Tag Archives: assurance

You know you know God as Father when you cry to him in suffering, “Father!”

It’s easy to call God “Father” in happy, blue sky days.  When life falls apart and the sky turns dark, then what do you do?  Here’s a brilliant concluding sermon moment by Alistair Begg on suffering and belief: Advertisements

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Transforming Grace Top 10 (2010-2011)

I’ve been blogging for over three years now. I still enjoy the discipline of trying to crystallise vague thoughts or jotting down useful stuff I’ve read. I also enjoy seeing what people are reading and sharing. This is this year’s … Continue reading

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9 marks of our being Christ’s true bride.

Many Christians struggle with the question of assurance.  They look at their deeds, actions, performance, thought life and ask, “Am I really a Christian?”  Ebenezer Erskine gives 9 Marks of true faith, and they are all centred on Christ. The … Continue reading

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Ebenezer Erskine on neonomians

When grace and works are mixed, believers look at their walk, witness and works and say “I am such a poor, worthless, useless creature, that I am afraid I am none of them [a vessel in the house of God].” … Continue reading

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Ebenezer Erskine on assurance

Here’s a helpful extract from Ebenezer Erskine on assurance. How may I know if I be yet a vessel of mercy fitted by regenerating and sanctifying grace for the Master’s use?  Hath God yet formed me for himself? Hath he … Continue reading

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Preaching wrath and grace

I find one of the most difficult areas of preaching and teaching about God is how to communicate his wrath and his grace so that sinners know God is primarily for us and not against us; that he wants what … Continue reading

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Assurance of faith and assurance of sense

I posted yesterday on baptism as “an outward sign of an external reality.” This extract from Joel Beeke’s introduction to the Beauties of Ebenezer Erskine really helpfully distinguishes between the assurance of faith and the assurance of sense. On what … Continue reading

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