To lead believers and leaders into a deeper understanding of salvation in Christ, to clearer witness, and to the equipping of others for ministry in these subjects.
The course begins by pointing to mankind’s need for a Saviour and how God prepared the world for his coming. It then explores the role of the Holy Spirit in the salvation process. From there it discusses the subjects of justification, regeneration, baptism by the Holy Spirit, and living a transformed life. The course ends with four essential aspects of salvation, showing how neglecting any one of the four can lead to imbalance and even heresy.
Learning Outcomes Content: By the end of the course, the student will be able:
- To describe sin in its various aspects: (1) “sinful nature” (principle of sin); (2) sinful acts (deeds of sin); (3) the absolute offense of sin (there are no big sins and little sins)
- To understand the extent of human wickedness (depravity), and to realize the eternal destiny of those who have not heard the gospel.
- To explain why justification by grace alone through faith alone is central to protestant thought.
- To outline in simple and clear terms an evangelical understanding of atonement.
- To differentiate between the ideas of justification, sanctification and glorification.
Character: By the end of the course, the student will:
- Give clear testimony to and show personal commitment to salvation by grace through faith.
- Demonstrate peace concerning his or her assurance of salvation and destiny in Christ.
- Demonstrate a recognition of the eternal destiny of the lost, and a personal commitment to bringing people to saving faith in Christ
Competency: By the end of the course, the student will be able:
- To give a simple and clear presentation of the plan of salvation (five to ten minutes).
- To clearly defend the concept of justification by grace through faith alone from justification by works; and to describe the proper role of the law in bringing us to conviction and faith in Christ.
- To persuasively defend evangelical teaching concerning the doctrine of salvation from common misunderstandings and heretical positions
- To describe a number of ways in which salvation brings real change in the life of a believer.