"salvation" Tagged Sermons
Self-made, counterfeit religion is powerless to produce change in our lives. Lists of regulations, mystical experiences, asceticism-all these should be neither a foundation for salvation, nor a way to measure the progress of ourselves and others, nor a remedy for besetting sin. Instead, it’s essential to cling to Christ and draw near to Him everyday. It is also important to find and give encouragement to others in the body of Christ, the church.
God’s love gift of His son: It is free: we cannot earn God’s love. It is unending: a certain promise of eternal life. It is sacrificial and boundless: It is available to all, no matter the depth of our sin or the frailty of our faith.
Faith is the essential spiritual requirement to receive eternal life, according to John 3:16. But what exactly is saving faith? We must know and agree with the facts of the gospel that are explained in the Bible. Additionally, we must commit ourselves to Christ, asking Him for His gift of love and mercy, entrusting ourselves to Him. Although we may only have a “scrap of faith” mixed with some unbelief, God invites us to put our faith in Christ and find forgiveness and grace.
As Jesus speaks with Martha before raising Lazarus from the dead, (John 11:25-26) He first clams to be the self existent, self sustaining I AM. Next, He promises to be the resurrection and the life for all who believe. Finally, He asks the question, “Do you believe this?” It is critical to understand that the promises of a physical resurrection (Philippians 3:20) and never-ending spiritual life (2 Corinthians 5:8) are only for those who believe in Christ, personally relying on Him. We must trust, not in our own works, but in Christ’s substitutionary death on our behalf.
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 Names in the Bible have meaning and significance. John names Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes way the sin of the world.” The Lamb is sent by God the Father as a sacrificial substitute to bear the penalty of the sins of all people of the world. Those who reject belief in…
Luke 2:10-11 affirms the identity and mission of the baby born at Christmas. Jesus is a Savior for all people, our Savior from sin’s penalty and its rule over us. Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah (one anointed to perform a certain task). He fulfilled the roles of a prophet, priest, and king. Jesus is Lord, God the Son who has sovereign authority. God has acted in history to bring grace to us through Christ — will you accept His…
Acts 8 describes Philip’s encounter with an Ethiopian on a desert road. Philip was an “ordinary guy,” content to stay in the background, yet he was used by God to share the good news of Jesus to a man who later returned to his corner of the earth to impact others. We can be used in similar ways if we will obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit that is proactively entering the lives of others and speak the good news of Jesus.
Pastor Gregory surveys the cross and reminds us of what Jesus meant when he said “It is finished.”
The Gospel is the good new to all who will believe and receive God’s forgiveness, deliverance, and salvation. The Gospel comes from God, who desires to give people grace for the glory of Jesus’ name and for our good. It is not a plan, but instead it is a person: Jesus Christ, who shares God’s nature and was sent to redeem.
Luke 2:8-20 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city…