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Summary: Telling the Truth to Those Who Seek The Lord

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So many times in our churches people come forward in accepting the Lord and our stance is always the same, “All you have to do is…” Yes, it is true, all we have to do to be saved is accept that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, died in a perfect state, and was resurrected 3 days after he was crucified. There is so much more to being a Christian than the original admission of need.

1. ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS:

• ACCEPT SALVATION

• Realize that we are sinners in need of salvation

a. Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”

b. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

c. Romans 10:9-10 tell us that all we have to do is believe in our heart and confess with our mouths that Jesus died and was resurrected from the grave

• Salvation is simple and we must act upon the conviction of God

II Corinthians 6:2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succourned thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

• “The devil and his cohorts were devising plans to get people to reject the Gospel. "Let’s go to them and say there is no God," proposed one. Silence prevailed. Every devil knew that most people believe in a supreme being. "Let’s tell them there is no hell, no future punishment for the wicked," offered another. That was turned down, because men obviously have consciences which tell them that sin must be punished. The concave was going to end in failure when there came a voice from the rear: "Tell them there is a God, there is a hell and that the Bible is the Word of God. But tell them there is plenty of time to decide the question. Let them ’neglect’ the Gospel, until it is too late." All hell erupted with ghoulish glee, for they knew that if a person procrastinated on Christ, they usually never accept Him.”

2. ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS:

• ACCEPT THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT COMES WITH SALVATION

Mark 12:30 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy sould, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

Matthew 16:24 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

• If we take up our cross, we must realize that as Christ suffered, we too will suffer:

a. Persecution

b. Distress

c. Pain

d. Sorrow

Luke 14:26 “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

• Obviously Christ is not contradicting His command to “Love one another”, but rather telling us that we cannot place ANYTHING before our service to the Lord

II Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

3. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS:

• “Put your hand to the plow and don’t look back” (Luke 9:62)

• One man said to his friend: "Say, you look depressed. What are you thinking about?"


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