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Christian Assurance (Part 1)

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Lesson

Assurance is an essential part of the conversion experience. Our sins are forgiven and we are children of God. Biblical texts that teach assurance are Romans 8:15-16, Galatians 4:5-8 and 1 John 2:12-14. According to Roman Catholic theology articulated at the council of Trent, assurance is not a normative component of God’s promise of salvation. The Roman Catholic church teaches that assurance is corporate and focuses on apostolic succession and the sacraments. Wesley describes the direct witness of assurance as an inward impression on the soul of believers by the Holy Spirit, who testifies to the spirit of the person that they are a child of God. The realization of the direct witness of the spirit will be different for each individual and will be memorable but may not be dramatic. Wesley considers conscience as a supernatural faculty that God has restored.

Outline

I. Historical Background

II. Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy

III. A Biblical Doctrine

IV. John Wesley's Teaching

A. Direct witness

1. The manner of the witness of the Holy Spirit can't be naturally comprehended

2. The witness of the Spirit is antecedent to the witness of our own spirit

3. It's a common privilege of a child of God

B. Indirect witness

1. Conscience

V. Questions and Answers