Originally posted on Reformed Baptist Fellowship:
One way to summarize the doctrine of divine sovereignty is this: It is God who acts, not man. How will the lost be saved? God must act. How will sinful Christians overcome the “old man”? God must act. How will the church grow in both holiness and influence? Again, God must act. He is the sovereign; He is the great Actor in every aspect of our spiritual life.
This reflection lies at the heart of the Reformed emphasis on the common means of grace. If nothing good happens without God acting, we rightly ask the question, “Then how will He act?” In the same way that those who are thirsty go daily to the well, so those who understand our absolute dependence on divine grace go regularly to those places where God has promised to make Himself known.
It is for this reason that Reformed Christianity has always put a…
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