April 19, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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The permanency of salvation is a foundational question for rational skeptics and Christ followers alike. It’s foundational because it helps to clarify the even greater question of “what is salvation,” which I believe we could all agree is centrally important (maybe we’ll also discuss that). Accordingly, I believe that everyone who has asked themselves about what it means to be “saved” has answered our topic either explicitly or by assumption. Take a moment for some self-reflection. Ask yourself, can I lose my salvation? Does my answer affect how I live or my beliefs? Does my answer affect my choices? Is simple belief enough (John 3:16)? What if I stopped believing? What if I renounced my faith? Study the scriptures. Some notable ones to guide your discovery are: Hebrews 3; Hebrews 4:4-6; Hebrews 10:19-39; Romans 8:38-39; Romans 11:19-24; John 10; & Matthew 25:31-44.
Remember 1 Peter 3:14-16: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” Salvation is a major component of that hope. Let’s come together and “continue to work out [our] salvation” (Philippians 2:12) in friendship, love and service.
Grace and peace,