Session 2 Overview of Salvation Notes

Overview of Salvation 

I. The Nature of Salvation

A. The term “saved” basically means to rescue or deliver from danger.

B. The two basic usages of the term “saved.”

1. Deliverance from physical dangers - Acts 27:20

2. Deliverance from spiritual danger - Matthew 1:21, Acts 16:30

C. A clear understanding of the term “saved” includes…

The original root conveys the notion of preservation and safety . It is often used this way in non-Biblical literature.

Thus, to be saved infers not only deliverance from unfavorable circumstances; it also pictures the preservation of life under favorable conditions.

We can identify three stages of salvation

Immediate deliverance from the penalty of sin – Rom 5;9

Daily deliverance from the power of sin – Phil 1:6; 2:12

Final deliverance from the presence of sin – Rom 8:23

II. The Origin of Salvation

A. The Scripture never presents salvation as a product of man’ intellect or reason.  It is rather always a product of divine initiation.  Jonah 2:9; Psalm 3:8; Acts 4:12; Titus 3:4-6

B. Salvation then is always viewed as a gift from God given to men. Eph2:8-9

III. The Basis of Salvation

A. Salvation can be extended to sinful men because of and upon the death of Christ.

B. Certain facts about Christ’s death

1. His death was necessary in order to

a. accomplish His own purpose - John 12:27

b. obey the Father - Matthew 26:42

c. give eternal life - John 3:14-15

2. Christ’s death is a substitutionary sacrifice - 1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 20:28

IV. The Reception of Salvation

A. Men get saved by responding to the Gospel in faith.

1. Faith basically means belief or confident trust

2. Central passage: Ephesians 2:8-9

B. Five key concepts

1. The foundation of faith¾upon Jesus Christ Acts 11:17

2. The extent of faith¾into God John 12:44

3. The location of faith¾in the Gospel Mark 1:15

4. The position of faith¾on the basis of Him 1 Peter 2:6

5. The reference of faith¾with reference to God Acts 17:34

C. Simple statements of faith - Romans 1:16; Acts 16:30-31

D. The work of the Holy Spirit precedes faith - John 6:44;

Acts 13:48

V. The Essence of Salvation is ­­­­­­­­­­Grace.

A. Total Inability

1. A definition - “Man has no spiritual ability; there is no possible means of recovery within himself apart from divine initiative.”

2. Scriptures - John 6:44, 6:65; Ephesians 2:1, 5; John 1:13; Romans 5:12

B. Unconditional Election

1. A definition - “God’s choice of certain individuals unto salvation before the foundation of the world. This choice is based on God’s sovereign will alone, not upon merit or foreseen faith of men.”

2. Scriptures - Ephesians 1:4, 5, 11; Romans 9:8-23; Acts 18:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:13

C. Particular Redemption

1. A definition - “Christ died to secure the salvation of those who were given Him by the Father. The design of the atonement is for those who actually believe.”

2. Scriptures - John 6:33-39; 1 Thessalonians 5:10; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:25

D. Irresistible Grace

1. A definition - “Those whom God has chosen will freely respond to the Gospel. They will irresistibly be drawn to Christ. They cannot finally refuse.”

2. Scriptures - Acts 13:48; John 6:37; John 5:21; John 10:26

E. Perseverance of the Saints

1. A definition - “Those whom have been given to the Son will never be cast out of God’s love. Salvation as a whole is of God including its continuance.”

2. Scriptures - Romans 8:31-39; John 10:27-29; 1 Peter 1:5; 2 Timothy 1:12


Answering the "So What" Question: (task groups)


Theological Statement                 Personal Application            Institutional/Societal Application


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