At Oak Ridge Baptist Church (ORBC), we believe in the transformative power of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. In this blog post, we will explore the question that often arises in discussions about salvation: “Can you lose your salvation?” Join us as we delve into the Baptist perspective, shedding light on this important topic. Before we begin, if you would like to listen to a full sermon on this subject, Dr. Cooper has some insights into the topic of salvation.
The Gift of Salvation: A Foundation of Faith
As Baptists, we firmly believe that salvation is a gift from God, freely given to all who place their faith in Jesus Christ. It is not something we can earn through our own efforts or good works. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, eloquently states, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Eternal Security: Once Saved, Always Saved
One of the core doctrines within Baptist theology is the belief in eternal security. Once a person genuinely accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior, they are eternally secure in their salvation. This assurance is rooted in the promises of Jesus Himself: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29). Our salvation rests securely in the hands of a loving and faithful God.
Paul also states in Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
A Relationship with God: The Key to Assurance
While our salvation is secure, it is essential to understand that a genuine relationship with God is not devoid of responsibility. We are called to actively nurture our relationship with Him through faith, repentance, and obedience. Although good works do not save us, they are the natural outpouring of a transformed life. As James, the brother of Jesus, wrote, “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17). Engaging in prayer, reading the Bible, and participating in Christian fellowship help strengthen our assurance and deepen our relationship with God.
Wrestling with Doubt: Responding to Uncertainty
Doubts and questions about salvation may arise in our spiritual journey. It is important to recognize that doubts are a normal part of faith and can be addressed. When wrestling with uncertainty, we encourage you to seek biblical truth, consult spiritual mentors, and rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Engage in open dialogue with church leaders and fellow believers who can offer support, encouragement, and answers to your questions.
Living Faithfully: The Fruit of Salvation
As recipients of God’s amazing grace, our lives should reflect the love and teachings of Jesus Christ. Salvation transforms us from the inside out, shaping our attitudes, actions, and priorities. Our faith is not just a one-time event but a lifelong journey of growth and discipleship. We are called to pursue holiness, engage in acts of service, and share the good news of salvation with others. Within the Oak Ridge Baptist Church community, we witness the impact of salvation through the lives of individuals whose transformed hearts bear witness to the power of Christ.
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In the Baptist perspective, the question of whether you can lose your salvation finds its answer in the unwavering belief in eternal security. Our salvation is rooted in the grace and faithfulness of God, and once we are genuinely saved, nothing can separate us from His love. As you continue your spiritual journey, may you seek a deeper understanding of salvation, nurture your relationship with God, and live out your faith in a way that brings glory to Him.
We invite you to visit Oak Ridge Baptist Church or explore our resources for further spiritual growth. Remember, your salvation is secure in the hands of the One who is faithful to complete the work He has begun in you (Philippians 1:6).