troubled world. Be certain however, the gospel doesn’t promise to make all your troubles go away. It doeshowever, put our troubles into context and diminishes the negative power of uncertainty and struggle.It is my prayer that you will read this material with your heart and mind open to reaching a deeper, moresecure faith in God. As you read, you will make some new observations and these will help you
withmore focus and clarity. Other things may be discovered upon which you should
. Some discoveries maysuggest a change or adjustment in the way you relate to God. Where these actions are concerned, I pray for your courage and motivation to take those steps which would lead you closer to God. Spiritual growth is anever-expanding and on-going process. I encourage you to embrace the possibilities of a faith which yearns for added depth and meaning.One of the long-standing traditions of churches and denominations has been to connect salvation withone’s particular church affiliation. While I believe in the benefits of being affiliated with a church family, I alsosee a down side to simply thinking, “I know I’m saved because I’m a member of this or that church.” This study guide is based upon the idea that churches don’t save. Only Jesus brings salvation. The security of our salvation, in my opinion, is based upon our relationship with Jesus as opposed to our affiliation with aninstitution. This purpose of this guide is not, therefore, to point you in a specific direction regarding adenomination or church affiliation.
This study guide will be focused upon answering the questions:
What does it mean to be saved?How can I be assured that I am saved?Is there a continuing process to being saved?
To begin answering these questions, let’s begin with a consideration of one of the central ways God haschosen to draw us closer to Him. It is one of the principal ways God has allowed mankind to enter into arelationship with Him which allows for confidence, security and peace of mind. This way of relating to God iscalled
OUR COVENANTRELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
he relationship of God to man has frequently been defined in terms of a
. A covenant is simplya contract or agreement between two parties. In more practical terms, a covenant takes out the guesswork.Where our spiritual lives are concerned, we should strive for something that is concrete and understandable.Most of us want to know where we stand with the Creator. He wants us to know too. By giving us the Bible touse as a guide, we can know what his will is and how we fit into it. Take a look at
II Timothy 3: 16-17
to see what I mean.