Day 13: The End of Self-Help

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people” (Luke 1:68) Zechariah is the father of John the Baptist. He sings a wondrous song at the birth of his son about another son—Mary’s son. His song has a simple, yet earth-shattering message: in the baby Jesus, God has come…

Why Ordo Salutis Matters for Preaching

Ordo who? Ordo Salutis is the Latin phrase for “order of salvation,” which refers to the logical (not chronological!) order of events in a Christian’s salvation. It’s an important thing, and not just a theoretical thing. For me, past Sunday, it was a sanctifying thing. Typically, Ordo Salutis goes something like this: election, calling, regeneration, conversion, justification, adoption, sanctification,…

How Did St. Augustine Get Saved?

St. Augustine of Hippo is a giant of the faith. He was monumental in helping the church establish a doctrine of grace against Pelagianism.  He also wrote many influential works, the two most famous being Confessions (his spiritual autobiography) and City of God. The story of how he came to Christ is marvelous and encouraging to…

Visual Theology

Tim Challies has produced some wonderful graphics that are designed to teach theology visually. Below is the graphic for “Ordo Salutis,” which is Latin for “order of salvation.” This doctrine is designed to teach logical (not chronological) sequence of how Christians are saved. Check out the rest of the graphics and, as Tim writes, feel free to…

What is the Gospel?

Graeme Goldsworthy gives a stirring answer: Predestination, or creation, or the new birth, or the baptism o the Spirit is not…the gospel. All of these things are related to the gospel and are necessary for the working of the gospel, but they are not the essential message to be believed for salvation. Furthermore, unlike the…

Plead with God the Merit and Righteousness of Jesus Christ

Another gospel-centered prayer. This time from Matthew Henry. The merit and righteousness of my Lord Jesus Christ, which I rely upon as my main plea in my petition for the pardon of sin. I know that as you are gracious and merciful, so you are the righteous God who loves righteous deeds, and will by…