e., hating] self, with a purpose and endeavor to walk before God so as to please Him in all things (Psalm 51, Mark 1:15, Luke 13:3, 24:47, Acts 11:18, 20:21, II Corinthians 7:9-10).
FAITH. Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving grace, and leads to a life of holiness (John 6:44-45, Romans 10:17, I Corinthians 12:3, Ephesians 2:8, Titus 1:1, Hebrews 10:39)
JUSTIFICATION. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made. It is given not for anything wrought in them or done by them, but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith (Acts 3:19, Romans 3:26, 4:5-7, 8:30-33, I Corinthians 1:30).
SANCTIFICATION. Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God’s Word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial [i.e., willing] obedience to all Christ’s commands (John 17:17-19, Acts 20:32, Galatians 5:16-25, I Peter 1:2).
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