What is Salvation?

What is salvation?

Tom's more detailed notes:  https://tinyurl.com/tbcdetailedoutlinejohn

For Parents' Resources, go to tbcgrkidz.blogspot.com/2023/07/july-30.html

Pastor Brett's Sermons on this topic:

Quote from the quiz:  
"The inability to love, obey, or please God is the very essence of human depravity. And the only solution to that predicament is the recreative work of God. Jesus told Nicodemus, "You must be born again.” "Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” This is what salvation is all about  God miraculously changes the nature of those whom He redeems so that they are drawn to the same righteousness they formerly hated. This was the central promise of the New Covenant."  — John MacArthur.

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Matt Smethurst shares 5 ways to be evangelism-ready.  The first point is Grasp the Gospel.  The book offers a summary of the gospel in four movements:  the Ruler (God created, sustains, and rules everything that exists), the Revolt (Sin is more relational than behavioral and more vertical than horizontal), the Rescue (On the cross God treated Christ as if he had lived a believer's sinful life so that he could treat us as if we had loved Christ's spotless life), and the Response (Turn from sin, trust Jesus Christ, and treasure Jesus).
From Tom Hill's notes on Salvation and John 3

Everything true then for Nicodemus is true now for you and me.  
The fallen condition of mankind is seen in Nicodemus.  He was blind to spiritual matters.  Even with a knowledge of the Bible and a pharisee's prestige, he could not understand or enter the kingdom of God.  
Jesus tells Nicodemus about the need for a new birth.  John 3:3 says, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."  This new birth is done by God, not man.  Just as the Israelites in Numbers 21 needed to look to God's plan for healing, the serpent lifted up, so we all need to look to Jesus lifted up on the cross for eternal life - spiritual healing.

From TBC's Introduction to Theology class

Key Thoughts

    • Necessity of Salvation – Romans 3:23
    • Repentance and Faith – Forgiveness – Acts 2:38; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-10
    • Faith and Works – James 2:14-26; Hebrews 11
    • Election
    • Justification – Romans 3:24
    • Sanctification - Philippians 2:12-18
    • Adoption

 Why is it Vital to our Daily Lives:

    • At the cross, Jesus paid the penalty (judicial) for our sins and allowed His Righteousness to be transferred (imputation) to our account.
    • God’s forgiveness extends grace to the sinner because of Christ’s work, allowing God to be just and the justifier of all who believe and accept Jesus’ finished work on their behalf, making them adopted Children of God
Chapters of Urban Legends of Theology by Michael Wittmer connected to this doctrine: 
Any Religion Will Save You as Long as You're Sincere (Ch. 29) 
We Must "Preach the Gospel at All Times and If Necessary (Ch. 30)


Who is God the Son?

 Christology - Who is God the Son?

Theology Matters Discussion Time:  Wednesday, July 26 @ 7:00 in Room 2 at Trinity.

For Parents' Resources on Jesus, go to tbcgrkidz.blogspot.com/2023/07/july-23.html

Pastor Brett's Sermons on Jesus:

Additional Resources

Quote from the quiz: 
"This Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned vocabulary, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times."  — Philip Schaf

Short Statement  (TBC doctrinal statement): 

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice and that all that believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate.

Seven Titles discussed in class:

  1. Seed of the Woman:  Genesis 3:15
  2. The True Prophet:  John 17 (specifically verses 13 and 14)
  3. TH Great High Priest:  Hebrews 4:14-16
  4. The Conquering King:  Gospels in Triumphal Entry, foretold in Zechariah 9:9
  5. The Son of Man:  Daniel 7:13-14
  6. The Suffering Servant:  Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12
  7. The Lamb on the Throne:  Revelation 5


  • Christ – John 1:41; 4:25
  • Messiah – Matt 16:16
  • Jesus – Matt 1:21; Acts 4:12
  • King – I Samuel 16:13; Revelation 19:16
  • Prophet – Isaiah 61:1, Luke 24:19
  • Christ – John 1:41; 4:25
  • God – Hebrews 1:8; John 1:1
  • Messiah – Matt 16:16
  • Lord – Luke 6:46
  • Prophet – Isaiah 61:1, Luke 24:19
  • Immanuel - Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23
  • Priest – Exodus 29:1-7; Hebrews 4:14
  • Jesus of Nazareth – Acts 2:22
  • Son of God – John 5:26-27
  • The Man Christ Jesus – I Timothy 2:5
  • Son of Man – John 5:26-27


  • Human – human parent, names appearance
  • Deity – He created (Hebrews 1:1-2); forgave sin (Matthew 9:2); was worshiped and had divine names.


  • Apostles’ Creed
  • The Creed of Nicaea (325)
  • The Nicene Creed (381)
  • Chalcedonian Creed (451)
  • The Athanasian Creed (6th century AD)
Chapters of Urban Legends of Theology by Michael Wittmer connected to this doctrine: 
The Son of God Put on Skin (Ch. 24)
Jesus is More Loving and Compassionate THan the God of the Old Testament (Ch. 26)