Are we active in our salvation or completely passive? Is salvation a work of God or is faith something that we must do in order to be saved? I found this quote from Charle's Spurgeon's sermon, "The Lifting Up of the Bowed Down," a helpful illustration of what happens when a person is saved. This sermon was on Luke 13:10-13 in which Jesus heals a woman who had been disabled and bent over for 18 years:
My favorite part of this quote:
"All Christians are thorough Calvinists when they come to singing and praying, but it is a pity to doubt as a doctrine what we profess on our knees and in our songs. It is most true that Jesus alone saves the sinner, and equally true that the sinner believes unto salvation. The Holy Ghost never believed on behalf of anybody; a man must believe for himself and repent for himself, or be lost; but yet there never was a grain of true faith or true repentance in this world except it was produced by the Holy Ghost."