We meet every Sunday at 11am.
Most weeks we also meet beforehand at 10am
to discuss the Bible’s teaching about key doctrines of the Christian faith.
Subjects for study and preaching normally appear here during the preceding week.
Basics of the Christian Faith | Free Will
January 6 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
What does the Bible teach about free will?
Do we have free will? In this study we discuss what the Bible teaches about free will. Chapter nine of the Westminster Confession of Faith, which became the confession of the Reformed church in Scotland in 1647, and remains the confession of many Scottish churches, is the template for our study (below).
This meeting takes place before our morning service.
9.1 God hath endued the will of man with that natural liberty, that it is neither forced, nor by any absolute necessity of nature determined, to good or evil.
9.2 Man, in his state of innocency, had freedom and power to will and to do that which was good and well-pleasing to God; but yet, mutably, so that he might fall from it.
9.3 Man, by his fall into a state of sin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation; so as, a natural man, being altogether averse from that good, and dead in sin, is not able, by his own strength, to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto.
9.4 When God converts a sinner, and translates him into the state of grace, He freeth him from his natural bondage under sin, and by His grace alone, enables him freely to will and to do that which is spiritually good; yet so as that, by reason of his remaining corruption, he doth not perfectly nor only will that which is good, but doth also will that which is evil.
9.5 The will of man is made perfectly and immutably free to do good alone in the state of glory only.