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What is Salvation

Our disobedient nature has eternally separated us from our Creator. No matter how hard we try, we can never earn our way back into God’s presence. Our only hope is to trust Jesus as God’s provision for our disobedience. Whenever you make that decision, you step into the eternal and abundant life Jesus promises for all believers. 

Scripture Reference: Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-­‐17; 6:2-­‐8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-­‐26; 27:22-­‐28:6; Luke 1:68-­‐69; 2:28-­‐32; John 1:11-­‐14,29; 3:3-­‐21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-­‐29; 15:1-­‐16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-­‐31; 17:30-­‐31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-­‐18; 2:4; 3:23-­‐25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-­‐10; 6:1-­‐23; 8:1-­‐18,29-­‐39; 10:9-­‐10,13; 13:11-­‐14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-­‐20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-­‐20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-­‐25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-­‐22; 4:11-­‐16; Philippians 2:12-­‐13; Colossians 1:9-­‐22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-­‐24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-­‐14; Hebrews 2:1-­‐3; 5:8-­‐9; 9:24-­‐28; 11:1-­‐12:8,14; James 2:14-­‐26; 1 Peter 1:2-­‐23; 1 John 1:6-­‐2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-­‐22:5 

If I Accept Jesus Christ, Is My Salvation Forever? 

Definitely! Your salvation is through the most trustworthy being in the universe – Jesus Christ! You didn’t do anything to earn your salvation, and you can’t do anything to lose it. Your salvation is maintained by God’s trustworthiness and love not by what you do. 

Scripture Reference: John 3:16; John 10:27-­‐29; Rom. 8:35-­‐39; John 6:37,39; Eph. 1:13-­‐14; John 5:24 

How do we grow as believers? 

God has set us apart (sanctified us) for the purpose of growing us to become more like His Son. Through our faith in the Bible and the transforming work of the Holy Spirit, God changes our heart in order to change our character and actions. God’s promise is that when we reach heaven, He will complete the process of making every believer like Jesus. 

Scripture Reference: Deuteronomy 4:1,5,9,14; 6:1-­‐10; 31:12-­‐13; Nehemiah 8:1-­‐8; Job 28:28; Psalm 19:7ff.; 119:11; Proverbs 3:13ff.; 4:1-­‐10; 8:1-­‐7,11; 15:14; Ecclesiastes 7:19; Matthew 5:2; 7:24ff.; 28:19-­‐20; Luke 2:40; 1 Corinthians 1:18-­‐31; Ephesians 4:11-­‐16; Philippians 4:8; Colossians 2:3,8-­‐9; 1 Timothy 1:3-­‐7; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-­‐17; Hebrews 5:12-­‐6:3; James 1:5; 3:17 

Why is evil present in the world? 

While God will one day do away with all evil, He currently allows evil in the world -­‐ which provides mankind a choice. Satan is the source of all evil and will suffer an eternity of separation from God for his choices. (Hell was originally prepared for the devil and his demons.) Evil is present in the world because of mankind’s choice in the Garden of Eden. Because of Jesus, we have the opportunity to choose the goodness of God’s grace over evil. While God could eliminate evil immediately, He endures the grief of waiting to do so in order to give more people the opportunity to come to faith in Him. God is able to cause all things, even the evil in this world, to work together for the good of those who love Him. 

Scripture Reference:  Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:1-­‐24; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Psalm 100:5; John 3:19; Psalm 81:12; Revelation 12:7-­‐9; Revelation 20:10; 1 Corinthians 15:56; Colossians 2:15; 1 John 2:2; 1 Timothy 2:3-­‐4; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 8:28-­‐29

How Will I Spend Eternity? 

God made you to exist forever. God’s original intention was for humanity to live with Him.  But in our sin and imperfect we are all headed for an eternity of separation from God. That’s why God sent Jesus: to pay the price for our sins so that we can spend eternity with Him. What you decide about Jesus Christ in this life will determine where you will spend eternity. If you reject Him, you’ll spend it eternally separated from God in Hell. If you accept Him, you’ll spend it eternally connected with Him. Hell is a place of separation, suffering and darkness. When we die we go immediately into God’s presence to await the coming of the new Heavens and the new Earth! 

Scripture Reference: Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-­‐9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-­‐46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-­‐48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-­‐26; 17:22-­‐37; 21:27-­‐28; John 14:1-­‐3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-­‐28,35-­‐58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-­‐21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-­‐18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-­‐28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-­‐22:13 

What is the second coming of Jesus? 

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. 

Scripture Reference:  Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-­‐9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-­‐46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-­‐48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-­‐26; 17:22-­‐37; 21:27-­‐28; John 14:1-­‐3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-­‐28,35-­‐58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-­‐21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-­‐18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-­‐28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-­‐22:13 

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