Posts by Michael Grasso

Posts by Michael Grasso

Sanctification (Part 3)

In part 3 pastor Grasso explains the difference between definitive and progressive sanctification, showing that definitive sanctification happens at conversion and progressive sanctification is something that increases over time.

Sanctification (Part 2)

In part 2 pastor Grasso explains the difference between outward and inward sanctification, showing that outward sanctification is a real and important category.

Sanctification (Part 1)

In part 1 on sanctification pastor Grasso explains that sanctification entails both being set apart for God and living a godly life.

Justification (Part 4)

In part 4 on justification pastor Grasso explains how one is justified: by faith. This is the only instrument in justification. Works cannot save as the Catholics teach, neither can faith itself be the basis of justification as the Arminians teach. Faith laying hold of Christ is the only hope for the Christian.

Justification (Part 3)

In part 3 on justification pastor Grasso explains how Christ’s work is the basis for justification.  The righteousness given to a believer is that of Jesus Christ.  Pastor Grasso shows how the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension all contribute to our justification.

Justification (Part 2)

In part 2 on justification pastor Grasso explains that the nature of justification has two elements: the forgiveness of sins and a positive declaration of righteousness.

Justification (Part 1)

In part 1 on justification pastor Grasso explains the nature of justification, particularly that it is a judicial sentence of righteousness.

Universalism

Pastor Grasso explains the short comings of universalism in its various forms. God’s judgment is real and rather than deny the implications of its reality by asserting that every person will be saved, one ought to turn to Christ.

Israel (Part 2)

Pastor Grasso addresses what will happen to Israel at the end times. Are there promises that still apply to ethnic Israel? Pastor Grasso shows from Romans 11 that the Israelites will be converted before the return of Christ.

Israel (Part 1)

Pastor Grasso addresses the question of how the church relates to Israel and shows that Christ is true Israel and thus the church is true Israel in him.

Infant Baptism (Part 4)

Pastor Grasso addresses two common arguments for credo-baptism.  The first is the apostolic example in the book of Acts, and the second is the argument from the new covenant passage in Jeremiah 31.