Category: Soteriology

Soteriology is the study of the doctrine of salvation. A 5 Session   Free Video Class as taught by Dr. Andy Woods. Soteriology discusses how Christ's death secures the salvation of those who believe. It helps us to understand the doctrines of redemption, justification, sanctification, propitiation, and the substitutionary atonement.  This course covers the study of the grace of God in salvation including election, the ministry of the Savior in His humiliation and exaltation, the nature and extent of the Atonement, efficacious grace, justification, regeneration, the salvation ministries of the Holy Spirit (including Spirit baptism, indwelling, and sealing), and eternal security.

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:5-10

Dr. Andy WoodsAbout Dr. Andy Woods

Andy is the Senior pastor of Sugar Land Bible Church. He is also the president of Chafer Theological Seminary. In addition, Andy has contributed to many theological journals and Christian books and has spoken on a variety of topics at Christian conferences.  See more here from Dr. Andy Woods Site.

 

Soteriology 101 The Doctrine of Salvation

Session 01 What is Soteriology?

Introduction. A definition of the term 'Soteriology' and discussion of the teaching of salvation in light of systematic theology.

Session 2 Election and Free Will.

What does the Bible teach concerning God's choice of who is saved in light of man's responsibility to believe?

Session 03 What is Atonement?

Atonement. Christ’s atoning death was substitutionary, unlimited in extent, and final.

Session 4 Salvation Terminology

Salvation Words. A survey of important concepts and terms associated with salvation such as redemption, reconciliation, expiation, propitiation, and imputation.

Session 05 What is The ONE Condition of Salvation?

What is the one condition of salvation? Recorded by Dr. Andy Woods, Senior pastor of Sugar Land Bible Church and President of Chafer Theological Seminary.

The 5 Points that Led Me Out of Calvinism

Dr. Leighton Flowers, Director of Apologetics for Texas Baptist and Professor of Theology for Trinity Seminary, recounts the 5 points that helped to lead him away from his Calvinistic beliefs.

What is Soteriology?  by GotQuestions.org

Answer: Soteriology is the study of the doctrine of salvation. Soteriology discusses how Christ's death secures the salvation of those who believe. It helps us to understand the doctrines of redemption, justification, sanctification, propitiation, and the substitutionary atonement. Some common questions in studying Soteriology are:

Once saved always saved? Perhaps the most heart-wrenching fear some believers live with is that we can do something to lose our salvation. But the Bible speaks clearly about the eternality of our salvation and how we are preserved by the One who bought us with His blood.

Is salvation by faith alone, or by faith plus works?  Am I saved just by believing in Jesus, or do I have to believe in Jesus and do certain things?

Is baptism required for salvation? What is baptismal regeneration?  Baptismal regeneration is the belief that a person must be baptized in order to be saved. While baptism is an important step of obedience for a Christian, the Bible is clear that baptism is not a requirement for salvation.

What is repentance and is it necessary for salvation?  Biblical repentance is changing your mind about Jesus Christ and turning to God in faith for salvation (Acts 3:19). Turning from sin is not the definition of repentance, but it is one of the results of genuine, faith-based repentance towards the Lord Jesus Christ.

What does it mean to be a born again Christian?  The phrase "born again" literally means "born from above." It is an act of God whereby eternal life is imparted to the person who believes—a spiritual transformation.

Other than Christology, Soteriology is the area where Christianity is the most different from the cults and other world religions. Understanding Biblical Soteriology will help us to know why salvation is by grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. No other religion bases salvation on faith alone. Soteriology helps us to see why. A clear understanding of our salvation will provide a peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) because we come to know that He who can never fail is the means by which we were saved and the means by which we remain secure in our salvation. If we were responsible to save ourselves and keep ourselves saved, we would fail. Thank God that is not the case!

Titus 3:5-8 is a tremendous summary of Soteriology, "He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life."

Recommended Resource: So Great Salvation by Charles Ryrie.

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