On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave Jenkins and Bill Smith have a wide-ranging conversation on assurance and ministering to those dealing with doubt, guilt, shame, and condemnation, along with his book, Assurance: Resting in God's Salvation (P&R, 2019).
What you’ll hear in this episode
In what way assurance is not a matter of information but a matter of trusting the character of the Lord.
How Christians should deal with the enemies of our soul that are not only relentless but dishonest and play both sides of sin against God’s people.
How biblical counselors should deal with challenging issues related to assurance.
How biblical counselors should help Christians with issues like guilt, shame, and condemnation.
How the biblical passages on doubt help strengthen Christians to give them not less confidence in Him, but more confidence in the Lord.
Some markers Christians can look for to see growth in sanctification in themselves and others.
Why it’s so important for Christians to take the long view on their sanctification.
How Christians should handle their failings to keep in step with Christ.
How focusing on the love of God in Christ alone helps Christians remember all that Christ has done for them.
About the Guest
William P. Smith has served several churches, been a faculty member of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation, and taught practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of Parenting with Words of Grace and Loving Well (Even If You Haven't Been).
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