As those who hold to Free Grace Theology we are often accused of defining faith as simply mere mental assent. This is often interpreted as meaning we simply believe a set of facts in our head and do not really believe in the person or work of Jesus. I recently found myself being accused of this and reminded my accuser what the FGA actually believes. The FGA covenant actually says what we believe and who we believe in, is the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The Grace of God in justification is an unconditional free gift.
- The sole means of receiving the free gift of eternal life is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, whose substitutionary death on the cross fully satisfied the requirement for our justification.
- Faith is a personal response, apart from our works, whereby we are persuaded that the finished work of Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection, has delivered us from condemnation and guaranteed our eternal life.
- Christ has delivered us from condemnation and guaranteed our eternal life.
- Justification is the act of God to declare us righteous when we believe in Jesus Christ alone.
- Assurance of justification is the birthright of every believer from the moment of faith in Jesus Christ, and is founded upon the testimony of God in His written Word.
- Spiritual growth, which is distinct from justification, is God’s expectation for every believer; this growth, however, is not necessarily manifested uniformly in every believer.
- The Gospel of Grace should always be presented with such clarity and simplicity that no impression is left that justification requires any step, response, or action in addition to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Make no mistake; we do not simply “believe a set of facts”. We believe in a person and the work He has done and the results He has accomplished for us. We call that – Good News!
More good news—FGA presented its second Regional Conference for 2013 April 20th in Salem, Oregon. There were 58 people who gathered for a day of fellowship and theological exploration. Dr. Ken Wilson taught on the theology of Augustine. This was from part of his doctoral dissertation at Oxford University, England, which will be published. Dr. Charlie Bing also spoke concerning the ministry of FGA and the message of Grace. The sessions were recorded and will be available. Please look at the FGA website for details and for a photo slideshow of the conference. We will host two other Regional Conferences. Dr Bing and Dr. Yankee Arnold will be speaking in Tampa, Florida on May 18th and Dr. Charlie Bing, Dr. Norm Geisler, and Pastor Donnie Preslar will be presenting at the FGA North Carolina conference on June 22nd. Also, we are excited about the variety of ministries FGA members are involved with both nationally and internationally. The Lord is using all of us to preach the freeness of the gospel and the grace of God. My hope is that you are enjoying the grace of God in your life and ministry.
Serving Him with you
Until He comes for us,
Until He comes for us,
Dr. Fred Chay