Barry King – The Grace of the Doctrines of Grace

True Church Conference 2012

True Church Conference  live-streamed.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Message 8 – Barry King – The Grace of the Doctrines of Grace


The text for the sermon is Ephesians 4:32.


God in Christ forgave you. This is the essence of the doctrines of grace. The doctrines of grace are not hidden under the rocks of scripture. They are on top of the rocks. The text tonight is not primarily about the doctrines of grace, it is about the grace of the doctrines. We are woefully deficient in practicing the grace of the doctrines of grace. We must be broken-hearted over our lack of practicing the grace of the doctrines of grace. Do we operate with grace with whom we disagree?


A. The grace of kindness

1. This particular word is used quite sparingly in the scriptures.

a. In 1 Corinthians 13 it is used to describe how members of a church are to receive one another in regard to their use of spiritual gifts.

i. We will not all share the same views. But a spirit of Christian love must pervade. We must be kind to one another.

b. In Philippians 4, kindness is reflected in our attitude toward our spiritual leaders.

i. We must remember that those leaders who a generation ago defended orthodox Christianity against liberalism were not Calvinists.

ii. We are more kind to preachers on the internet than we are to our own leaders.

c. In 2 Timothy 2, kindness is typical of a mature pastor toward his congregation, particularly the difficult members of the congregation.

d. In Titus 2, we are called to be kind to those in our family. And kindness is tied to submissiveness.

B. The grace of tender-heartedness

1. We have become tender-skinned and tough-hearted.

C. The grace of forgiveness

1. We need to forgive others while it is still in our power to do so.

2. We need to regret the harsh words we have spoken against those with whom we disagree.

3. We have received unmerited favor and grace, and therefore we need to show unmerited favor and grace toward others.


3 thoughts on “Barry King – The Grace of the Doctrines of Grace

  1. I was at the True Church Conference 2012. This Barry King sermon was one of my favorites . I have been concerned and prayerful about the lack of kindness I see from some Calvinists on social network sites. I don’t think they are intentionally unkind, but should always keep in mind that it takes intentional work to make sure that our written words are read with kindness that simply cannot be seen in a face to face conversation.

    I discovered your site today. I have enjoyed reading through it.

    Berean Wife Reply:


    Hello! My husband was at the conference most of the weekend, he took the notes. I enjoyed hearing Barry King’s sermons in the live feed. So glad they did that this year.

    Both of Barry King’s sermons were very timely. Holiness in personal living and kindness are so lacking in the church today. Not only that we are lacking good examples of how to be kind in a disagreements or in theological differences. We either are unkind or we jump to the other extreme of not disagreeing and accepting all theology. Somewhere there is a good Biblical medium. A few years ago the Lord pointed out to me, while sitting and listening to an older congregation bicker over trifles, that they had not had the opportunities to hear the real gospel that I had had. They accepted what their pastors had taught them (many had only heard a few pastors in their lifetime) and they didn’t know how to check them out or even question them. Those of us who have heard good Biblical preaching have to be more understanding of others lack of opportunities (which God sovereignly ordained for them). We wouldn’t know what we do know without the Holy Spirit revealing it.

    Berean Wife

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Just read a post from Pyro which covers this idea. Reprove, Rebuke and Exhort expresses that same idea of teaching and even rebuking with kindness. Of course, sometimes they are not the kindest in their manner either.

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