It's a question on many minds, what does it mean to be saved? As part of a series on our beliefs, we asked the Rev. Junius B. Dotson of United Methodist Discipleship Ministries to share his understanding of the topic. No preaching, just conversation.
The Rev. Junius Boyd Dotson: "What does it mean to be saved? Scripture declares that if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, we shall be saved. So what does it mean? For me, one word kinda' encapsulates salvation: assurance. I have the assurance that when I die, I am going to heaven; that I am going to be able to be reunited with all of those, my loved ones who have gone on before me who have accepted Jesus into their lives; that there is life after death; that when I die, I'm gonna be in the presence of God. I get a great sense of assurance about that. Also, I have assurance about life right now, in the here and now. That is, when I'm going through tough times, when I'm facing difficult decisions, that there is a power with me, that there is a presence with me. That because I have accepted Christ, because I am saved, I have the ability to be able to walk with the presence of the Holy Spirit. That leads me and guides me and gives me a new sense of wisdom for all of the things I'm facing in my life. I like to take the mythology out of the word saved and say, in its simplest forms, to be saved is to have a sense of assurance."
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This video was first posted on March 15, 2018.