Category Archives: Salvation

Devotional: ‘To Know Nothing but Christ and Him Crucified’

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When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:1-2)

From the book of Acts, we learn that Paul came to Corinth shortly after he left Athens. Apparently, his time in Athens had been very frustrating. Acts 17:16says, “While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city.” To the Greeks, Athens was the showplace of what man could achieve. Many called it the Intellectual Capital of the World. It was known both for its art and architecture, as well as its study of science. Noted philosophers such as Socrates and Plato were born in Athens and later it became the home of Aristotle and Epicurus. Athens was the pinnacle of all man could accomplish.

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Devotional: ‘We Know When, Why and How’

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For we did not follow cleverly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice from the Majestic Glory said to Him, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we ourselves heard this voice from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. (2 Peter 1:16-18)

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Devotional: ‘Fearful Thing to Fall into the Hands of the Living God’

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1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron

Scripture teaches us that one of the signs of the end of time is an increase of apostasy. What is apostasy? John MacArthur defines apostasy as the sin of willfully rejecting the gospel. The apostate has an intellectual understanding of God’s plan of salvation, but chooses to not receive it. Paul tells us that during the last days there will be an increase of men’s deliberate rejection of the gospel. Instead of receiving Christ, men will choose to embrace the lies of Satan that will destroy them.

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Sunday Sermon: ‘The Salvation of Simon Peter’

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This morning I want to teach you one of the great stories found in the Bible. It’s the story of Simon’s Salvation and it’s found in Luke 5.

I. Simon’s Story

Luke 5:1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

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Devotional: ‘Resting in Christ’

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Currently we are in a study of the book of Hebrews. The title ‘Hebrews’ suggest that this epistle was originally written to Jews. In specific, many of the original recipients were Jews who were struggling over whether they should trust in Christ as their Savior or continue to try to follow the Law of Moses.

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Devotional: ‘Almost, But Lost’

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Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

The book of Hebrews was written to Jews who were unsettled in their faith and questioning whether they should trust in Christ as their Savior or continue to follow the Law of Moses. Scripture teaches us that it is possible for a person to come close to salvation, yet miss it because of unbelief. Just like the children of Israel who came to the doorstep of the Promised Land, yet failed to enter in; so can someone come to the doorstep of salvation, yet fail to find God’s perfect rest.

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Devotional: ‘Unbelief is What Keeps Men Out of Heaven’

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Hebrews 3:7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, 9 where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. 10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ 11 As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.'”

Unbelief can cause a person to rebel against God and thus fail to enter into His rest. What kind of rest does God offer to us? Today we will look at the ‘Rest of Salvation’ and tomorrow the ‘Rest of a Surrendered Life’.

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Devotional: ‘Let Us Never Waste Even a Portion of God’s Grace’

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Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

No one will enter into heaven because they were naturally good. No one will be able to stand before God and boast about who they were or what they did. The Bible says:

  • Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. ESV
  • Romans 3:10 None is righteous, no, not one. ESV
  • Romans 3:12 No one does good, not even one. ESV
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