Yesterday in our after-breakfast Bible reading time my family and I read the introduction to “Chapter 32: Election and Reprobation” in Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1994). Central to it is a list of the events in which salvation is applied to us called “The Order of Salvation.” Explaining that Grudem’s list and his consideration of the events included in it are based on the Calvinistic viewpoint, I passed out a sheet listing the events in the order in which we’ll consider them and telling what we’ll read about each event. Here is a copy of the sheet:
1. Election. The Full Life Study Bible, New International Version, “Election and Predestination,” pages 1824-25, instead of the rest of Grudem, Chapter 32.
2. The Gospel Call. Bible Doctrines: A Pentecostal Perspective, pages 102-03, the paragraph beginning “Several crucial,” instead of Grudem, Chapter 33, Part A, and Grudem, Chapter 33, Parts B and C.
3. Conversion. Grudem, Chapter 35.
4. Regeneration, Grudem, Chapter 34, introduction and Parts A (first four paragraphs), B, and D.
5. Justification, Grudem, Chapter 36.
6. Adoption, Grudem, Chapter 37.
7. Sanctification, Grudem, Chapter 38.
8. Perseverance. The Full Life Study Bible, New International Version, “Assurance of Salvation,” page 1982, instead of Grudem, Chapter 40.
9. Death. Grudem, Chapter 41.
10. Glorification. Grudem, Chapter 42.
Books from which we’ll be reading on the events in which salvation is applied to us besides Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology are:
– The Full Life Study Bible, New International Version, edited by Donald C. Stamps and J. Wesley Adams. Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1992.
– Bible Doctrines: A Pentecostal Perspective, written by William W. Menzies and Stanley M. Horton. Springfield, Missouri: Gospel Publishing House, 1993.