Lecture 10, A Saving Birth:
Although the doctrine of salvation is an important topic of discussion among Christians, there is an alarming amount of disagreement regarding what the Bible actually teaches about salvation. One area of confusion concerns why salvation is necessary at all. Although evangelicals proclaim that we must be saved, very few people specify what it is that we must be saved from. Another area of confusion concerns the way that sinners receive salvation. Throughout church history, the biblical doctrine of salvation by faith alone has often been trivialized and marginalized by efforts to promote salvation through human effort. Confusion also exists about whether people receive salvation through an independent act of their own will or as a result of the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. In this lecture, Dr. Lawson will address these issues and others, showing that salvation is a gift from God and that fallen human beings can inherit it only after experiencing the new birth.