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Finding the Assurance of Salvation

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July 23, 2020 9:00 am

Finding the Assurance of Salvation

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July 23, 2020 9:00 am

In our new series called START, we’re looking at the foundational elements of our faith. Whether you’re a new believer trying to figure out this whole Christianity thing, or if you’ve been following Christ for years but want to get back to the basics, this study is for you! 

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Rear three questions.

This tax asked of us want you to consider. One is why you must be born again. What does it mean anyway Sue how you can be born again number three.

Are you born again.

I want you to ask yourself, are you sure you're born again you really sure religion Jeannie Greer diving into a brand-new series called start all about the foundational elements of the Christian faith. So what are your new believer, trying to figure out this whole Christianity thing or you been following Christ for years. You want to get back to the basics.

This teaching series for you.

Be sure to list until the end. To learn about the matching workbook to go along with this study is also to be a great one to share with your friends who are following God give them a call and have them join you in listening and learning today were starting off by talking about finding the assurance of salvation.

Salvation. You know for sure that you have.

I've learned as a pastor that a lot of Christians if they are auto submits a struggling to know for sure the I got, no, I mean I went to the rituals much urge them to go through want the confirmation class or pray the prayer walk out about some of our whatever was and you will come in pretty good shape but if you're on a socialist, lingering doubt in the back your mind if you been here a church for a while. You know that I for years struggled to find the assurance of salvation through middle school, high school and even a couple years of college I heard a book about it. Asking Jesus in your heart, explaining that book. But if there were Guinness Book of World Records for how many times someone has said the sinners prayer. I am absolutely positive that I would hold that record, I could you not between the ages of seven grade and probably my second year of college I prayed the sinners prayer no less than 5000 times, and I wish that were an exaggeration. I got saved in every youth camp I ever went to say that every denomination I think I got baptized in my church four times I'm talk about embarrassing. I was a staple at our church's baptismal services else besides city getting baptized this year they gave me my locker in the baptismal jig. That's all frequent that it was but I just want to be wrong. I want to be wrong about it really all started for me in seventh grade when I do seven grade Sunday school teacher that invited our seventh grade boys Sunday school class over to his house on a Friday night bowling and he wanted to do a Devo before we went bowling and so we get to see him in his living room and he reads to us. Matthew chapter 7 where Jesus explains many say to him on the last day Judgment Day. The say Lord, Lord, and many mighty works to win your name at the church.

What a mission trip. We cast out demons in your name Jesus. According to Matthew seven is a look at the group of people and save a lot of them depart for me. I never knew you my Sunday school teacher. Never forget and explain as he was like, you know, these are obviously people who have invited Jesus into their heart is are: Lord, and that I was to go to church a mission trip there on the demon exorcism squat. I'm just I don't have a church you will p.m., but if we select you to be on the demon exorcism squat or varsity right if not, do you have a service truck is to draw to demonize your help. I mean, I think a lot of you but right. These are not marginal Christians easily will bury a ball. Jesus looks at him and he says to me I never knew many look to this seven grade boys and some you boys come in that group. I was bowling I threw me into a tailspin for six years because I didn't want to be wrong. I want to be wrong about its that's the question what is salvation and how do you know for sure you have it. Soon I was in seventh grade I had prayed to be saved but for me as I could get out a hell free card right.

That's what Jesus was having a relationship with Jesus that in ornamental love Jesus room to be Lord what is salvation, how do you know for sure you have it. The good news is that you can know definitively, your heavenly father wants you to know definitively and I believe by the end of today I will hopefully have showed you how you can know definitively got a Bible John chapter 3 is like for you to open story of a religious man named Nicodemus who comes to Jesus to talk about these very things Roger to begin his story in chapter 2, verse 23, so scroll back up a little bit such efforts over 23 will start their first 23. Now many believed in his name Jesus name. When I saw the signs, the miracles that he was doing with Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them because he knew all people need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person. In other words, he knew that though this group said they believed in Jesus.

He knew their faith was superficial, but you might say that they believe Jesus, but Jesus didn't really believe them into their love and their commitment to him did not go very deep.

This is the exact same group that is talking about in Matthew chapter 7 look at him and say, Lord, Lord, did you know that 67% of Americans say they have a relationship with Jesus.

50% of Americans say that at some point they have prayed a prayer to invite Jesus into their life. Get about 50%. Two thirds of them have lifestyles that do not differ in any significant way for people on the outside and about half of them are not even involved in a church that is certainly part of the group.

Jesus is talking about. They believe they say they believe in Jesus, they go to church They are very religious Nicodemus story is Jesus answer to that group of people, by the way, it's an unfortunate place for a chapter break in the original writing. There was no chapter break their because chapter 3 is the answer to the problem raised at the end of chapter 2 here's the answer. Here Jesus's answer chapter 3 verse one now there was a man of the Pharisees, which is a really religious group. May Nicodemus ruler of the Jews.

This man, Nicodemus came to Jesus by night is what we call the story Nick at night and said to him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him. In other words, he would Nicodemus want the guys jump into the soul signs and believed first three Jesus answered him, truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God will now Nicodemus is really confused because he thinks Jesus is telling him he's a call back up and was mommy's tummy and so he says for four how can that be too big missing, awkward. I think it's illegal in every state except Tennessee verse five Jesus answered, truly, truly, by the way, Jesus is not only say untrue things. So I see drop in the truly truly here what they that that's not the cellular save Would Be in Serious Note, That's like When My Mom Use My Full Name Joaquin D'Angelo Greer Give It Some of James David Greer When She Would Say That It Meant like Oh Is Really Important. Pay Attention. Truly, Truly, I Say to You, You Must Be Born Again, Unless One Is Born of Water and the Spirit, He Cannot Enter the Kingdom of God. That Which Is Born of the Flesh Is Flesh, and I Was Born. The Spirit of Spirit Do Not Marvel That I Said to You.

You Must Be Born Again Three Questions. This Tax Ask of Us and I Want You to Consider Number One Is Why You Must Be Born Again.

What Does It Mean Anyway. Number Two How You Can Be Born Again Number Three. Are You Born Again. I Want You to Ask Yourself, Are You Sure That You're Born Again You Really Sure. By the Way This Concept Many More Than Any Other regarding Salvation Shows You That You're Either in or out Right Becomes a Pregnancy You Are You Are My Wife and Ready Four Times Not Want to See a Pyramidal Stack and Said I'm Sort of Pregnant, You Know You Are You Are. Same Thing with the New Birth. There Is a Circle. Think of It like That.

Inside the Circle. Your Are Your outside and You Better Make for Sure Which Side of That Line That You Are on You Know for Sure Number One Why You Must Be Born Again Why You Must Be Born Again to the New Birth Implies That There Something Wrong with Our First Birth Right. According to the Bible We Are Born into a State of Spiritual Death.

Because of the Sin of the Human Race. The Collective Sin of the Human Race. God Had Declared Sue Our First Humans, Adam and Eve in Genesis Is the One Who Sins Will Surely Die.

And When We Sin, That Is Exactly What Happened, Adam and Eve Were Driven Out Of God's Presence in Their Relationship with God Was Severed at That Point, Our Bodies Begin to Die Our Bodies That God Had Intended to Sustain Eternally for Us Began to Corrode and Die in Our Spiritual Hearts Went Bad. It's Almost like RR Spiritual Hearts, Our Hearts Got Sick. We Quit Loving What We Were Supposed to Love and Started so That the Level We Should Love. We Were Made You Seats so That Our Hearts Were Turned Outward to Love God and to Love Others, but after Sin, They Begin to Turn Inward, Seeking First the Love and Serve Ourselves. Martin Luther Called This Incurred by Students in Say We Latin Means Curved Inward on Itself Is the Condition of the Human Heart. Scripture Is Not Sparing in Its Description of the State of Our Hearts.

Jeremiah 79, the Human Heart Is Deceitful above All Things, and Desperately Hopelessly Wicked. He's Talking about Your Heart You. Your Heart Is Deceitful to You, above All Things, and It Is Desperately Wicked Paul Would Say This in Romans by Saying That We Are Disordered in Our Emotions and Be Filed in Our Bodies Disordered in Our Motions Means We Love the Wrong Things and We Love Things Out Of Proportion Means That We Often Love God's Gifts More Than You Love God and A Lot Of Times We Serve God. Just As a Means to Get to His Gifts, Which Is Why When God Doesn't Give You Something That You Want Your Always Look at Him Going on. I Did Everything Domino Does Aggravate Me so That You Are Really Concerned about Bringing Honor and Glory to God.

It Was Just a Means to Get the Thing for Him, but You Wanted Right.

We Seek to Serve Ourselves before Serving Him. We Prioritize Ourselves over Him or Others Were Disordered in Our Emotion.

We Are Defiled in Our Bodies Because That Wicked Heart Begins to Express Itself Right so That RRR Malls Are Dirty Because They Speak Condemnation and Hatred and Slander toward Others. Jesus Said That When We Destroy Others with Our Words. We White People off like I'm so Done with Him Right You Were Doing As We Have the Spirit of Murder. We May Not Be Actually Killing Them. But in Our Hearts Were Treating Them That Way and He Said Malls Are Filthy. Our Lips Are Dirty Because We Lie Know What I Really Want to Get Depressed. I Think about How Naturally and Instinctively, I Lie to Me to Tell the Truth Is a Discipline Because I'm Constantly I Will Stretch That Massage That True so That I Look Good and so I'm Not Just Filthy Sexually. Our Bodies Are Defiled Because We Use Our Bodies to Gratify Our Lusts, Rather Than Give Ourselves the One Person in the Sexual Relationship to God Designed Genesis 6 Is That Our Thoughts Are Visually Genesis. Our Thoughts Are Laced with Evil Continually Means I've Never Had. I Have Never One Time Had a Thoughts or Any Motion That Did Not Have the Trace of Sin All through It.

The Puritans Uses It This Way. Even Our Tears of Repentance Need to Be Washed in the Blood of the Lamb. Remember That It Meant That Even When I Repent, That's a Pretty Good Emotion Right When I'm When I'm Weeping and Repentance. I Don't Know How Will You Know Your Heart. But When I Was When Repentance Always Lurking in the Background of My Heart Is Well You're Pretty Awesome Repent. This Way Only for the People.

Repentance Are for Their Soon As You Repent of Yours Because Sin of Pride Is I Don't Know It Just There Unbelief Is There.

Sometimes I Feel Sorry for Myself and Mike about God.Bellamy Admitted That Love Me and I Don't Believe What He Says They Were Laced with Evil Continue. Paul Says in Romans Two That Were Hypocrites Based on Whatever Standard You Have. Francis Schaeffer Had a Great Illustration of This Is That a Set Imagine That God Put a Little Invisible to Court around Her Neck That Only Activated Whenever Use of the Word Ought Whenever You Said Ought like You Want to Hear. She Ought to That's Returned on the Court.

What You Said and Shut off When You Get to Heaven.

God Takes a Tape Recorder from around Her Neck and like I Didn't Even Know Was There like It's Invisible If He Takes It off and He Plays Back Every Time He Said the Word Ought and Then Judges You Buy That There's Not a Person of the Universe, He Said, Regardless of What Center They Hold That Would Pass That Test Pulses in Romans to None of Us Live up to Our Standard. We Do Not Do What We Know Is Right. We Are Hypocrites.

Louis Giglio Says It Is Impossible to Overestimate the Corruption That Sin, Because in Our Hearts. Sin Did Not Knock Us down the Dodge JV Team and Put Us on Probation and Input Is on a Slower Track to Get to Our Mansion in Heaven Sin.

Why Does out till This, We Are Staying Now through and through His Sin. We Are All Says by Nature Children of Wrath, and We Cannot Possibly Hope to Stand before God. Staying so Thoroughly with Sin. Imagine You Had a New Baby.

Imagine You Had a New Baby and in the Hospital Room with Your New Baby. Somebody Walked in a Stranger and Asked If They Could Hold Your Baby before You Have a Chance to Say Yes to Pick up the Baby Begin to Cuddle It and Someone Runs It Out Of Them and Says That Person Has the Ebola Virus That Causes Horror in You Why Because Your Baby Is Precious and Your Help Is Important. God Is More Pure Than You Are Healthy and God's Creation Is More Precious to Him and Your Baby Is Due You. So Your Revulsion to Ebola Is Nothing Compared to God Dribbles into Your My Sin and We Cannot Possibly Do Anything to Fix Ourselves Because the Problem Is in My Heart and about As I Do Fix Myself.

I Got a Drawl on the Corrupted Resources of My Heart to See the Dilemma, I Will Be Righteous, and I Want to Do Right That's Coming Out Of My Heart, Which Is Laced with Sin in College As a Joke for an Amount Not to the Hard-Boiled Egg and Filled It and Put It in the Bottom of the Heating Unit of Our Friends Norm We Did in October so That When You Turn on the Heater in November. He Would Have a Nice Little Surprise It Worked like a Charm. He Turns on the Unit and He Cannot Figure out for Three Weeks.

What on Earth Is Causing This Smell so He's Got Air Fresheners Everywhere. He's Doing His Laundry Night and Day. He's Got His Door Open. He's Complained about His Roommates, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Arrives up a Bit. The Problem Was in the Heating Unit Itself. That's like My Heart Can't Change It.

Willpower Covered It up with Religion Because the Problem Was so Deep I Can't Change Anything. My Heart Doesn't Want to Be Righteous Laced Was Sent to.

So Jesus Said Were Six That Which Is Born of Flesh/What You Can Save Your Corrupted Flash for the Efforts of Your Corrupted Flesh Tell Ms. Nothing We Can Do Can Change That.

That's Why We Need Something More, Something Different, Something from outside of Ourselves. So We Continues Unless One Is Born of Water and the Spirit He Cannot Enter the Kingdom of God.

Now Is It Mean to Be Born of Water and the Spirit. While There Some People Who Say That Means Waters like Human Birth of Spirit Is like a Second Birth. People Say Will Know It's Baptism You Got Baptized and Then You're Born by the Spirit Is Lesson All Right Is Your Nerve Moment You're Ready, There's One Article in Greek That Identifies with Water and Spirit Is Not Talk about Two Separate Things Is Not Born of the Water and the Spirit in Greek. That's His Way Same Born of the Water and Spirit Three, One Instance Any Talk about the Gospel He Is Alluding to a Prophecy Made in the Book of Ezekiel about What the Gospel Would Do with Us. We Read a Prophecy to Use Equal 36, 600 Years before Jesus. I Will Sprinkle Clean Water on You, This of the Messiah Talking and I You Shall Be Clean.

I Will Give You a New Heart and I New Spirit I Will Put within You. I Will Remove the Heart of Stone and Give You a Heart of Tender Flesh. I'll Put My Spirit within You and Cause You to Want to Walk in My Statutes, I Would Give You a Desire to Obey My Rules. I'm to Put the Desire in Your Urine, Obey Me, Not Because You Have To Obey Me Because You Want to God and Gave Ezekiel 1 of the Coolest Visions in the Old Testament How This Is Gonna Work Take His Ego Out Of This Ballot Is Filled with Dead Men's Bones, Dry Bones, He Said, Ezekiel, Ezekiel, Can These Bones Live Again and Says I Look like I'm Indebted to Me for a Long Time, Something No Consequences and Says Easy Said He Hears the Sound of the and He Restored Roulac, Which Means Either Window Spirit Play on Words Hears the Sound of the Wind Blowing the Spirit Blowing and Also the Bones Begin to Rattle in a Sort of Form into Skeletons Sin Using Tendons Begin to Connect Them in and Tender Flesh Comes in Coach.

These Bones and Then These Bones Stand up Now Is His Mighty Army of the Lord God Says Residual Phenomena Doing the Church and by the Way, That's Was Unique. You Will Need More Religion and More Rules and More Resolutions Just Ditching the Bones Back Together. You Need the Wind of the Spirit to Make You Alive to Give You a New RX.

See, I Thought I Tell You All the Time God Wanted to Change Your Behavior Was to Change Your Desires Is Not Pleasing to God. If You Obey Him As Are Forced to Men.

I've Asked You This Report.

Your Wife If Your Wife Acted Loving to You. If She Was the Perfect Wife but You Knew in Her Heart She Loves Somebody Else That Pleasing to You Know You and If She Asked Right What You Want Is Not Her Attitude Which Ones Are Hard. Jonathan Edwards Said That If the ESA of Yellow Wooden Statue Little Wooden Puppet in Your House and Right before He Walked in the Room. Somebody Went Ahead of You, and That Would Statue Arranged It so That It Was Bowing down or Have His Hands a Retard like It Was a Love You Is That Pleasing to You Know It's Mechanical. God Did Not Create You Because He Needed Somebody to Obey Him. God Not Create You Because You Needed Robots God Not Create Your Continued Servants to Get Stuff Done. God Has Existed Eternally in Love. In the Trinity and God Created Us That We Could Share in That Love to God Does Not Want People in Heaven Who Actually Want to Be Somewhere Else Because They Don't Really Love God.

God Wants People There in Heaven Who Share His Love Who Want to Be with Him to Serve Him Because They Love Him, Who Do Righteousness Because They Crave Righteousness Is like I Tell You All the Time, God's Not Disinterested in Your Obedience. He's Interested in Why You Obey. He Wants a New Kind of Obedience. The Dilemma of the Human Condition Is Not That We Don't Behave Right, but the Limb of the Human Condition Is That We Don't Love Right. That's Why You Must Be Born Again Because You Can't Change What You Love and God to Change That Number Two. That's Why You Should Be Morning We Must Avoid a Limit to How You Can Be Born Again. What down Just a Little Bit Farther. Jesus Is Going Explain Verse 14. As Moses Lifted up the Serpent in the Wilderness, Even so Must the Son Of Man Be Lifted up, That Whoever Believes in Him May Have Eternal Life. Now There He Refers to Another Really Cool Old Testament Story. We Went to the Reverse Zombie Army.

This Was All Malicious School Children of Israel on the Way the Promise Land and They Begin to Doubt God They Doubt His Goodness Even Doubt His Existence, and so They Begin to Complain in Their Hearts Begin to Wander after Other Gods, so God in Judgment Sends Thousands of Fiery Serpents, Fiery Refers to What You Felt like When They Bit You. It Was Excruciatingly Painful and so Many of These People Thousands of Israelites Began to Arrive in Pain and Cry out to God for Mercy Is a God Tells Moses. I Want You to Make a Bronze Image of One of the Serpents I Want You to Put It on Top of a Pole and I Want You to Put It on the Top of the Highest Field That You Can Find and You Tell People That If They Will Go to That Hill. They Will Look at That Serpent on the Pole and It Don't Believe That I Will Fuel Them. Then As They Walk at Bats Serpent on the Hill. They Will Be Healed and They Will Live and Jesus Says Just like Moses Did That. I'm Going to Be Lifted up, I'm Good. He Put on Top of a Pole like a Serpent on Top of a Tree on Top of a Cross. The Serpent Was the Result of Their Sin Right.

That's What It Symbolized Jesus on the Cross Was the Result of Our Sin. God Made Him Paul Says in Second Corinthians.

Who Knew No Sin Heaven's Perfect Son. The Essence of God's Glory. God Made Him to Become Sin. He Became a Snake. He Became the Serpents so That We Might Become the Righteousness of God in Him That If We Look to Him Dying There in Our Place like They Looked at the Serpent on the Heel Believing That God Will Heal Us, Will Be Healed Just like They Were Born Again Out Of the Curse of Death and the Promise of New Life.

For God, Jesus Goes on for Guy Gives the Shortest, Most Concise Explanation of the Gospel Anywhere in the Bible for God so Loved the World for the Mindset That His Life Was Transformed When My Youth Pastors and a Butler Church One Person but I Occasionally Visited That You Group and That You Pastor. One Friday Night Said to Me He Said Everywhere You See in Verse 16 the World or Whomsoever You Put Your Name Is. I Know It Sounds Cheesy, but Just He Said I Read That Verse Is While He Was Talking I Read That Verse for God so Loved Alex That He Gave Alex His Only Son, That If Alex Would Believe on Him. Alex Would Not Perish but Have Eternal Life Is That It's Hard to Describe What Happened, He Said, but He Said My Dad Growing up She Had Left Us and Abandon Us When I Was a Kid I'd Never Known That Kind of Father's Love Is It a Now Hearing about a Father Who, after I Had Spurned and Rejected Him, Came to Earth, Rescue Me.

Chase Me to a Cross I Killed Them. The Irony Is, As I Killed and He Was Paying the Penalty for My Sins so That If I Would Just Look and I Would Believe It Would Recognize That This Was Him Coming for Me That I Would Be Healed. I Will Be Saved Just like They Want to That Serpent Were Heal. You Look You Looking You Live, You Believe in You Live so He Gave His Only Sign That Whoever Believes in Furnishing Areas Part of the Gospel Here on Summit Life with Pastor JD Greer to Listen Again to This First Message in the New Series Called Start.

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