Summary: The most important question any person could ever ask is, "What Must I Do To Be Saved?" Many paths are taken to God today, but there is a way to be saved, and there is but one way to heaven.
From The Desk Of Pastor Toby Powers
Truth Baptist Church
What Must I Do To Be Saved?
Intro: For preaching the Word of the risen Christ, Paul and Silas were arrested, beaten, scolded, and imprisoned, yet at midnight, in shackles and chains, they prayed and sang praises unto God- I’m glad in this midnight hour of time, we can still have a song! When they sang, God sent a great earthquake that shook the prison. The shackles fell from them, and all the prisoners were set free.
The jailer, seeing this sight, knew he would be held responsible for the loss, took out his sword to commit suicide before the Romans set in to punish him, but Paul cried out to him not to do it. The prisoners had not run away. This man retrieved a light, sprang in to where they were, and asked them this question, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” That is where I want to preach today. Before I tell you what can and will save you, I want to tell you what will not. Many are looking for a new way to God, but they really are the same ways man has always tried. And none will work. No one is saved by:
I. Works: a man cannot have enough religion, exhibit enough charity, volunteer for enough social programs to be saved. John 3, Nicodemus was a religious ruler who was constantly working for some religious cause, but Jesus said, “Ye must be born again.” Able offered a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, for Cain brought of the fruit of his labor, but Able offered of the blood of the Lamb. Gal 2:16, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”
II. Water: Matthew 3:6-12, “And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” As John baptized those who confessed and repented, and Jesus was baptized, and he commanded the apostles to baptize, believers should be baptized. It is an outward representation of the inward work of Christ- the immersion shows our death, burial, and resurrection in the likeness of Christ. Still, baptism can not save anybody!