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Salvation

Believe Series by Randy Frazee  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  1:21:07
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Is it Enough?
Karma - I’ll have multiple chances to get it right. If not in this life, then in the next.
Penance - I pray and suffer in hopes that it will be enough.
Guessing - I don’t know. Hopefully I got it right in this life.
Sacrifice/Suffering - I suffered enough in this life to warrant God’s favor.
Payment - I give to the church.
Good Deeds - I put others before myself. -or- I hope my good outweighs my bad.
Hopeless - I couldn’t come to church. The roof would fall in.
It’s not enough!

God wants a relationship with YOU!

Stories - Beginning, Middle, & End
Beginning: Genesis - CREATION - Tree of Life - Sin - Relationship with God = Broken - We are no longer AT ONE with God.
Middle: The Entire BIBLE! God’s pursuit of His Creation.
End: The Book of Revelation: Tree of Life present. John’s description of heaven in Rev 21&22.
God wants a relationship with YOU!
2 Peter 3:9 NLT
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
And He provided that way through Jesus Christ.
Acts 4:12 NLT
There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

What’s my part?

Do I have to work for it? Can I earn it? Must I buy it?
Mark 10:17–22 NLT
As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’” “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
According to this, it looks like we must WORK for our salvation!
After all, that is what most religions require…appeasement or gaining favor from one’s (g)od.
But what about today’s scripture?
Ephesians 2:8–9 NLT
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Is this a contradiction we found in the BIBLE? Paul say salvation comes by FAITH. In Mark, Jesus seems to say by WORKS in keeping the Law perfectly.
Actually, keeping the Law is not within the rich young ruler’s power. And that what Jesus was getting to.
He was trying to get the rich young ruler to admit that he couldn’t…that eternal life was not within his own power.
All of scripture points to this truth:
A person comes into a right relationship with God, by His Grace, through faith in Jesus Christ.

Internal Decision + External Expression

In Acts 2 we see the birth of the Church. Peter gives his first sermon to a crowd of people wondering what they had just witnessed. They witnessed Pentecost. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the 12 Disciples.
Peter gives them a rundown of who Jesus is and what He had done. Here’s how that sermon ended:
Acts 2:37–38 NLT
Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Scripture says: 3,000 recieved salvation that day!
We see a pattern established in the very first church:
We express our Faith in Christ by an internal decision from the heart, and then an external expression.
Internal decision = Repent: to turn around, turn away from. No longer moving away from God.
External Expression = Baptism is going public with your inner decision to believe.
This pattern flows into day to day life. One’s inner decision will inevitably be fleshed out in their lives.
One’s changed life is evidence, as Peter spoke, that the Holy Spirit has been deposited in you.
Your changed life & good works do not save you, but reinforce the reality that the one who does is in you.
Is it Enough?
I believe person comes into a right relationship with God, by His Grace, through faith in Jesus Christ.
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