What Must I Do to be Saved?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 21, 2017

  • The most important question ever asked: “What must I do to be saved?”
  • Acts 16:22-33 – The jailer did not know anything about salvation, but once he was taught (Romans 10:17), he knew he needed to repent and be baptized.
  • Acts 2:36-38 – These people had believed in God all their lives, but they had not yet obeyed Jesus. Believing in God was not enough.
    • Acts 2:20-21 – Joel prophesied that people would need to call on the name of the Lord to be saved. This involved repenting and being baptized.
  • Acts 22:6-16 – When Saul came to understand that Jesus was the Messiah, he still had to find out what to do to be saved.
    • Acts 22:16 – Calling on the name of the Lord involved being baptized!
  • Matthew 7:21 – Believing in Jesus is not enough!
  • Romans 6:12-13 – We must use our bodies as instruments of righteousness until God.
  • What must I do to remain saved?
    • Philippians 3:13-14
    • Always press on toward the goal!

Be Ready to Give an Answer

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 19, 2017

  • I Peter 3:15
  • Do you believe you are the only ones that will be saved?
  • Negatively, I don’t believe I am a member of the saved relationship because:
    • I have obeyed rules that man laid down. Matthew 15:9
    • I believe in salvation by faith only.
  • I believe that I am part of the saved relationship because:
    • I have obeyed the word of the Lord Jesus. Matthew 7:21
    • Jesus is the author of salvation. Hebrews 5:9
    • I believe Jesus is the great I AM. John 8:24
    • I believe the gospel is the power of God to salvation. Romans 1:16
    • I repented of my sins. Acts 17:30; Romans 10:10; Acts 2:47
  • Matthew 10:32
  • Why do you believe the church you are a part of is the right church?
    • Not because:
      • My parents attended that church.
    • Because:
      • I believe this congregation is patterned after the way Jesus authorized a church to work and worship.
      • This church is right in:
        • Its authority for teaching and practice. II Timothy 3:16-17
        • Descriptive phrase by which it is identified. Acts 20:28
          • Several example names are given in the New Testament. The common theme is that the name must point ownership to God.
        • Its answer to “what must I do to be saved?”
        • Its worship
          • Singing (Ephesians 5:19)
          • Prayer (Acts 2:42)
          • Studying the Bible (Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 14)
          • Observing the Lord’s Supper
          • Laying by in store
        • Its work
          • Meeting to worship
          • Supporting preachers to spread the Word of God
        • The structure through which is does all this
        • Teaching its members to keep self pure. Ephesians 5:26-27

Summary of the Bible

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 25, 2016

  • Salvation!
  • The story of the Old Testament
    • Genesis 1 – Creation
      • Ecclesiastes 7:29 – Man chooses to do wrong even though God made him upright.
      • I John 3:4 – Sin is transgression of the law.
      • Isaiah 59:2
      • Romans 5:12 – Death spread to all men because of sin.
      • Ezekiel 18:20 – We do not inherit sin.
    • Within the first few chapters of the Bible, we have been introduced to the problem:
    • Genesis 12:1-7 – God makes 3 promises to Abraham
      • Nation – Old Testament
      • Land – Old Testament
      • Universal blessing
    • Genesis 50:26 – Joseph dies with the Israelites still in Egypt.
    • Exodus 12:37-40 – Israelites leave Egypt.
    • Deuteronomy 4:1 – Deuteronomy repeats the law and urges the Israelites to obey it this time.
    • Judges 2:8 – The next generation was not faithful. Judges are brought in to rule the people.
    • The Israelites desire a king. Saul, David, and Solomon are the first three kings, ruling for 40 years each (the united kingdom).
    • The Israelites fall into idolatry and the kingdom splits.
      • II Kings 17:5-6
      • The northern kingdom falls to Assyrian captivity in 721 B.C.
      • In 586 B.C., Judah falls and is taken into Babylonian captivity.
    • Ezra and Nehemiah: Israelites allowed to return to rebuild under Cyrus.
      • Nehemiah 9:1-3, 30-37
      • It is important to follow God’s law!
    • God shows us the need that mankind had for a system of salvation. The stage is set for that 3rd promise.
    • Jeremiah 31:31
  • The story of the New Testament
    • Matthew 1:1, 17
    • John 1:1, 14-18 – John comes to prepare the way for Jesus.
    • Matthew 4:23
    • John 18:36 – Jesus was not the kind of earthly leader many were expecting.
    • Jesus rebukes the Pharisees, who were esteemed as religious leaders. This angers the authorities.
    • Matthew 27:50-54 – Finally the authorities are so angry that Jesus is crucified.
    • Matthew 10:4
    • Hebrews 9:22 – Bloodshed is required to atone for sin.
    • Acts 2:22-41 – Peter preaches the gospel for the first time, encouraging people to be baptized for forgiveness of their sins.
    • Colossians 2:14 – The Old Covenant is no longer in effect.
    • Ephesians 4:4 – Jesus is the head of one body.
    • Colossians 1:18 – This body is called the church.
    • Ephesians 5:23 – Jesus it the Savior of the one body.
    • II Corinthians 5:10
    • Romans 10:2-3
    • I Corinthians 15:52
    • Romans 14:12
    • Matthew 25:46 – Heaven awaits the obedient and Hell awaits the disobedient.
  • Hebrews 5:9

 

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 11, 2016

  • Legally, yes.
  • Personally, yes.
  • According to Jesus, yes.
    • Matthew 11:27-28
    • Revelation 22:17
  • If he is going to be saved, no.
    • John 14:6
    • Matthew 15:8-9
    • John 8:31-32
    • I Peter 1:22
    • I Peter 4:11
    • Matthew 7:24-27
  • Consider Saul of Tarsus. He did not have the right to his own belief if he was going to serve God acceptably.
    • Acts 13:1; 26:9
    • Proverbs 14:12
  • Conscience is not a guide. It is a judge.
    • Romans 2:15
    • I John 3:20-21
    • Romans 14:23
  • For salvation, one does not have the right to his/her own belief:
    • About what to do to be saved.
    • About what makes a church right.
      • II Peter 1:3
      • II Timothy 3:17
      • Jude 1:3
      • Acts 2:36
      • Philippians 2:14-15
      • Acts 20:28
      • I Corinthians 5:45
    • About how to live for Jesus.
      • I Timothy 5:22
      • I Corinthians 5:4-5
    • Jesus IS the Christian’s belief.
      • Luke 6:46

By David Watson

Benchley, July 10, 2016

  • Matthew 7:24-27
  • Jesus never said, “Salvation is by works alone.”
    • In the 1500s, the Catholic church needed money, so they raised it in part by selling indulgences. Johann Tetzel was instrumental in this practice.
      • Roman Catholic view of sin:
        • Sin
          • Eternal penalties
            • Confess to a priest
          • Temporal penalties
            • Penance (good work)
            • Crusade (or pay for a peasant to go on a crusade)
            • Indulgence
          • Romans 4:1-8
          • Ephesians 2:4-10
          • Titus 3:1-8
        • Jesus never said, “Salvation is by faith alone.”
          • Martin Luther (1483-1546)
            • Deep sense of personal guilt.
              • Matthew 22:37-38
            • Reacted to Catholic church
              • 95 Theses
            • Matthew 7:24, 21 – Good works do not earn our salvation, they are simply conditions God requires to receive His grace.
            • Mark 16:15-16; John 6:27-29; II Peter 1:5-11; James 2:14-26

By David Watson

Benchley, May 29, 2016

  • Job 2:1-10
  • First of all, don’t blame God.
    • John 9:1-3
    • Jesus came and lived here.
    • Earth is just a temporary stop for us.
    • I Peter 5:9
  • Make sure that your soul is saved.
    • Matthew 7:21
    • If you were to die today, are you confident that your soul would go to heaven?
      • God has done His part. Titus 2:11
      • John 8:24 – You must believe.
      • Acts 17:30 – All must repent!
      • Romans 10:9 – You must confess Jesus as Lord.
      • Acts 2:38 – You must be baptized.
    • Discover the Bible like never before.
      • Acts 17:11
      • James 4:13-15 – Comprehend the frailty of life.
      • Romans 1:20-21 – Find the purpose of life.
      • Genesis 12:2; 17:4, 18; 21:12; 22:2; II Timothy 4:6-8; James 1:12 – Live by faith in God’s promises.
    • Listen to what strong Christians are telling you.
      • Proverbs 1:8
      • Proverbs 12:5, 15
      • Proverbs 13:10

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 20, 2015

  • Galatians 5:4 – Refutes the doctrine of perseverance of the saints.
  • Acts 7:54 – Refutes the doctrine of irresistible grace.
  • Limited atonement: the doctrine that Christ died to save only a limited number of people – His death was designated to save some and not others.
  • Consequences of the doctrine:
    • Denies the free will of man (Revelation 22:17)
    • Makes God a respecter of persons (Romans 2:11)
    • Makes preaching the gospel to sinners a mockery, i.e., tantalizes him with an invitation to come when he cannot come.
  • Proof texts examined:
    • Matthew 1:21 – Only “his people” would be saved. This is talking about those who would answer His call – not about a group selected by God before time began.
    • Matthew 20:28
    • John 10:11 – “the sheep” are those that decide to follow Jesus – not those who God selected before time began.
    • Acts 20:28
  • Proof of its falsity
    • Hebrews 2:9 – Jesus tasted death for everyone.
    • II Peter 3:9 – God wants all to be saved.
    • Matthew 11:28-29
    • I Timothy 2:3-4
    • Revelation 22:17
  • The Calvinists’ dilemma
    • God clearly states that He wants all to be saved, yet the doctrine of limited atonement requires that God only selected some to be saved.
  • The dilemma solved
    • The Bible does offer salvation to all.
    • But God has not ordained any individual to be saved.
    • God offers salvation to all, but has ordained that only those who accept salvation on His terms will be saved.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 13, 2015

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  • The five points of Calvinism all depend on each other. They stand or fall together.
  • Irresistible grace: the belief that when God chooses someone to be saved, they cannot help but to come to Christ.
  • It is not a question of whether the Holy Spirit leads man to salvation, but how He does it.
    • He effects:
      • The new birth by the Word (I Peter 1:22; John 3:5)
      • Cleansing (John 17:17) and sanctification by the Word (I Corinthians 6:11)
      • Convicts man of sin by the Word (Titus 1:9)
      • Salvation by the Word (Titus 3:5)
        • John 8:32; 17:17
      • Indwells the Christian by the Word (Ephesians 3:17; Romans 10:17; Colossians 3:16)
        • II Timothy 1:14
        • Revelation 2:13; II John 2:2
      • Romans 1:16 – The gospel is God’s power to save.
      • The doctrine of irresistible grace falls because it is built on a faulty foundation and because it undermines the power of the gospel for salvation.
      • Acts 7:51; Hebrews 10:29-31 – Both these verses show the doctrine to be false.

How to Tell the Good News

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 6, 2015

  • “All of us have become guilty of sin.”
    • Acts 2:22-23, 36-37; 3:14-15; 4:11; 7:51-53; 26:18
    • Isaiah 59:2
    • II Thessalonians 1:8-9
    • It may help to use the word “us.”
      • Acts 22:4-5, 20; 26:9-11
      • I Timothy 1:15
      • Ephesians 2:1-3
    • “Jesus Christ died so we can be forgiven!”
      • Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:13-14
Problem: Sin Solution: Jesus
Acts 2:22-23, 36-37 Acts 2:38-40
Acts 3:14-15 Acts 3:19-20
Acts 4:11 Acts 4:12
Acts 7:51-53 (Killed)
Acts 26:18 Acts 26:19-23
  • “We have to follow God’s instructions to receive this gift!”
    • II Thessalonians 1:8
    • “How can these both be true at the same time?
      • Ephesians 2:8; Matthew 7:21
      • Romans 4:5; James 2:24
      • Titus 3:5; II Corinthians 5:10
    • Paul to the Romans:
      • Romans 1:16 – Gospel!
      • Romans 3:24 – Grace!
      • Romans 5:1 – Faith!
      • Romans 5:9 – Blood!
      • Romans 6:3-4 – Baptism!
      • Romans 10:9-10 – Believe and confess!

Calvinism, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 8, 2015

  • Total depravity
    • If total depravity is disproven, all of Calvinism falls with it. The whole system is bound together.
    • What it is not:
      • Complete absence of good
      • Belief that natural man cannot do any good before God
    • What it is:
      • Belief that man cannot understand spiritual good
      • Belief that man cannot even desire spiritual good
    • Effects of Calvinism:
      • It makes God out to be a respecter of persons.
      • It makes the preaching of the gospel to sinners a mockery. Mark 16:16
    • Proof texts:
      • Romans 5:12 – Death passed upon all because all have sinned – not because Adam sinned.
      • Psalms 51:5 – This is hyperbolic language. David was not truly sinful from birth.
        • Psalms 22:10; 71:6 – These prove that David was not born totally depraved.
      • Ephesians 4:17-19 – The people became callous and changed their own minds.
      • John 6:44-45 – People are drawn to God by His Word.
      • I Corinthians 2:14
    • Further proof:
      • Acts 2:31 – The sinner can desire spiritual good.
      • Acts 16:30
      • Acts 9:6
    • How can one come to God for salvation?
      • One must be drawn to Him by the teaching that He has given. John 6:44-45; Romans 10:17
      • There is only one source in which the teaching is found. Matthew 18:18; John 16:13; II Timothy 3:16-17
      • Peter was the first to announce the terms of salvation. Matthew 16:19
      • He did announce them. Acts 2:38
      • Those who teach otherwise will be anathema. Galatians 1:8
      • Those who obey this form of doctrine will be freed from sin and made servants of righteousness. Romans 6:16-18
      • They keep pressing on (Philippians 3:13-14), walking in the light (I John 1:7), and abounding in the work of the Lord (I Corinthians 15:59), and you will be saved.
      • But remember, after we have done all commanded of us, we are still unprofitable servants. Luke 17:10