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HCR009: Giving Grace in the Nonessentials

In this episode, I interview Vic Costello, fellow elder and friend. Here are some of the points we discuss:

·      The motto of the Reformers: “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”

·      We all grow in Christ at different rates. We cannot add anything to the clear doctrine of salvation through grace by faith by saying, “That man has faith but we will really know he is saved when he stops lying…or swearing…or smoking…, etc”

·      Philippians 1:6 teaches us that sanctification is a process, not an instantaneous event.

·      Preferences can clash with principles. Music style in worship is an example of what should be a preference, not a principle.

·      “Let each be fully convinced in his own mind” should be a controlling principle. (Romans 14)

·      If you are considering a church, it is good to ask the question, “What are the unspoken rules for this church?” (dress-code, for example)

·      Elders are not infallible, but God should be trusted to lead the church through them.

·      Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey. What is Reformed Theology? by RC Sproul.

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Vic Costello
Vic Costello






Vic Costello is an elder at Antioch Community Church in Elon, North Carolina. He and his wife Beth have been married since 1982 and have four children. He holds a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Tennessee and is author of a college textbook called Multimedia Foundations: Core Concepts for Digital Design.