Summary: THis sermon deals with assurance of or salvation and the peace that should accompany salvation.
July 26, 2004
I. I was talking before I left on vacation about the freedom that we have in salvation, from the power of sin and the guilt of sin, and there is a question that goes along with that idea that we all wonder about but seldom get brave enough ask out loud.
A. Different people would word the question in different ways.
B. Some are the inquirers who want to know what becoming a Christian means.
C. Some are uncertain Christians who want to be sure of their faith.
D. And some are growing Christians who want to find the full joy and peace that Jesus promised.
E. But the question that we all wonder about is really "Why be a Christian"?
1. The first group really want to know what difference being a Christian makes. Their question is, does it work?
2. The second group wonder if it is worth it to keep going against the flow of the world around them. Their question is, is it worth it?
3. The third group wonder if the power Jesus said is available is really real. Their question is where is the power?
4. In a way we are all asking the same question, Why be a Christian?
F. There is a powerful answer to that question in Hebrews 7:24-25.
Heb 7:24 - 25 NIV) but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
1. Jesus is able to save completely because He has all power. His salvation is complete.
II. But, there is a word in those verses that has been over used and under explained.
A. It’s a word that leaves many people wondering and some people frustrated.
B. And, most people have been asked in some way are you saved?
1. A lot of the time that question is asked with an attitude of superiority instead of concern.
2. I read a story about a church member who had brought their parents to church with them. While they were waiting for the service to start an usher who was looking for seats for someone noticed that there were two empty seats on their row.
3. He asked "Are those two saved", talking about the seats.
4. The church members thought he was asking about the parents and said, "THEY SURE ARE"!
5. When they realized what had happened they all had a good laugh.
6. Being saved doesn’t give us reason for haughtiness, but it should give us reason for humility, because we have been given what we could never acquire on our own.
C. What does it mean to be saved?
1. You might be turned off by the word "saved" because you have heard it used carelessly and with no explanation of its meaning too many times.
2. Or maybe you have used it yourself without comprehending the joy that should go with it.
3. Or you might say "sure I’m saved but from what, for what, and what difference does it make in the struggle I have with day to day life?"
D. A new Christian once said " the thing I like about Jesus’ salvation is its so down to Earth, its for me, its for now, and its forever!"
1. That’s a good description, our salvation, is practical, its working in our lives now and its forever!