Archive for the ‘08 – Study of Salvation (Soteriology)’ Category

What to Know and Learn from the Betrayer of Jesus #2 (Acts 1:16-26+)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

We continue to look at what God records in His Word about Judas Iscariot. In this study, we review the timeline of betrayal, showing the real character of Judas (a thief and a devil) and his collaborators (the religious leaders). We also highlight the fact that Judas was directly influenced by Satan himself. What questions should we ask ourselves from these truths, and how can we know we are not like him?

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Jesus Reviews the Primary Purpose of His Coming (Luke 18:31-34)

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Jesus Reviews the Primary Purpose of His Coming (Luke 18:31-34)

What appears to be a more matter-of-fact statement by Jesus is actually profound in several ways. We first briefly identify the elements of this passage. We then look at four key lessons that we can take away from Jesus’ prediction of His death and resurrection, and the apostles’ inability to comprehend it.

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Jesus Schools a Rich Man on His True Sinfulness (Luke 18:18-27)

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Jesus Schools a Rich Man on His True Sinfulness (Luke 18:18-27)

Riches cannot buy heaven, but they can keep you from it. Jesus is approached by a young ruler who is very rich, and very concerned about his eternal destiny.  He asks Jesus what he can do to inherit eternal life. Jesus answers the rich man based upon the man’s question, listing 5 of the 10 commandments. The rich man affirms his lifelong compliance with these 5 commandments. Jesus then instructs him to sell all that he has and give the proceeds to the poor. Do we have to give everything away to gain eternity? No. Jesus was seeking to help this young man see that nothing he was, he had, or could do would work to secure his eternal future. The law was given to show us our helpless, sinful state. Regardless of our status – rich or poor, educated or not, tall or short, talented or accomplish or having nothing to show – anything – is useless to us. Our only hope is God’s salvation, and nothing we are, we have, or that we can do can save us. We can only believe in God’s loving Sin Bearer – Jesus. What are you trusting in to get yourself into the kingdom of God? There is only one way, and that is Jesus’ payment for your sins.

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Jesus Corrects the Disciples’ View of Children (Luke 18:15-17)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Jesus Corrects the Disciples’ View of Children (Luke 18:15-17)

Much of the world now sees children as a bother – a distraction from our passions and pursuits.  Even the Church is deeply immersed in this viewpoint. The disciples acted on the basis of this view. Jesus – greatly troubled by this – indicates that this anti-child view is 180 degrees off from what is true. Children are to be allowed and encouraged participate, and all people can only enter the kingdom if they become as little children. Children are not a distraction from the Gospel – they are the very illustration of what is required to embrace the Gospel. This has clear implications regarding the need for salvation and the simplicity of salvation. Have you become as a little child, simply believing the truth of our Sin-bearer, Jesus?

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Jesus Confirms Our Need to Humbly Admit Our Sinfulness (Luke 18:9-14)

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Jesus Confirms Our Need to Humbly Admit Our Sinfulness (Luke 18:9-14)

Jesus addresses those who had come to trust in their own righteousness by telling the parable of a Pharisee and a tax collector praying at the temple.  The Pharisee prays, listing his righteous resume’. In stark contrast, the tax collector can only ask for mercy and acknowledge his sinfulness. Only one went away pronounced righteous, and it was not the self-righteous Pharisee. How can this be? What must we learn?

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Jesus Tells the Parable of a Father and His Two Sons #2 (Luke 15:17-24)

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018


Sin is stupid when we see it realistically. The wasteful and foolish younger son had spent everything in a far land, and finds himself desolate and desperate, feeding pigs and eating their food. In these circumstances, this son comes to his senses. He realizes how foolish his choices were, how bad his sin was, and how obvious the results of sin were. The things he rejected – his father and the structure and responsibility of family – now seemed incredibly favorable and acceptable. Even the lowest hired hand of his father had plenty to eat. The desolate son repents of his sin and makes plans to return to his father and confess his sinfulness, and to request to be a hired hand. He acts on his decision and heads home. Before he reaches his home, he is seen by his father, who responds with the most amazing actions. Jesus emphasizes God’s view of a repentant sinner and the joy which God embraces him.

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Jesus Illustrates the Joy a Lost One Brings When Found (Luke 15:1-10)

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Lost Sheep Big Deal

Hearing the ongoing scornful complaints of the religious scribes and Pharisees regarding the company He is keeping, Jesus shares several parables to illustrate how God sees those that are lost and know they are lost. First is a parable of a lost sheep, the owner of which leaves the other 99 sheep in order to search for the lost sheep until it is found. The second parable Jesus tells is of a lost coin, the owner of which lights her house, sweeps her floor and searches until she finds it. These first two parables both end with rejoicing and celebrating, which Jesus likens to the joy that happens in heaven when one lost sheep or coin is found. Heaven is more excited about one sinner repenting that all those who think they do not need to repent.

Have you acknowledged being a sinner, and believed on Jesus? Or are you of the group that believes he/she does not need to repent. It makes a difference – eternally. Has heaven celebrated over you?

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Jesus Emphasizes Our Need to Accept His Invitation (Luke 14:15-24)

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

While still at the meal He was invited to (Luke 14:1-14), one attendee near Jesus says to Him, “Blessed [is] he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”  Instead of automatically affirming the idea, Jesus highlights the idea that everyone won’t be eating bread in the kingdom. Only those who respond to God’s invitation will be present. Many have rejected God’s invitation already. Have you received God’s invitation?

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What Does It Take to Change a Person? Essential #1: LISTEN (Deut 5:1)

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Changing begins with listening to the Word of God.

The Resurrection Makes All the Difference (1 Cor 15:1-34)

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Believe it or reject it: Jesus rose from the dead or He did not. If He did not, then party hardy, because there is nothing after this life. However, if He DID rise again (and there’s no evidence to the contrary), then that changes EVERYTHING: Everyone will be judged. Your only hope is Jesus death and resurrection. If you are a believer, you need to make up your mind and be ALL IN or ALL OUT. You can’t live in a world where you define Jesus as you want. He is the Savior or He is not.