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January 6, 2021 7:00 am
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Paul, the CEO of Loeber fighting the jury. Happy 2021 were starting a brand-new year to you.
Let me know you're my friend. What a great time to jump into the word of God we have a series called back to the basics and I think this is an appropriate time as we start a new year to you know brush up on those basic fundamental truths of our faith absolutely.
I think it's the blocking and tackling of the Christian faith, to make sure were doing that correctly and effectively so that God gets the glory when we set the tone for this by hearing from Adrian Rogers as he talks about the importance of being back to the basics.
When we talk about how we know the Bible is word of God.
How to be saved and know what we talk about the eternal security of the believer. These things are so vital. This is the real stuff. It is good.
It is based on the word of God and I believe that people can get these truths into the heart.
It will be not informational but transformational. I really believe Jerry today's lesson is going to reveal how to be saved and to know what without hesitation. Absolutely no Dr. Roger said that as a lost person you're running to sin. But after salvation. Hopefully, running away from sand that is a great indicator that is a very good indicator and he continues to talk about the importance of knowing our salvation and how to be saved, and he makes this comment. I have never known a Christian anywhere, anyplace, anytime who was any good to the service of Jesus who did not. First of all, have the assurance of his or her salvation and that's just bedrock to say I know that I know some people think it's arrogant he sat know I'm say, but it is sheer unbelief. The Bible is written, that we might know. First John 513.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. Somehow I said, if you have not know it, you can lose it not miss the truth of the matter is if you haven't, you ought to know it and if you do know it and you're truly saved. You can never lose it. We always enjoy hearing from her liver fighting listeners, especially as they walk with us each day. Through this program growing in their faith we get some great response. We encourage you to let us know how this program is affecting you in your spiritual walk.
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Thanks Pastor Rogers for leaving us a great message. Jesus Christ is our only hope and a light that can't be turned off. A man what a wonderful testimony. You know the ministry of love worth finding is truly evangelistic that's that's obvious, but were also a strong tool for discipleship.
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You can find on our website is free by the way, it's eight weeks, but that the setting is a video sitting, but it's an informal setting or Adrian Rogers is in a group yesterday and in discussing these very important basic issues for faith yes and I will encourage the listener. If you would grab your Bible Fellowship class. Maybe your neighbors, your coworkers and pull this thing together collectively and go through it as a group is set up to do that with workbooks eight weeks. It's phenomenal. Plus all our firstname.lastname@example.org. So go and look for what every Christian ought to know and start that series soon as you can well today's message how to be saved and know in part two here's Adrian Rogers the assurance of your salvation is extremely important when not talking here about matters that only count in this world where talking about eternal life where talking about your soul. When God made you God breathed into your nostrils the breath of life and you became a living soul. You could no more cease to exist than God himself could cease to exist. Your soul will go on endless, timeless, dateless measurements, either in heaven or inhale how it is, therefore, that you absolutely no that you say so I want us to think a little bit. First of all, about how we are saved and then what are the results.
One of the proofs. One of the evidences that this is taken place way in chapter 5 look in chapter 5 in verse one here if you will. First John five and verse one. He says whosoever believe that Jesus is the Christ is born of God to be born of God is another way of saying the say this being born again is very clear and very plain. The way that you saved is by believing that Jesus is the Christ, that Jesus the name Jesus means Jehovah say is the Messiah. You believe that you trust that and something happens you are born-again you say is it just that simple. Pastor, I just is just that simple.
It is gloriously simple but is simply glorious with saved my trust in the Lord Jesus. Now this word believe, doesn't mean just intellectual believe the devils believe like that, but it's a word that means trust and commitment. I think it's clearly delineated in another verse Ephesians chapter 2 verses eight and nine. God makes it so abundantly clear because they want you to be saved and so God here tells us not only what does say this. But what does not say this is what he says are you listening for by grace are you saying through faith and that not of yourselves is the gift of God not of works lest any man should boast. Romans 11 verse six says. And if by grace, it is no more of works otherwise grace is no more grace and then he goes on to say, and if it is by works.
It is no more grace. Otherwise, work is no more work. What is that mean in Romans 11 states is not part grace and part works that's impossible. It is all of grace, whosoever believe that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.
Okay, now having said that, however, what is the result. What are the traits of the twice born. What are the birthmarks of the believe. Now this little book of first John was written to give you assurance and the word no. KNOW is mentioned almost 40 times in this epistle. He mentions ways that we can know that we have been born again.
I want to just take them and reduce them down to three, so I want you to take the test today.
Are you ready to take the test assurance test to find out whether or not you have any right to say yes praise God.
I know I'm say the very first test is the Lordship is Jesus Christ the Lord of your life looking first John chapter 2 and let's begin in verse three and hereby we do know that we know him if we keep his commandments that he doesn't say that we are saved by keeping the commandments. Salvation is a gift of God. It says we know that we know him. If we keep this command basic Pastor Rogers Whitman, are you telling me if I ever break any of God's commandments. That means I'm not say Norma saying that because is not one of us that has not failed in sin and sometimes some way some manner that we been saved and that for the kids in this court keep we know that we know him. If we keep his commandments. Now, among other ways this word was used. It's the word that a sailor would use a navigator back in this day when they sale by the star at night time. The sailor could keep his course by keeping the stars. That's what they call sailing by the star they would plot the heavens and the man with his chart would look at the heavens and keep his hand on the rudder. Ours hand on the wheel and he would sale by the stars and that was called keeping the star that is the determination of his course the goal the way he steered was by the stars he's keeping the stars now to you as a child of God, those stars of the commandments of God.
That is what you steer your life by that is the guy.
The goal of your life you key the commandments now is sailor might go to sleep in the way he might get distracted. He might have his attention diverted he might get blown off calls these things can happen. But when he recognizes it he goes right back on call because it's not the desire of his life to get off course, the desire of his life is to steer according that corpse and that's the way it is with a child of God.
Yes, sometimes we get blown off course. Yes, sometimes we take her eyes from the stars. Yes, sometimes we may fail.
Yes, sometimes we may over steer our understeer but the great desire of our life is to keep the commandments of God, and John says if that desire is not in your life you need to get say you need to get say just that plane and that's not saved by keeping the commandments you saved by the grace of God. One of the birthmarks that a child has been saved is that he has this desire to live according to the commandments. That's the Lordship test. The second test here in verse John is the Fellowship test the fellowship test. Now let me show you what John has to say about that turn to first John chapter 3 and look in verse 14 we know that's awkward again. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.
He that loveth not his brother abide in bed. That's what John says now again turn if you will dip first John chapter 4 and verse 20.
If a man say I love God and hate of his brother. He's a liar. For he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom you have not seen at this commandment have we from him that he loveth God love his brother also then look in chapter 5, verse one. Whosoever believe it that Jesus is the Christ is born of God and everyone that loveth him that begat that is, everyone loves the father loveth him also that is begotten of him when you love the heavenly father you love his children, your love, your brothers and sisters in Christ. It's one of the traits of the twice born it's a task you see when you get say you you want to be with the children of God, and you want to be right with the children of God. Now that some people say well I can just worship God, all by myself. I don't need to go to church. God knows my heart.
God knows I love him. I need to assemble together with the brethren, what and why did God say, forsake not the assembling of yourself to get why did God keep on telling us that when we love him we are to love the brothers and the sisters we are to love the brethren. You see, here's the reasoning I want to listen very carefully.
Why is fellowship a test of your salvation. What happens when you get saved.
Is this you receive the divine nature. Don't. The Bible says we made partakers of the divine nature. Now, what is the nature of God, the nature of God is love. Turn with me to first John chapter 4 and look at who will in verse seven. Beloved, let us love one another, watch this.
Listen to for love is of God in everyone that loveth is born of God and God and he that loveth not not not God, for God is love their rocket scientist to figure this out when you're born again you born of God the Holy Spirit of God comes into you and you made a partaker of the divine nature know what is the divine nature God is love.
Now that nature is in you, then you're going to have loving you write that if you will have loving you. You have not become a partaker of the divine nature and is not talking here about loving God alone. He's talking about loving one another for God is love.
And so it would be absurd for you to say I have been born of God. I have the Holy Spirit in me, the nature of God is in me. I have been born of God but I just don't know.
Friend, there must be the Lordship test and there is the fellowship is right there just as plain as can be. Now you're not saying because you love the brethren. You say because Jesus died for you on the cross what you love the brethren because you say you love the brethren because you say you see love is the nature of the Christian because it's the nature of God, not taste. Another reason that you must pass the fellowship test. Not only is it the nature of the Christian.
What is the nature of the church. What is the church. The church I'm not talking about the building. Now I'm talking about the church, the people the church is the body of Christ and the church is the bride of Christ in the Bible. The Bible uses this analogy, the Bible says the church is like a body. Christ is the head and all of us are members of that body right well if you love Jesus, you can't just love the head without loving the body.
Now the church is the body of Christ and the church is the bride of Christ. And that's the reason that if we love the Lord Jesus.
It follows as night follows day we are going to love what Jesus loves Christ and the church are not identical, but Christ and the church are inseparable.
He's the head where the body he's the groom where the bride needs the building. We are the foundation.
It's all in the Lord Jesus Christ and his church, and so if you are a Christian and yet you're not in fellowship with the New Testament Bible believing church. I mean organize fellowship only once in a while.
Visit I made a part of the body of Christ.
Maybe you need to ask yourself this question, and I truly say I just been playing with this thing alive and saying I have believed in Christ entrusted Christ. But I really, really met the Christ of the Bible that you may be saved and be in such a backslidden condition that you love people, but if you're not backslidden condition. You have no real right to say you know your say no way that you can say that you know your say is when you have these birthmarks of the believer. Is there some intellectual allotted five.
Now let me give you the third test is the third test the first test. The Lordship test that I know him and keep not his commandments is alive.
That second test fellowship test you say I love him and know him and you love not the brethren. Your life is the third test and it is the relationship that the Lordship test the fellowship test and the relationship test now. Salvation is a vital relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and go back to first John chapter 5 and look in verse 11, and this is the record that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son, who is God's son, the Lord Jesus. This life is in his son. He that hath the son hath life, and he that hath not the son of God hath not life these things have I written to you that believe on the name of the son of God, that ye may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the son of God based talking here about a relationship with Jesus. He's talked about having the son knowing the Lord Jesus Christ in another place he says that God's spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, is that inner witness says that relationship with Jesus Christ. Now, first John chapter 5 verse 13 says this and listen very, very carefully. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the son of God.
It does not say these things have I written unto you that believe past tense.
This is present things I want to say something here that may upset some of you may upset some of your theology. I've often heard it said that if you cannot name the time the place where you were save you not say one thing wrong with that friend is not in the Bible.
Somebody made that up, but is not in the Bible. The Bible never tells you to look back to a past experience for proof of your salvation. It does not say he believed has eternal life. It says he who believes that it doesn't matter what you've done in the past. If you're not believing on Jesus you not say and if you are believing on Jesus you did believe in Jesus becomes impossible to be believing on him without having believed on him if he indeed there was a time indeed there was a place that had to be.
If you are believing on Jesus. But if you're not believing on Jesus. Now what if you call the time the place is something wrong with what is the biggest question, did you get married are you married you are mad, I'll guarantee you did get that way right and the big question is not did you believe in Jesus. The big question is are you believing Jesus you have a relationship with the son of God right now is the man the woman the boy. The girl sitting in that seat believing on Christ as his or her personal savior. Now if you have the time and place. Wonderful.
I can remember the time and place, but if you don't, that doesn't mean you not saying because if you're trusting Jesus right now you are coming, you may not know exactly when it happened. Let me use this illustration. Suppose you get an airplane out here Memphis International Airport and you fly to Birmingham and get off the airplane now. Did you cross the state line. Of course you did. Did you know when you cross the state line. No you did not.
Why, because you were up there in the air you know and across the state line. Alice, suppose you get in your automobile, and God Birmingham across the state line. You know what yes because there is a clear line welcomed Alabama and so forth. And you cross the state line. Now the question is simply this. How do you know you cross the state line. One of the best ways I know is if you get out airplane in Birmingham. You did right. If you get out of the Birmingham airport beyond the shadow of any doubt you had to cross that line and if the person sitting in this auditorium right now is saying with all my heart and soul. I am trusting Jesus I may not know exactly when it happened but I know now that person right here in this seat has a relationship with the son of God. You see, it is not some distant experience that you had it as a present reality.
It is a relationship not theology is a will. I know the plan of salvation, we are not saved by the plan of salvation. Your say by the amount of salvation.
His name is Jesus the life is in Christ, are you trusting the Lord Jesus Christ. You have that vital relationship with him right now they tell a story about Will Rogers, no relation to me.
I guess I wish he was Will Rogers that philosophy they want to get a passport in Winamp for passport and they said well will beat your birth certificate. He said what you need that for my sit for proof of your birth a sublime hearing Graham what he was saying is that water standing there right now is more important what may have happened some long time ago. Indeed, there was a time when he was born and proof that he was born.
Is he standing there.
Indeed, he that believe with all Jesus is born of God but the proof is that you are believing right now as your personal savior and Lord, it is possible that you could be saved and not have that publisher's if I were your case today. You know what I would I would be exactly what I did because I have done that as a teenage boy I was saved. I think I was. I'm not certain even yet what I was in, but I just got it sent yesterday.
I was not fully instructed.
When I gave my heart to Christ and I rode a roller coaster for a long time wondering whether or not I was truly say I remember stopping one night on the corner of 39th St. in Calvin Ave., West Palm Beach by then. I learned something about the Bible. I look straight up into the heavens. I said God I got to have assurance I don't know whether I am lost in the Holy Spirit has me on conviction or what I'm saying and the devil is trying to make me doubt. But one thing I know, dear God, I want to get certain tonight you said if I would believe on you if I would trust you. You would save so I just turn my face up to the heavens and I said Lauren right now with all of my heart as much as in me once and for all, now and forever. I trust you to save me if I was saved I still am.
But if I wasn't. I am now driving out okay. I want to say that from that time on a river piece "and if you had no serious doubts, maybe not understood.
Maybe try to mix in some works are you didn't know that a person could truly know, maybe you'd like to do the same thing today maybe today the Holy Spirit is convicting you through Pastor Rogers lesson. Don't let this moment pass come to Jesus be saved receive the forgiveness and the love that he is offering you right now. Let me lead you in a prayer to spray something like this from your heart of God in heaven. I know that I'm a sinner and that sin separates me from you because you're holy and I'm not what you sent Jesus to live a perfect life and he died on the cross and he rose again to new life so that I can have a relationship with you. I put my full trust and hope and confidence in what he did for me on that cross.
And I believe that when you look at me now.
You don't see all of that sin, you see the righteousness of your son. I claim that for my life right now. Help me to live it.
From this day forward I pray in the power of the name of Jesus. Amen.
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