Topic: Systematic Theology

The Ideal, Material and Method of Systematic Theology

2 Timothy 3:14

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson introduces one of his comprehensive, signature series of lessons.

Is There a Supreme Being? or the Existence of God

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson teaches on question number one in theology.

The Knowability of God, part I (Canst Thou by Searching Find Our God?)

Job 11:7

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson lays out how God may be comprehended in this first of two messages.

The Knowability of God, part II

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his discussion of how God may be known by comparing and contrasting the different types of revelation. Dr. Johnson explains the preeminence of God's personal revelation through Scripture.

Revelation (Has Man a Word From God?)

John 1:18; 8:19 14:8-10

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson focuses on knowing God through divine revelation.

Inspiration (Is Every Word of the Bible True?)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives detailed exposition on the inspiration of God's Word. Dr. Johnson carefully explains the meaning of infallibility and inerrancy.

Illumination (How Can I Understand the Bible?)

1 Corinthains 2:6

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson explains true illumination with respect to God's Word.

The Being, Names and Attributes of God, part I

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins a short series on both the divinely revealed and anthropomorphic ways God is described.

The Being, Names and Attributes of God, part II

1 Peter 2:9-10

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his teaching on God's attributes as demonstrated in Scripture.

The Holy Trinity, part I (The Uniqueness of Christianity)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson exponds the essential Christian doctrine of the Trinity.

The Holy Trinity, part II

John 14: 27-28

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues teaching on the doctrine of the Trinity. Exposition is given on the differing ideas about the relationships within the God-head over the centuries.

The Decrees of God (The Foreordination of God and the Freedom of Man)

Isaiah 14:24,27 Ephesians 1:11

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson outlines the unchanging rules God has set up to govern history, the universe and human beings.

Attributes of God, part I (What Can We Know About God?)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins a thorough series on the different attributes of Yahweh and how they present a specific picture of God.

Attributes of God, part II (Where Did God Come From? or The Self-Existence of God)

Exodus 3

Dr.Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition on the attributes of God by discussing divine self-existence.

Attributes of God, part III (The Unity of God)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson explains the important attribute of God's oneness.

Attributes of God, part IV (The Spirituality and Infinity of God)

John 4

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds passages of Scripture which address God's presence.

Attributes of God, part V (The Immensity and Omnipresence of God)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his teaching on the attributes of God with a thorough explanation of the true meaning of God's presence in and beyond his creation.

Attributes of God, part VI (The Eternity of God or How Old is God?)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his teaching on the attributes of God by explaining the nature of an omnipresent God in relation to time.

The Repentance and Unchangeability of God

Jonah, Jeremiah 18

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the Bible passages that explain the unchangeability of God. Dr. Johnson points out how humans use inferior language that often suggests God changes his mind.

The Knowledge and Wisdom of God, part I

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson teaches on the first two God's communicable attributes. Dr. Johnson also explains the difference between God's knowledge and wisdom.

The Knowledge and Wisdom of God, part II

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his discussion of the communicable attributes of God. Wisdom is the focus of this second message on the nature of God's omniscience.

The Power of God, part I (Can God Do Everything?)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses the theological concept of the omnipotent God.

The Power of God, part II

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition on the power of God.

The Will of God

Daniel 4:25

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides an indepth exposition on the will of God.

The Goodness of God and the Existence of Evil

Exodus 33:12-34:9

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds Scripture passages that explain the true goodness of God.

The Holiness of God (The Attribute of Attributes)

Isaiah 6

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition on the defining characteristic of God: His holiness.

The Justice of God

Romans 1:24-32

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition on the concept of God's justice. Dr. Johnson explains how the doctrine is related to His holiness.

The Theology of Prayer: the Nature, Object and Grounds of Prayer

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson introduces an eight-part series on prayer.

Prayer and the Attributes, part I (Why Bother and Infinite, Omnipotent God of Love?)

Psalm 8:1-9

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson goes into detail about prayer and its relationship to the attributes of God.

Prayer and the Attributes, part II (Does Prayer Change an Unchanging God?)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition on the interrelationship between the believer's prayer and God's purposes.

Prayer and the Decrees

Jeremiah 11: 11,12 14: 11,12

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson explains the purpose of prayer in relation to God's will and the laws of nature.

The Problem of Unanswered Prayer, part I

James 1, 4; Psalm 66; Isaiah 59

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins a two-part exposition on what humans perceive as unanswered prayer.

The Problem of Unanswered Prayer, part II

Acts 12

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson concludes his discussion on prayer and God's will regarding the Christian's petitions.

The Necessity of Prayer

Luke 6:12-16

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds Jesus' prayer actions, illustrating prayer's fundamental importance in the Christian life.

Importunate Prayer

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson explains what is meant by importunate prayer as well as the Christian's need to conduct it.

Contemporary Evangelicalism and Biblical Inspiration

2 Peter 1:19-21

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides a discussion of modern theology's approach to the infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture.

Creation (The Origin of the Natural and Spiritual Worlds)

Genesis 1

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides the theological framework for the Creation of the seen and unseen world.

Providence (God’s Hand Over Nature, Individuals and Nations of the World)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson exposits the providence of God.

The Existence, Personality and Nature of Satan

Job 6; Matthew 4

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins a subset of his series on Systematic Theology on Angelology by discussing the fallen chief of angelic beings, Satan.

War in Heaven (Who Sinned First?)

Ezekiel 28:1-19

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds an Old Testament passage that details Satan's angelic glory before he fell and became influential against God on earth.

The Nature of Sin in Satan

Isaiah 14

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his series on angelology with a focus on the exact nature of sin and its origination in the fall of Satan.

Satan’s Co-workers (The Evil Angels)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses the demons.

The Origin, Personality and Nature of Man (What is Man?)

Genesis 1:26,27,31 2:4-7

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson interjects a message on the nature of man into his series on angelology, contrasting the personalities of God's created order.

The Fall of Man, part I

Genesis 2:8-17

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins exposition on Man's fall from God in the Garden of Eden. Dr. Johnson explains the impact of the Fall on creation and history and goes into detail about Eve's encounter with the serpent.

The Fall of Man, part II

Genesis 3

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition the Fall of Man by discussing the nature, transmission and consequences of sin in mankind as a result of the Fall.

Review of the Fall of Man and Transmission of Sin

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson summarizes his series of lessons on how sin infected the human race as the result of Adam's disobedience in the Garden of Eden.

The Trail of the Serpent in the Old Testament

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition on Satan's attempts to destroy the seed of the Redeemer through the Old Testament.

The Serpent in the Life of the Son of Man

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson teaches on the different encounters between Satan and Christ recorded in the gospels.

The Present Activity of Satan and His Angels

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses how Satan and the fallen angels influence mankind and the church in the present day.

The Present Activity of the Great Dragon and His Demons

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition on the activities of fallen angels.

The Nature, Work and Destiny of the Good Angels (Guardian Angels?)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition on the activities of God's holy angels.

The Future of Satan and His Hosts

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the Scripture passages that explain what will happen to Satan and the angelic beings who are against

Anthropology: the Mystery of Man (The Crises of Identity)

Psalm 8: 1-9

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides biblical answers to the question, What is man?

Man and His Origin (The Creation of Man and the Problem of Evolution)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides an in depth comparison of the creation account and the basic assumptions of evolutionary theory.

Man in His Nature, part I

Psalm 42: 1-5, various

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives the first of a two-part series on the nature of man, Dr. Johnson discusses the concepts of a dichotomus and trichotomus nature.

Man in His Nature, part II

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his examination of the Scriptures' description of man's nature. Dr. Johnson comments on the sanctity of life.

Man in the Image of God

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson comments on man's likeness in the image of his Creator.

Man in His Probation

Genesis 2: 8-17

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives a careful explanation of man's relationship to God while in the Garden of Eden. Dr. Johnson describes the mystery of man's amissable will.

Man in His Fall, part I

Genesis 3, Romans 5

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives a detailed, blow-by-blow exposition of how Satan, using the serpent, manipulated Eve into partaking of the forbidden fruit in the garden, thereby causing Adam, the federal head of mankind, to also disobey God's command.

Man in His Fall, part II (part I of The Nature of Sin in Man)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition on the behavior of man after his Fall from sinlessness in the Garden of Eden. In this message, Dr. Johnson gives the first of a two-part lesson on the nature of sin in human life.

Man in His Fall, part III (part II of The Nature of Sin in Man)

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In his series on man in his fallen state from God, Dr. S. Lewis Johnson finishes a two-part message on the nature of sin in the human heart.

Effects of the Fall, part I (The Imputation of Adam’s Sin)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins his sub-series in Systematic Theology on the effects of the fall of man from sinless fellowship with God.

The Imputation of Adam’s Sin (Conclusion)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson concludes his exposition on the effects of the Fall of Man on creation. A detailed examination of the theories of the imputation of sin to Adam's offspring is made.

Effects of the Fall, part II (The Original Sin of Man)

Romans 7: 13-25

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition on original sin. The doctrine of total depravity is carefully laid out in this message.

Effects of the Fall, part III (The Inability of Fallen Man)

Romans 5

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson teaches on how the Fall has affected man's will and perpetuates his inability to choose God's will outside of grace. A critique of free will theology is made.

Effects of the Fall, part IV (The Wrath of God Upon Sinful Man)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson concludes his series on the effects of Adam's fall on humankind by giving a comprehensive study of eternal punishment.

The Unpardonable Sin

Matthew 12: 22-32

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the Scripture references to what is called the Unpardonable Sin in Christian theology.

The End of Sin (Man and Sin’s Remedy)

Romans 5

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition on God's answer for man's sin.

Salvation: What is it and Why is it so Important?

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson describes the essential definitions of salvation as the term is used in Scripture.

Who Was Jesus Christ, part I (Our Divine Lord)

Matthew 16:13-16

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins a seven-part section on the person and purpose of Jesus Chirst. This first of two messages deals with Christ's divine nature.

Who Was Jesus Christ, part II (The Man Christ Jesus)

Philippians 2:5

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson finishes two messages on the person and purpose of Jesus Chirst, the second dealing with Christ's humanity.

Perversions of the Doctrine of Christ’s Person, Ancient and Modern

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides detailed exposition on the different ways in which Christian theologians have tried to explain the nature of Christ. The heresies from the early church as well as modern views are laid out.

The Covenants of God

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses the way man can understand God's plan of redemption.

The Offices of Christ

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the three holy roles played by Christ in the salvation of mankind.

What Has Christ Done? part I (His Sufferings in Type)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson teaches on the typological aspects of Christ's redeeming work.

What Has Christ Done? part II (His Sufferings in History)

John 15

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson comments on Christ's historical bearing of the curse of mankind.

Is Substitution Immoral? (The Nature of the Work of Redemption)

Galatians 3:7-14

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the doctrine of redemption and Christ's substitution in reference to God's holiness.

The Doctrine of Election, part I

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins a short series of divine election. Detailed Scripture references in support of the doctrine are provided.

The Doctrine of Election, part II

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition on the doctrine of election. Dr. Johnson uses this message to explain the specific meanings of the words, predestination, foreknowledge and election.

The Doctrine of Election, part III

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his five-part exposition on the doctrine of election, examining the concept's theological pitfalls.

The Doctrine of Election, part IV

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson addresses more objections to the doctrine of election.

The Doctrine of Election, part V

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson concludes his five-part series on election by commenting on the practical effects of the doctrine.

The Doctrine of Common Grace

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson explains what is meant by the common grace provided by God for humanity.

The Doctrine of Efficacious and Irresistible Grace

Luke 14, Acts 16

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds "the divine side" of salvation.

Riches of Divine Grace, part I (Regeneration)

John 3

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins a three-part series on the products of God's efficacious grace in the life of the believer. The seed of God's regenerating work is described.

Riches of Divine Grace, part II (Justification)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides exposition on the doctrine of justification.

Riches of Divine Grace, part III (Sanctification)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson explians the biblical concept of sanctification.

What Must I do to be Saved? part I

Acts 16: 25-34

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins a two-part exposition on the process of salvation. Dr. Johnson deals with common human ideas about how to become a Christian.

What Must I do to be Saved? part II

John 1: 12,13

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides exposition on the terms of salvation and the distinction between initial belief in Christ and sanctification.

What is Faith?

John 6: 26-29

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition on the act of faith itself in the lives of believers. Focus is given to the description of faith-action by Jesus Christ.

The Doctrine of Assurance

1 John 5: 1-13

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the Scriptures in answer to the question, "Can I know that I am saved?"

The Doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints, part I

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins a four-part series on the "P" of John Calvin's TULIP doctrine concerning the assurance of salvation for the believer in Christ.

The Doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints, part II

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson cotinues his disscussion of what the Bible says in support of the phrase, "once saved, always saved."

The Doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints, part III

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition of the perseverance of the saints by explaining and critiquing the objections to the doctrine that are often derived from the Bible.

The Doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints, part IV

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson concludes his explanation and defense of the doctrine of a secure salvation for the believer.

The Doctrine of Glorification, part I

1 Cor. 15:35-49

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins his series on the third phase of a Christian's salvation: glorification. Comments are made about the impact of glorification on the believer's physical body.

The Doctrine of Glorification, part II

1 Cor. 15:50-58

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson concludes his short series on the glorification of the saved in Christ with a discussion of the exact moment the natural body is redeemed.

Theology: What is it and Why do We Need it?

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson teaches a message on the necessity of Bible-based theology for the Christian understanding.

The Importance of the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

John 16: 7-15

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses the central doctrines of the third person of the Trinity.

The History of the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, part I

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins a short series on the history of interpreting Scriptural reference to the third person of the triune God.

The History of the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, part II

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his discussion of the history of understanding the Holy Spirit. The interpretations of the Protestant Reformation and consequent modern views are summarized.

The Holy Spirit and the Trinity, part I

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson introduces his systematic theology sub-series on the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit and Word of God, part I

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the Scripture passages that provide the basic concepts of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit and Word of God, part II

2 Timothy 3:14-17

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his study of how the Holy Spirit is revealed through God's word. A detailed discussion is made concerning the Holy Spirit and the Bible's inspiration.

The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament

Judges 6: 33-34

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides insight into the presence of the Holy Spirit among the saints before the Day of Pentecost. The example of Gideon in Israel's history is used.

The Holy Spirit in the Life of Christ

Luke 1, 4, 10

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the gospel passages that present the Holy Spirit's role in the life of Jesus, the second person of the Trinity.

The Holy Spirit in the Age of the Incarnation

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson exposits the work of the Spirit in the lives of those around Jesus, including John the Baptist and Peter. An explanation is also given of what is meant by "the unpardonable sin."

The Holy Spirit in the Age of the Acts of the Apostles

Acts 1, 23

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition on how the Holy Spirit guided the apostles after the Day of Pentecost in the forming of the early church.

The Holy Spirit in the World (or Common and Efficacious Grace)

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson explains the difference between common and efficacious grace and how they are sustained by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit in Regeneration, part I

John 3

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson exposits the role of the Holy Spirit in changing the heart of a follower of Christ.

The Holy Spirit in Regeneration, part II

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition on the Holy Spirit by laying out the theological framework of the nature of regeneration in the believer.

The Holy Spirit in Regeneration, part III

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides a unique exposition into the timing and process of regeneration in the soul of the believer by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit’s Work of Baptizing

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson describes the role of the Holy Spirit in bringing a sinner to faith in Christ.

The Holy Spirit’s Work in Indwelling

John 14:16-20

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the Scriptures that explain how the Holy Spirit dwells in the believer in Christ.

The Teaching Ministry of the Holy Spirit

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides a thorough exposition of how the Holy Spirit guides the saints in learning and knowing God's truth and the Scriptures.

The Holy Spirit’s Work of Giving Spiritual Gifts, part I (The Permanent Gifts)

1 Corinthians 12

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins a series on the role of the Holy Spirit in equipping believers with spiritual gifts. The convictions of the Holy Spirit in connection with non-apostolic spiritual gifts is discussed.

The Holy Spirit’s Work of Giving Spiritual Gifts, part II (The Temporary Gifts)

Ephesians 4:7-11

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition on the Holy Spirit's role in the giving of spiritual gifts by detailing the apostolic or temporary gifts found in the New Testament.

The Holy Spirit and the Gift of Tongues, part I

Acts 2: 1-13

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides a careful and thorough exposition of the true form of the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues. Dr. Johnson roots his critique in the New Testament's record of the phenomenon's occurrences.

The Holy Spirit and the Gift of Tongues, part II

1 Corinthians 12

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition on the spiritual gift of speaking on tongues. Dr. Johnson emphasizes the many gifts among believers which are enabled by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit and the Gift of Tongues, part III

1 Corinithians 14

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson concludes his discussion of the biblical regulations concerning the manifestation of the spiritual gift of tongues within the church.

The Holy Spirit’s Work of Sanctifying Believers, part I

Acts 13, Ephesians 5

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins a three part series on the process by which the Holy Spirit sanctifies followers of Christ. Dr. Johnson introduces the process by explaining what it means to be "filled" with the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit’s Work of Sanctifying Believers, part II

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition on how the Holy Spirit provokes the Christian into working out their salvation.

The Holy Spirit’s Work of Sanctifying Believers, part III

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson completes a theological outline about the Holy Spirit's role in the process of sanctification.

Progressive Sanctification, part I

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Dr. S. Lewis Johnson comments on the notion of progressive sanctification which is held by different Christian traditions. In this first part, Dr. Johnson explains the proper relationship of good works to the process of sanctification.

Progressive Sanctification, part II

Romans 8

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson redefines progressive sanctification accounding to the Bible's teachings about the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the believer.