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Centennial Statement Series: “Salvation”

As Brethren articulate who they are, they are prone to communicating the behaviors of their particular witness, often omitting the distinctives of Brethren thought. Brethren believe particular things that shape our peculiar witness. This series will highlight the beauty and challenge of “The Centennial Statement.”

“Salvation is both an event and a process: it is an accomplished fact, a continuing walk, and a future hope. Always the gift of God, salvation is received by repentance from sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, both witnessed to through water baptism. In faithfulness to His promises, God adopts believers as His children, forgiving their sins and giving them His Holy Spirit. They in turn demonstrate their faith by obeying the commands of Christ and following His example in daily living. Scripture uses various terms to describe aspects of salvation, but ultimately it means Christlikeness-conformity to the image of God’s Son by the work of His Spirit within us. To that end we are kept by the power of God, which operates through our faith.”

Discussion Prompts:

  1. Read Philippians 1:6. How does the verse speak to salvation? What is the “good work” to which Christ will be faithful to complete? What connections do you make between this and Paul’s discussion of working out one’s salvation with “fear and trembling” (2:12)?
  2. Respond to salvation as “both an event and a process.” Do you agree or disagree? How is salvation an “accomplished fact?” What does salvation as “a continuing walk” look like? What does salvation as a “future hope” mean for us today?
  3. How does salvation as process shape our witness in the world? Does the process of becoming take burden off your chest or does it leave things too open for you? What does evangelism look like if salvation is a process?

Next Post: “The Holy Spirit

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