You Asked For It // Can I Lose My Salvation?
[Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, ECC Covington Campus]
This is one of the most highly debated and controversial topic in Christendom. Preachers, theologians and scholars of all kinds have fallen on both sides of this topic. We will not be able to solve this issues in 35 minutes.
Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. (Ephesians 4:3 NLT)
Have I ever really been saved?
God wants us to walk CONFIDENTLY in our salvation in Him. So, instead of fighting about about losing something, let’s focus on asking the question, “Have I ever really been saved?”
- Admitted that I was dead.
Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. (Ephesians 2:1-3 NLT)
Dead people can do nothing to change their status.
Dead people are dead.
Dead people cannot make themselves alive.
People would rather feel guilty than helpless.
We must admit that we are powerless to change out deadness.
We must admit that we are helpless and need Jesus.
- Believe what God did through Jesus.
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7 NLT)
God knows that we will not live a perfect life. So, God sends Jesus to pay the penalty for our sin and imperfection. And on top of that, God UNITES us with Christ! And this shows His grace and kindness to us.
It is true that we aren’t worthy to stand before a Holy God. Only through an advocate, Jesus, can we be in the presence of God. So, we NEED Jesus.
- Committed to grace (instead of works.)
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:8-10 NLT)
“Grace has taught me that removing every struggle in my life removes the opportunity for me to experience some of the most intimate moments I’ve ever had with my Savior.” – Kelly Brooks
“Grace is a living extension of God Himself.” – Kelly Brooks
Let’s get the order right: it is grace..then the good works come. It is not good works that earn you grace.
Three tests for those who want to be sure of their salvation:
- Repentance test : Acts 3:19
- Presence test : Romans 8:15-16
- Evidence test : 1 John 2:3-6
Received grace always produces a changed life.