Luther’s Pastoral Approach to Predestination

Martin Luther was aware of the challenges of certain doctrinal issues. Predestination has always been an area that can produce philosophical anxiety and deep-seated fear. Luther’s pastoral touch is evident in this section from his Table Talk. Notice how he pushes us away from what we can’t know about God to what we can and do know about him. […]

Election as Mission Impulse

One of the most common objections to election and predestination is evangelism in missions. If God chooses men and women why do we share the gospel with them? What’s the point? Paul seems to think pretty differently about this. Look at what he says about it. “I endure everything for the sake of the elect, […]

Election as Identity

The New Testament uses many diverse terms and images to describe our new identity in relationship to God, which comes as a result of his saving grace. For example we are described as saints, the church, children of God, people of God, the bride of Christ, the body of Christ, a holy priesthood, a holy […]

The Trinity and Election

The Father is the focus of most discussions about election. Election being the gracious and loving action of God in eternity past whereby he selected us to know his mercy and rescue from our sin that we might be brought back to him. 1 Peter 1:1-2, however, helps us understand the vital role of each […]