The Concept of Election
Election is a fundamental belief at Forward Church, shaping our understanding of God's plan for salvation. In the context of Christian theology, election refers to God's sovereign choice to save certain individuals for eternal life. It is a concept deeply rooted in our faith and beliefs.
At Forward Church, we affirm the biblical teaching that God, in His perfect wisdom and foreknowledge, has predestined a chosen people for salvation. This divine election is an expression of God's unconditional love, mercy, and grace towards humanity.
The doctrine of election should not be misunderstood as favoritism or exclusion. It is not about God choosing some to be saved while leaving others to eternal condemnation. Instead, it emphasizes that salvation is ultimately a work of God's sovereign grace, freely given to those whom He has chosen.
The Significance of Predestination
In addition to election, we also embrace the concept of predestination. Predestination refers to God's predetermined plan regarding the destination and ultimate destiny of His chosen ones. It emphasizes God's all-encompassing and detailed knowledge of the future.
At Forward Church, we believe that God, in His infinite wisdom, has predestined the eternal destination of every individual. This understanding brings great comfort and assurance to our community of believers. Predestination assures us that our salvation is secure and that God has a purpose for our lives.
The concept of predestination does not negate human responsibility. While God's sovereignty is absolute, we also acknowledge the importance of personal faith and response. It is through faith in Jesus Christ that we become partakers of the blessings promised to the elect. Our response to God's grace and love is an essential aspect of our journey with Him.
Implications for Our Community and Society
Understanding and embracing the concepts of election and predestination profoundly impact our community and society. These beliefs shape our perspective on God's love, human nature, and the role of faith. They provide a solid foundation for our values and actions as followers of Christ.
At Forward Church, the doctrines of election and predestination inspire us to extend the love and grace we have received from God to others. We strive to create an inclusive and welcoming community, where everyone has the opportunity to encounter God's saving grace.
Our belief in election motivates us to share the message of hope and salvation with those around us. We are passionate about spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and inviting others to experience His transforming love.
The concepts of election and predestination hold significant theological and practical importance at Forward Church. We embrace these beliefs as foundational to our faith and as guiding principles for our community and society. With a deep understanding of God's sovereign plan, we seek to live out our purpose as a church, sharing the love of Christ and making a positive impact on the world around us.