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May 15, 2012

Getting Saved

Getting Saved

What does it mean to “be saved”? From the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Praying the “sinner’s prayer” to “ask Jesus into our hearts” so when we die we go to Heaven. That’s often the language of our evangelism, but is it the language of the Bible?

In a recent Christianity Today article, Gordon Smith argues that how Evangelicals are talking about conversion is changing.

For generations, Evangelicals have reduced getting saved to a one-time decision. But now, Smith suggests more are “moving toward a thorough re-envisioning of the nature of conversion and redemption,” and more are appreciating “that conversion is a complex experience,”  which involves an initiation “into a common life with the people of God who together seek the in-breaking of the kingdom.”

I can almost hear Chuck Colson cheer. He was passionate that Christianity is more than “getting saved so I can stay out of hell.” It’s a complete world and life view that we enter through repentance and grow in as we recognize the fullness of who Jesus actually is. We’ll link you to Smith’s eye-opening article at I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

The New Conversion: Why We 'Become Christians' Differently Today
Gorton T. Smith | Christianity Today | April 18, 2012

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