Ordo Salutis — Overview

Greetings, everyone.

I have not been using my blog, and it is time to begin.  I find so much useful information on the internet, especially on blogs, that I almost feel guilty that I’m not giving back in some way.  I want to begin by listing my sermon series ideas and graphics.  Maybe I can help some fellow ministers as they research and search for ideas.  I know that if I relied solely on my own ideas, I’d be in a lot of trouble.

Tonight, we will be starting a new sermon series on the Ordo Salutis.  I will be preaching this to a student group of high & middle school students, primarily on the younger end.  Several of them just recently moved up from our children’s ministry, so I’m really at a place where I am trying to lay a lot of ground work and get them thinking about their faith and what it means to be a Christian.

In this post, I wanted to give a quick overview of our topics, along with my source material and series graphic.  This series is built on a couple different sources.  First is Chapters 4-7 of Donald N. Bowdle’s Redemption: Accomplished & Applied.  Dr. Bowdle was one of my favorite professors in college.  In fact, I believe that I took every class that he was teaching during my time there (Systematic Theology I & II, History of Christianity I & II, two semesters of Koine Greek & Johannine Literature)!  This is a short book that gives a very good, concise overview of God’s plan of salvation.  I had to tweak some of the language to get the material in a form that teenagers can easily digest, but adults should have no problem at all with it.

Ordo SalutisThe other source I used is this graphic from Tim Challies’ Visual Theology series of infographics.  He’s obviously from a Reformed background, so I had to adjust a few things to fit with our doctrinal beliefs, but on the whole, it’s a great resource and I’m very grateful that he provides it free-of-charge.

I’m working with another young minister from our church and tag-teaming this series.  He has his minister’s credential and has been a real help the past few months, so I’m happy to share the workload with him.  Our schedule for the next few weeks looks like this:

Week 1 — Election & Calling 
Week 2 — Regeneration & Conversion
Week 3 — Justification & Adoption
Week 4 — Sanctification & Perseverance
Week 5 — Glorification & Conclusion

Over the next few weeks I’ll be trying to manuscript these sermons, which is a departure from the norm for me.  I’m more of an outline kind of guy.  I hadn’t manuscripted a sermon in a while, and I like that it is really making me labor over the wording to communicate precisely what I want to say.  The first sermon and graphic should be uploaded tomorrow.