Basic Gospel Truths

Assurance of Salvation

This sermon explores John’s teaching in his first epistle on assurance of salvation.  Assurance is rooted in the saving work of Christ and the promises of the gospel, it is confirmed by examining our lives for confession of sin, obedience to God’s commands, love for the brothers and belief in the testimony of God concerning his Son.  The role of the Holy Spirit in assurance of salvation is also considered.

Read 1 John 1:1-2:11

By Grace Through Faith

Salvation is received through faith.  Faith is both a gift of God and an activity/attitude that we are called to exercise. It involves an belief in the truth claims of the bible, but also a personal trust in Jesus Christ for salvation.  The fact that works do not play a role as the basis for salvation means that it is rooted in the grace of God.

Read Ephesians 2:8-9

Made Alive in Christ

This sermon examines the teaching of this passage that believers have been made alive with Christ.  In the light of the biblical story of redemption this granting of new life must be seen as part of the beginning of the renewal of the cosmos.  The reason that believers are made alive with Christ is that they are united to Christ.  Other passages show that this union with Christ happens through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Read Ephesians 2:4-7

You Were Dead in Sin

This second sermon of the series consider a another part of the biblical teaching about human sin and that is the fact that apart from salvation humans have a sinful nature.  In this passage the key point is that apart from God’s saving grace, everyone is dead in transgressions and sins.  This condition is described with reference to the world, the devil and our own sinful nature.  The verses that follow this text show how God brings dead sinners to life with Christ.

Read Ephesians 2:1-3

No One Is Righteous

To understand the gospel we must understand what we are saved from. This passage teaches that apart from salvation all of mankind is unrighteous before God. It shows us a number of the characteristics of our sinfulness and confronts us with the truth that we are all accountable to God. The passage makes it clear that there is no hope of salvation from man’s side. We need to be rescued. The verses and chapters that follow describe how God does this in Christ.

Read Romans 3:9-20