The Election to Salvation / Eric Hankins, Ph.D.

March 21, 2014

by Eric Hankins, Ph.D.
Eric Hankins is pastor of FBC, Oxford, Miss.
He is the primary author of “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation.”

Article 6 (of the Traditional Statement) rests on the reality that election is clearly taught in the Scriptures and is an essential component of the doctrine of salvation. Election emphasizes the fact that salvation is accomplished through the Father’s initiative, guaranteed by the person and work of Christ alone, and actualized in the lives of sinners through the power of the Holy Spirit. Election, therefore, communicates that salvation is completely gracious. It signifies the lavish generosity of God, who will save not just a few but an innumerable multitude. Election’s announcement of God’s sovereignty in salvation includes the role of the sinner’s repentance and faith. God has chosen to bring into existence a people who belong to Him by faith in a world where their decisions for or against Christ really matter. Rather than determining these choices Himself, God has gloriously and sovereignly decided to accord to each sinner the responsibility of surrendering to the Holy Spirit’s leading in the preaching of the gospel. Since gospel proclamation is the means by which God brings His elective purposes to bear, election cannot be understood apart from the plan of God to bring salvation to the world through His chosen people and their sharing of the gospel with the lost. Continue reading

FBC Oxford, Miss., ongoing race relations

October 9, 2013

by David Roach
freelance writer
Baptist Press

OXFORD, Miss. (BP) — When First Baptist Church in Oxford, Miss., passed a resolution apologizing for its 1968 decision to exclude African Americans from worship services, it opened the door for racial reconciliation in its city.

“I had never seen a church or any organization move that seriously toward repentance and then apologize without any excuse,” said Andrew Robinson — who is pictured below with Eric Hankins — and is pastor of Oxford’s historically black Second Baptist Church, a National Baptist congregation that accepted the apology and granted forgiveness. Continue reading

Dr. Eric Hankins’ sermon on Election at NOBTS

September 28, 2013

by Dr. Eric Hankins, pastor
FBC, Oxford, Miss.

Dr. Eric Hankins, pastor of FBC Oxford, Miss., preached on “Election” at NOBTS, Sept. 26. Preaching from Gen. 12.1-4, and using William Whiting Borden in an extended illustration, Dr. Hankins preached a sermon for the ages, bringing what SBCToday believes was a biblical message on Election that is hopeful, not dour; inclusive, not exclusive; and points to all, not the few.

Knowing Dr. Hankins, and having recently communicated with him, SBCToday is certain that he would not only consider it an honor for you to listen to the sermon, but would be humbled for you to preach the sermon as the people in the pew need to know all about this doctrine of grace.

Here are some significant quotes:

Genesis 12.1-4 “is the script for the whole Bible, and is the script that we should use to understand what it means to be elect of God and chosen of God.”

“I think the great mistake of theology is that we have created the categories, and have created distinction between the categories of the chosen and un-chosen, as though God picks some and not others, and this is fixed, and that is the way things really are.”

“Election is God’s unstoppable plan to save, not his unstoppable plan to damn.”

“All means all, and that’s all all means.”

“The chosen are chosen for the sake of the un-chosen.”

“The trajectory of election is not inward … it’s outward.”

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