There's a difference between saying "I don't want to go to hell" and "I am going
April 30th, 2000, Sunday Morning
The very basics of being a believer
OPENING: Acts 19:1-2, KJV
Many people believe many different ways in which one is "saved." Some say
it's by doing many good works (i.e. charities and giving). Others say it's by fervent
prayer. Still others think it's by simply "trying the best you can to lead a good,
moral life." Doing all of the above will not get you one inch off this earth toward heaven.
John 14:18: You are not saved by anything other than by
faith in Jesus Christ who cannot lie.
Romans 8:9: The spirit of God comes in the form of Jesus Christ.
So if you don't have the spirit of Christ within you, you are not a part of Him.
You are not a part of Christ if either you can't or won't live right.
Differentiate between the flesh and the spirit, in this verse:
The flesh is God's enemy. It is giving in to all the evils of this world.
If you have been saved through Christ,
then you are of the spirit and tempted by the flesh.
John 16:8: This is where God will bring the necessary
repentance and salvation to the world. In this verse, repentance is where God
must convict us of our sin. Judgment is God judging the Prince (Satan) of this
2 Corinthians 7:9-10: Godly sorrow means you won't look
to others to blame but you will convict yourself. When Judgment Day cometh, those
who will be judged by Christ will try and blame everyone else for their actions.
Some profess to know God but are not truly sorry. EXAMPLE: You may
not be sorry until you've been caught and receive the proper punishment (today, if it's
physical punishment, it's called abuse).
Acts 11:18: Has Christ worked to change your life and your
heart? Have you believed since you received? There's no reason the answer should be
"no" because this verse says that Christ does not discriminate. Salvation is for both
Jews and Gentiles.
1 Thessalonians 4:1: Since God has received you and you
believeth in him, you should
walk in his footsteps to please him.
John 1:14: You don't need to put your faith in tangible,
visible objects to believe in like the so-called weeping plant, bleeding statue of Mary,
empty tomb, a cloth with a dark silhouette on it. Don't waste your money on any of that!
Simply believing that this verse happened is enough. "And the word was made flesh, and
dwelt among us..." means that Jesus is the Word of God and He was born and lived among
the world for a time.
Galatians 3:2,11: So once again--you are saved NOT by doing
good works for others or following the law or living right! You are saved by faith!
Ephesians 4:30: Do not be sad or grieve. You should be very
happy Jesus died for you. You are in Him until Redemption Day.
Ephesians 1:7: Once you believe, it cannot be brought out of
you or removed.
John 14:16-18: You will never be left uncomforted.
Isaiah 26:3: Jesus trusts in us.
John 14:6: Jesus is your only pipeline to the Father.
The Ministry of the Holy Spirit of God is to direct believers. In most cases,
we're directed by our flesh (the pleasures of this world).
The Holy Spirit's job is to take the words of the bible and teach/interpret it
to us. The flesh says, "I don't want this!" The Spirit says, "But you need this!"
People can sing beautifully without the Holy Spirit but to sing with the Spirit
is to be able to reach people's souls.
In the book of Malachi, God promises to speak to those who
- You could be doing a disservice when you use your money to help others
instead of tithing.
- While others may be in dire need of money, you don't know what God has planned
for them. Perhaps it could be a bad thing to give them money!
You may not know how to pray, but God will intercede on your behalf
because your Father in heaven knows what you want before you ask it.
Acts 1:8: We are directed to be witnesses to Jesus throughout
the whole earth.
John 14:17: As the verse says, the Spirit is not everyone...
but it could be for everyone. It's only for the believers.
If any man not have the spirit of Christ, he is not saved or a believer--and vice versa.
Philippians 4:6: By this verse, you will have self-conviction
of your sin and you won't want to rest until it's resolved. Remember, the Holy Spirit isn't
for everyone--just the believers. Don't believe everything you hear. Just because
something claims with their mouth they are saved doesn't make it true.