THE STUDY OF THE DOCTRINE OF SALVATION – LESSON ONE

WHAT IS SALVATION?

Welcome to Bible Study! We continue our teaching on major church doctrines by looking this month at Salvation. What is Salvation? How does one get it? What does it mean to be saved? What is Sanctification or Regeneration? We will answer these and other questions on the meaning of Salvation over the next four weeks.

Please review the attached handout from the book New Member Training by Rev. Charles Powell for more background on Salvation. Some of our questions on this first night will come from the handout from the book by Rev. Powell.

Let’s get started!

The word Salvation comes from the Greek word Soteriology. What is the meaning of the word Soteriology?

What are some of the Biblical definitions of Salvation? (See page 87 of handout)

In our handout, Rev. Powell says Salvation includes: A. Regeneration;

B. Sanctification; and C. Glorification.

In your own words what is the difference between Regeneration and Sanctification?

Without looking at the handout, tell us what do you think Glorification is?

Exodus 3:7-8

7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey — the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.

Exodus 3:7-8 shows God’s first act of Salvation. What did God do to free the Israelites from slavery?

Exodus 3:9-10

9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

God is the God of the Oppressed. How does God show in Exodus 3:9-10 that He will take action to save those who are oppressed?

What changed between Exodus 3:8 and Exodus 3:10 in how God took action to save His chosen people?

Exodus 3:11

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

How does Moses’ question in Exodus 3:11 show how Moses and even some Christians today doubt who God can use as an instrument of Salvation?

Exodus 3:13-14

13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.b This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

Why do you think Moses thought that the Israelites would not believe him if he told them that God sent him to lead them to Salvation?

In Exodus 3:14 God reassures Moses that the Israelites would believe Moses when he said God sent him. How does this verse reassure you of God’s power to bring Salvation then and now?

Exodus 3:12

12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

This question is for anyone who can answer it correctly.

What does God tell Moses is the true reason for God’s Salvation of the Israelites then and for us as Christians today?

Next week we study Salvation by looking at Conversion, Repentance and Faith. We will go from Old Testament Salvation to today’s Salvation. Please read Matthew 1:21, and 16:224-26; Mark 1:14-15; Romans 5:1-8; and 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

Salvation Handout for 2-9-11