Summary: Part 2 of Bible Study series on salvation. Part 2 examines Jesus as the Only way to be saved. Expanded outline.
CENTRAL VBS LETS TALK ABOUT SALVATION part 2
Jesus is the ONLY way.
On April 13th, 2008, Oprah Winfrey said that Jesus could not be the only way to God. She went on to ask about “People who live on the planet in places where they never even hear the name of Jesus”.
Even more recently, in a men’s Bible study I lead, a man I like and respect, a deacon of a sister church in our association, indicated that he too believed that God had another way for people who have not heard about Jesus.
What does the Bible say? Is Jesus the only way to God? Is He the only way to be saved? And what about people who have never heard?
What does the Bible say about this?
I. GOD’S STANDARD
> Romans 3:10 (quickview) , 12 … as it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; All have turned away, together they have become useless; there is no one who does good, there is not even one.
II. SIN’S PUNISHMENT
III. GOD’S REMEDY
IV. WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD?
Notice, if you will, that each of these countries, each of these nations are judged; and rightfully so. They were not judged or held to the same standard because they did not each have the same level of understanding of what God's will and God's requirements were. But, each were judiciously judged, because each had done things they knew were wrong. Some ripped open pregnant women with a sword. Others sold their brothers into slavery. Some oppressed the poor. They were held to a higher standard because they had God's revealed Word.
Not everyone in the world is held to the same standard. But all are judged, even those who have not heard the Word of God, because they have knowingly, willingly, done something that even in their culture and with their limited knowledge, they knew was wrong.
V. SO WHAT IS OUR RESPONSE?
1. Be Saved
2. Be Witnessing