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 The Sovereignty of God and the Doctrines of Grace

When one reads the Scriptures carefully and prayerfully, he will notice two biblical doctrines which are so evident:  the sovereignty of God over all that He has made, and the accountability and responsibility of man before his Maker.  For example, notice Peter’s words in his sermon on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:22-23 “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:   Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.”  Notice that both the sovereignty of God (the Father ordained the crucifixion of His Son) and man’s responsibility (the people wickedly crucified the Son of God) are unapologetically placed together without any explanation on the part of God nor of Peter.

In this new series, I plan to address both of these key doctrines. Another aspect to this series will be the presentation of the Doctrines of Grace (foolishly termed “Calvinism”).  Not only are these subjects controversial, but they will challenge any honest inquirer who is willing to bow before the testimony of God’s Word.  For example, in the book of Psalms, David says in Psalm 65:4 “Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.”  Notice it is God Who does the choosing and it God Who causes the sinner to come to repentance.  Additionally, the same verse demonstrates the transforming power of God’s free electing grace in the transformation of a sinner to a saint.

I hope and pray that you will enjoy this series.

–Pastor Bob Spagnuolo

For an excellent resource on the web on this topic, please see

The Five Points of CALVINISM by Frank B. Beck

Pastor Bob Spagnuolo has a Bible study entitled

A Biblical Review of the Absolute Sovereignty of God

in .pdf format which you may freely download and use.  

Note:  In our class, we used a workbook by Pastor Randy Booth entitled, “A Study of the Doctrines of Grace”.  The workbook is no longer in print or available anywhere, so Pastor Booth gave us permission to make our own copies from a scanned, used workbook.  Please see the Study Aids Resources page for a file that you may print out for your own use.

Code     Sermon Title (Scripture Text)

SOV01   Introduction to the Series on Sovereignty–1 (Psalm 115)

SOV02   Introduction to the Series on Sovereignty–2 (Psalm 115)

SOV03   Doctrines of Grace According to John 6 (Gal. 5:6-12; John 6)

SOV04   Postscript to John 6 (Matt. 11:25-30)

SOV05   Sundry Texts Examined–1 (I Chron. 29:10-14)

SOV06   God Endures the Arrogant King (Eccl. 8:1-5; Daniel 1)

SOV07   God Saves the Arrogant King (Daniel 2--4)

SOV08   Praise to Our Sovereign God–1 (Psalm 135:1-6)

SOV09   Praise to Our Sovereign God–2 (Psalm 135:1-6)

SOV10   Praise to Our Sovereign God–3 (Psalm 135:1-6)

SOV11   Praise to Our Sovereign God–4 (Psalm 135:1-6)

SOV12   The Choice of the Son By the Father–1 (Matt. 21:33-39)

SOV13   The Choice of the Son By the Father–2 (Matt. 22:1-14)

SOV14   The Death of the Son of God Realized (Acts 2:22-24)

SOV15   Lo, We Turn to the Gentiles (Acts 13:44-49)

SOV16   My People, His People (Rom. 9:22-26, Matt. 1:18-25)

SOV17   Given Unto You–1 (Phil. 1:29-30)

SOV18   Given Unto You–2 (Phil. 1:29-30)

SOV19   The Grace and Joy of Suffering–1 (Phil. 1:27-30; 3:7-10)

SOV20   The Grace and Joy of Suffering–2 (I Pet. 5:10-11, II Tim. 3:10-13)

SOV21   Sons of Perdition–1 (Psalm 81:10-16, Rom. 9:19-24)

SOV22   Sons of Perdition–2 (Psalm 81:10-16, Rom. 9:19-24)

SOV23   What Does It Mean to Be Born Again–1 (John 3:1-21)

SOV24   What Does It Mean to Be Born Again–2 (John 3:1-21)

SOV25   Review of Workbooks (Ps. 33:6-12)

Pastor Bob Spagnuolo’s study on a A Biblical Review of the Absolute Sovereignty of God

was given out for personal study.


Pastor Randy Booth’s workbook A Study of the Doctrines of Grace”, became the basis for the remaining lessons beginning at this point.

Lesson One

SOV26   Two Undeniable Realities (Matt. 11:25-30)

SOV27   Diagnosing Man’s Problem–Three Possibilities (Jonah 2)

Lesson Two

SOV28   The Fall and the Extent of the Fall–1 (Gen. 1:26-31; Job 38:1-7)

SOV29   The Fall and the Extent of the Fall–2 (Gen. 1:26-28 & 2:23-25)

                         for a .pdf file of the “Federal Headship Comparison Chart”.

SOV30   The Fall and the Extent of the Fall–3 (Eccl. 7:29)

SOV31   The Fall of Man (Gen. 3:1-7)

SOV32   The Fall of Man–2 (Gen. 3:1-10)

SOV33   The Fall of Man–3 (Gen. 3:9-20)

SOV34   The Fall of Man–4 (Gen. 3:14-24)

SOV35   The Federal Headships of the Two Adams–--1 (Matt. 23:29-36)

SOV36   The Federal Headships of the Two Adams–2 (Matt. 23:29-36)

SOV37   The Federal Headships of the Two Adams–3 (Romans 5:12-19)

SOV38   God’s Curse on the Physical Order (Genesis 3:14-19)

Lesson Three

SOV39   Effects of the Fall on Man–1 (Rom. 8:18-23)

SOV40   Effects of the Fall on Man–2 (Isaiah 1:2-9)

SOV41   Total Depravity–What It Is–1 (Micah 7:1-7)

SOV42   Total Depravity–What It Is–2 (Matt. 7:15-20)

SOV43   Total Depravity–What It Is–3 (Heb. 11:1-6)

SOV44   Total Depravity–What It Is–4 (Isa. 59:1-4)

Lesson Four

SOV45   Free Will of Man–Introduction (Phil. 2:12-13)

SOV46   Does the Sinner Have a Free Will?–1 (Rev. 22:17)

SOV47   Does the Sinner Have a Free Will?–2 (John 4:9-14)

SOV48   Does the Sinner Have a Free Will?–3 (John 11:21-27)

SOV49   Does the Sinner Have a Free Will?–4 (James 1:17-18, Psalm 110:3)

SOV50   Does the Sinner Have a Free Will?–5 (Deut. 5:28-29; 31:21)

Lesson Five

SOV51   God’s Sovereignty & Predestination–Intro (Psalm 115:1-8)

SOV52   God Has a Plan–1 (Matt. 21:40-46)

SOV53   God Has a Plan–2 (Psalm 121)

SOV54   God Has a Plan–3 (Prov. 16:4, Amos 3:4-8)

SOV55   God Has a Plan–4 (Gen. 20:1-8)

Lesson Six

SOV56  Election Unto Salvation–Introduction–1 (Acts 13:44-49)

SOV57  Election Unto Salvation–Introduction–2 (Psalm 65:4)

SOV58  Election Unto Salvation–1 (Col. 3:12-15)

SOV59  Election Unto Salvation–2 [National Election] (Deut. 7:6-8)

SOV60  Election Unto Salvation–3 [Gifts, Talents, Abilities] (Romans 11:1-6)

SOV61  Election Unto Salvation–4 [Individual Men to Salvation] (Jer. 1:1-6)

SOV62  Election Unto Salvation–5 [Grounds & Basis–1] (John 17:1-3)

SOV63  Election Unto Salvation–6 [Grounds & Basis–2] (Eph. 1:1-13)

SOV64  Election Unto Salvation–7 (Eph. 1:1-13)

Lesson Seven

SOV65  Reprobation–1 A Biblical Definition (Acts 1:15-20, 24-25)

SOV66  Reprobation–2 (Joshua 11:18-20)

SOV67  Reprobation–3 (Matthew 13:10-17)

SOV68  Reprobation–4 (Matt. 3:7-12)

SOV69  Reprobation–5 (Romans 9:17-24)

SOV70  Reprobation–6 (II Peter 1:1-10)

Lesson Eight

SOV71  The Atonement–1 Terms Defined (Rom. 5:6-11, Gen. 8:20-21)

SOV72  The Atonement–2 The Reasons for the Atonement (Rom. 5:6-11)

SOV73  The Atonement–3 The Nature of the Atonement–1 (Phil. 2:6-8)

SOV74  The Atonement–4 Four Things Accomplished–1 (Neh. 8:5-8)

SOV75  The Atonement–5 Four Things Accomplished–2 (Gen. 32:13-20)

SOV76  The Atonement–6 Four Things Accomplished–3 Reconciliation (Gen. 3:7-10)

SOV77  The Atonement–7 Four Things Accomplished–4 Redemption (Col. 1:13-17)

SOV78  The Atonement–8 The Value and Sufficiency of the Atonement (I John 1:7–2:2)

Lesson Nine

SOV79  The Extent of the Atonement–1 (II Thess. 2:13-17)

SOV80  The Extent of the Atonement–2 (Gal. 2:16-21)

SOV81  The Extent of the Atonement–3 (Acts 20:28; John 15:13-14)

SOV82  The Extent of the Atonement–4 (Matt. 20:25-28)

SOV83  The Extent of the Atonement–5 conclusion (Matt. 26:26-29)

Lesson Ten