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Beyond Belief - Jack Sequeira - PDF

Beyond Belief - Jack Sequeira - PDF

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Pose the question, "What is the gospel?" to a group of Christians, and back comes the automatic response: "The gospel is the good news."
Not to everyone, it isn't.
To some Christians, the gospel seems almost hopelessly confusing. Is it justification—or sanctification—or both? What do those words really mean! And if the gospel is such good news, why isn't the church stirred, galvanized, electri¬fied by it?
To others, the gospel seems to be a theological war zone, where battles rage over definitions and semantics, where claims of orthodoxy are balanced by charges of heresy, and where debates too frequently generate more heat than light.
Thousands in recent years have listened to a preacher who succeeds in making the gospel so utterly clear and pro¬foundly simple that many, due to his teachings, have found the assurance of salvation for the first time in their Christian experience. Now Pastor Jack Sequeira has distilled the essence of his messages into this compelling and seminal new book.
The gospel is so much more than a spiritual warm fuzzy. Prepare yourself for a discovery that is truly Beyond Belief!
Pose the question, "What is the gospel?" to a group of Christians, and back comes the automatic response: "The gospel is the good news."
Not to everyone, it isn't.
To some Christians, the gospel seems almost hopelessly confusing. Is it justification—or sanctification—or both? What do those words really mean! And if the gospel is such good news, why isn't the church stirred, galvanized, electri¬fied by it?
To others, the gospel seems to be a theological war zone, where battles rage over definitions and semantics, where claims of orthodoxy are balanced by charges of heresy, and where debates too frequently generate more heat than light.
Thousands in recent years have listened to a preacher who succeeds in making the gospel so utterly clear and pro¬foundly simple that many, due to his teachings, have found the assurance of salvation for the first time in their Christian experience. Now Pastor Jack Sequeira has distilled the essence of his messages into this compelling and seminal new book.
The gospel is so much more than a spiritual warm fuzzy. Prepare yourself for a discovery that is truly Beyond Belief!

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 Beyond Belief 
 
The promise, the power, and the realityof the everlasting gospel
 
JACK SEQUEIRA
 
Pose the question, "What is the gospel?" to a group of Christians, and back comesthe automatic response: "The gospel is the good news."Not to everyone, it isn't.To some Christians, the gospel seems almost hopelessly confusing. Is it justification—or sanctification—or both? What do those words really
mean! 
 And if the gospel is such good news, why isn't the church stirred, galvanized, electrified byit?To others, the gospel seems to be a theological war zone, where battles rage overdefinitions and semantics, where claims of orthodoxy are balanced by charges of heresy, and where debates too frequently generate more heat than light.Thousands in recent years have listened to a preacher who succeeds in makingthe gospel so utterly clear and profoundly simple that many, due to his teachings,have found the assurance of salvation for the first time in their Christian experience.Now Pastor Jack Sequeira has distilled the essence of his messages into thiscompelling and seminal new book.The gospel is so much more than a spiritual warm fuzzy. Prepare yourself for adiscovery that is truly
Beyond Belief! 
 
 
 
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Copyright © 1999 by Glad Tidings Publishers
Contents
Preface ........................................................................................................................................................... 3Chapter 1 The Sin Problem ............................................................................................................... 4Chapter 2 God's Redemptive Love ................................................................................................ 8Chapter 3 The Gospel Defined ......................................................................................................... 13Chapter 4 Christ Our Substitute ..................................................................................................... 18Chapter 5 The Two Adams: Romans 5 ......................................................................................... 24Chapter 6 The Two Adams: 1 Corinthians 15 ........................................................................... 28Chapter 7 The Cross and the Great Controversy ..................................................................... 32Chapter 8 The Cross and the Atonement .................................................................................... 35Chapter 9 The Cross and the Human Race ................................................................................. 41Chapter 10 Righteousness by Faith .............................................................................................. 43Chapter 11 Justification and Santification ................................................................................. 49Chapter 12 The Joyous Experience of Salvation ...................................................................... 54Chapter 13 The Principle of the Cross ......................................................................................... 60Chapter 14 The Work of the Holy Spirit ...................................................................................... 66Chapter 15 Spirit, Soul, and Body .................................................................................................. 71Chapter 16 Law and Grace—I ......................................................................................................... 78Chapter 17 Law and Grace—II ........................................................................................................ 85Chapter 18 The Sabbath Rest .......................................................................................................... 91Appendix ...................................................................................................................................................... 96
 
 
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Preface
This book presents what I consider to be Scripture’s essential teaching about thegospel. Seventh-day Adventists have emphasized the three angels’ messages, the very heart of which is “the everlasting gospel” to be proclaimed “to every nation, tribe, language, andpeople” (Revelation 14:6). But before we can proclaim this gospel, we must understandclearly what it is — its promise and its power. The implications of this gospel are almost beyond belief, both in the measure of God’s love and in His ability to change us. Yet it must become a living reality in our lives.Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as atestimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). Yet after almost 2,000 years, we must confess that God’s people have miserably failed to demonstrate thegospel, this mighty power revealed in Jesus Christ that can deliver us completely from thetyranny of sin and self. We live in the “perilous times” Paul predicted for the last days. Menand women have become “lovers of themselves, ... having a form of godliness, but denyingits power” (2 Timothy 3:2,5). The church today desperately needs revival (a renewedappreciation of truth) and reformation (a change in behavior). The starting point must be aclear understanding of Jesus and His gospel. This alone will bring sincere repentance and,in turn, open the way for the Holy Spirit to be poured out as at Pentecost.This book presents the plan of salvation in a new light and, therefore, will require thereader to put aside all preconceived ideas in order to appreciate its message. As Jesusdeclared to the disciples of John the Baptist, new wine cannot be put into old bottles (seeMatthew 9:17).For 400 years, Protestant Christianity has been divided into two camps regardingsalvation. The first, Calvinism, confesses that Christ actually saved human beings on thecross, but that this salvation is limited only to the elect, those whom God has predeterminedto be saved. The second view, Arminianism, holds that, on the cross, Christ obtainedsalvation for all humanity, but that this salvation is only a provision; a person must believeand repent for the provision to become a reality. Both these views are only conditionalgood news.I believe that neither camp presents the full truth about salvation. I believe that theBible teaches that God actually and unconditionally saved all humanity at the cross so that we are justified and reconciled to God by that act (see Romans 5:10, 18; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19). I believe that the only reason anyone will be lost is because he or she willfully andpersistently rejects God’s gift of salvation in Christ (see John 3:18, 36). This is what constitutes the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14, the everlasting gospel that must bepreached to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people before the end comes.That is the purpose of this book.This book is not for the casual reader. It is not designed to be read so much as studied.Its full value will come as you study it alongside the Bible. As you read each chapter, turn tothe texts that are cited; read them for yourself, in more than one translation, if possible.Then the truth as it is in Jesus will come to you directly from God’s Word.In studying the truth of the gospel, you will discover much that contradicts humanreasoning. This is because God’s Word is not a philosophy but a divine revelation. Reasonis important, but we must never substitute reason for revelation. Consider the followingtexts:
 
Isaiah 55:8-9.
God’s ways and thoughts are far removed from our ways andthoughts.
 
1 Corinthians 1:17-18.
The gospel, like the cross, is foolishness to the natural mind.
 
John 16:12-13.
The Holy Spirit, not our unaided reason, must guide us into truth.

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