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Summary: This is the 6th sermon in the series "Momma Says..."

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Series: Momma Says… (James)[#6]

WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD

James 2:14-26; 3:13-18

Introduction:

Regardless of what we do at this church, or how clever the sermons may be, or how good the music is; we need to look at where the rubber meets the road. This morning I want you to reflect on the 3 most important questions I could ever ask.

1. When I die where will I spend eternity?

2. How sure am I of my eternal destination? Put a percentage to it.

3. If I am the only Jesus someone ever meets would they be drawn to Jesus or repelled from Him?

Let’s now waste anytime, let’s get to the questions at hand.

1. When I die where will I spend eternity?

There are 2 options: Heaven or Hell. Which one would you like to end up at? If your answer is Heaven, then what must a person do to be saved from eternal punishment in Hell? (Let congregation respond.)

Admit (Admit that you are a sinner.)

Believe (Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and was raised physically from the dead.)

Confess (Confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and was raised physically from the dead.)

If you are old enough to understand that you are a sinner and have never admitted that you are a sinner then you are not saved.

If you believe that there is a God, but not that Jesus is the only way to Heaven; then you are not saved. Just because you believe that there is a God is not enough. “Do you still think it’s enough just to believe that there is one God? Well, even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror” (James 2:19)!

If you have admitted that you are a sinner and even believe that Jesus Christ has paid your price; but have never confessed that with your mouth, then you are not saved.

WHAT IS YOUR ANSWER ON #1?

2. How sure am I of my eternal destination? Put a percentage to it.

What is the number you put on this question? Are you 50% sure, or 75%, or 99%, or 100%? Have you ever heard of a game called “Russian Roulette”? This is where you take a pistol and place a bullet in 1 of the 6 chambers. You then spin the chamber, put the pistol to your head, and pull the trigger. Obviously, if you shoot yourself you lose. Your chances in not losing are 83%. Hey that is good odds. So why don’t we play that as 1 of our games today during the Super Bowl fellowship? Who wants to play? How ludicrous! Why would you take that sort of chance with your life? Now think about that. Why would you be willing to leave out of this building today not being a 100% sure of your eternal destination?

Am I trying to cause you to question your salvation? Yes, I am.

James 2:14-26

But you say, “I’m not saved by works but by grace”; and you are correct. But, please stop quoting that 1 verse and then stop.

Ephesians 2:8-10

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

What are we created in Christ Jesus to do? Underline the words “good works”.


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