Am I “saved”? This is surely an essential question we each need to consider. Many people sing the line in Amazing Grace which says “I once was lost but now I’m found” without knowing how salvation really works. What does it mean to be lost? What does it mean to be found? Can you know for sure that you are saved? In this series, we will explore the doctrine of salvation, which is sometimes called soteriology. This will be a theological deep dive into the ins-and-outs of what the Bible says about being lost, found and heavenbound.
We will consider some big questions such as the following:
- What must I do to be saved?
- How can one religion be “right” and the others “wrong”?
- How could a loving God send people to hell?
- What happens when I am “saved”?
- What if I still have doubts?
- If I’m saved, why do I keep sinning?
- What if I don’t remember a specific time when I was “saved”?
- Can I lose my salvation?
- What is election and predestination?
- Who gets to go to heaven?
- What happens when we die?
- What will heaven be like?
Week 1 – LOST (Jan 5)
In this sermon, we will discuss what it means to be “lost.” The Bible teaches that Jesus “came to seek and save the lost.” So, it’s clear that the lost is a group of people who are in need of rescue. But we may reasonably wonder how they got into such a predicament and what particular danger they are in. In this sermon, we will explore the ramifications of sin, judgment, and hell as we consider why we all need to be saved.
Week 2 – FOUND (Jan 12)
In this sermon, we will discuss what it means to be “found.” The Bible teaches that Jesus “came into the world to save sinners.” So, it’s clear that Jesus’ mission was to accomplish our salvation, but to better understand we need some systematic way to explain how it happens. In this sermon, we will explore what the experience of salvation is like as we explore the meaning of terms like election, conversion, regeneration, justification, adoption and indwelling.
EQUIP NIGHT — Assurance of Salvation (Jan 15th)
Join us for a discussion on the Assurance of Salvation. In this class, we will look at the perseverance of the saints as well as how we can experience the objective and subjective assurance of our salvation. We will explore questions such as: Am I really saved? Can I lose my salvation? How can I know for sure? If I’m saved, why do I doubt? Why do I continue to struggle with sin? How can I experience peace and confidence in my eternal future?
January 15th, Vault 405 Center – Please feel free to invite your friends to join you for this conversation.
Week 3 – HEAVENBOUND (Jan 26)
In this sermon, we will discuss what it means to be “heavenbound.” The Bible teaches us that there is “hope laid up for you in heaven” and that “our citizenship is in heaven” So, it’s clear that Christians are heading somewhere good in the future. But we may be confused about why we still doubt, why we continue to sin, and why God allows suffering. We may be concerned about whether we are really saved at all or whether we could lose our salvation. In this sermon, we will explore how it is that we can be saved in the past while at the same time still need saving in the present and the future. We will conclude this series with a look ahead to the bright future that awaits all Christians as we consider what our forever life will be like.