All theologians affirm the reality of irresistible grace.
God’s call to salvation is:
In salvation, the Holy Spirit convicts non-believers of their sins.
This view of grace says only the elect will respond to the call to believe:
Even though humans are depraved, they still naturally desire to respond to the gospel call.
Unbelief is the ultimate sin.
Faith and belief are synonymous terms.
This view of grace says God has restored all men to the ability to make choice to accept grace:
This position on grace sees the convicting and enabling work of the Holy Spirit accompanying the preaching of the gospel and believes this work is accomplished in every believer:
The Lord’s Table is an evangelistic testimony to the lost, and therefore non‐believers should be encouraged to participate.
This form of church government is based upon the rule of the church by presbyters, or elders.
Although there are different ways to interpret how a plurality of elders is to function, it is clear in Scripture that a plurality of elders existed in the New Testament church.
While the word “denomination” is not found in the New Testament, the concept of a denomination is clearly and explicitly seen within its pages.
The New Testament local church can be correctly described as both indigenous and independent.
Whereas baptism is an ordinance to be performed once in the life of the Christian, the Lord’s Supper is to be practiced many times and on a regular basis.
According to the Towns textbook, water baptism should be a prerequisite to church membership.
The New Testament seems to reflect aspects of all three forms of church government (Episcopal, Representative, and Congregational) within its pages.
The New Testament church was clearly established upon and governed by the democratic process.
The Greek word baptizo, from which we get our English word “baptism,” literally means “to sprinkle or to pour upon with water.”
According to the Towns textbook, water baptism identifies the believer with a local body of believers, which is a New Testament church. Therefore, believers who seek membership at a local church should be identified with the local church through water baptism.
According to the Towns textbook, baptism should be the first step of obedience for the new Christian.
The structure of oversight as seen in the episcopal form of church government is clearly set forth and demonstrated in the New Testament.
Of the 33 topics that Rivera covers, which is fleshed out to illustrate how to think about possible paths of Christian service?
The basic definition of deacon is “chief officer.”
According to the Towns textbook, all believers should have a comprehensive knowledge of systematic theology before being extended church membership. This knowledge should therefore be assessed through a prospective member’s theological survey course conducted by each local church.
According to the Towns textbook, baptism is an outward testimony to the church; it is not meant to be a public testimony to the world.
The Rivera text draws attention to an area where the church was slow to Christian service. Which area is used as an example?
According to the Towns textbook, any sin that is a matter for church discipline should also be a sin that excludes a new Christian from church membership.
Which of the following expressions does Rivera use to describe Scripture’s teachings about service?