Boldness in our Assurance

Over the years the number one subject of my pastoral counseling has been on the issue of one’s assurance of their salvation.  Can we know that we are saved?  Can we be absolutely certain?  I always ask three questions: 1) Has there been a change in your life?  The Bible teaches us that if we […]

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Nov 23, Do You Pray?

Today we come to the final question from JC Ryle on “Having the Holy Spirit.”  Nothing is more important than for you and I to settle the issue of whether or not the Holy Spirit indwells us.  If He does you have much to be thankful tomorrow as you celebrate Thanksgiving, but if He does […]

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Nov 22, Do you Love the People of God?

It is Tuesday and we have two more questions.  Ryle takes us to question number 9 as we see to see if the Holy Spirit indwells us.  If you haven’t been keeping up with the blogs or if you are new to this blog I would encourage you to go back and read the previous […]

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Nov 21, Are you Wrestling with Sin?

It’s Monday!  God has gifted us with another week and we have been dealing with the same topic since last week…Does the Holy Spirit live inside of you?  My hope is that you will be either encouraged or convicted by these questions from JC Ryle.  Encouraged that you are indeed saved and eternally secure or […]

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Nov 20, Is Your Mind Set on Spiritual Things?

This morning I hope you are making plans to assemble with your church as we worship our Risen Lord.  If your mind is set on something today other than being with God’s people then this question is for you.  Keep working through these verses and questions as we seek to answer the question—“Does the Holy […]

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Nov 19, Are you being made Holy?

As we wake up to a Saturday morning many people have the whole day before them to rest, spend time with family, watch football, etc…regardless of whether you are off today or working to spend time evaluating your relationship with God.  Nothing is more important than to know that you know that you know that […]

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Nov 18, Have You Come to Jesus?

We are coming to the end of the week, but are only half-way through Ryle’s questions.  I hope you will take the time to pour over each question from the previous blogs and especially over the verses that are given to us as proof of what Ryle is preaching.  Nothing is more important than for […]

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Nov 17, Are You Convicted of Sin?

We have come to JC Ryle’s fourth question.  Have you been encouraged or convicted by the previous questions?  Are they leading you to assurance of your salvation or are they drawing you to Christ for salvation?  Please continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.  Ryle’s fourth question is a key question in […]

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Nov 16, Do You Long for the Word of God?

Today we come to the third question from JC Ryle’s sermon “Having the Holy Spirit.”  The theme of this series of blogs centers in Assurance of Salvation and my premise is simple—the greatest evidence of salvation is the presence of the Holy Spirit.  You can go back to the last two days to get the […]

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Nov 15, Does the Holy Spirit Indwell Your Life?

Yesterday I began a series of blogs that center around JC Ryle’s sermon, “Having the Holy Spirit.”  I am trying to deal with the question of “Does the Holy Spirit living inside of you?” because I believe that the indwelling Holy Spirit is the single greatest source of assurance when it comes to our salvation.  […]

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