I came across an interesting article this week on Some Practical Implications of Calvinism.
The label Calvinism can be confusing at times so I generally avoid it and prefer the phrase “doctrines of grace.” Calvinism basically teaches that God is sovereign over all things, including salvation. It recognizes we are dead in our sins and that God is the one who initiates and causes us to be saved by his Holy Spirit, apart from any human effort or will.
I personally believe this is what Jesus taught as well as the Apostle Paul. But it became known as Calvinism because it was popularized by the 16th century reformer John Calvin. He thought it through quite carefully and explained it in his commentaries and his multi-volume theology, The Institutes.
Anyway, I liked this article and thought you might enjoy it too. It shows how the doctrines of grace should drive us to humility and an evangelistic zeal, rather than arrogance and indifference toward the lost.
Tom Hicks lists the following nine implications of Calvinism:
1. Calvinism gives us confidence in the Bible’s sufficiency.
2. Calvinism helps calm our anxieties.
3. Calvinism helps prevent us from trying to control others.
4. Calvinism teaches us to love unconditionally.
5. Calvinism makes us bold to obey the Lord.
6. Calvinism supports a heart for missions.
7. Calvinism fosters deep humility.
8. Calvinism undergirds our assurance of salvation.
9. Calvinism leads us to worship.
You can read the whole thing here.
Which of these do you find most helpful, or perhaps even surprising?