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  Without question, the most controversial, complex, and emotionally-charged debate in the history of Christianity has centered around how God's sovereignty and human's free will can be reconciled. Is a person's salvation soley a work of God or is it a synergistic partnership? If no one seeks after God as the Bible says (cf. Rom. 3), then how can a person choose to follow God on their own?

This series examines the many topics that concern these issues such as how badly the fall affected humanity, can a person believe in God on their own, who did Christ actually die for, and can a person ever lose their salvation.

This presentation examines the historical roots of the debate surrounding God's sovereignty and human free will where salvation is concerned. The main theological positions are explored and contrasted, with conclusions that set the stage for a more detailed examination of the issues being provided.

How 'free' is free will where a person choosing God is concerned? What does the Bible say about what controls how and what a person chooses and how that applies to salvation? The following two presentations explore these questions and more to lay a foundation for answering the question of how God can be sovereign over our salvation and yet humanity still have 'free' will.   

Who ULTIMATELY decides a person's salvation - God or the person? What does it mean to say that God is sovereign? How does that relate to a person's supposed 'free will'? And what about the idea of predestination that's discussed in Scripture? All these questions and more are covered along with many more.    

For whom did Christ die? Did He die an atoning death for everyone that has every lived or just for those that God predestined to be saved? This presentation logically walks through the doctrine of limited atonment, which is better defined as "definite" atonement and argues for the position that Christ only died for those God intended to save.    

Once a person becomes a Christian, can they lose their salvation? The non-reformed view (Arminiams and Weslyans) say 'yes'. However, the reformed position is that, once saved, a believer can never lose their salvation - they are preserved by God and eternally secure. This presentation examines the evidence for the preservation of the saints and also reviews verses in Scripture that, at first glance, appear to teach a Christian can lose their salvation.

What impact does the reality of God's sovereignty have on our lives? How does it impact the decisions we make, the things that happen in life, and our evangelism/prayer life? This presentation discusses these and other topics, which when properly understood, have major ramifications for the Christian worldview.

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