The Ordo Salutis

Over the last several weeks, the term Ordo Salutis — or, the Order of Salvation — has come up a couple times. I thought then that I would post a few of my favorite resources for studying one of the most pivotal areas of theology: How does God save people?

Besides going through an entire systematic theology (such as this one by Wayne Grudem), one of the most helpful books I can recommend is Redemption: Accomplished and Applied, by John Murray (my review). There is also a very helpful summary and outline of Murray’s thought progression available free here. Murray lists the steps in the order of salvation this way:

  1. Effectual Calling
  2. Regeneration
  3. Faith & Repentence
  4. Justification
  5. Adoption
  6. Sanctification
  7. Perseverance
  8. Union With Christ *
  9. Glorification

* Note: Murray does not actually treat this as a sequential “step” in this order, but addresses the believer’s union with Christ at this point in the book. Believers are “in Christ” through the entire process.

Those who learn better graphically may benefit from this infographic produced by Tim Challies (click to enlarge):

You can purchase a print of this graphic or download a much higher resolution PDF here.

Recently I became aware (HT: Bob Wilson) of a much, much older “infographic”, designed by John Bunyan, the author of The Pilgrim’s Progress. You can read a little about this one here, or go directly to Bunyan’s “Map Shewing the Order & Causes of Salvation & Damnation” here. I need to get myself a poster-size print of this one!

What helpful study tools have you found to aid you in your understanding of salvation?

Combing the Net – 7/3/2012

How Many LEGOs Would It Take to Build the White House? — No, not the scaled down version in the actual LEGO set… we’re talking about the REAL one! This website quickly calculates the number of LEGO bricks it would take to construct full-scale models of any building (exterior only). It’s 158,783,167 for the President’s house… how about yours? (HT: Robert Wardwho is now on Twitter!)

Chesterton on Patriotism, with an Application to U.S. Elections — G.K. Chesterton is one of my favorite thinkers, and even though he was British and writing 100 years ago, his words always seem to be relevant to what’s going on today! Thabiti Anyabwile’s application to current American politics is also excellent.

5 Questions to Ask of a Book — Tim Challies is one of my favorite book reviewers, and has also helped me a great deal in learning how to approach reading. This is a great post for anyone who reads! Of course, to put this formula to the test, you’ll need a good book! Here are a few suggestions:

Cheap eBook Alert! — One of Amazon’s many deals of the month for July is Voddie Baucham’s The Ever-Loving Truth: Can Faith Thrive in a Post-Christian Culture? For the next few weeks, the Kindle version is only $2.99! If you’ve never read Baucham, you’re in for a treat.

Free Audiobook of the Month — The ChristianAudio free book of the month is The Sword, a novel by Brian Litfin. While I can’t vouch for the audio recording, I did enjoy this fantasy tale in its print version (my review). If you like it, you can check out the other two books in the trilogy: The Gift and The Kingdom, which is due to release at the end of this month.

The Slavery of Student Loan Debt — Denny Burk’s brief commentary on the following video:

Combing the Net – 6/19/2012

The Libraries, Studies, and Writing Rooms of 15 Famous Men — Trying to reign in my covetousness…

What the Bible Says About the Heaven Books — Tim Challies’ follow-up post to the one he wrote about the new genre of “I went to Heaven” books, which I linked to yesterday.

So what did Don Piper and these other authors experience? And what about the many people who can attest that they experienced something while they were clinically dead or otherwise near death? I don’t know. Some are liars, some are sincere, I am sure. Some have had a Near Death Experience, whatever a Near Death Experience is. We need to be very cautious because the fact is that Satan is capable of manufacturing experiences; I’m sure it is well within his power to convince people of an experience, to give them a kind of assurance that what they have experienced is real. The more variance there is between a person’s experience and God’s Word, the more we are obligated to doubt that experience.

What Is Wrong with Performance-Enhancing Drugs? A Thought Experiment with Robots and Baseball — A thoughtful article by Justin Barnard, who spoke recently in Cookeville at the Humanitas Forum.

God Desires All to Be Saved, and Grants Repentance to Some — John Piper writes an excellent short study on reconciling two difficult texts, which can go a long way to helping us understand the current debate going on within the Southern Baptist Convention about “God’s Plan of Salvation”.

How to create a culture of reading in your church — This is excellent stuff from Mark Dever! (HT: Matthias Media)

Combing the Net – 6/18/2012

Southern Baptists Set for a Notable First — The biggest news from this year’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention is the election of the denomination’s first black president.

Guide to the SBC — Baptist 21’s guide to the annual meeting, which will show you everything going on in NOLA this week. If anything catches your eye, you can watch the entire thing through live video stream here.

Heaven Tourism — Tim Challies takes on the recent glut of books (e.g., 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven Is For Real) which supposedly tell the story of people who have been to Heaven and back… which is total hogwash.

A Closer Look at Teen Online Video Consumption — How much video do teens watch online? An interesting infographic.

The Free Will Song — I’m so thankful my wife managed to escape from Pensacola Christian College, where the legalism and bad theology are perhaps worse than the music (HT: John Samson)

Messing With “Come Thou Fount”

An interesting blog discussion happened this week about a line in the lyrics of the 18th century hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by Robert Robinson. Mark Altrogge, a pastor and hymnwriter, questions the lyric “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it; prone to leave the God I love“. Are Christians really prone to wander, and to leave God?

Read his article here.

Tim Challies wrote a very good response, seconding a commenter from Altrogge’s original post defending the original lyric, while expounding on some very valid points that Altrogge made.

Read the Challies article here.

I commend both articles to you. While I agree with Challies on this one, I am grateful to Altrogge for asking the question in the first place. I love when Christians take hymn lyrics seriously enough to insist on their truthfulness!