Saved By Grace Is A Powerful Tool For Confident Living

A growing number of studies have shown the benefit of religious faith to personal well-being.1-3 Teleios, Inc., surveyed evangelical Christians to evaluate confidence in salvation and associations with well-being and adherence to their faith.

We included 1526 participants who completed a survey advertised on the Instagram account Instapray. We examined those who identified themselves as ‘saved by grace’ (16%, n=243; SBG) compared to all others who did not confidently express their salvation (84%, n=1283; OTHERS).

The majority of respondents were:

  • Female – 70%
  • Had at least some college education – 53%
  • Average age – 23 years
  • Evangelical – 73%

The survey provided 4 powerful findings. Those who said they were saved by grace:

1.  Practiced their faith – They adhered more to the practice of their faith (P>0.03; Figure 1).

Fig 1: Adherence to faith (overall rating, scale 0-6 with 6 having high participation)

Answer Options SBG Rating OTHERS RatingP-value
I attend church4.103.66<0.0001
I study the Bible directly (either alone, with a mentor or small group)4.783.95<0.0001
I pray to God5.765.590.029
I praise God5.565.350.0088
I teach others directly from the Bible3.032.18<0.0001
I share verbally the specific Gospel message with an unbeliever2.101.72<0.0001
I have Christian fellowship where biblical topics are discussed3.782.81<0.0001
2.  Secure in salvation – They had greater knowledge of security of their salvation (P>0.001; Figure 2).

Fig 2: I can lose my salvation due to?

SBG OTHERS
Answer Options%N%N
Committing too many different varieties of sins.5%1114%184
Committing the same sin too many times.5%1316%240
Committing a really bad sin.3%811%171
Any combination of the above 3 responses.12%2817%260
Not following scripture.15%3620%308
Not making Jesus Lord of my life44%10647%716
Nothing. Salvation cannot be lost.51%12527%404
3.  Better wellbeing – They enjoyed better well-being, contentment, peace, joy and purpose (P>0.013; Figure 3).

Fig 3: Well-being (overall rating, scale 0-6 with 6 being most agreement)

Answer OptionsSBG
Rating
OTHER RatingP-value
I have good wellbeing4.794.580.013
I am content with life4.704.28<0.0001
I have peace4.734.29<0.0001
I am joyful4.904.540.001
I have purpose5.314.970.019
4.  Less guilt – They expressed less guilt (P<0.0001; Figure 4).

Fig 4: Why do you have guilt?

SBGOTHER
Answer Options – I think my sins are forgiven through faith in Christ, but…%N%N
I am unsure if all my past sins really are forgiven.3%810%134
I have committed sins since I believed, and I am not sure they are forgiven.6%1514%173
I am still committing sins that I really do not want to stop.16%3925%315
I have committed sins since and fear God is angry, so I am unsure He hears or answers my prayers.13%3223%294

I am unsure if my current good works are enough to assure His continued satisfaction with me.

11%2620%257
I do not have guilt.35%8625%325

Evangelical

In addition, those most confident in being saved by grace were more likely to specify they were evangelical (93%) than those less able to clearly express salvation by grace (69%).

WHAT IT MEANS

Young people who identify as evangelical need to be confident in the terms of their salvation and practice their faith to achieve a higher level of well-being, contentment, peace, joy and sense of purpose as well as less guilt!

Having faith in salvation by grace through Jesus Christ improves your well-being!

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  2. WR MacIlvaine, LA Nelson, JA Stewart, WC Stewart. Association of strength of community service to personal well-being. Community Ment Health J 2014; 50: 577-582.
  3. WC Stewart, MP Adams, JA Stewart, LA Nelson. Review of clinical medicine and religious practice. J Relig Health 2013; 52: 91-106.