C3 believes that salvation is the gift of God brought to mankind by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed on the Cross for the forgiveness of sin (Ephesians 2:8). There is no salvation a part from the saving work of Jesus Christ. Salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. Regeneration is a change of heart brought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, repentance, toward God and faith in Jesus Christ (Mark 1:15). Justification is God's full graciousness of making humans "right" with Him (Titus 3:7). It brings mankind into a relationship of peace and favor with God. Sanctification begins with regeneration, by which the believer is "set apart" for God's purposes, and begins maturing spiritually through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit (2 Thessalonians 2:13). Growth takes place when the believer begins to resemble His Redeemer more and more everyday. Glorification is the final state of the redeemed, and is the final culmination of salvation for the believer (Revelation 21; Revelation 22:1-5). (C3Rowlett.com/what-we-believe).
In your CG this week, talk about what it means to be saved by Grace Alone. Spend time with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts:
HEAR AND OBEY:
According to this week’s Scriptures, who were you apart from Christ? Who are you now in Christ? (look for specific identity statements)? Were you saved by good works or for good works. What is the difference?
Confess how you have forgotten who you are in Christ. Confess who you are in Christ. Does understanding your identity affect your activity?
Pray for each other. Pray “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe…” (Ephesians 1:17–19 ESV).
Pray also for your unbelieving friends. Pray that the Holy Spirit would open opportunities to speak the gospel through you so that they too would believe and be sealed for the day of redemption.