Tenets of Calvinism – TULIP Total Depravity – original sin; man unable to turn to God Unconditional Election – predestination; God picked certain specific people to be saved Limited Atonement – Christ’s death was only for the elect Irresistible Grace – the elect will be saved; cannot resist the grace of God Perseverance of the […]

The Unknown God

Text: Acts 17:22-31 He is the Creator (v. 24) He is Lord of Heaven and Earth (v. 24) Man is Dependent upon God (v. 25) He made Man (v. 26) He Instilled in Man a Desire to Worship (v. 27) Not Far from Each One of Us (v. 27) Truths about Him Evident to Non-Believers […]


Text: Ephesians 1:3-5; Romans 8:29-30 Has God predestined certain individuals to be saved, or a certain group to be saved? Passages used to defend the “individual predestination” doctrine – Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 8:29-30; Nehemiah 9:7; Romans 9:10-13 (explain each) Consequences of the “individual predestination” doctrine: No reason to do good No reason to evangelize Makes […]

Beware the Leaven of the Pharisees

Text: Matthew 16:6 Their Teaching – Matthew 16:12 Their Hypocrisy – Matthew 23:3 They Loved the Praise of Men – Matthew 23:5-7 They Neglected the “Weightier Matters” – Matthew 23:23 Danger in Overextending the Application – Often someone is labeled as a “Pharisee” if they oppose departures from Scripture and will refute false teaching. The […]

Elijah and the Prophets of Baal

Text: 1 Kings 18:17-40 Those who teach the truth will be labeled as “troublemakers” – v. 17-18 We need to have enough conviction to stand for the truth and against error – v. 21 Truth is not determined by the majority – v. 22 Just being religious isn’t good enough – v. 25-29 God’s truth […]