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"What Shall We Do to Be Saved?"

King, Martin Luther, Jr.
January 1, 1948 to December 31, 1954
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Career in Ministry


Intro: I would like to set forth the thesis this evenig that the question “What Shall we do to be saved?” is but a collectivized extension of the question What shall I do to be saved.1 The pocess of social salvation is the same as the process of individual salvation

  1. The first thing necessary for ind. salvation is an honest recognization of one's estranged and sinful condition. One can never be saved until he recognizes the fact that he needs to be saved. Christian theology has always insisted that man is a sinner, that there is something wrong with human nature. The whole doctrine of original sin came into being to explain this gonewronness in human nature.

    1. No one can ever get well until he recognizes that he is sick.

    2. The story of the This same thing is true in the [social situation?]

1. Cf. Acts 16:30.


CSKC-INP, Coretta Scott King Collection, in Private Hands, Sermon file, folder 102, Untitled.