You have heard the precious gospel of the Lord, and have responded in faith, repenting of your sins, confessing Jesus as your Lord, and have been baptized in water for the remission of your sins.
You have risen from that watery grave as a new creature in Christ. Your sins have been washed away, and your faith has been rewarded with the gift of salvation. You are now a child of God.
Now what? Well, the first thing is a natural response to your changed state. You rejoice! The Ethiopian Eunuch was in the same situation, and we are told in Acts 8 that after the evangelist Philip baptized him, they “came up out of the water”, and that the eunuch “went on his way rejoicing” (vs. 39). Continue reading » Video Script: What Now? (12)
We affirm that the gospel is God’s power to salvation. That to be saved one must believe that gospel, repent of their sins and be willing to confess before men that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God.
When we affirm these things, almost everyone is pleased. Texts such as Romans 1:16, John 3:16, Luke 13:5 and Romans 10:8-10 clearly teach these truths.
We also affirm that baptism in water is necessary for salvation. And now we have a problem. Most people deny that one must be baptized to be saved. So why do we affirm it? Simple, just as belief, confession and repentance are clearly taught as necessary for salvation, so it is with baptism. Don’t believe me? Well, consider the following:
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While commissioning his disciples to go and preach His gospel, Jesus said, "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 10:32-33). Later in that conversation Jesus added, "He who doe not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it" (vs. 38-39).
The lesson is clear. Jesus demands loyalty. We must be on His side, we must be militant, we must be bold. It is unacceptable for us to hide our allegiance in the hope we will be spared by our enemies. There is no room for covert operations in the battle with Satan, we are required to boldly proclaim, "I am on the Lord’s side, Master here am I."
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Little Johnny hits his playmate in a dispute over a favorite toy. His momma first says, “Tell Bobby you’re sorry for hitting him.” Then, after the apology, she makes little Johnny promise not to hit anymore. What she has required of little Johnny is repentance. If he modifies his behavior, he proves himself and all is well.
God requires the same of us. Sin is the bane of mankind. All are guilty, and as Paul tells us, “The wages of sin is death.” All of us desire to escape the consequence of our sin. God tells us clearly that in order to do so, we must repent.
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The Apostle John once wrote, "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith." (1 John 5:4)
It is faith that saves our souls. Jesus said, "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:16).
Just about everyone accepts that faith saves, but an important question often remains unasked. What, or who is it I must believe in? Now the simple answer is, you must believe in Jesus. John stated in his gospel, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (3:16).
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In Ephesians 2:8-9, The apostle Paul wrote, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast."
We are saved through faith. That is a wonderful thing to know, and yet it remains that we must determine what Faith is, and further, what our faith will be in!
Fortunately for our soul’s sake, both questions are easy to answer. Faith is simply belief. If we believe something, we are said to have faith in it. So, the second question can be phrased in this way: "What is it that we believe in that brings us that salvation we seek?"
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One of the only creed books I have in my library is J.M. Pendleton’s Baptist Church Manual. On page 47 of that little book, Pendleton states: “We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace.” Only one page later, he likewise affirms that justification is “solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood.”
So, we are told that we are saved “wholly” by the grace of God, then in the next breath that we are justified (a word that indicates the very same thing), “solely” through faith in Christ.
Even a small child can understand that salvation can’t be wholly of one thing and solely of another.
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One of the primary and clear teachings contained in the New Testament is that God saves us by His grace. Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
No man can be saved without God’s grace. In fact, if any man depends upon any other means of salvation, he forfeits his standing with God. Some Jewish Christians, in Paul’s day, did just that in their insistence upon keeping the Old Law. Paul wrote of them, “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.” (Galatians 5:4).
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In a court of law, one of the types of evidence that receives the greatest weight is eyewitness testimony. A lawyer, in an attempt to mitigate the impact of such testimony, will try to “impeach” the witness, claiming that because of prejudice or character deficiency his testimony is unreliable, and should be ignored.
In parallel, one of the strongest evidences pointing to Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the eyewitness testimony. The apostle Paul wrote about the eyewitnesses to the resurrected Christ in 1 Corinthians 15. He listed in order the apostle Peter, then the rest of the 12 apostles, then a group of over 500 Christians, then the apostle James, then the 12 again. Over 500 people who saw Jesus alive after he had died on the cross, and had been in a tomb for three days. This is powerful testimony.
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In Genesis 12, the Bible records two promises made by God to a man named Abram (later God renamed him Abraham). “Now the LORD had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'”
The first promise was kept when God established the nation of Israel. The Israelites left Egypt, gained their sovereignty and dwelt in the land of Canaan, a land that had also been promised by God.
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Is the Bible the inspired word of God? I certainly believe that it is. But, it is not going to be possible for me to prove that is the case in this short video. Not only is it necessary to provide affirmative arguments contending that the Bible is indeed inspired, it is also necessary to answer myriad objections, both philosophical, critical and even facetious. This we can not do in a matter of minutes.
However, there are certain observations that we can make to spur you on to further study and consideration. First, you should know that the Bible claims inspiration for itself. For example, Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3, verse 16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” The word “inspiration” in this text comes from the greek term “theo-pneustos”. “Theo” means God, and “pneustos” has reference to breathing. Our English words pneumatic and pneumonia, having to do with breathing or air, come from this term. So, the word inspiration means “God-breathed.” Paul is confirming that all scripture is “God breathed”. Ultimately, God is the author rather than man.
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(Editor’s Note: A while back, I started a series of five minute videos on YouTube, designed to teach fundamental principles concerning God, the Bible, Salvation and the Church. To see the videos themselves, look elsewhere on this site, or click here. Because the scripts are designed for verbal speech, the style is significantly different from my usual writing. It dawned on me that the scripts from that series might benefit some for use as bulletin articles or other teaching materials. As of this posting, seven videos have been produced. The scripts to these will be posted in the next couple of weeks. After that, each new script will be posted following the release of the video. Feel free to use these!)
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Does God exist? This is perhaps the most important question that man can ask. I freely admit that I can’t prove His existence empirically. That is, I can’t see Him, touch Him, or perceive Him with the five senses I possess. Others could speak more authoritatively on the subject. Moses, for one, who spoke directly with God. Our Lord Himself is another, as he descended from Heaven and God’s presence, and returned there after His resurrection. (Of course, that is another thing to prove, and we will reserve that for another broadcast).
I accept that God exists on Faith. I believe. Mind you, it is not a blind faith. I contend there is compelling evidence of His existence. In fact, we are surrounded by it!
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