March 6, 2012

Seven Elements of Salvation (Grace, Faith, Confession, Repentance, Water Baptism, Holy Ghost , Endurance)

Purpose: To understand God's complete plan of salvation. Many Christian don’t even know what God says about salvation.

To be able to explain to an unbeliever what God says about salvation. Telling some one bit’s and pieces can mislead a person seeking salvation. If someone asked how do I get saved, a Christian should have a biblical answer.

Suppose a man who cannot swim falls overboard. Suppose his friend in the boat throws him a lifeline and pulls him to safety.
Who or what saved the drowning man? His friend? The lifeline? The life preserver? The boat? Or did the man save himself? The answer, of course, is that his friend saved him, the lifeline, and the life preserver, and the boat saved him. He also saved himself.
This simple parable helps us to understand that it is as foolish to say that we are saved by grace alone as it would be for the drowning man to claim that any one of the above means saved him without other intervention.

The Bible certainly does teach that we are saved by grace. But it also teaches that God uses means. These means are called by theologians, the "means of grace."
This booklet lists seven of God's chosen "means of grace," and is intended to be a quick reference and teaching tool. On these pages we have compiled pertinent portions of the pure Word of God to show how God saves us by His grace.

Element 1
Saved by Grace
Definition of Grace:
1. The unmerited love and favor of God;
2. A state of reconciliation with God
Someone demonstrated that the letters of the word grace suggest the acrostic:
• Great
• Redemption
• At
• Christ's
• Expense

Romans 3:23,24; Titus 2:11; Ephesians 2:5; Ephesians 2:8

Element 2
Saved by Faith

Definition of Faith:
1. Confidence or trust;
2. Spiritual acceptance of truth;
3. Belief in God.

Ephesians 2:8; 1 Peter 1:9; Hebrews 11:6; Mark 11:6; James 2:19-20; Romans 10:10

Element 3
Saved by Confession

Definition of Confession:
1. To disclose sins or faults to God;
2. To unburden the conscience;
3. To acknowledge guilt, wrong-doing or sinfulness;
4. To admit to unbecoming deeds.

Romans 10:10; 1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13

Element 5
Saved by Baptism
Definition of Baptism:
1. To dip, plunge, or submerge;
2. A religious ceremony signifying spiritual purification by immersion in water.

1 Peter 3:21; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:16; Acts 10:48; Acts 22:16; Acts 10:43; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38

Element 6
Saved by the Holy Ghost
John 3:3-5; Romans 8:9; Romans 8:14; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:1-6

Element 7
Saved by Endurance

Definition of Endurance:
1. The act, quality, or power of withstanding hardship;
2. The state or fact of persevering;
3. Continuing existence; duration.
The writer of Hebrews referred to the Christian life as a race.

Hebrews 12:1; Matthew 10:22; Matthew 24:13; 2 Timothy 2:3; Hebrews 12:7; James 1:12; 2 Peter 2:20

Hebrews 2:1-3

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