What does a person need to know to be saved?
Why is this important?
an incorrect gospel has terrible consequences
a correct understanding of the gospel is a crucial foundation for our walk with the Lord
teaching the gospel has terrible consequences
it is important to distinguish two important aspects : the gospel and foundational information
Jesus arose from the dead 3 days later
he appeared to over 500 eyewitnesses
Jesus was buried
the gospel message is about a person - Jesus
Jesus died for our sins
this information is needed to understand the Gospel
Ex: what sin is
Ex: that Jesus is divine and human
this information is not technically part of the gospel but is needed to make sense of it
What does a person need to do in order to be saved?
accepted Jesus as my savior
prayed the prayer
giving it all to Jesus
lay your burdens at the foot of the cross
let Jesus into your heart
Scripture tells us one condition: exercise faith, but what is faith?
the definition of faith demands an object
to believe, trust, rely on what or whom
faith that is valuable before eGod is faith in the person of God and his word(truth)
faith that is worthless or invaluable is something other than God or his word
faith is a simple human response
it is used almost 100x in just the Gospel of John in relation to salvation
faith involves a human will (we have to make a choice)
the Greek verb is pisteuo- to believe, to trust, to rely on
what kind of action do we think might remove our salvation
claiming to not believe in God
denying that Jesus is God or that he died for your sins
certain terrible sins
what does scripture say
you are sealed by the Holy Spirit "in Christ"
we are secure because we are kept by the Holy Spirit
if you believe in Jesus's work then you have eternal life