1 South Point Baptist Church Foundation of Doctrine of Salvation
2 Foundations of Truth! We feel it is important for all to know the biblical truth of salvation. The more that we understand the who, what, when, where, why and how we are able to have eternal life, the more comfortable we are in resting in the free gift that we receive from God, eternal life that is. More understanding also makes it easier to share the Good New with others. As you go through these lessons there are things that you can do to help you understand the core of each lesson. The first thing is to make sure that you know the context of the verse, who wrote it, who it is to, and what theme the author is trying to explain. This will give you the background for each verse and will illuminate the truth being taught. It is important to make sure that you stay focused on the topic so that you don t get off on some tangent and get confused. The more repetition about the truth you can get the better. The purpose for having only scriptures and questions is that you need to read the scriptures and understand what they say instead of hearing someone paraphrase it and give an opinion about it that could distort the true meaning.
3 Overview! The next few sections are to be used to learn the true biblical meaning of salvation. It breaks down each component that is necessary to gain a full understanding of why we need a Savior to die for us on the cross. The goal for these sections is to make it very clear that we are all in need of a Savior. There are things that only the Lord can do and still other things that only we can do. Focal Points! Focal Point 1- Our sinfulness and depravity, nothing we can do to correct it, all men are condemned/doomed. Focal Point 2- The law that God established to keep man in check with his sins, how the law failed and how the law teaches us about sin. Focal Point 3- Man s failure to keep the law, man s flesh and worldliness and man s need of a Savior. Focal Point 4- God s grace, God s plan for redemption and the purpose of Jesus. Focal Point 5- The act of regeneration, who regenerates the heart and work of the Holy Spirit. Focal Point 6- Repentance and the need for repentance. Focal Point 7- Our response to depravity, our belief in the Savior and our trust in His sacrifice.
4 Foundation of Truth! Salvation/ Sin/ Depravity Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God. James 4:17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me. 1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 1 John 3:4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. We usually associate sin with wrong-doing, which is doing what we are not supposed to do. The Bible, however, teaches that sin also includes not doing what we are supposed to do. The first we call sins of commission, the send sins of omission.
5 Questions! Study the Scriptures first. 1. Read the verses and highlight/underline the parts that speak to man s sin. 2. What is sin? 3. What is the sin of commission? 4. What is the sin of omission? 5. Who is guilty of sin?
6 Foundation of Truth! Salvation! The Law Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Galatians 3:17-25 This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise. Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary. Now an intermediary implies more than one, but God is one. Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, Romans 7:7-10 What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, You shall not covet. But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.
7 Questions! Study the Scriptures first. 1. Read the verses and highlight/underline the parts that speak to the law. 2. Who established the law? 3. What is the purpose for the law? 4. What replaced the law?
8 Foundation of Truth! Salvation! Man s Failure: Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Romans 5:12-15 Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned: for until the law sin was in the world; but sin not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the likeness of Adam s transgression, who is a figure of him that was to come. But not as the trespass, so also [is] the free gift. For if by the trespass of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God, and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. Romans 3:20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. Ephesians 2:1-3 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
9 Questions! Study the Scriptures first. 1. Read the verses and highlighting/underline the parts that speak to man s failure. 2. How did man become a sinner? 3. Can man stop sinning with his own power? 4. What is the only thing man can do to stop the cycle of sinfulness?
10 Foundation of Truth! Salvation! God s Redemptive Plan: Atonement/Christ s payment for our sins. 1 John 2:1-2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.! 1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.
11 Questions! Study the Scriptures first. 1. Read the verses and highlight/underline the parts that speak to atonement. 2. What does atonement mean? 3. What is God s plan to heal man from his sinful nature? 4. Who was sent as the payment for our sin? 5. What does it mean that we are saved by God s grace?
12 Foundation of Truth! Heart Regeneration (by the Holy Spirit): John 3:5-7 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again. John 16:8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment. Ezekiel 36:26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Titus 3:5 He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. 1 Corinthians 2:10 These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
13 Questions:! Study the Scriptures first. 1. Read the verses and highlight/underline the parts that speak to regeneration. 2. Who convicts you of sin? 3. Who gives us life? 4. Who changes the heart? 5. Who shows us God s deep secrets?
14 Foundation of Truth! Man s Response to His Depravity: Repentance Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Psalm 51:2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! Psalm 51:3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Psalm 38:18 I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin. 2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. 1 John 1:8-10 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
15 Questions! Study the Scriptures first. 1. Read the verses and highlight/underline the parts that speak to man s response. 2. What is repentance? 3. What produces repentance? 4. Is repentance necessary for eternal life?
16 Foundation of Truth! Believe/Faith in Christ: Believe! John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up. Reference: Numbers 21:9! Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.! Romans 10:9-10 Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Faith! Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. Galatians 3:26 For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
17 Questions! Study the Scriptures first. 1. Read the verses and highlight/underline the parts that speak to man s faith/belief. 2. What does the word believe mean? 3. Where does our belief need to come from? 4. What does it mean to put your faith in Christ?
18 Foundations of Truth! God s Stamp of Approval (Justification) Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 5:1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:9 Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 2:16 Yet knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we believed on Christ Jesus, that we might by justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law: because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 3:24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. Ephesians 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. Titus 3:6-7 Whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
19 Questions! Study the scriptures first. 1. Read the verses and highlight/underline the parts that speak to justification. 2. What is justification? 3. How are we justified in Christ? 4. Who justifies us?