FAQ: Can You Lose Your Salvation?

Warm up Question

What does it mean to “be saved”?

Discussion Questions

Is salvation a one-time thing or a process?
What do people mean when they say “eternal security”?
What is the role of faith in salvation?
Can we choose to believe in God or does God give us our faith?
How should we understand the Bible’s warnings against apostasy?
If it is possible, how might one fall from Grace and perish?
Can they return to faith?

Related Scriptures

Matt 10:32–33; 13:18–23; 24:10–13; 26:14–16; Mark 8:38; 13:22–23; 14:72; Luke 8:11–15; 12:8–10; 13:26–27; 22:3; John 6:39–40, 66; 10:27–30; 15:1–6; Rom 8:28–39; 11:17–32; 1 Cor 10:12–13; Gal 1:6–9; 2:4; 5:1–6; Eph 1:13–14; 2:8–9; Col 1:21–23; 1 Thess 5:23–24; 1 Tim 1:18–20; 6:20–21; 2 Tim 2:11–13; 4:3–4, 9–10; Heb 3:4–6, 12–14; 6:4–8; 10:26–39; 12:14–17; Jas 5:19–20; 2 Pet 2:20–22; 3:14–18; 1 John 2:19; 5:16–20

Additional Resources:

UMC.org: Do United Methodists believe “once saved, always saved” or can we “lose our salvation”?

Arminian/Wesleyan Views Affirming the Possibility of Apostasy/Fall from Grace
  • Ben Witherington III
    • Video: Why I'm Not a Calvinist: Seven Minute Seminary
    • Article: Christian Apostasy and Hebrews 6
  • William Lane Craig
    Defenders Podcast Series 2: Doctrine of Salvation

    • Calvinist Perspective of Perseverance:
      iTunes | mp3 | video transcript
    • Arminian Perspective of Perseverance:
      iTunes | mp3 | video  | transcript
    • Analysis of the Perseverance of the Saints:
      iTunes | mp3 | video transcript
  • John Wesley Sermons
Calvinist/Baptist Views on Perseverance of the Saints/Eternal Security/Once Saved Always Saved
  • John Piper Video: Can a Born-Again Christian Lose Salvation?
  • Charles Stanley Video: Can a saved person backslide and be lost?

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