Warning Signs | Don't Neglect Your Salvation, Day 2
A person experiences salvation by hearing the gospel and believing it.
VERSE OF THE DAY
'But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. ' Hebrews 2:9
What hobby or activity do you typically do to help you get away from everything and “recharge”?
What do you think it is about that particular activity that helps restore you?
Do you think that activity would have the same restorative effect on you if you were able to do it more frequently? Why or why not?
Life gets crazy and in order to continue to go throughout each day with joy, bearing the fruit of the Spirit, we need time to be recharged and restored.
Our need for physical restoration is symbolic of our need for spiritual restoration
No amount of physical restoration will provide us with the spiritual restoration we need
The main problem we all face in this life is separation from God.
Because of our sins and our choices we need to constantly restore our relationship with God
God’s grace and mercy has made spiritual restoration possible, which is summarized by the gospel of Jesus who died in order to save us and restore us to Himself
There are 4 main points made throughout the gospels that articulate this need for restoration
1. God rules
Read Genesis 1:1
'In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. ' Genesis 1:1
Read Revelation 4:11
' “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”' Revelation 4:11
'For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. ' Colossians 1:16-17
Read Genesis 1:31
'And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.' Genesis 1:31
What do these verses mean to you?
What do these verses teach us about God?
Why is it important to understand that everything started with God?
God is the creator of all things and all of creation was made for Him, therefore we were all created to be in relationship with Him
When we drift from Him we need to be restored to Him so that all things can “hold together”
In God’s eyes all of His creation is “very good” so it should be enough for all of us
2. Man sinned.
Read Romans 3:23
'for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, ' Romans 3:23
Read Romans 6:23
'For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.' Romans 6:23
What does this passage reveal about us and who we are apart from God?
What do you think it means to “fall short” of God’s glory?
What is the result of punishment for sin?
Because of sin we are all born separated from God which leaves us spiritually dead
To fall short of the glory of God is to have a broken relationship with God causing us to fail to meet His expectations
We need our relationship with God in order to receive His gift of eternal life and restoration, otherwise we remain spiritually dead and separated from Him
3. God sent Jesus
Read John 3:16-18
'For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. ' John 3:16-18
What words from this passage help us understand the manner of God’s love for us?
What did God’s love lead Him to do? Why is this such a big deal?
We cannot obtain eternal life of our own accord, but instead only through the salvation given to us through Jesus and His sacrifice
Because God loves us so much He sent Jesus as the ultimate living sacrifice for our sins
By accepting and believing in Christ and His holy sacrifice, we can be restored to God
The key being that we believe in Him and His sacrifice
Believers are not condemned
Non-believers are “condemned already”
We are not to merely acknowledge that Christ died for us, but saving faith requires that we recognize He died for each person individually
When we fail to have saving faith, we will perish, or be separated from God. This separation does not occur only as a result of blatant sin, but also when we choose not to receive God’s gift of salvation positively; out of love, gratitude and obedience.
Read also Ephesians 2:8-9 and Acts 16:30-31
'For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. ' Ephesians 2:8-9
'Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” ' Acts 16:30-31
What does God offer us through Jesus?
God sent Jesus to die for us as the perfect solution to our sin problem instead of letting us die to our sin, rescuing us from the punishment we deserve.
God loves us so much He sent Jesus to accomplish our salvation on the cross and provide us a means of eternal life, which is eternity in His presence.
Those who believe not only in Christ’s identity as the Son of God but also in His death and resurrection from the dead as the ultimate living sacrifice for our sins will receive salvation.
4. We respond in repentance and faith.
Read John 14:6
'Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ' John 14:6
What does Jesus mean in referring to Himself as the way? Truth? Life?
Jesus is the only way to be restored to God.
Jesus is the Word of God, which is always true.
Jesus is the only source of eternal life; the master key to salvation.
Read Romans 10:9-10 and 10:13
'because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. ' Romans 10:9-10
'For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” ' Romans 10:13
According to these verses, how is a person saved, and to what result?
If you are a Christian, what were some of the things that previously kept you from believing in Jesus? What changed your mind?
We are saved when we have saving faith, which is to believe in and confess our belief in Christ and His death and resurrection
When we are saved, we are restored to God and find spiritual rest
With this restoration we are called to focus on Christ as superior in our lives, placing complete and absolute trust in Him
Is there anything stopping you from having a saving faith in Jesus?
How can you seek spiritual rest this week?
Having saving faith in Christ is the most important decision you will ever make. If you are ready to make that decision you will be saved and God will give you new life in Christ.
Close with a prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving to God for the good news of the gospel. Praise God for sending His Son to die for us and that we now have a message of hope to share with the world. Give your group members the chance to pray silently as they assess their own relationship with God and their commitment to sharing the gospel with others.