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December 24, 2000 AM

Ps 5:7

INTRO: We have come together this morning to worship God. If we are here for any other reason, we are missing the point! I ask your indulgence as I seek to bring our attention to God. To do this we will focus on song, scripture and brief comment. Remember, we are here to worship God... and how can we worship Him when we do not know well. Seek to know Him with me ...

I. GOD IS HOLY (#47)

1. Isa 6:1-4

2. Rev 4:6-8

3. absolutelypure; absolutely light; absolutely right

II. GOD IS LOVE (#121)

1. 1 Jno 4:7-10

2. His loves greatest manifestation is the gift of His Son

3. His love is not permissive and is completely consistent with His Holiness, so, 1 Jno 2:5 and 5:1-3


1. Num 14:17-21

2. 1 Jno 1:9

3. Lk 24:47 We must remember that His forgiveness is not without conditions which He sets, determines


1. Ps 73:24 and 119:9

2. 2 Tim 3:16,17

3. by means of His revealed word God instructs, guides - it is one of the wonderful things about God that He has provided us with His truth

(Jno 17:17)


1. Ex 33:19

2. Eph 2:8 and Titus 2:11,12

3. when I think of the awfulness, the selfishness of sin in view of Gods love, His grace astounds me ... yet, His grace is real


1. Ps 116:5 - 117:1,2 - 118:1-4

2. Heb 8:10-12

3. though I am thrilled with the knowledge of Gods grace, I may be better able to understand His mercy!


1. Deut 7:9

2. 1 Cor 1:9

3. how important is this to me? very, very ... Jehovah God is truly the God of promises kept ... (Ps 143:1)


1. Mal 3:6

2. time is filled with swift transition - change is everywhere - rising, falling

3. God is the Great Constant of our lives .... and of previous and future generations ... His nature, His attributes do not change


1. Isa 1:18,19

2. Lk 15:11-24

3. so hard to imagine - yet, so very true ... God invites us to be His children ... and He invites you now ...

CLOSE: Yes, our God is an awesome God. Do you know Him? In love will you respond to Him?

Cecil A. Hutson

24 December 2000

God's Plan of Salvation

You must hear the gospel and then understand and recognize that you are lost without Jesus Christ no matter who you are and no matter what your background is. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Before you can be saved, you must understand that you are lost and that the only way to be saved is by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:8) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)

You must believe and have faith in God because “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) But neither belief alone nor faith alone is sufficient to save. (James 2:19; James 2:24; Matthew 7:21)

You must repent of your sins. (Acts 3:19) But repentance alone is not enough. The so-called “Sinner’s Prayer” that you hear so much about today from denominational preachers does not appear anywhere in the Bible. Indeed, nowhere in the Bible was anyone ever told to pray the “Sinner’s Prayer” to be saved. By contrast, there are numerous examples showing that prayer alone does not save. Saul, for example, prayed following his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:11), but Saul was still in his sins when Ananias met him three days later (Acts 22:16). Cornelius prayed to God always, and yet there was something else he needed to do to be saved (Acts 10:2, 6, 33, 48). If prayer alone did not save Saul or Cornelius, prayer alone will not save you. You must obey the gospel. (2 Thess. 1:8)

You must confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Romans 10:9-10) Note that you do NOT need to make Jesus “Lord of your life.” Why? Because Jesus is already Lord of your life whether or not you have obeyed his gospel. Indeed, we obey him, not to make him Lord, but because he already is Lord. (Acts 2:36) Also, no one in the Bible was ever told to just “accept Jesus as your personal savior.” We must confess that Jesus is the Son of God, but, as with faith and repentance, confession alone does not save. (Matthew 7:21)

Having believed, repented, and confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, you must be baptized for the remission of your sins. (Acts 2:38) It is at this point (and not before) that your sins are forgiven. (Acts 22:16) It is impossible to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ without teaching the absolute necessity of baptism for salvation. (Acts 8:35-36; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Peter 3:21) Anyone who responds to the question in Acts 2:37 with an answer that contradicts Acts 2:38 is NOT proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Once you are saved, God adds you to his church and writes your name in the Book of Life. (Acts 2:47; Philippians 4:3) To continue in God’s grace, you must continue to serve God faithfully until death. Unless they remain faithful, those who are in God’s grace will fall from grace, and those whose names are in the Book of Life will have their names blotted out of that book. (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 3:5; Galatians 5:4)