Summary: Part 5 in a Bible Study series on salvation. Part 5 examines what happens when a person becomes a follower of Christ and addresses the question of losing one's salvation.
CENTRAL VBS LETS TALK ABOUT SALVATION part 5
What Happens When You Become a Follower and Can A Person Lose His Salvation?
In 1995 I was fortunate enough to convince Miss Gladys Adams to become my wife. She had seen enough sorry preachers, and wanta be preachers, come through the seminary where she was the bookstore manager, that she said she would never marry one. When I asked her, she said she couldn’t be a preacher’s wife because she couldn’t play the piano and she couldn’t teach. I told her that if she’d take care of me that I’d take care of the church and everything would be OK. That silly girl believed me. She now teaches children’s church, youth on Wednesday nights, Mission Possible Camp on ½ of our Friday nights, and takes care of all of the records for the 4H club. She is my partner in ministry.
On November 17th of that year, we married. On the day we married several things took place. First, her name changed. Second, she became the number 1 person in my life, and I in hers, next to the Lord of course. Our relationships with our parents and siblings changed. I became the principle breadwinner in our house, and she became the queen of my doublewide trailer. Many changes took place and we have never been the same.
When a person becomes a follower of Jesus Christ, when a person asks the Lord to forgive him of his sins and makes Jesus the Boss in His life; there are also a number of changes that take place.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BECOME A FOLLOWER?
I. OUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN
> 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1. Our sins are removed – Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. – Not north & south because they end.
2. Our sins are hidden – Isaiah 38:17 Indeed, it was for [my own] welfare that I had such great bitterness; but Your love [has delivered] me from the Pit of destruction, for You have thrown all my sins behind Your back.
3. Our sins are buried – Micah 7:19 He will again have compassion on us; He will vanquish our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
Old man in nursing home, “Praise God” all the time while reading his Bible. They replaced it with a geology book. “Praise God!” This book says that there are places in the ocean over 7 miles deep …
Paul persecuted Christians, David was an adulterer and a murderer, and Peter denied Him 3 times the night of His crucifixion. Don’t tell me that He can’t and won’t forgive you.
Underline “all” in above verse.
> 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.
II. WE GET NEW CITIZENSHIP > James 2:5 Listen, my dear brothers: Didn’t God choose the poor in this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that He has promised to those who love Him?