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July 8, 2020 2:00 am
There are several steps in the journey for anyone who comes to know Christ. In the message "Salvation: Reverse Engineered," Skip talks about the role of belief in salvation, encouraging you to share the good news of Jesus with others.
This teaching is from the series Heart & Soul: A Study Through Romans.Links:
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This is where the rubber meets. This is the contact point of salvation. Salvation comes at the point of saving faith in our chosen very carefully, not just faith saving saving rate is long faith and trust is apart from good works is apart from family heritage apart from your religion. You grew up with is just raw faith in him. Salvation is a gift Don't have to try to today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip talks about the role that belief has saving faith in Jesus encouraging you to share this great news with work first Skip wants to invite you to connect with them on social media. A pastor Skip here if you want to stay up-to-date on the latest from this ministry follow at Skip Heitzig sick on Facebook, twitter and Instagram that Skip HEITZIG now we're in Romans chapter 10 as we dive into the teaching with Skip Heitzig. Also they hear without a preacher and how shall they preach unless they are sent. Start terrible work our way back unless they are sent. Now sent implies somebody's going to go.
Somebody's going to be sent your senders and you have goers now this sending is talking about a formal kind of a setting where you have a church board sending your mission organization. That's fine. If that happens, but here's the implication.
God does the sending God is the center of I love that story. In acts 13.
The church is gathered together worshiping their pregnancies, the Holy Spirit said separate unto me, Paul and Barnabas for the work to which I call sources they pray they fastened. They laid hands on them and they the disciples. The church sent them out next verse, so being sent out by the Holy Spirit. They went. It is God who sends all of us out infected you know the word apostle is simply a word that means they sent out individual. What that means is you're on a mission from God, you have some mission. You have some ministry to fulfill. Jesus said to his men, his troops, you might say go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature again after his resurrection, he said, you will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria.
The uttermost parts of the earth in another place Jesus said as my father has sent me, so I send you now this is always a healthy state in Christian development. When a Christian who map to that point is a sort of grown in their faith and taken and enjoy the worship love the family atmosphere of the connect group and and and loves all that they are getting starts caring for the licenses I want to share with others spend wisely and well said the churches that do not evangelize will eventually fossilized and so do individuals because the church is just made up of a whole lot of individuals.
I think we will dry up and shrivel up and fossilized if we don't evangelize.
So with the disciples with Paul. What began in his heart was taken to his knees in prayer and then eventually is now on his feet and he's going and he did his missionary journey. So here's the process.
What begins in your heart by caring and is nurtured in your heart by praying gets birth in your life by going so caring praying going fourth stage is speaking that's also in verse 14 and 15 where it says and how shall they hear without what without a preacher. Now you looking amigo will give the preacher.
This is your job, but the word preacher here doesn't mean people like me is not referring to a pastor by the pulpit or evangelists in the stadium.
It simply means one who proclaims something means a speaker. The word for preacher preacher Kay Russo are referred to a Harold who had a high place in the Greco-Roman world.
He was an officer of the court usually carried a scepter and he made proclamations with a strong voice. So think of the guys in the English courts would say, hear ye hear ye stand in the public square and give an announcement that's a Harold that's a preacher you go and you speak you speak words you speak gospel words you speak truth to people. I've heard the saying for years. I've never really liked the saying in spite of St. Francis of Assisi.
A lot of people love it because they just think it's cool and novel and it goes like this. Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary use words.
Anytime somebody says that it reveals somebody who is embraced a version of Christianity were words don't matter now.
You need more than words began to begin with words because words convey truth concepts, nobodies, and understand truth concepts without the right words. Jesus didn't say just going all the world go buy a ticket to have fun. Is it going all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He said to those that he sent around the Sea of Galilee go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and as you go, preach, so at some point will you have to pull out our story and tell people how we came to Christ because our story is part of the story. His story the good news.
Paul wrote in first Corinthians chapter 1, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe I have a book on my shelf. I bought years ago by Charles Spurgeon called the soul winner.
I'll be honest with you I bought the book because of the cover. The cover just looks cool to me. It was a picture of drawing a graphic, drawing a very strong vivid drawing of a of a solar farmer casting seed out of a sack of seed throwing into the ground that a micro is called soul winner without graphic on the front. In chapter 1, Spurgeon said we are to seek our neighbors conversion because we love him and we are to speak to him in loving terms of God's loving gospel because our heart desires. His eternal good some point you speak it so people. It's always necessary to use words. Yes, this what if you live in a small town little town little village and you knew that in a few days or times, it would be destroyed by some catastrophe. You had good information. It's a flood, fire, earthquake, something to destroy everything. When you feel compelled to tell people about how to escape that which is coming you think it would be sufficient to just live your witness in front of them and hugged people and hope that maybe by you just living it out, but not saying anything that they are to somehow automatically know what that's all about. You would do them a disservice.
Some people might say what God hasn't called me to preach where in the Bible does it say that now the gospel isn't just words, but it sure includes words verse 17 faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. So we have some pretty distinct stages in salvation process, caring praying going speak of those four are what we do with an unbeliever.
The next three are the responses of unbelievers. Hopefully so. The fifth stage is hearing verse 14.
Again, how shall they call in him whom they have not believe how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard and how shall they hear without a preacher so the preacher comes shares the truth message.
It requires a hearing require somebody listening contemplating processing the words that get the truth concepts and the doing something with it and have you noticed people here differently. The same message.
They hear a different in Matthew 13 Jesus gives a parable of the sower and the seed and he depicts evangelism like a farmer scattering seed and different hearts interacting with truth different ways will throw it up so you can see it. Matthew 13 in verse 19 when anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside or the path that he received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. Yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. When tribulation or persecution arises because of the word immediately stumbled.
Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful, but he who received seed on the ground.
The good ground is he who hears the word, understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces some a hundredfold, some 60, and some third it's all about hearing before faith can ever be activated. There must be a hearing of the truth. This is why using words is necessary. People have to understand the truth concepts at the point of verse 14. How shall they believe in him whom they have not heard Peter came back to the Council of Jerusalem. In acts 15. Speaking of the Gentiles.
He said the Gentiles heard the word of the gospel and believe they couldn't believe until they heard the word of the gospel. So then the hearing here becomes the conveyor of truth to the believing heart they hear before they can ever interact with what is this all mean to us. It simply means that all of us should know at any given time. The basic facts of the gospel have them ready with not only our personal testimony. How we came to Christ. But what are the facts of the gospel because you don't want to give wrong directions on how to get to heaven if you tell a person how to get from earth to heaven. You want to make sure that your giving them accurate direction, not will turn right up there that you're not knowing and not turn left into rival you want to make sure you clearly understand how to get from point A to point B, so they will hear now.
Hopefully they will take the next step after hearing Jesus plainly said not all will in Matthew 13, but after caring praying going and speaking and then hearing comes hopefully be leaving verse 14 again how they call on him in whom they have not believed how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard this is where the rubber meets the road.
This is the contact point of salvation. Salvation comes at the point of saving faith know I chose that very carefully not just faith saving faith saving faith is just raw faith, trust is apart from good works is apart from family heritage. It's apart from your religion. You grew up with is just raw faith in him. Ephesians chapter 2 verses eight and nine for by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not of works, lest anyone should boast. As John 316 right for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life saving faith is that raw trust in him that lead somewhere, let me see him show you how it's qualified or look back at verse nine that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe what is its after that in your heart if you believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made to salvation. What is that mean believing in the heart is a Hebrew concept.
The Hebrews considered the heart to be the core of personality.
The core of your personhood to believe in the heart is to really believe to believe in the hardest to be all in. To believe in the heart is not to believe just superficially, or simply to acknowledge that a god exists.
I meet people volatile. I believe in God.
James would be quick to remind them what do you do. I know that's not what James says exactly what he said you'd do well, but even the demons believe in Trumbull's and the devil, and all of his demons. They know the facts of the gospel.
They know Jesus is the son of God, they know all that. But there is no salvation believing in the heart is different really at your core authentic of authentically trusting interesting true story. Years ago there was a guy named John Patton he was from Scotland, Scotland. He was Scottish and he had a burden on his heart. He cared enough to pray about going and eventually going to a group of islands in the South Pacific called the New Hebrides the people who live there at the time all cannibals. But he loved them. He cared for them. He prayed about going. He went and he lived among them. His life is in danger. 24 hours a day. At first, and he was he was determined to translate the gospel of John into that indigenous language. He came up to one huge impediment. One huge problem.
There was no word in that language that receptor language for the word trust believe faith is no word they had that in encapsulated so he was trying to figure out what work can I use a translate faith, trust, believe one day he's in his tent sit in this chair. One of the indigenous guys comes into the tent and John Patton sitting back in the chair leans back list both his feet in the air. I obviously can't do that because I'm not sitting here does this and asked the man from the area. What am I doing right now and the man spoke a word that means to place your whole weight upon and he heard that word, and that's how he translated faith, belief, trust in the New Testament. So if you are love. Read John 316, and that language of the New Hebrides islands years ago.
It would read something like, for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever places their whole weight upon him will not perish but have everlasting life. That is believing in the heart that is saving faith. So after caring praying going speaking they hear. Hopefully they make that contact by faith, and that leads to step number seven in this reverse engineering view that is calling calling on the name of the Lord. Verse 13 for whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him whom they have not believed that when it's true faith.
This always happens always a moment at which a person that has true faith calls upon the Lord invites Christ to come in and ask God to forgive them of their sins. The Old Testament term for that was calling on the name of the Lord.
It's a quote by the way verse 13 is a quote from the Old Testament. Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved in the Old Testament.
That phrase was always associated with the right worship of the true God.
That is the Old Testament Way of saying what Paul says in verse nine and 10. The same truth if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart so it simply asking personally, Christ the Savior. Revelation 3 Jesus says to the church in Revelation behold, I stand at the door and knock anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and sup with him have fellowship with opening the doors, calling on the name of the Lord to sing God save me.
I personally want to receive Jesus as my Savior.
That's calling on his name you see it's one thing to acknowledge the greatness of a parachute. It's quite another thing to jump out of the airplane with the parachute strapped to your back, you could be in a plain glass of cool looking person. I love the colors. I love the way that strung together nicely packed really well I did that perfectly strap it on a jump when you do that's calling on the name of the Lord you're applying it now to your life, you're making it real and personal for you to story years ago when some of the first tightrope walkers were doing their thing stretching out cables between buildings. One guy nicknamed the great blonde in stretched his cable out over the Niagara Falls crowds of people on either side clapping for him as he walked one way walked back the other way. Then he carry something over one way go back people applauded mood and not that he took a little barrel loaded with bricks walked across walked back people again applauded him. Then he asked the crowd this question how many of you believe I could do that again with a human being inside the Wilbur they also did they clapping the ghost who will volunteer to sit in the Wilbur. It's one thing to say.
I believe you can do it, but in hearing the message of the gospel. When you believe it at some point you gonna want to get in that Wilbur and place your whole weight upon him and call upon the name of the Lord, will you know brothers and sisters, we have a very unique opportunity because we have a message with the only message that gets a person from earth to heaven to very simple message. The work is been done, but the message is to believe in Jesus Christ to call upon the name of him to trust him completely and let me illustrate how important that is.
This is my closing illustration I read a little news article the other day about a man named Don Ritchie 84 years old Australian man. He lives across the street in Australia outside of hit a Sydney harbor right across the street from a notorious suicide spot in the last 50 years.
Don Ritchie has stopped 160 people from jumping to their deaths down a sheer cliff with a cliff meets the ocean. He was right across the street and see people go up there all the time. The edge of the clip and the winds blowing and the ways fomenting in their deciding what is the right time to jump and suddenly they heard a voice behind excuse me. Would you come over to my house for a cup of tea and shocks so many of them 160 people came to his house had T he talked them off the ledge.
He talked them through their issues and over 50 years, save 160 people, by the way yeah by the way, the name of the places got an interesting name is called the gap you are called to stand in the gap for people to talk people off the ledge jumping into the eternal abyss. Apart from holding onto Christ. What a privilege we haven't exactly what were called that Skip message from the series heart want to share what an exciting resource that will help you create with courage and expect God to answer and mighty way. No wonder the guys asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. We need direction, we would still be saying now I lay me down to sleep instead of just playing God. Would you do this for me dangerous way to praise God. What did I do for you, terrific idea. Don't you think that's Craig Rishel from his book dangerous prayers.
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