Chapter # 1  Paragraph # 3  Study # 2
May 18, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<032> Thesis: Salvation by grace through faith is a doctrine of divine performance that meets the on-going reality of "obligation". Introduction: In our introductory study of this paragraph we looked at the issue of how "grace" co-exists with Paul's sense of "obligation".  But, this is such a difficult issue because of the mass of confusion that exists in the teachings that abound that we are going to go over it some more this evening...even at the risk of "beating a dead horse".  That Paul insisted upon "grace" as his fundamental focus theologically is indisputable.  How that works with his also-indisputable sense of personal obligation/responsibility is the big question.  If we do not answer the question properly, we will develop whole systems of theological thinking that are essentially wrong.  So, this evening we are going to probe Paul's teaching on this issue once again.