Our study of salvation will center on four significant themes: deliverance, healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
God's salvation is the central plot of the Bible. The story begins with the exodus; God delivered the Israelites, the descendants of the covenant, from slavery in Egypt and revealed his holy name. The exodus interpreted their past and defined their future. At the heart of the deliverance story is salvation in Jesus Christ.
Another way salvation is defined in the Bible is through God's gifts of healing and wholeness.As disciples of Christ, we are called to cooperate in salvation as part of God's healing team.
Salvation is God's gracious act. We are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. The good news is that in Jesus Christ our sin is forgiven; it is not something that we have earned. Jesus saves and we are embraced in God's grace and love.
Finally, the death of Jesus upon the cross is God's supreme act of reconciliation. The mystery of salvation is that God's love is known through the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus; God's power is revealed in weakness. In Christ we are reconciled to God. And so we are called to the ministry of reconciliation.