Summary: Are those who say they believe really headed for Heaven? It’s more to it than just believing. Believing is being OF Him.

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20100801.Sermon.Get Ready Series

William Akehurst, BA


It’s more to it than just believing.

Key Verse: Titus 2:11-14, 2 Peter 3:14

Psalm 130:2-5

Psalm 24:3-5

2 Peter 3:8-11-15

1 Thessalonians 5:1-10

Revelation 21:6-8

Titus 2:11-14

11. Salvation has appeared to all men

12. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Teaching us that we should live:

a. Soberly, as not under the influence of this world

b. Righteously, by doing what is right

c. Godly, the way Christ lived

d. Denying, a choice, first mental, then physical.

We make the choice, to do or to do not

Choice to change our habits to what is pleasing to God

Doing right, be clear minded, be sober, not under the influence of this world

Be Holy for I the LORD your God, am Holy. Leviticus 19:2

13. Remembering, thinking looking forward to that blessed hope, Christ’s redemption and His return

14. Who gave himself in our place to redeem us from wrong, evil and sin. Purifying us to do good. Purifying, changing our heart and mind to do good things.

Psalm 130:2-5

2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

Who can Stand? When the LORD marks our sin, Who can stand?

But, there is forgiveness. There is HOPE!

In the words of David, he was waiting, hoping, in the promises of God’s word, of the savior, the Messiah.

We see hope fulfilled, with our ability to see the old and new testaments. The hope in the prophecies of old, looking for the Messiah, hoping for that day when he would come. Fulfilled in the new, as Christ fulfills those prophecies, that hope of days long ago.

And yet, are we without hope? No. We hope for the future, when Christ will come back again. We hope for the day we enter heaven, sins forgiven by the hope we have in the redemption of Christ.

Because of HOPE we can endure many things. We can endure suffering. We can wait for change. We wait and hope.

HOPE is, only an earthly word. It has no meaning in heaven as it is fulfilled in Christ’s presence.

In Hell, it does not exist; there is no hope for escape. There is no hope even for the worm, which is not consumed by the fires of Hell. There is no way out. If there were, then what would be the need for redemption. We could live our lives, pay our penalty, and then come out again? No, there is no hope in hell. At all. Ever.

We have hope, in Christ,

His death,

His resurrection,

His life

His coming back again

He is the way to the Father

To heaven

To forgiveness

But we have a choice of how we live

11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

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