Summary: Many say they are saved but there has never been any change!
What does it mean to be saved? Matthew 7:16-23
Intro: Most of us are here today in this church and we are searching for something or we have a reason for being here. I want you to ask yourself why did I really come today to the house of God? I mean did you come to see friends or the preacher or to hear the singing? What is the reason you are here? I would hope most of us are here to worship Jesus, magnify Jesus, Glorify Jesus, and Proclaim Jesus. I don’t want anyone this morning looking at your neighbor I don’t want any minds wondering because I am about to ask you a very serious question: What are you doing with Jesus? Now some of you are probably thinking He’s God and I can’t do anything with Him and you are right He is God but my question comes in to those who are saved, If you are saved raise your hand, Now do believe in the trinity? Do you believe that God the HOLY Ghost is in your heart? If you do then What are you doing with Him? I am afraid that most of us ask Him to save us and then just go on like nothing changed. I mean most of us just go ahead and take Him with us where ever we go and that is good He is with us but do you really want God to go everywhere you go? If not maybe you don’t need to go there your self.
Do you realize just exactly what it means to be saved? To have the Holy Ghost as your leader as your teacher , as your convictor? Well this morning God being our helper I want to try to explain it, and if your not saved I hope you’ll change that before you leave. I want to try to preach on (What does it mean to be saved?)
1. IF YOU ARE SAVED THERE WILL BE CONVICTION– If you are saved you will feel conviction when you sin
• Conviction of sexual immorality
• Conviction of Lying
• Conviction of stealing-the Ten commandments are still relevant for today and we better live by them
FROM THE KING JAMES VERSION: EXODUS 20:1-17
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
13 Thou shalt not kill.
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
EIGHTH COMMANDMENT15 Thou shalt not steal.
NINTH COMMANDMENT 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
2. IF YOU ARE SAVED THERE WILL BE CHASTISEMENT- You will be punished for your sin
Somebody ask me said how are all of these people getting by and how come people who confess to be saved can live in sin and never feel any conviction or chastening from the Lord.
They aren’t getting by friend look at The bible in Ecclesiastes 8:10-13
10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity.
11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:
13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.
3. IF YOU ARE SAVED YOU WILL HAVE COMFORT
Once during Queen Victoria's reign, she heard that the wife of a common laborer had lost her baby. Having experienced deep sorrow herself, she felt moved to express her sympathy. So she called on the bereaved woman one day and spent some time with her. After she left, the neighbors asked what the queen had said. "Nothing," replied the grieving mother. "She simply put her hands on mine, and we silently wept together."