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The Commission

Part 2 – What is Salvation?

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

House of Faith – www.PS127.org

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INTRODUCTION TO SERIES

God has led me to this series focusing on the Commission of Christ to us. We will examine over the next few weeks true conversion, some parables of Christ, and what exactly we as His followers are supposed to be doing.

Today we are looking at Salvation and what it is.

PRAYER FOR HOLY SPIRIT AND UNDERSTANDING

SCRIPTURE READING

Acts 13:47-49

“For this is what the Lord has commanded us:

”‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,

that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’" 48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. 49 The word of the Lord spread through the whole region.”

INTRODUCTION TO SERMON

WHAT IS SALVATION?

Salvation – Greek #4991 : sõteria = Rescue, Save

In seminary, this term was entitled “Soteriology”, or the study of our salvation.

Salvation – Hebrew #3444 : Yeshooaw = Save, saving. Where we get Joshua.

1. The plan of Salvation is of the Lord.

† Demonstrated with Adam & Eve (Genesis 3:21)

† Demonstrated through sacrifice for sins in the Old Testament

† Illustrated through Jonah (Jonah 2)

† Illustrated through Abraham & Isaac (Genesis 22)

ILLUSTRATED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT AS WELL

† Lazarus raised from the dead (John 11)

2. There are elements to Salvation NOT steps!

† Steps imply a guarantee of salvation

† Steps imply salvation is a process of your works

† Salvation is a free gift from God offered to all

ELEMENTS TO SALVATION

1. Recognize your need for forgiveness

† This was the point for the Law and 10 Commandments

† God gave the Law to Adam, Adam broke the Law, was penalized as God said he would be, and then given the means to Salvation by God.

† Adam was told by God why he needed this redemption.

† We must recognize that we are already condemned, Jesus said so. He came so that we could be rescued from this condemnation. Once rescued, we help others recognize their need for God’s forgiveness.

2. Ask for forgiveness through confession to the Lord

† We MUST ask the Lord to forgive us.

† Just because you recognize your sin, doesn’t mean you have been forgiven of it.

† You must confess that you are sinful and ask the Lord to forgive you of your sins.

† Without confession, there is no forgiveness.

3. Repent of those sins you’ve recognized

† To be forgiven, we must stop doing that which we have asked forgiveness for.

† We will still sin, but we must not LIVE in that sin.

SLIDE 2

Recognize the sin + Confess the sin + Repent of the sin = Forgiveness

If you leave any part of the equation out, it will not equal forgiveness!

Recognize the sin + Confess the sin + Repent of the sin = Living in sin

Recognize the sin + Confess the sin + Repent of the sin = Living in sin


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