Grace-Based Salvation

“What is salvation?” is both a relevant and complex question demanding an answer from all individuals.  Many seek the world to obtain salvation, but the Bible teaches the correct answer to the salvation question.  Unfortunately, the answer yields other questions requiring answers:

  1. Do We Earn Salvation, Or Is It Given?
  2. Are There Conditions [Requirements] To Salvation?
  3. Is Salvation Based On Grace through Faith, Or Works?
  4. Can Individuals Lose Salvation?

Keep these questions in mind and read John 3:16, Matthew 5:3, Ephesians 2:1-10, and John 10:29.  How do these passages of scripture address the questions mentioned above?

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Unshakeable Foundation…

Every movement requires a solid foundation of principles to ensure future growth consistent with the desired mission.  So, what defines the foundation of “God-Empowered Disciples Making Disciples?”  In Luke’s account of the Gospel, the physician records Jesus teaching:

Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.

God’s absolute truth, contained in scripture, provides the rock for the foundation of “[making] disciples of all nations.”  Therefore, let us dig deep, and construct the foundation of discipleship upon the rock of scripture through God empowering us:

With the knowledge of His will [contained in scripture] in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing  fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Without Christ and His words, discipleship is impossible.  2 Corinthians 3:5-6 states:

…our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant…

In light of this passage, begin to pray for humility and a greater dependence on God to deny ourselves, and trust in His sovereign provision to create — through us — disciples of Christ.