One Pastor’s Soteriology

What is “Soteriology?!”  It’s a word I learned in seminary that means “The study of salvation.”

Presently this is a topic being mildly discussed in the Southern Baptist ConventionSo I thought I’d state what my soteriology is for those I serve as pastor.

I believe God loves the world (John 3:16),

I believe God does not wish that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9),

I believe Jesus Christ is the only way anyone can be saved (John 14:6),

I believe a person must repent in order to be saved (Acts 2:38),

I believe God commands all people to repent so as to be saved (Acts 17:30),

I believe prior to salvation a person is spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1-5),

I believe all elements of salvation (Faith, belief, & repentance) are gifts from God (Ephesians 2:8-9),

I believe anyone who desires to be saved can and will be saved (Romans 10:13, John 6:37).

“What must I do to be saved?… Believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

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