Element Christian Church
NRABV* - Nine: Work Out Your Own Salvation
Locations & Times
  • Element Christian Church
    4890 Bethany Ln, Santa Maria, CA 93455, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
Welcome to Element
We strive to ensure the biggest thing people think when they hear about Element is Jesus! We are a Gospel centered community who finds our identity in Jesus.

All Youth Beach Trip

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to a day in Avila Sunday, July 31st.


All Church Trivia Night

 This event will be:
A- FUN! B- Loud and chaotic C- A good chance to hang out with other people D- Mildly embarrassing - both for me and for you E- All of the above
Festivities start as early as 5pm. We’ve already reserved Feed My Seoul food truck for the evening so no need to eat dinner before. We will kick things off with a kids round at 5:30p and after that, we have set up childcare and some super fun activities for the kids to enjoy.
Actual trivia questions will begin at 6p so if you intend to play, gather or Gospel Communities or other teammates and be ready to start at that time! Even if you don’t want to play (but you will), feel free to come out, support the food truck and cheer people on!


Labor Day Weekend Baptism Celebration

Save the date! 9/4/22 @1pm Baptism Info Classes 8/7 & 8/14 for those wanting to be baptized

Casa of Hope Fundraiser BBQ
Casa of Hope is a local, anti-human trafficking agency dedicated to providing safe housing to sexually exploited women, educating communities, outreach, and bringing awareness in an effort to combat modern-day slavery of men, women, youth, and children.

They are hosting a BBQ fundraiser with the help of Cool Hand Luke’s and have asked if we could help sell some of their tickets. The BBQ can be picked up at CHL’S drive-thru style on August 27th and are $15 a ticket.

Tickets are sold as cash or Venmo only and can be picked up at the Welcome Center.

Spotlight on Missions

There are so many updates on the various local and global ministries we support we decided to compile them all into a newsletter for you to all enjoy at your leisure. You can find it at the link below.


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Link, Sign Ups, and More

We mention all sorts of links throughout service, this is a summary of all of them in one place! Find our YouTube, current sign ups, ways to connect and more!

This week's song list
Interested in looking for some of the songs we sang this week? Here's the titles and original artists:

Your Grace is Enough - Chris Tomlin
Burning in my Soul - Matt Maher
Empty Me - Jeremy Camp
Sweetly Broken - Jeremy Riddle
You Never Let Go - Matt Redman
Grace Alone - The Modern Post
Never Read A Bible Verse*
*without context

Week Nine: Work Out Your Own Salvation

The main story of the Bible says that we CAN’T save ourselves, that we can’t work for our salvation. So why does the Apostle Paul say, “as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling…”? Is this contradictory or could it be something else?

Three principles to remember, to help us study our Bibles in context:
1. Remember The Big Picture
2. Remember The Way Words Work
3. Remember The Context
Paul in this verse is not talking about eternal salvation, he is speaking about an internal situation in the Philippian church; calling brothers and sisters to get along. The "salvation" they were to work out is the "deliverance" from the strife that was present. They were to do it even if they were afraid (fear and trembling) because there was a lot at stake, as the outside world looked on.
Discussion Starters

How can humble unity further the mission of the Church?

Is it easy or hard to realize that salvation is not based upon our own work?

What kinds of messes or conflicts have you gotten yourself into, where you were required to do some "work" to get yourself out of it? What was difficult or scary about doing that?

What lessons did you learn from having to do the hard work of resolving those conflicts?

Are there any broken relationships that God is calling you to restore?

How can the Gospel speak into that relationship?

How can humble unity further the mission of the Church?

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