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peningScripture: Romans 10:9-13

BibleChallenge: Romans 10:9-13

SpiritualGrowth - The Word, Worship, Prayer, Living Generously

 

Refocus - You won’t Grow if youdon’t know.  

The Bible meaning and Bibleapplication of Church words we call it Christianese but to many people evensitting in this building it sounds like a foreign language.                                                                                          

 

Too manytimes, we use the Bible like Google.

Many people use the Bible like asearch engine on the internet. We look to the Bible to find answers, but theBible was written, not to find answers, but so you will find God. The Fatherwho has the answers.

 

John 20:30-31 30 NowJesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are notwritten in this book; 31 but these are written sothat you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, andthat by believing you may have life in his name.

It is not Google.

           John20:31 - But these are written:

                       1.that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God,

                       2.and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

 

If we are going to have "lifein his name," we must distinguish between 2 words that we interchange buthave 2 very different Biblical meanings. Those words are Born-again and Salvation.

 

Jesusanswered him, “Truly,truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot seethe kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How cana man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womband be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you,unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom ofGod. That which is born of the fleshis flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Do not marvel that I said toyou, ‘You must be born again.’

Born again, born from above: spirituallytransformed, renewed.

           -Anevent

           -Yourspiritual recreation/redemption/righteousness

           -Whenyou receive your citizenship in the Kingdom

 

II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, ifanyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, thenew has come.”

 

I Corinthians 7:23 “You werebought with a price; do not become bondservants of men.”

Born - Again starts when yourealize you were “bought with a price.” It is the beginning! The starting line!

 

Illustration: Legos still in thebox

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 “8 For by grace you have been savedthrough faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that noone may boast.

                       What is Grace? - One Way Love! All from Himall for us.

                       Howdoes grace work in my life? It works in the form of Empowered Obedience.

Salvation

Philippians2:12-13

12 Therefore, mybeloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in mypresence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear andtrembling, 13 for it is God who works in you,both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

 

Notice it plainly says, “workout” and not “work for.”

 

If Born Again is "Boughtwith a Price," Salvation is "The Assembly" of what was in the box.

There is some “work” that needs tobe done on and in Pastor Joel. But the “working out” in me is different thanthe working out in you.

Weare 2 Different Lego Sets.

Salvation -(Literal Bible Definition) A Lifestyle written in the present active form

deliverance,preservation, safety, salvation: deliverance from the molestation of enemies,victory

           Luke1:71; preservation (of physical life), safety, Acts 27:34; Hebrews 11:7.

           Inan ethical sense, that which conduces to the soul's safety or salvation:

                       -Alifestyle…the benefits are not automatic

                       -Yourrights as a citizen of the Kingdom

                       -Sanctificationallows you to experience the benefits of salvation

 

When we have a Lifestyle ofDeliverance, Perseveration, Victory, what happens?

 

II Corinthians 3:17-18 17 Nowthe Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, thereis freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiledface, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed intothe same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes fromthe Lord who is the Spirit.

 

Born Again is an EVENT -Salvation is a LIFESTYLE!