I desire to better understand what you all hold to be true concerning the following: - How do you know “you” personally are one of the elect? - If you are sure you are one of the elect, how/when did you learn you were? - If you are among a mixed flock (saved/unsaved) does the pastor preach trying to win those lost souls? Would it be beneficial to them if they are not the elect? Thanks in advance to any of you who respond. I just want to know more about your beliefs. I am thoroughly confused on Calvinism, and I understand there are even varying degrees of that. I’d like to make one comment in addition to posing my questions, if you please. I think God might be pleased that so many people discuss or even differ on Biblical things during the course of discussion; however, I think he might be a little disappointed that many of these discussions appear to be divisive at times. It’d be nice to see the posters give some evidence of loving their brothers/sisters as themselves (this includes myself). I really was not sure where to post this being a SB with neither Arminian nor Calvinist leanings nor am I instigating debate. Thanks again.