Summary: This sermon will explore the evidence of salvation.
Now as they were eating, He said, "Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me." Christ had just given a prophecy concerning His betrayal. One of His disciples would betray Him, so the question was asked: "Lord is it I?"
With this thought in mind, I would ask these five important questions:
Lord is it "I" that needs salvation? Matthew 7:21 "Not everyone who says to Me, ’Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
I. Evidence of salvation is the old man crucified:
(Romans 6:6) Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. Contrary to some teachings, of being born perfect, we are born with the virus of sin. Just as a heroin addict’s baby is born an addict, so our blood is plagued with sin. This virus of sin, lays dormant until we reach the age of accountability and then it’s destruction begins.
A. Evidence of salvation is a new creature: (2 Corinthians 5:17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. A transformation takes place in your life. You begin to change. Things that you used to do, you no longer feel comfortable doing. Words you used to say begin to convict you. Unless you experience this, then there is no salvation. It’s only fleshly works manifesting in your life and that won’t get you to Heaven.
B. Evidence of salvation is a new walk: (Romans 6:4) Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. As a Christian our lives should change. New friends, the loss of old friends, and our old fleshly habits being to convict us, and we put them aside. Unless you experience this, then there is no salvation. It’s only fleshly works manifesting in your life and that won’t get you to Heaven.
II. Lord is it "I" that needs reviving? (Psalm 85:6) Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You? Do we rejoice in the Lord? Are we drawn to Him? Do we hunger for fellowship with other believers?
A. Four things will produce revival in the church, in our nation, or in our lives. (Hebrews 7:19) For the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. (James 4:8) Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
1. Humbling ourselves: (absence of pride) (Matthew 18:4) Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
2. Prayer: (in touch with God) (Isaiah 55:6) Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.
3. Seeking the Lord first: (Matthew 6:33) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
4. Turning from our wicked ways: (repentance). (Acts 3:19) Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
III. Lord is it "I" that you want as a soul winner? (Luke 14:23)
Then the master said to the servant, ’Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
A. He that winneth souls is wise: (Proverbs 11:30) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.
B. Results of soul winning: (James 5:20) let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
C. Soul winning brings rejoicing: (Psalm 126:6) He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.
IV. Lord is it "I" that you want in full-time service? (Joshua 24:15) And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
A. Samuel was called into full-time service
(1 Sam. 3:1- 10).
B. Abraham was called into full-time service