Recovering the Gospel of Sovereign Grace through Biblical and doctrinal insights of the past.
"If, ten years ago, you had told me that I would live to see literate evangelicals, some with doctorates and a seminary teaching record, arguing for the reality of an eternal salvation, divinely guaranteed, that may have in it no repentance, no discipleship, no behavioral change, no practical acknowledgment of Christ as Lord of one's life, and no perseverance in faith, then I would have told you that you were out of your mind. Stark, staring, bonkers, is the British phrase I would probably have used."
"Repentance is more than just sorrow for the past; repentance is a change of mind and heart, a new life of denying self and serving the Savior as King in self's place...More than once Christ deliberately called attention to the radical break with the past that repentance involves."
"I preach the doctrines of grace because I believe them to be true — because I see them in the Scriptures — because my experience endears them to me; and because I see the holy result of them in believers. I confess they are none the less dear to me because the advanced school despises them: I should never think it a recommendation of a doctrine that it was new. Those truths which have enlightened so many ages appear to me to be ordained to remain throughout eternity."
"The doctrine which I preach to you is that of the Puritans: it is the doctrine of Calvin, the doctrine of Augustine, the doctrine of Paul, the doctrine of the Holy Ghost! The Author and Finisher of our FAITH himself taught most blessed truth which well agreed with our text. [Ephesians 2:8 — "For by grace are you saved through faith; & that not of yourselves: It is the gift of God."] The doctrine of GRACE is the substance of the testimony of Jesus."
— Excerpted from The Sword & The Trowel Magazine, January 1887
The Sovereign Grace Baptist Church was established in the Ladysmith, Wisconsin, area as the result of more than 20 years of prayer and waiting upon the Lord. Through the gracious providence of God, Pastor Mantl, and his family, were called to this ministry and their story is a message of God's Grace and Mercy in action.
We desire to fulfill the requirements of the Gospel, which includes the command of our Lord Jesus Christ to "go into all the world, teaching all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:19-20)
Our mission statement makes clear our commitment to teaching the Bible with clarity and relevance so that non-Christians will be converted, Christians will be established in the faith, and the local Church will be strengthened in the Lord Jesus Christ. We hope to achieve this with clear, uncompromising Biblical teaching with an outreach of personal and corporate evangelization and the distribution of sound Christian literature, as well as home Bible studies with the goal of strengthening one another in the local church and in the community where we are situated and called to minister.
We are in general agreement with the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith which contains the Biblical teaching called the "Doctrines of Grace". Click HERE to view the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.
May God grant you the ability to know and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
The Sovereignty of God. What do we mean by this expression? We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God, the god-hood of God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that God is God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Most High, doing according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, so that none can stay His hand or say unto Him what doest Thou? (Dan. 4:35). To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Almighty, the Possessor of all power in Heaven and earth, so that none can defeat His counsels, thwart His purpose, or resist His will (Psa. 115:3). To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is "The Governor among the nations" (Psa. 22:28), setting up kingdoms, overthrowing empires, and determining the course of dynasties as pleaseth Him best. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the "Only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords" (1 Tim. 6:15). Such is the God of the Bible.
The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink
God is the sovereign, transcendent and personal God who has made the universe, including us, his image-bearers. Our misery lies in our rebellion, our alienation from God, which, despite his forbearance, attracts his implacable wrath.
But God, precisely because love is of the very essence of his character, takes the initiative and prepared for the coming of his own Son by raising up a people who, by covenantal stipulations, temple worship, systems of sacrifice and of priesthood, by kings and by prophets, are taught something of what God is planning and what he expects.
In the fullness of time his Son comes and takes on human nature. He comes not, in the first instance, to judge but to save: he dies the death of his people, rises from the grave and, in returning to his heavenly Father, bequeaths the Holy Spirit as the down payment and guarantee of the ultimate gift he has secured for them-an eternity of bliss in the presence of God himself, in a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
The only alternative is to be shut out from the presence of this God forever, in the torments of hell. What men and women must do, before it is too late, is repent and trust Christ; the alternative is to disobey the gospel (Romans 10:16;2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17).
D.A. Carson's summary of the Bible in 221 words. It has been excerpted from For Such a Time as This: Perspectives on Evangelicalism, Past, Present and Future.
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