Summary: Our purpose in this series is to reacquaint ourselves with the fundamentals of our faith.
Why We Believe What We Believe – About Salvation
Why We Believe What We Believe Teaching Series
Gages Lake Bible Church
January 17th, 2010
Pastor Daniel Darling
Today we share the final message in our series, Why We Believe What We Believe. The reason we’ve done this series is to get us anchored once again in the fundamental truths of what we believe as Christians.
Not so we can puff out our chests and act like we’re always right, like the Pharisees. God doesn’t want to use this series and our positions on the truth to create a legalistic, arrogant culture in this church.
No, we’re looking at the fundamentals so that we can be anchored to the truth. Because doctrine isn’t something that is incidental to our faith. Doctrine is our faith, it’s how we know God and how we define God.
I firmly believe our church must be a hospital for the wounded of the world, but in order for us to be a hospital, we must, as skilled surgeons and nurses and doctors, be ready and equipped to help those who are coming in.
So today we present our final, and arguably our most important message. Why We Believe What We Believe . . . About Salvation.
What does it take to be saved? What a question. If you were to ask the average person on the street what it takes to have a right relationship with God, what does it take to get to Heaven, you would get one hundred varieties of the same answer:
Walk the straight and narrow.
Obey the Ten Commandments.
When I ask people if they know for sure they are going to Heaven or if they know God, most if not all say something like this, “You know, I’m really trying. Yeah, I believe.”
Today there are many who don’t even believe in a God, but even they would say that if there was a God, you would relate to Him based on the things you do, your performance.
I dare say that even Christians are confused about what it takes to be saved. Oh, we all say that Jesus died for our sins. But what amount of works do we need to satisfy God?
Do we have to repent, pray, grovel on the ground? And can we lose our salvation. Christians are divided on that as well.
I want to read several statements of faith to set the tone and then we’ll want to do as the Bible often does—to share two stories to illustrate the fundamental principle at the heart of the gospel message.
It is a principle so radically different than religion, so radically different than the way we are wired that I believe this is why we are so often confused by what I believe the Bible makes simple.
IFCA Statement of Faith
(6) Salvation - We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
GLBC Statement of Faith
We believe that it is the privilege, not only of some, but of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, to be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Savior; and that this assurance is not founded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness, but wholly upon testimony of God in His written Word, exciting within His children filial love, gratitude, and obedience (Luke 10:20; Luke 12:32; John 6:47;
We believe that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin, and made a curse for us, dying in our room and stead; and that no repentance, no feeling, no resolutions, no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations of any church, or of all the churches that have existed since the days of the apostles, can add in the very least to the value of that precious blood, or to merit of that finished work, wrought for us by Christ, Who united in His person true and proper divinity and sinless humanity. (Leviticus 17:11; Matthew 26:28; II Corinthians 5:21;
b. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that the sufficiency of this atoning sacrifice to accomplish the redemption and justification of all who trust in Him is assured by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead