Upon completion of this course, the student will understand some of the issues around man’s free will and God’s sovereignty in saving faith, and the Biblical answers. In addition, he will have a greater appreciation for the infinite worth and value of Christ as the object of our faith.
This course presents a thorough investigation of the only faith that in fact leads to salvation from sin according to the scriptures. It involves a person’s whole “heart”: his understanding, affections, and will. These are all hopelessly darkened by sin, but the Holy Spirit enlightens, quickens, and enables man to respond: the work of God on a totally depraved soul.
Christ is the only object of such faith, His shed blood on the cross as an acceptable substitutionary sacrifice. There is no place for any of our own merit: our additions or helps to His finished work. He is the Surety of the New Covenant, assuring us of salvation. The love of Christ enabled Him to do so; His death proving His love for sinners. Our part is to “know Him” and the power of His blood, sufficient for our every need. Finally, as in initial conversion, we walk everyday by “looking unto Jesus.”
Materials: two reading booklets with separate study guide.
Lesson 1-5: Saving Faith: What Is It?
Lesson 6-10: Saving Faith: Who Is Its Object?
Completion of several basic courses and several intermediate courses, or several years of Bible study.