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"What Does "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and You Will be Saved" mean?"  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  24:19
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It is the Word of God which must proceed the salvation of God.

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Acts 16:30–34 ESV
30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34 Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.
Introduction:
So, "What Does "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and You Will be Saved" mean?"
This is our question that will serve as a theme for the month of July as we continue to build toward a successful Eternity Workshop and Open House in October.
This theme can be found in the House to House issues we have begun to distribute in 2 postal zones for now.
These are natural questions people come to as they pursue the faith that we know saves us now.
Tonight we’ll look at a passage in Acts that connects belief to the Word of God and then see that belief followed by salvation.
Acts 16:30–34 ESV
30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34 Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.
Acts

What Must I do to be Saved?

When people arrive to this point in considering their salvation they are in a very good place. At least they consider the idea that they must be saved.
This is different then convincing people they need to be rich
people desire to be rich despite their sins and unrighteous living
different then convince people they need to be healthy
people desire to be healthy despite their sins and unrighteous living
different then convincing them they need to wise
people desire to be wise despite their sins and unrighteous living
healthy, wealthy and wise are carnal pursuits
salvation is a spiritual pursuit where the Spirit convinces people of their sins
John 16:8 ESV
8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:
Asking “what must I do to be saved?” is the work of the Holy Spirit. So we must use the Holy Spirit and be in the Spirit when we evangelize.
Even the women possessed of a spirit proclaimed that the message of the Apostles is one that leads to salvation.
Acts 16:17 ESV
17 She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.”
[When people ask what needs to be done to be saved. Now is not the time to be vague or unclear. The first step in the plan of salvation is to Hear and Believe. When the words “hear and believe” is used, it can mean many things.]

Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be Saved

There are two possibilities we will discuss.

Believe in your mind only

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James 2:14–17 ESV
14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
James 2:17 ESV
17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
James 2:20 ESV
20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?
James 2:19–20 ESV
19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?
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Believe with your actions

jam 2:18
James 2:18 ESV
18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
James 2:21–26 ESV
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Baptized at Once

Now that a person is convinced of sin and is willing to ask what must I do to be saved then there remains only one thing left to do, to enter into their salvation. That one thing is to be baptized...
The book of Acts does an amazing job at giving us 11 examples of what people did when they understood what it meant to believe on the Lord and you shall be saved.
they spoke the word of the Lord and people heard that message and believed it and they obeyed what was required of them and that was to be baptized.
The Philippian Jailer was convinced of sin and asked what must I do...
The Jews on Pentecost ()
The Samaritans ()
Simon ()
The Ethiopian Treasurer ()
Saul (; ; )
Cornelius ()
Lydia ()
The Jailor ()
Some Athenians ()
The Corinthians ()
The Ephesians ()
Conclusion

God’s Plan of Salvation

God’s Plan of Salvation

God’s Plan of Salvation

Romans 10:17 ESV
17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Hebrews 11:6 ESV
6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Luke 13:3 ESV
3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
1 Timothy 6:12–13 ESV
12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,
1 Timothy 3:16 ESV
16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.
1 Timothy 6:12 ESV
12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Acts 2:38 ESV
38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:37–38 ESV
37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Revelation 2:10 ESV
10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
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