What We Believe About Salvation

 This one’s huge, friends.  Many people today think all paths are equal, or that there are many paths to God.  Here’s what we believe:

We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin.

Talk about a counter-cultural message (I’ll be preaching on this subject in part two of Not Actually Jesus, June 6th in Barrie and June 13th in Orillia).  What do you think?  What part of this is hard to accept?  What impact can this belief have on your spiritual walk? 

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3 Comments

  1. margaret says, June 8, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Hey Carey; Can you give any suggestions as to how David & I can get his 97 year old mother to the service this sunday to hear the message about how nice people go to heaven? I am sure she believes this. She thinks she is not a bad person and it is doubtful that she has ever sinned bad enough to rate hell if there is such a place.
    I don’t think she could handle the music and she uses a walker. She’s not much for going out anymore and I’m not to sure she would even listen to a cd. She doesn’t live to far from the theatre. Maybe I should pray hard.

    • carey says, June 8, 2010 at 10:59 pm

      Hi Margaret….I so appreciate your heart for David’s mother. Wow! 97. That’s something. I’m not sure about how to get her out…you know her mobility better than any of us might. The 8:30 is always quiet and less busy…so it might be easier than the rush of 10:00. Another option would be maybe listening to the CD or podcast together at her home. I guess a third suggestion might be for the two of you to listen to the message once or twice and use it as a basis to have a conversation with her.

      That’s all I can think of. Any other ideas out there?

      Again, what a wonderful heart for David’s mom.

  2. Jess says, July 12, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Hi carey,

    Just wondering how you deal with the question of election and salvation. I belong to a church that believes that God choses some, but not all, as followers of Christ, and that all salvation is wholly dependent on him
    (ie, he chooses us, and unless he does, we cannot come to Christ). I realize there’s a strong biblical basis for election in Christ, but I cannot believe that salvation isn’t available to all. How do you deal with the biblical passages that seem to indicate this? (Acts 13:48, Romans 8 & 9, etc.)

    Thanks,
    Jess

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