Do you know what a catchphrase is? Can you imagine showing up to this planet for the first time and not understanding common phrases people use? Sometimes we use "church" language at church. We may not really understand the words we use, like "saved." In Philippians 2, Paul says that we need to continue working out our salvation. It's not a one-time prayer. Salvation is being saved from the power of sin, but that's not the end. Salvation is something we work on every day. Salvation comes from a root word meaning "healing." That's a process. It's a story that keeps going. God wants you healed and whole. His salvation does both. Salvation is more than a moment.
Salvation is more than a moment.
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. - Philippians 2:12-13 NIV
Questions for Conversation
Discuss these questions as a family this week
- What do you need God to save or heal you from today?
- What's one "churchy" word or phrase that you didn't understand the first time you heard it?
- Are there any "churchy" words or phrases that you're still a little bit confused by?
- What does it mean that salvation is more than a moment?