Basic Truths: Assurance of Salvation - Why People Have Doubts #5

Faith Church September 12, 1991

 

- we're studying basic Bible truths and our first lessons

  have dealt with the subject of assurance of salvation

- we've said that:

   1) God wants you to be saved:

      II Peter 3:9 - God is "...longsuffering toward us, not

          willing that any should perish, but all should come

          to repentance."

 

   2) God wants you to know for sure that you're saved:

      I John 5:13 - "These things have I written unto you..."

 

- we've been talking about having assurance in three

   different ways:

 

- INPUT?  (historically, theologically, experientially)

 

- so far, we've looked at 2 1/2 tests -

    - walks in the light - chap 1

    - guards the commands - chap. 2:3-5

    - love the brothers more - 2:6-11

 

- today we're going to try to "pick up the pace" and finish

   our study on assurance of salvation

 

- we're looking at the second half of Roman III

 

III. He Loves The Brothers More and the World Less

 

    B. His relationship to the world

 

        - read 2:15-17

 

        - let's talk quickly about what world we're talking

           about

 

        1. What "world?"

 

        3 uses of word "world" in the Bible

 

            1) universe - cosmos - earth - God made the world

 

            2) world of people - God so loved the world

 

            3) world "system" - philosophies - way

                unbelievers think about and view this world,

                life, etc.

 

        - INPUT - which word is John speaking about in these

            verses?

 

        2. believer doesn't "love" it

 

            - INPUT - based on our discussion of the word

                "love", what is John talking about here?

 

                - sacrificing for - giving self for

 

                - some folks say they're Christians, yet they

                  are entirely emersed in the world

                - they love the world

                - they sacrifice for the world

 

                - that's where their affection is

                - their loyalty, attention, etc.

 

    - this doesn't necessarily mean that the person has

      absolutely no interest in God, church, etc.

    - an interesting "baby-boomer spin-off" to this problem

      is those who want just enough church to make them feel

      good (and less guilty) but not enough to change their

      life

         - some folks like the warmth of the body,

            fellowship,

             - church to them is something to do before they

               have Sunday brunch!

 

    - but when it comes to what they love

    - when it comes to what they're living for

    - when it comes to what they focus on and sacrifice for

    - its the world

 

    - remember what Jesus said - no man can serve two masters

       - "No man can serve two masters - for either he will

           hate the one and love the other or else he will

           hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot

           serve God and money." (Matt. 6:24)

 

    - remember - loving the world isn't just a financial

        issue - it's a matter of loving the world's

        philosophies-the world's way of looking at things

 

        - Falwell/Swaggert illus.

 

     - Input - the passage gives two reasons why the believer

               doesn't love it: (?)

 

            a. because He knows it's not of the Father

 

                - a person who's saved can look at the world

                  and say - "thats not of God"

                - that kind of lust - it's not of God

                - that kind of pride - its not of God

 

            b. it's passing away

 

                - illus - John McFalls

 

- INPUT - what questions do we need to ask after studying

          this "test"?

 

 

 

IV. He Doesn't "Fall" For Unacceptable Substitutes For Love

 

    - read 3:11-17

 

    - INPUT - what from these verses tells us that this is a

              "test" of a believer?  (cf. vs. 19)

 

    A. What are they?

 

        1. Murder

 

 

        2. hate

 

 

        3. Indifference

 

        - many folks know murder is wrong, and know hate is

           wrong--but haven't gotten over indifference

 

        - indifference says - I see the need, but I'm not

             willing to sacrifice to meet it

 

        - some folks use indifference as a way to control

          or hurt others

 

             - cf. husband/wife relationships

 

        - I appreciate the way our church has sought not to

           be indifferent to other pastors and churches that

           need help

 

             - cf. Marc Graham letter

 

 

    B. Our Model of Love

 

        - read 4:9-10

 

        - tie in goal-put/off-put on

 

 

        - Question here?

 

 

V. Lives In Light of the Lord's return

 

    - read 2:28-3:3

 

    - Input - what phrase from these verses tell us we're

        talking about a test of salvation?

          (cf. vs. 3)

 

    A. He won't be ashamed at Christ's coming

 

        - what are some characteristics of a person who lives

          in this way?

            - (humanist manifesto)

 

        - Shepherds - "More, so much more..."

 

 

    B. He purifies himself

 

        - INPUT - why? (so he's best prepared to serve)

 

 

VI. He Tests The Spirits

 

    - read 4:1-3

 

    - John's talking here about having discernment when it

      comes to matters of life and doctrine

 

    - refer back to Falwell illus

 

    - illus - NANC - flack about naming names

 

    - needs to be a balance

 

        - not - always (and only) "what's wrong with this,

                 etc."

 

        - not - ignore what's wrong - never mention

                 publically

 

        - middle - biblical discernment

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