The Doctrine of Confidence and Consolation (a.k.a. Understanding Election)

OOOOOOOH that thorny doctrine of ELECTION. Nobody likes to talk about
it except those people who seem only to talk about it.

Does it seem odd to you that I would entitle this post / sermon The Doctrine of Confidence and Consolation and then go on to talk about election? Well as it has happened by God’s providence I have landed right in the middle of a text that deals with this ever-difficult doctrine as I had barely begun my first expositional series at my new church. I am sure that many would warn me against  venturing on such a fool’s errand as dealing with something that has always proved so provocative. Interestingly as I went back through the Bible and examined this teaching (because it was in the text of 1 Thessalonians which I believe that the Lord directed me to preach first in my church before I even knew what church I would pastor) I found that that did not seem to be the feeling of those who penned the Scriptures.

The Apostle Paul begins his letter to the Ephesians with this very truth; Ephesians 1:3-6  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,  5  having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,  6  to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
As does the Apostle Peter in his first epistle; 1 Peter 1:1-2  “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,  2  elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.”

And interestingly enough Paul referred to it at the outset of his first letter to the Thessalonians, a fledgling church. 1 Thessalonians 1:4  “knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.”

I wondered about that advice that might be given by the overly cautious and proceeded to lay my hand to the task to which the Lord had lead me, to preach the letter to the Thessalonians to my church in order to encourage them to step up to the plate and live for the Gospel by which God has called them.
And so it was my design to answer the following questions:

  1. What does the Bible Say about Election?
  2. What are the common misconceptions about it?
  3. Why would God create
    such a doctrine?

If you want to know the answers I guess you had better listen to the sermon!

Audio is available on the following websites: on the Sermons Page
The Doctrine of Confidence and Consolation – 1 Thessalonians 1:4
The Doctrine of Confidence and Consolation – 1 Thessalonians 1:4

In Christ!

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