Chapter 1 – Baptized Four Times
· If someone were to ask you, “How can I be saved?” what would your answer be?
· Have you prayed multiple times to “ask Jesus into your heart” only to continually struggle with assurance of salvation?
· Have you ever counseled somebody through that struggle? How did you counsel them?
Chapter 2 – Does God Even Want Us to Have Assurance?
· How does assurance motivate the assured toward action? Do you tend to serve God out of servile fear or out of assured love?
· What are the three illustrations from this chapter that demonstrate God’s love for us and the assurance we should have of his love? Which one is most compelling for you?
Chapter 3 – Jesus In My Place
· Define hope. What do people tend to place their hope in?
· Define propitiation. How important is it to believe the God is a God of wrath?
· Why does John say that God is “just” to forgive us if we confess our sins (1 John 1:9)?
· Attempt to list all the blessings that flow from the truth of “Jesus in my place.”
Chapter 4 – What is Belief?
· Do you need to remember the exact time of your new birth in order to have assurance of salvation?
· What is your working definition of faith?
· How is saving faith different than the faith a demon has in the existence of God, Jesus, etc.?
Chapter 5 – What is Repentance?
· What is your working definition of repentance?
· What is the relationship between repentance and faith?
· How does 2 Timothy 2:22 help us understand what repentance is?
Chapter 6 – If “Once Saved, Always Saved,” Why Does the Bible Seem to Warn Us So Often about Losing Our Salvation?
· Why is it so important to believe both eternal security and the perseverance of the saints?
· How do the warning passages and assurance passages compliment each other in the life of a true believer?
Chapter 7 – The Evidence You Have Believed
· Love for God and others is an evidence of saving faith. Define love. Why is it important that we don’t base our assurance on feelings (i.e., feelings of love)?
· If someone comes to you and says either, “I am not saved and would like to be saved” or “I don’t know whether or not I’m saved,” how would you answer them? Would you answer them differently or similarly?
· How do you encourage somebody is despondent over their lack of growth?
· Do you agree with the statement, “If your best friends don’t know that you have been born again, there’s a good chance that you’re not”?
Chapter 8 – When You Continue to Doubt
· How does saving faith in the Gospel benefit the unbeliever? How does it benefit the believer who doubts?