What Do I Have to Believe to Be Saved?

Posted: August 11, 2010 by Greg Burkheimer in Christ & Culture, Evangelism, Questions & Answers

Do we all agree on the essentials? There is an interesting post over at John Piper’s blog called, “What Do I Have to Believe to Be Saved?” Perhaps the most important question that one can ask. I have been thinking about this question a lot over the past year or so ever since I went through a class defining essentials and non-essentials.
If someone were to ask you to take out a sheet of paper and write down what is absolutely essential for a person to believe in order to be saved, what would your list include? Another way to ask this question would be what is the bare minimum that a person has to acknowledge as true in order to be forgiven? As I soon found out this was harder than I thought it would be. Do you agree with John Piper’s list?

  1. Ken Sarber says:

    I think John Piper nailed it as far as what to believe in order to be saved. One thing I thought was interesting was his comment about the Holy Spirit; in his unpacking of the Gospel, the Holy Spirit was not once mentioned. In the Bible, the Gospel was always presented simply, and that’s how we should keep it – simple so that even a child can understand it.

    When it comes to essentials and non-essentials, Piper made another fascinating statement in one of his “Ask Pastor john” statements. Someone asked him about essentials and Piper said that because we are not perfect people, we will not have doctrine. Here’s a link to another pastor who’s becoming popular online. His name is Tim Conway and this is a statement he made about denominations and which one is right – a must hear:

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