As the thread title says, I am currently writing a paper on the question for a class I am taking. I know the debate over salvation is old to some, but I would like to refresh on the topic as I have not argued it in depth for awhile. I realize side topics will arise, but my paper is specifically on regeneration in the order of salvation. To be open and honest, when I was born again I would not have argued in favor of Calvinism and changed so I have been arguing in favor of it for the last two years. The biggest stumbling block for me was always the regeneration part because it isn't as clear. I have since decided to try to accurately tackle what the Bible means when it speaks of being born again (or regenerate, quickened, or born of the Spirit). I plan on trying to take an open-minded fresh look at this topic to be as Biblically accurate as possible. I want to say that I am firm on the doctrines of grace, and do not believe, as of now that regeneration is "NOT" a must in order to still adhere to God's sovereign election and grace. This is because there is still clear evidence of the effectual call or inner call to the elect. My objective is to discover whether or not many Calvinist's confuse regeneration with the work of God's Spirit who calls, teaches, and draws. Logically in their view it makes sense, but my goal is to see Scripture's explanation. I realize at first glance I will be making so called "enemies" in debate from both ends so I will do my best to clarify my view in the discussion. So to open it up, please state clearly and "ONLY" The order in which you see salvation happening and define regeneration in your Biblical view. Here are my options that I see thus far: 1. (Reformed) Election, Effectual Calling, Regeneration, Repentance/Faith, [Justification, Indwelling/Sealing, Adoption], Sanctification, Glorification 2. Election, Effectual Calling (including complete work of the Spirit much like Calvinists define born again), Faith/Repentance, [Justification, Indwelling/Sealing of Spirit, Adoption....= Regeneration], Sanctification, Glorification Thus in my mind the two options offer either 1. that Regeneration is the complete work of being made new by the work of God or 2. It is a specific work of the Holy Spirit to make someone alive spiritually that they may see. Your turn... Please be kind, on topic, and realize your preconceived notions so that by God's grace we can arrive at a Biblical view with careful reasoning.