Reflection on the Entrance Exam

In the first week of this course you were supposed to complete an "entrance exam" which polled both your factual knowledge about this topic and your opinions. It serves as a snapshot of where you were at the beginning of the semester. Review that examination to refresh your memory. Then:

Write an updated and cohesive essay that answers as fully as possible in the space you have the question, "What is salvation?"

Superior answers will draw insightfully on what you have learned this semester to craft an answer that is precise, full, and useful in our present context. Try to appeal substantially and obviously to all the sources we have used to do justice to all God has done in Jesus Christ to reconcile the world to himself.

As you write, I would like you to bear especially in mind the subject of salvation who is God, the objects of God's saving intentions, and the instruments through which God's saving grace comes to them. Let this exercise help you think through your mission as one of those instruments.

Please keep your paper 4-5 pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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