Teaching People How to be Saved
I am offering my sermon notes from this morning for your consideration. They are a continuation of a recent article of mine, that I hope you will read to broaden your understanding.
Teaching People How to be Saved
– God commands us to take the gospel to the world (Matthew 28:18-20).
– We use the abilities and opportunities to work within the world in which we inhabit.
Three facts are certain:
1. We all must have our sins washed away.
– Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 3:10,23; 1 John 1:7
2. Our spiritual condition determines our willingness to teach the gospel.
John 21:15-19 – Peter, after denying Jesus, needed to be restored, and re-focused, so he would have the vigorous faith necessary to carry the gospel to the world.
3. There is a right way and a wrong way to teach the gospel.
– Galatians 1:8-9; Ephesians 4:15
– Titus 2:11, “We must speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine.
– God’s Message predates mankind. We cannot change that which we do not own (Psalm 119:89). Scriptures are inspired by God, so He has ownership of the message (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We must revere the word and instill the fear of God within our hearts/minds (Proverbs 9:10). Do not change the Word (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19).
– The Herald was “An official formerly charged with making royal proclamations and bearing
messages of state between sovereigns.” He could not alter the King’s message without
surrendering his life. We should be so reverent with God’s divine words.
– We must be wise in how we deliver the gospel message.
– We must listen and read body language. Ask thoughtful questions. Gauge where they are in their understanding. Find some common ground and then teach them the gospel. Learn what their religious background is. Evangelism is taking people from where they are to where they need to be. We cannot do so, unless we first know where they are.
– Gospel is the story of the cross and the remission of sins (Ephesians 1:3-7).
– The Gospel is a narrative. We have to lead people to the truth by shining the light of Jesus and His mission to a world lost in darkness.
– When Christians talk to people in the world about the gospel, they often take a narrow view and fail to see the larger picture. We expect people to see things the way that we do and to employ the same definitions. Yet, they do not and we cannot un-teach someone with just a few words. Teaching the gospel is a process that takes time. Sometimes we must teach what words mean and to look at things in a new light.
– Satan has been very successful in changing the definitions of words. He has been very wise. Instead of trying to get rid of certain Biblical concepts, he just changes the definitions of the words and dilutes them until they are meaningless.
– For example, we tell people that there is one church and they think we are crazy. We can argue it until we pass out and may not get anywhere. The reason is that the person we are talking to is accepting denominationalism as the model. It is all they have known and been taught. They need to be re-taught using Scripture. Their false definitions need challenging. As long as they accept denominationalism, they will see the Bible through this prism and fail to understand truth.
– We go to : Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 2:2-3; Jeremiah 50:4-5; Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19; 4:4-6, et al. In doing so, we help them see that Christ built His own church and sees everyone in two classifications – lost in darkness and saved in His light. The story of the Ark is a precursor to the Lord’s Church. There was one church. Everyone within was saved, everyone outside of it was lost. Not everyone had his or her own Arks. Feelings or familial relationships are not the barometer of salvation.
– God has always had a plan for a sanctified people. Under the Old Covenant, God had one people just as he does in the New Covenant. There was no concept of multiple bodies, all believing and practicing something different. Just like the ark, there were one people, one body. Everyone else was lost. It sounds harsh in our day, when we are terrified of offending or excluding someone. However, God does not think as we do (1 Samuel 16:7).
– Many brethren also jump right into arguing with people about baptism for the remission of sins and they get nowhere. They grow frustrated and wonder why no one will accept what is so plain. The reason is that these people received improper teaching. They do not understand baptism for the remission of sins because they fail to understand the components that lead to baptism.
– “If the student perceives baptism as a violation of grace and constitutes salvation by works then we need to back up and address their misunderstanding. The debates that have occurred through the years on baptism have been useful but thousands have left unimpressed. If we can help them see the truth on grace and works then we can possibly reach more souls for Christ.”
– Teaching the gospel begins with an understanding of sin (Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 3:23), and extends through the shed blood of Christ (1 John 1:7), grace (Ephesians 2:8-9), faith (Hebrews 11:6), sanctification (Ephesians 1), justification (Romans 5:1), reconciliation (Romans 5:9-10), and the purpose of the new birth (John 3:3-5).
– We have to help them see that grace/works do work together. They need to see that when we do what God has asked us to do; we are fulfilling His command, when we do. He is not beholden to us, when we obey His command (Luke 17:5-10). This passage is germane in helping people understand true, Biblical grace. We are in the household because of Christ. We do all that we can to serve Him, but in the end, we are still unprofitable servants in need of the blood of Christ.
– We must use wisdom and learn something about what the denominational world teaches. Knowledge leads us to take a better path. The whole story needs to be told, so people will understand. Satan has been very successful in re-defining words. Accordingly, we must conquer the world with truth.