An Introduction To Calvinism & Arminianism (Part 4)

This is part four of our series studying the differences between Calvinism and Arminianism. Please note that this is only a brief overview of a vast topic. A thorough discussion of this topic can (and often has) filled many books. At the conclusion of the series I will provide a list of helpful resources should you wish to pursue this study further. Today we turn our attention to a comparison of the two views. I present this as a “quick …

Day Sixteen – What Matters Most

Life is all about love. Because God is love – because He is the greatest example of love and because He embodies love – he wants me to spend my life loving others. Love is the foundation of every law and commandment He has given. Though I am called to love everyone in the world, I am to give special attention to the members of God’s family. The love that Christians show to each other is proof to the world …

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Day Fifteen – Formed For God’s Family

God made me to be part of his family. So begins my study into the second purpose of my life. God, who already had perfect relationships within the Godhead, desired a family to bring Him glory. The only way to be part of God’s family is to be born again as a child of God. God has extended a universal call for all people to join His family (see my articles on Calvinism and Arminianism for more information about general …

An Introduction To Calvinism & Arminianism (Part 3)

This is part three of our series studying the differences between Calvinism and Arminianism. Please note that this is only a brief overview of a vast topic. A thorough discussion of this topic can (and often has) filled many books. At the conclusion of the series I will provide a list of helpful resources should you wish to pursue this study further. Today we turn our attention to the “five points of Arminianism” which arose in response to Calvin’s teachings. …

Day Fourteen – When God Seems Distant

Sometimes in my life God feels distant, but I need to realize that He is real and He is there, even when it doesn’t feel like it. It is always easy to be worshipful when life is good, but when times are tough am I able to worship God? It is in the times of trouble that real relationships are forged. God may feel distant, even if I am a close friend of His. David, who was called “a man …

An Introduction To Calvinism & Arminianism (Part 2)

This is part two of our series studying the differences between Calvinism and Arminianism. Please note that this is only a brief overview of a vast topic. A thorough discussion of this topic can (and often has) filled many books. At the conclusion of the series I will provide a list of helpful resources should you wish to pursue this study further. Today we turn our attention to the “five points of Calvinism.” John Calvin (1509 – 1564) was born …

Day Thirteen – Worship That Pleases God

Day thirteen of The Purpose Driven Life begins with telling me that God wants all of me. He wants me to serve Him with all of my heart, all of my soul, all of my mind and all of my strength. Warren offers four characteristics of worship that please God. God is pleased when my worship is accurate. I need to worship God as He is revealed Himself in the Bible and not create my own version of God – …

An Introduction To Calvinism & Arminianism

Introduction This seeks to be an introductory study into the differences between Arminian and Calvinistic theology. This study is by no means definitive, but exists merely to introduce the five main concepts in which the two traditions have fundamental disagreements. Scripture verses used as proof texts are provided for each concept and short, unbiased comments have been added to each proof text to show how the text supports that viewpoint. The best course of study is to examine each viewpoint …

Day Twelve – Developing Your Friendship With God

I am as close to God as I choose to be. Like any friendship, my relationship with God requires work. Just as a human relationship would die out if ignored, so my relationship with God will only improve with dedicated effort. In this chapter Warren presents several ways I can have a deeper connection with God. I must choose to be honest with God. God expects honesty. He does not want me to sugar coat the way I feel about …

Day Eleven – Becoming Best Friends With God

God is my Creator, Redeemer, Master, Judge and Saviour. Yet about all of these, He is my friend. What an incredible thought it is, that God desires to be my friend! The Bibilical model for this friendship is what we see with Adam and Eve in their relationship to God. They delighted in God and He delighted in them. Since the fall, humans, created to live continually in God’s presence, have been seperated from Him, but now, through becoming Christians, …