Monday, March 4, 2019

Sermon Notes: Confidence


Confidence defined: MODERN DEF Trust or faith in a person or thing.

People are confident about a lot of things in their lives, some are confident that Christianity is a fairy tale, others are confident that it is Truth. Being confident doesn’t make someone right but having no confidence means you are uncertain or doubtful which in some cases may not be a big deal. But when it comes to your eternal never dying soul... you may want to have some confidence to what you believe and why.

With that in mind let me start off 2019 by asking just a few questions:

1. Are you Confident that the Bible is true and should matter to you.
Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, and Luke 21:33 all tell us that “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Gods word is pure and it is eternal, it is how we live clean lives according to Psalm 119:9
It was penned by dozens of Authors over thousands of years with no errors or contradictions all under Gods authority and leadership as 2nd Peter 1:21 states “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 
It has been proven to be the most accurate book historically, archaeologically, and scientifically.  101 FACTS AND FOREKNOWLEDGE SCREENSHOT

So I ask again, are you confident that the Bible is true and that it should be important to you?

2. Are you Confident that your His
Hell is real, it was made by God as a place to punish the devil and his angels but when mankind sinned it became a destination for us as well. It is eternal, and when you die it is too late to figure out that you were wrong about salvation.

Turn to Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 2:16, and Titus 3:5
Baptism, good works,, repeating a prayer, YOU MUST BELIEVE! How do I know that I am His? Romans 10:10-11 states “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” 

Does that sound like you? How about this 2nd Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Has that ever happened to you? 
Here’s another 1st John 3:14 “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” DO YOU LOVE GODS PEOPLE? Do you believe in your heart? Are you not ashamed? Are you a new Creature? ARE YOU CONFIDENT that your His? 

Last one 1st John 2:3 “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
how do I know if i am saved? How can I be confident that I am His? 
  1. I am not trusting in my works, 
  2. I believe in my heart and have confessed with my mouth the lord Jesus, 
  3. I am a new creature old things have passed away, 
  4. I love Gods people and I do my best to keep his commandments. 

If you say yes I know that I am saved but maybe I haven’t been doing all that I should for Him I encourage you don’t just be confident that your saved, be confident that your surrendered. The only person who will never let you down, stab you in the back, lead you the wrong way, fail you, disappoint you hurt you, the only one who loved you enough to pay your sin debt Himself is Jesus Christ! 
You trust Him with your soul why not trust Him with the rest?
Are you confident that your saved, and surrendered?

3. Are you Confident that He loves you
ODD question doesn’t God love everyone? Turn to Psalm 11:5, Romans 3:23 tells us all have sinned, God hates sin and He hates the wicked but He loves humanity so much that He gave us a way of salvation. John 14:6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.Romans 5:8 also tells us “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ dies for us” The Bible goes on to say in verse 10For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

God had an enemy, you before you were saved, yet He loved you enough to pay for your sins in the blood of His only begotten Son. Look at 1st John 4:10

One amazing thing about God is that He is No respecter of persons, God loves you big or small smart or dull, athletic or slow, rich or poor if you are saved He calls you His child in Romans 8:16-17. You may feel sometimes like God cant love someone like me, all I do is mess up, He is so righteous and I am so sinful but what did Romans 5:8 just tell us? “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ dies for us

4. Are you Confident that every moment thought and action of your life will be judged?
Proverbs 15:3, Hebrews 9:27
  • For the bad Christian judgment does not remove your salvation if you are a child of God but it does burn up all you’ve done that wasn’t eternal 1st Corinthians 3:11-15
  • For the good Christian, eternal rewards in heaven that not everyone will get! 
  • For the lost teenager: Judgment means this, Revelation 20:14-15

Last question: Are you Confident that God desires your life to be His? 

I’ll give you the answer, He does, 1st Corinthians 6:20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

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