View of God


1. Man centered:Point of contact with non-Christian is love (God loves you).
Therefore, God’s authority is secondary.

2. God centered:Point of contact with non-Christians is creation (God loves you and made you). Therefore, God has authority over your destiny.


1. Man centered:Love is God’s chief attribute.

2. God centered: Holiness and love are equally important attributes of God.


1. Man centered:God is impotent before the sinner's will.

2. God centered: God is able to empower the sinner's will.


1. Man centered:God is a friend who will help you.

2. God centered:God is a merciful King who will save you and calls you into sonship and friendship.


View of Humanity


1. Man centered:Fallen, yet has the ability or potential to choose the good.

2.God centered:Fallen, but not able to come to God unless the Spirit draws him.


1. Man centered:Seeks truth but lacks facts.

2. God centered:Mind at enmity with God; none seek God.


1. Man centered: Needs, love, help, and friendship.

2. God centered: Needs a new nature (new heart) regeneration.


1. Man centered: Makes mistakes, is imperfect, needs forgiveness.

2. God centered:Rebel’s against God, has a sinful nature, needs reconcilliation and redemption.


1. Man centered: Needs salvation from the consequences of sin—unhappiness and hell.

2. God centered: Needs salvation from guilt and the power of sin.


1. Man centered:Humanity is sick and ignorant.

2.God centered: Humanity is dead and lost.


View of Christ


1. Man centered: Savior from selfishness, mistakes, hell.

2. God centered:Savior from sin and sinful nature and the idolatry of self.


1.Man centered: God exists for our benefit.

2.God centered:God exists to gather a kingdom, to receive honor and glory, and to birth sons and daughters and bring them into His image.


1. Man centered:His death was more important than his life.

2. God centered:His death land his life of obedience equally important.


1. Man centered: Emphasizes his priestly office—as Savior.

2. God centered:Emphasizes his priestly, kingly, and prophetic offices.


1.Man centered:Submission to Christ’s Lordship is optional for salvation.

2. God centered: Submission to Christ’s Lordship is necessary for salvation.


View of Response to Christ


1. Man centered: Invitation waiting to be accepted now.

2.God centered: Loving command to be obeyed now.


1.Man centered: Our choice is the basis for salvation God—God responds to our decision.

2.God centered:God’s choice is the basis for salvation; we respond to God's initiative.


1. Man centered:We give mental assent to the truths of the Gospel—decision.

2. God centered:We respond with our whole person (mind, heart, and will) transformation.


1. Man centered: Appeal is made to the desires of the sinner.

2. God centered:Truths are driven home into the conscience of the sinner.


1. Man centered: Saved by faith alone, no emphasis on repentance.

2. God centered:Saved by faith alone—always accompanied by repentance.


1.Man centered: Assurance of salvation comes from a counselor using the promises of God and pronouncing the new believer saved.

2. God centered: Assurance of salvation comes from inner witness of the Holy Spirit giving the inner knowledge of God, revealing Jesus Christ and biblical promises to the heart, and effecting a changed life.


1. Man centered: Sinners have the key in their hands.

2. God centered:God has the key to their hearts.


petrusf.jpg"I was so stunned during the Weiner's conference Born Again '97 in India and could hardly believe what I saw. It was a historical moment for India and the rest of the world."

--Dr. Petrus Agung, Church Planter in Indonesia



 
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