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In Doubt of Salvation

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Radio transcript for the week of March 13, 2016

Ricky Berger preaches on "In Doubt of Salvation" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Introduction:

  1. Do you ever wonder, "Am I really saved?" or "How can I know I am saved?"
  2. Do you ever think that your faith must be weaker than the faith of your brethren?
  3. Do you ever question God, or if He is really there?
  4. I suppose we have all had these questions or concerns at some point or another.
  5. It is okay to question God; that is why He gives us the evidence to prove He exists.
  6. What is important is that we go to the evidence and the facts, and not accept popular opinion and ideas that cannot be proven.
  7. "Error is always convincing, until it is exposed to the truth." - Unknown (Acts 8:5, 9-13).
  8. God gives us the evidence we need in creation (Psalm 19:1-4; Romans 1:19-20; Acts 17:23-24; Hebrews 3:4; Book of Job).
  9. Evidence in the creation of the human body (Genesis 1:26-28).
  10. Evidence in His word. Example: fulfilled prophecy (Matthew 5:17).
  11. Some people describe faith in an incorrect way. They will say it is a "Blind leap into the dark". This is not Bible faith. Bible faith is based on evidence.
  12. If you accept what you have been taught without examining the evidence it is "a blind leap". Examine the evidence! (Acts 17:10-11).
  13. Do you know what you know because you have studied it or because someone told you to know it?
  14. People will come and go, the word of God is what lives forever (Acts 20:32).

Discussion:

  1. Although it feels good to be a Christian, salvation and faith are not based on feelings or personal thoughts (cf. 2 Kings 5:11).
  2. Salvation is not based on health, wealth, or circumstances.
  3. It is okay to want assurance. The apostle who is wrongfully titled "Doubting Thomas" had one of the greatest faiths of the apostles. He just wanted the same assurance the other apostles had already received (John 20:24-29; 19-20; cf. Luke 24:9-11,36-43). Thomas had faith (John 11:7-8, 16).
  4. You can know you are saved! (1 John 5:13).
    • "These things I have written"; Knowledge of salvation is based on the word of God, not anything else (Matthew 19:4; Revelation 1:3; Romans 10:17; Ephesians 3:1-4; John 6:68; 12:48).
  5. This knowledge takes effort on your part (Acts 12:5-8; 2 Peter 1:10; 2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 Corinthians 9:27).
  6. Elijah’s weak moment (1 Kings 18:20-40; 19:1-4).
  7. What can I do when I’m doubting my salvation or having a weak moment of faith?
    • Turn to God in study (Romans 1:16) and prayer (Philippians 4:6-7).
    • Spend some alone time with God in your “Gethsemane” (Matthew 26:36; John 18:1-2).
    • Meditate/think on these things (Philippians 4:8).
    • Be active in the your work as a Christian (Philippians 4:9; 1 Corinthians 15:58)
    • Turn to Christians (Acts 9:18-19; Romans 1:8-12; Philippians 1:3-5).
    • Shepherds, make sure your sheep know you and know you are there for them (1 Peter 5:1-3).
    • Determine to not give up (Daniel 1:8).
    • Focus on heaven. Get homesick for heaven (Philippians 1:21-23; 2 Timothy 4:6-8). You will never be able to look at death the way Paul did without doing what Paul did to develop a relationship with God and strong faith in Him.
    • Love God more than yourself (Luke 9:23).
    • Increase your knowledge to keep from getting swept away in error (Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Timothy 4:1-2; 2 Timothy 4:2-4).
  8. Peter never gave up.
  9. Live for God Now, Live with God in Eternity.

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