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Sermon: Finding Salvation

April 4, 2017

Finding Salvation!

I heard a song lyric the other day and it said:” Trying to find salvation in that city limit sign”

That got me thinking we search for salvation in a lot of different places and items.

We search for it in:

Drugs-money- careers- relationships-sex-pornography and even our children.  Any time we try to search for deliverance outside of God’s salvation we will always be dissapointed!

Ephesians 2:8-11King James Version (KJV)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them

If you’re reading this today you have had or are having this thought.  What happens if we die?

I had a guy try to tell me to go read a book written by the Author of Bart Simpson and get an understanding of creation!

I had to laugh not to be disrespectful but I have the bible that informs me of this already, and I am sure that Bart Simpson can’t help me find any understanding of God and creation!

The problem we find ourselves in while in disbelief is that we look truth in the wrong places. We search for truth in areas that there is no truth to be found. The Bible tells us this:

John 14:6King James Version (KJV)

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me

So if you are searching for the truth then the bible is your best source.

I hear these people that are still trying to prove the bible wrong and say that a “big bang” happened and creation was created. I heard a preacher one time say if this is true then you can take a stick of dynamite light it drop it in your living room and see if you have a new living room afterwards, NO, you will have a destroyed house. Explosions cause destruction not creation. Two molecules of water don’t create an embryo. Think about it people! It is more intellectual to realize that God created it and now you have the answer!

John 1:1-4King James Version (KJV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men

When we try to come up with other alternatives you will always find yourself in a state of confusion.

There is no other way men can be saved! Science can’t save your soul!

Acts 4:11-13New King James Version (NKJV)

11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’[a] 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

It is time we Christians start to study so we can defend what we believe. It is not good enough to say that is how I was raised. The belief we have is a very intellectual belief!

You have to establish by who can save you!

1 Peter 2:19-25New King James Version (NKJV)

19 For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. 21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us,[a] leaving us[b] an example, that you should follow His steps:

22 “Who committed no sin,
Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; [c]

23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer[d] of your souls

Today your healing can begin. If you will trust and believe that God sent his only Son Jesus to die for you and your sins, confess him as the Lord of your life you can be saved!

Look at it again:

Ephesians 2:8-11King James Version (KJV)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

You cannot earn your way into heaven; you can’t buy your way into heaven. You can’t be good enough and thank the Lord you can’t be bad enough. Jesus wants every person to be saved!

2 Timothy 1:8-10King James Version (KJV)

Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

It is a free gift! Who can take my salvation away?

Romans 8:37-39New King James Version (NKJV)

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing can take away your salvation!

Now the question, HOW  DO I GET SAVED?

Romans 10:9-11New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 [a]that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, [b]resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, [c]resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be [d]disappointed.”

1 John 5:13 (NASB) "I have written this to you who Believe in the Name of the Son of God, so that you may KNOW YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE."

• John 20:30-31(NASB) "Therefore many other SIGNS Jesus also performed in the PRESENCE of the DISCIPLES, which are not written in this BOOK; but these have been written so that you may BELIEVE that JESUS is the CHRIST, the SON of GOD; and that BELIEVING you may have LIFE in HIS NAME."

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a New Creation; OLD things have Passed Away; behold, ALL things have become NEW."

2 Corinthians 13:5 (NASB) "TEST YOURSELVES to see if you are IN the FAITH; EXAMINE YOURSELVES! Or do you NOT recognize this about yourselves, that JESUS CHRIST is in you—unless indeed you FAIL the TEST?"

Here is a tough scripture: Examine yourself and then do the math does your action produce and answer that says I AM SAVED? Or did you fail the test?

Have you repented and believe the gospel?

Do you have a humble heart?

Do you mourn over your sin when you mess up?

Do you hunger to read and study the word?

Do you want to be corrected when you do wrong?

Do you obey God’s word because you Love Jesus?

Do you separate yourself from the world and its way?

Do you show evidence of a new nature?

Do you fear God and turn away from evil?

Do you bear fruit by giving Jesus your Time, money, and talent?

Do you love others?

Do you deny yourself daily?

If you failed it’s not too late! Repent, believe, and be baptized!

1 Corinthians 11:31-32 (NASB) "But if we JUDGED ourselves RIGHTLY, we would NOT be JUDGED. But when we are JUDGED, we are DISCIPLINED by the LORD so that we will NOT be CONDEMNED ALONG with the WORLD.

I hope you have found your Salvation in Jesus!




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