Monday, May 16, 2016

Are you saved? A sermon review.

Pastor John Morgan of Sagemont Church addressed “saved” Christians in his sermon Sunday (5/15/2016). Too many Christians think they are “saved” - but are they?

Firstly, you need to know that God has a plan for you. God says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” [Jeremiah 29:11] *

But, frankly, if you don't do what God called you to do, you'll have a miserable life, and everyone around you will be miserable too. You will always feel that emptiness inside you. God perfectly fills that emptiness, and that's what “salvation” is all about. It is a relationship, not a religion.

You are not saved because your parents are. Everyone accounts to God for their own life. “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed - not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence - continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” [Phil 2:12]

You don't go to Heaven because you go to church. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." [Matt 7:21]

You know if you have salvation. Pastor Morgan emphasized these points.

Is your life changed? Your life should be changed because you accepted Jesus, the Christ, as your Savior and Lord. You should see a difference in how you behave - and so should others. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” [2 Cor 5:17]

Do you desire God's will for your life? Everyone says they do, but are you seeking what God wants or asking Him to bless what you want? “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” [Matt 5:6]

Do you try to bring glory to God in what you say, do and think? The Sagemont church Mission Statement says: we should be living proof of a loving God to a watching world.

Does God discipline you for willful disobedience? “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.” [Heb 12:7-8]

Does the world still have a grip on you? Do you often say to the world (or to God) "I just gotta be who I am?" Do you do what they do, go where they go, drink what they drink? Then how is it that you can claim to be a different creature, a child of the God Most High? “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” [1 Jn 2:15]

Do you set your sights on the things of Heaven? “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” [Col 3:2]

Do you study the Bible and apply it to your life? Loving God also means you want to know more of Him, and the best way to do that is to read the Bible. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” [2 Tim 3:16]

Who are your best friends? Do you choose friends who love God? “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.” [1 Jn 3:14]

Do you desire to be free of temptation, or do you flirt with temptation (you know what I mean)? “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.” [1 Jn 3:9]

Do you expect your prayers to be answered, and accept the answer? Sometimes the answer is a resounding "no" from God. “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.” [1 Jn 3:21-22]

Do you often feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life? “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” [Rom 8:16] “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” [1 Jn 4:13]

* All verses are from the wonderful web site Bible Gateway. I'm showing the New International Version (NIV) (which is a great Bible translation and you can read about it here.

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