The Necessity of Salvation

Focus Text: Romans 3:7-26

Central Truth: Every person stands before God as a sinner.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list several reasons why every person needs salvation.

Lesson Outline
1. The Sinner's Condition
2. The Sinner's Character
3. The Sinner's Cure

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God Our Salvation

Read Psalm 37:34-40

“But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble” (v. 39).
We typically use salvation to refer to forgiveness of sins and, relatedly, to deliverance from eternal condemnation. So we talk about being saved, and we look forward to everlasting life. Clearly Psalm 37’s proclamation of God’s salvation of the righteous includes these wonderful benefits.
But the bulk of Psalm 37 focuses on this earthly life and salvation’s benefits for the “here and now.” Repeatedly the psalmist tells us to “fret not” about wicked people’s success, not to indulge anger at their prosperity. Why should this apparent cosmic injustice not rile us? Psalm 37 reminds us of coming judgment (vs. 2, 9, 10, 13, etc.), but it also teaches us that righteousness works!
Psalm 37 presents some of salvation’s present-tense aspects. God provides for physical needs (vs. 3, 19, 25, etc.) and frequently brings to reality our godly dreams and desires (vs. 4, 5). He causes us to live in peace and security (vs. 9-11). This does not mean no Christian will suffer hardship and deprivation but describes a general pattern of blessing and provision even in this fallen world. God’s salvation regularly includes abundant daily blessings.
We begin to taste the joys of God’s saving us now. And the best lies ahead when the Judge of all the earth welcomes the righteous into His presence forever, where there are pleasures forevermore. (Aaron D. Profitt)
God’s salvation of the righteous begins now and ends never!
2018-09-26T09:00:02+00:00September 26th, 2018|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Can I Be Certain About My Salvation?

Focus Text: John 3:3-16; 1 John 5:11-13
Central Truth: The Holy Spirit convicts of sin and leads man to repentance and a spiritual new birth.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify some traits of one who knows God.
Lesson Outline: 

  1. Born of the Spirit (John 3:3-8)
  2. The Gift of God's Son (John 3:9-16)
  3. The Assurance of Eternal Life (1 John 5:11-13)
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Why are our attempts to earn our salvation futile?

In "Biblical Perspective" Gordon Snider writes:

The perfect obedience of Christ is a standard that no man on his own can equal. When man compares himself with Christ, he sees how totally impossible it is for him to “establish [his] own righteousness.” Christ did not destroy the law, but His perfect obedience made it forever impossible for man to claim his own righteousness as a reason for salvation. But notice the qualification — to every one that believeth. Once a man believes in Christ as Savior, he abandons any attempt to attain righteousness by his own merit. For those without faith, Christ is not the end of the law for righteousness. They, like the Jews of verse 3, continue the vain effort of salvation by works.

Source: Studies in Romans: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 59.

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Understanding God's Salvation

In "God's Word for Today" William Snider writes:

Paul's emphasis on the redeeming work of Christ flows out of his intense burden for the Jewish people. Reflecting upon his own background as a Pharisee, he could appreciate that they were zealous for what they understood to be God's purpose and method, but they had misunderstood and twisted the plan to emphasize the human rather than the divine. Their insistence upon the obedience to the law had, in fact, revealed their impotence to keep the law. Yet they had wrapped themselves in self-righteous robes and pronounced themselves acceptable to God. The result was an ethical (and racial) arrogance. The true salvation process is to admit sin and come to Jesus for divine forgiveness. It is a purposeful acknowledgment of Christ as the sole source of salvation and faith in His death to accomplish this purpose. For the Jew, this was to reject their system of religion which had major implications for past and present. Accepting Christ for salvation is no less radical now.

Source: Studies in Romans: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 58-59.

2017-02-02T09:00:00+00:00February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

Treasure in Earthen Vessels

In "God's Word for Today" William Snider writes:

The Apostle Paul correctly told the Corinthians that we have the treasure of salvation in “earthen vessels” (2 Cor. 4:7). The provisions of the atonement do not address the impairments to our humanity. Paul called them “infirmities.” Sometimes these defects may have spiritual consequences for us and others. Often the devil will capitalize on these to shake our confidence in the work of God in us. It is impor-tant that we recognize and not dismiss these. Yet we must not despair because of them. God is aware of these flaws. He has made provision for our ongoing maturity. Think about this promise and His provision as you contemplate imperfect self. They do not affect His love for you.

Source: Studies in Romans: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 46.

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What happens when Christians take salvation for granted?

In "God's Word for Today" Steve Oliver writes:

Especially if we have been in church our entire lives and have heard the message of salvation repeatedly, it is easy to take salvation for granted. Being saved can just become a “normal” part of life, and we may lose the freshness of the experience. We may also forget the incredible cost of salvation and perhaps never realize the vital part that redemption plays in God's plan for world history. One of the dangers of this complacency is that we fail to value our salvation sufficiently, so sin can become “no big deal.” We also forget that redemption proves beyond any doubt God's love for us, the central place that the atonement holds in His plan, and the lengths to which He is willing to go to provide for our salvation.

Discussion: How have you seen such complacency affect the spirituality of Christians?
Source: Christ, the Triumphant Lord: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 33.

2016-07-08T09:00:00+00:00July 8th, 2016|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

Hope of Glory

*"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1:27). *
One of my favorite vacation activities is reading G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown mysteries. For a mystery to “work,” the secret must be revealed at the end. No one would want to reach the end of a book only to read, “I can’t tell you who did it. It is a mystery.” The last chapter should reveal the solution to the mystery.
Paul said to the Colossians, “Let me reveal the mystery that was hidden in the past: because of Jesus Christ, Jews and Gentiles alike live in hope” (Personal paraphrase). Christ is in you – that is the hope of glory! Our hope is not grounded on political currents or social trends; our hope is in Christ.
This hope is more than a statement of intellectual consent. It is a personal relationship; “Christ in you.” A political leader who professes to be a Christian was recently asked, “What does being a Christian mean to you?” He responded, “It means that I believe Jesus existed.” “Christ in you, the hope of glory” is much more than believing that Jesus existed. The hope of glory is Jesus Christ living in us leading to a daily transformation into His image. The hope of glory is lives shaped by the reality of His presence. (Randy McElwain)
Rejoice today in this wonderful news: the mystery of the ages has been revealed – Jesus Christ in us brings the hope of glory!
This devotional is the Friday, April 29, 2016 entry of Opening the Word.

2016-04-29T09:00:00+00:00April 29th, 2016|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , |0 Comments
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