Summary: When we talk about preparing for our future with Christ, there are several levels where this preparation takes place. Preparation takes place on a personal level, a mutual level, and finally what I would like to call and emergency level. This morning, I
PREPARING NOW FOR OUR FUTURE WITH CHRIST
Personal Spiritual Preparation
Acts 16:25-35 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.
28 But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself! We are all here!"
29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.
30 He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
31 They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household." 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.
34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God--he and his whole family.
35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: "Release those men."
INTRODUCTION: When we talk about preparing for our future with Christ, there are several levels where this preparation takes place. Preparation takes place on a personal level, a mutual level, and finally what I would like to call and emergency level. This morning, I would like to deal with the first part of our spiritual preparation in light of the return of Christ.
Good preparation involves two major things. We prepare for what we know is going to happen, and we prepare for what we anticipate is going to happen. As we go through this series, it is my goal to give us biblical information in both of these areas, and in doing this, help prepare us for eternity.
I SPIRITUAL PREPARATION FOR HEAVEN – SALVATION
A Salvation begins with a witness from believers
Romans 10:14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
1 Faith comes from the communication of the Word of God
a You need to hear the message of salvation in order to act on it.
b You need to communicate the message of salvation for others to act on it.
2 Personal spiritual preparation involves our own assurance regarding our salvation
a Involves a sincere evaluation of our own spiritual condition
1 Do I profess salvation?
2 Do I possess salvation?
3 Two are vastly different
a) The first one – profession comes from a sense of duty, obedience, or tradition to family or even myself.
(1) Of course I am saved, I am in church
(1) Of course I am saved, my whole family is