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Nothing Is More Important Than This...

by Reagan McClenny

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Scripture: Luke 14:26 Jan 28, 2018

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Nothing is More Important Than This…

SALVATION
• “We hold these truths to be self-evident…”
• How can one be saved?  Lots of ideas…
• Luke 14:26-33
• Count the cost!  Are you willing to submit to God’s will for how you are saved?

HOW WERE PEOPLE SAVED IN THE BOOK OF ACTS?  (See chart in slides)
“…the NT speaks of only baptized believers (as far as we can tell).” –John MacArthur, quoting Daniel Wallace
• These men (who do not believe baptism is essential for salvation) admit the New Testament speaks of only baptized believers!
• So, too, must every honest Bible student.
• Naaman—2 Kings 5:1-14 

YEAH, BUT...

All these verses say we are saved by…
• “You have your verses, and I have mine.”
• It is about getting to heaven!  So, focus on the concepts expressed in scripture.
• “We aren’t saved by Faith + obedience, but by an obedient faith.”  Fine!
• 12-18 concepts in the NT associated with salvation.
• “Since the Bible doesn't contradict itself, any interpretation of a specific passage that contradicts the general teaching of the Bible is to be rejected.” 
• If Baptism is, indeed, a part of salvation, don’t we have to understand the passages dealing with faith/grace/repentance/etc. in this light?
• “What must I do?”  Do we ask this question?
• Acts 16:25-34 (Believe!)
• Acts 2:6-39 (Repent and be Baptized!)
• Acts 22:6-16 (Be Baptized!)
• The answer the asker received was based on where he was at the time…and what he needed to do next.

What about the sincerely wrong?
• What about those who die on the way to being baptized? What about those in the jungle who never hear the gospel?  What about the thief on the cross?
• What does that have to do with YOU?

If this is true…it condemns my family.
• If they are living…
• If they have died…God is perfect.  He will not make “mistakes” in judgment.
• Luke 16:19-31

                    

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