Sunday Sermon on March 25, 2012 by Pastor Thomas Tate
1. Have you ever felt like you were no longer saved? Were you raised in a church that taught you to doubt your salvation based on you good works? Could you ever really feel at peace if you were never sure of your salvation? Could you take some credit for your salvation if you played a part in keeping it? Read Ephesians 2:8-9 and 1 John 5:11-13 and discuss them.
2. The question isn’t whether you have lost your salvation, it’s did you ever have it to lose? Read 2 Corinthians 13:5. Ask yourselves, “Do I know for sure that if I died I would go to heaven (yes, no or maybe)? How does someone get to go to heaven, what must they do?”
3. Some people think that Judas was saved and then lost his salvation when he betrayed Jesus. Read John 6:70-71. What did Jesus call Judas long before the betrayal? Read John 6:64 When did Jesus know that the one who would betray Him, Judas, was not a true believer? Read John 13:18,21. Why did Jesus chose Judas as a disciple if he knew he would betray him?
4. Can you see how reading Romans 11:22 by itself would make someone think that an individual could lose their salvation? Can you see when you read Romans 11:22-25 that Paul is talking about a people group (Jews and Gentiles) and not individuals? If it meant individuals then no Jews would have been saved, like Paul, Peter etc Read 2 Peter 2:4-6 and insert “since” for “if” and see if it has same meaning but more clarity with “since”. For example Sodom and Gomorrah were either destroyed or they were not.
5. In John 1:12 what do we have to do to BECOME children of God? Once you have children are they always your children, regardless of their actions? In Romans 8:38-39 what can separate us from the love of God? In John 10:27-29 who can snatch us away from the hand of God? In 1 Timothy 2:11-13 who’s faithfulness is our salvation dependent on?
6. How does knowing your always saved make you feel? Does it make you feel freer to sin or serve Him more out of love?