Salvation – A Personal Story

by Tera Ferguson

The LORD and the Church have always been a part of my life. I was born into a Christian home. My parents were very active in church. My daddy was always either Chairman of the Deacons, Sunday School director or on another committee, and my mother was active in working with children. Both of them sang in the choir. Needless to say we were at the church every time the door was open. I even remember walking to church in the snow one Sunday when the car was iced in. Of course, we couldn’t find my gloves so I remember that my daddy kept one of his hands in his pocket and let me wear one of his big, leather gloves. I also remember joining the church and being baptized when I was very young.mormon-baptism1

Later, when I was a teenager, our youth group was preparing for a mission trip. We were using The Four Spiritual Laws booklet as our evangelistic tool. We were assigned to practice at home so we would not need to read the words but be familiar enough to say what was on each page. As I was practicing in my room, I realized that I did not remember ever praying to ask the Lord to forgive me of my sins and be Lord of my life.

This really began to nag at me. Was I a Christian? The scripture talks about “childlike faith” and “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for of such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14 ESV). So was I saved? I am sure my parents thought I was and that I understood, but I could not remember.

What did I remember? I remembered going to Sunday School and Training Union (the Sunday night classes) and Girls Auxiliary which was the mission organization for girls in my church. My mother always read me Bible stories. I remember walking down the aisle and sitting on the front row. My mother had filled out my membership card. I remember waiting with another little girl to be baptized and wondering if the water was cold. We decided that I should stick my toe in the water, but I don’t remember if the water was cold or warm.

The question remained, Was I saved? I did not like that I was asking this question. I had been in church all of my life. I was going on mission tour for crying out loud. Was I saved!!!

bklt-fourspiritualWell, there was one thing I knew without a shadow of a doubt and that was how to present The Four Spiritual Laws. That afternoon in my own room I went through The Four Spiritual Laws booklet and prayed to receive Christ. I have always felt that I was the first person that I ever led to the Lord. I was baptized to publicly profess my salvation. Was I saved? Yes! There was then, and is today, no question as to whether I am saved. I know that I know.

Do I believe that a person can lose their salvation? No. I do believe that every person should be able to pinpoint the occasion when they received Christ. Maybe you do not know the time or date but you should remember the circumstances of your salvation. Do you know that you know that Jesus is your Lord and Savior? Do you remember when you prayed to receive Christ? If not, now is the time to take care of business. Every Christian has a salvation story? Do you have a story?

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The Four Spiritual Laws is a booklet by Campus Crusade for Christ – Bill Bright Media Foundation.

The Mathematics of Faith

by Dena Green

2 Peter 1:3-8 – His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

God has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.  He granted his precious and very great promises that we may be partakers of his divine nature.

With my financial work background, I think of a grant as money given to an organization to be used in a certain way whether for research or to provide a good or service.  It is set aside for a specific purpose and is to be used for only that purpose.  It is for the betterment of society and to benefit a specific need for some individuals or group of people. (food pantry, classroom need, school band, social program, medical testing and research to name a few)

As related to the verses above, all of our needs are granted through Jesus Christ in order for us to glorify HIM.  He granted us precious and very great promises so that we may partake of his divine nature.

  • God gave us faith and we are to grow in that faith.
  • We are to make use of our faith.
  • Our faith is precious and came at a high price to Christ Jesus.

We are to keep adding to our faith –

  • Virtue
  • Knowledge
  • Self-control
  • Steadfastness
  • Godliness
  • Brotherly affection
  • Love

Just like funds given to an organization are to be utilized, we must use our faith.  Our lives will be spiritually richer and better off and those around us will benefit as well when we share and grow in our faith. Unlike a financial grant, the great and precious promises that God has granted to us are eternal.

For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29