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Bavinck on perseverance

At the last session of our Spiritual Life Conference, Tom Schreiner quoted the following from Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck. I'm posting the full quote here: "Among the Reformed the doctrine of perseverance was very different. It is a gift of God. He watches over it and sees to it that the work of grace is continued and completed. He does not, however, do this apart from believers but through them. In regeneration and faith, he grants a grace that as such bears an inamissible [ incapable of being lost ] character; he grants a life that is by nature eternal; he bestows the benefits of calling, justification, and glorification that are mutually and unbreakably interconnected. All of the above-mentioned admonitions and threats that Scripture addresses to believers, therefore, do not prove a thing against the doctrine of perseverance. They are rather the way in which God himself confirms his promise and gift through believers. They are the means by which perseverance in life is

spiritual life conference

The 2024 Spiritual Life Conferenc e at Blacksburg Christian Fellowship will be held February 25-27. Our speaker will be Dr. Thomas Schreiner on the topic, "Running the Race to the End." Sessions will be held Sunday morning and evening, and Monday and Tuesday evenings.   Dr. Schreiner is a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, an Associate Dean for the School of Theology, the James Buchanan Harrison of New Testament Interpretation, and Professor of Biblical Theology. He is a Pauline scholar who has written extensively on this subject and many more, having authored over 20 books and commentaries. He is married to Diane, and they have four children.  Session 1 : Sunday, Feb 25, 9:45 & 11:15 am (identical services). Session 2 : Sunday, Feb 25, 6:30 pm. Session 3 : Monday, Feb 26, 6:30 pm. Session 4 : Tuesday, Feb 27, 6:30 pm. There will be no live streaming of this event, but the recorded sessions will be available afterwards at s ermonaudio .com/bcf.   Mor