Soteriology and Mission

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CENTRAL BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

POSITION PAPER ON SOTERIOLOGY AND MISSION

A PAPER SUBMITTED TO

DR. ROBERT JOHNSON

AS PART OF THE REQUIREMENT FOR 1501MP

BY JOHN TELGREN

SHAWNEE, KS

MARCH 27, 2007

As I understand it, "salvation" in scripture is basically fellowship of God's creatures with the creator. Keeping in mind that sin is a reality in the created order, a better way to put it would be this: Salvation is restoration of fellowship of God's creatures with the creator.
Before unpacking that statement, I will state my own theological suppositions. My first introduction to God was in the stories of his dealings with his people in scripture, especially the Hebrew scriptures. Rather than straight propositional truths about God, my view of God resulted from the stories of how God dealt with his people. Having gone through theological training with a Barton-Stone movement background, I did not develop a rigid, propositional faith in God or in his dealings with humankind. I find God's character in his actions more than in propositional statements. As a result, my view of God's sovereignty and the nature of his rule over creation is not a tidy mechanistic system, but has a certain level of give and take. God is free to make exceptions when he desires, usually in the interest of grace. My reading of Job demonstrates the tendencies even for sages to attempt to place God in a box. As a result, I do not class myself as Reformed nor as Arminian, though my views probably have more in common with Arminianism. As to salvation experience, I believe that repentance, confession, and baptism are all part of the expression of faith in Christ and are all an integral part of the salvation experience.
Having stated my suppositions briefly, I now turn to the expansion of my statement of my…...

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