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Is Your Future Set Or Open? A Sermon For Clever Year Twelve Students, Doctor Who Fans, And Normal People Who Wonder!

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1 Is Your Future Set Or Open? A Sermon For Clever Year Twelve Students, Doctor Who Fans, And Normal People Who Wonder!

2 Is Your Future Set Or Open?

3 Determinism: The idea that things or people are pre-determined and the future is set.

4 Five Forms Of Destructive Determinism

5 SOCIAL DETERMINISM: SET CLASS OR CASTE Galatians 3:28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

6 FATALIST DETERMINISM: ASTROLOGY & TAROT Deuteronomy 18: Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.

7 BIOLOGICAL DETERMINISM: LIFE SET BY MY BODY “Have you ever felt trapped in circumstances, then discovered that the only trap was your own lack of vision, lack of courage, or failure to see that you had better options?” ― Nick Vujicic, Life Without Limits Revelation 21:5. God said, “I make all things new!”

8 EMOTIONAL DETERMINISM: DESPAIR “Those who are troubled with despair ought to be very careful not to be alone, for God created the fellowship of the church and commanded us to be family. As the Bible says, 'Woe to the one who is alone when he falls.’” - Martin Luther

9 RELIGIOUS DETERMINISM: A SET ETERNAL FATE Imagine the wrong actions that might arise from believing you are ‘set’ for heaven or hell and this cannot change???

10 RELIGIOUS DETERMINISM: A SET ETERNAL FATE John Calvin became obsessed with one word… Romans 8: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son…

11 (A) GOD IS ALL POWERFUL (B) WE HAVE SOME CHOICES Calvin obssesed with this bit! Arminus obsessed with this bit!

12 CALVINARMINIUSBIBLICAL PARADOX Everything pre determined IF YOU ARE SAVED IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED

13 CALVINARMINIUSBIBLICAL PARADOX Everything pre determined IF YOU ARE SAVED It's God's fault IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED

14 CALVINARMINIUSBIBLICAL PARADOX Everything pre determined IF YOU ARE SAVED It's God's fault IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED It's God's fault

15 CALVINARMINIUSBIBLICAL PARADOX Everything a choice! IF YOU ARE SAVED IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED

16 CALVINARMINIUSBIBLICAL PARADOX Everything a choice! IF YOU ARE SAVED It's your fault IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED

17 CALVINARMINIUSBIBLICAL PARADOX Everything a choice! IF YOU ARE SAVED It's your fault IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED It's your fault

18 CALVINARMINIUSBIBLICAL PARADOX Everything pre determined Everything a choice! God is in control & we have choices! IF YOU ARE SAVED It's God's fault It's your fault IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED It's God's fault It's your fault

19 CALVINARMINIUSBIBLICAL PARADOX Everything pre determined Everything a choice! God is in control & we have choices! IF YOU ARE SAVED It's God's fault It's your faultIt's God's fault IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED It's God's fault It's your fault

20 CALVINARMINIUSBIBLICAL PARADOX Everything pre determined Everything a choice! God is in control & we have choices! IF YOU ARE SAVED It's God's fault It's your faultIt's God's fault IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED It's God's fault It's your fault It's your own fault

21 Which Of The Five Forms Of Dangerous Determinism Have Most Tempted You? 1. Social Determinism - Set Class Or Caste 2. Fatalist Determinism - Astrology & Tarot 3. Biological Determinism – Life Set By My Body 4. Emotional Determinism - Despair 5. Theological Determinism - A Set Eternal Fate

22 Is Your Future Set Or Open? Acts 2:38. "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”


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