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Ordo Sa-whatnow? Understanding Our Great Salvation: The Ordo Salutis is the new sermon series starting this week at Uptown. What do these Latin terms have to do with anything? Well, to put it simply, they have to do with everything! “Ordo Salutis” is the fancy theological way of talking about the Order of Salvation. It does not always mean the time-sequential order, but the logical order. What things were necessary for Christians to be saved? This is a very important question. This is the question we hang our eternal hats on.

There are two different approaches that could come out of a study like this. There is the academic and scholarly approach that can look deep into the Scriptures and parse every word to know exactly what is intended by every jot and tittle on the page. This approach can lead to great academic knowledge and can help in theological debates against Armenians or other interpretations of salvation. I would argue that this is a very important task. God gave us the bible so that we would study it and know exactly what it says and what that means. But He also gave it to us so that we would better know Him. The other approach is to ask the question, “What does the Ordo Salutis teach me about God?” From the reformed standpoint, we learn of the depths of God’s love and grace towards us. As Jonathan Edwards put it, “You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary.” Every link in the Golden Chain of Redemption is totally God-centered. I hope and pray that as we dive deep into these grand theological topics, that we not lose sight of the glorious fact that God saves sinners. May we worship Him more as we recognize just how much He has done on our behalf.


Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-14
Sermon: Union with Christ: The Order of Salvation


Be Thou My Vision (Traditional)
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And Can It Be (Scott Roley)
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Jesus Messiah (Chris Tomlin)
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The Church’s One Foundation (arr. Indelible Grace)
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Song of Preparation: Sovereign Grace O’er Sin Abounding
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Song of Response: How Deep the Father’s Love For Us
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