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Our Assurance of Salvation

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As we welcome this new year, we are not only embarking on a new quarter, a new year, or even a new century but on a brand-new millennium! This occurred only once before since the time of Christ. How fitting it is, then, to launch this new millennium with this crucial message and mission subject of our assurance of salvation in Christ.

Christians who have experienced the rebirth by the Holy Spirit often wonder whether they can be sure of salvation. This question of assurance arises especially when believers realize that their self-centered nature is still present and their character flaws have not all disappeared. It is then that the joy of salvation seems to evaporate. They ask how it is still possible to be sure of salvation and of acceptance by God. This concern continues as long as we live in this natural body and in this broken world; and it can arise suddenly when adversity strikes or a serious illness crushes our plans for the future or when believers succumb to temptation and fall into sin.

Such a question can seriously affect not only our relationship to God and others but also our Christian witness. Can we be effective in our testimony about Jesus when we are unsure of our own salvation? James Montgomery Boice reminds us: "When Martin Luther was wrestling through these questions, prior to the Reformation, he was a monk shut up in a monastery. Afterward, when he knew that he had been saved by Christ's death and that God had justified him, he left the monastery to launch the Reformation. How can we launch out for God if we are shut up in a monastery of doubts?"-James Montgomery Boice, Foundations of the Christian Faith (Downer's Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1989), pp. 431, 432.

How can believers in Christ regain personal assurance of salvation for the present and for the future? How can they cultivate that blessed assurance in order to be a joyful and effective witness for Christ and His cause? This quarter's Bible Study Guide seeks to answer these questions. We plan to study the correlations of faith and the major revelations of God. We will touch on areas such as faith in: (1) the trustworthiness of the Scriptures; (2) Christ and His work on our behalf; (3) the plan of redemption; (4) the end-time assurances of God's accept-ing love; (5) His judgments at the end of time; and (6) His last promises in the book of Revelation. In the process we will learn about the saving and sanctifying knowledge and power of Jesus. Some examples from biblical and church history will illuminate our journey of discovery and clarify the issues of a blessed assurance and a false certainty. As our basic motto we adopt the admonition of Peter: "Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (2 Pet. 3:17, 18, NIV).


Contents:  (no frames)

No. Study
Date
Topic

1

Jan 1 The Foundation of Our Assurance    (KJV)

2

Jan 8 The Person of Christ: Our Assurance   (KJV)

3

Jan 15 The Work of Christ: Our Assurance   (KJV)

4

Jan 22 Paul's Experience and Assurance of Salvation   (KJV)

5

Jan 29 Paul's Experience and Teaching of Salvation   (KJV)

6

Feb 5 Peter's Growth in the Grace of Christ   (KJV)

7

Feb 12 John's Experience and Assurance of Salvation   (KJV)

8

Feb 19 Assurance and Christ's High-Priestly Ministry   (KJV)

9

Feb 26 Such a Great Cloud of Witnesses   (KJV)

10

Mar 4 Assurance and the Final Judgment   (KJV)

11

Mar 11 God's Assurance in Baptism and the Communion   (KJV)

12

Mar 18 Witnessing With Assurance   (KJV)

13

Mar 25 Blessed Assurances in Revelation   (KJV)


Meet the Principal Contributor to This Quarter's Lessons

Hans K. LaRondelle is professor emeritus of theology at the Theological Seminary of Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He has served in the Netherlands as a pastor-evangelist and teacher for fourteen years and at Andrews University as a professor of theology for twenty-five years. He received part of his theological education from the distinguished Dutch theologian G.C. Berkouwer, at the Reformed Free University in Amsterdam. There he received his doctoral degree in systematic theology in 1971.

Born and reared as a Roman Catholic, he later belonged to an evangelical group of independent Christians. He became a Seventh-day Adventist at the age of 19 by reading Ellen G. White's The Great Controversy. He then gave up his law studies at the Leyden University and devoted himself completely to becoming a pastor, evangelist, and teacher in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. His field of expertise within biblical theology is that of salvation, eschatology, and apocalyptic studies.

Dr. LaRondelle is the author of a number of books, some of which were translated in several languages, such as Christ Our Salvation, Deliverance in the Psalms, Chariots of Salvation, and The Israel of God in Prophecy. He also coauthored books, such as Symposium on Revelation, Book II and The Sabbath in Scripture and History. He continues to serve as speaker at Bible conferences, seminars for pastors, and Bible-study groups around the world.

Dr. LaRondelle and his wife, Barbara, have a son and a daughter (twins).


Giardina Sabbath School Study Helps

Jerry Giardina of Pecos, Texas, assisted by his wife, Cheryl, prepares a series of helps to accompany the Sabbath School lesson. He includes all related scripture and most EGW quotations. These are provided in three wordprocessing versions Wordperfect; Microsoft Word;  RFT for our MAC friends; and HTML (Web Pages).


Last updated on January 17, 1999

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Principal Contributor: Hans K. LaRondelle
Editor: Philip G. Samaan.
Associate Editor: Lyndelle Brower Chiomenti.
Editorial Assistant: Soraya Homayouni Parish.
Art and Design: Lars Justinen.
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