Although the words "elect" and/or "election" are found no less than 27 times in the Scriptures, the doctrine of Unconditional Election is denied, ignored or explained away by the vast majority of evangelical leaders in today's doctrinally bankrupt congregations. Simply stated, this doctrine says that God has chosen, or elected, a people for His own possession. (The word "chosen" is also abundant throughout the Scriptures of both the Old and the New Testament.)
The Scriptures also teach that these "elect" persons are chosen unconditionally - that is to say, they have done nothing, nor could they do anything to merit this election. God has chosen those whom He chooses for reasons which are hidden in the will and purposes of God. But this much we know - God set His love on a particular people before the world began and predestinated them to be His adopted children through Jesus Christ for his own glory. This is our only hope for our evangelism, our preaching, and our praying.
Ephesians 1:3-7 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as he hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;"