Who will be saved?
1/10/2002
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That's a pretty big question. A lot of people believe that they are saved, but are they? Are you? If someone serves God with a sincere heart, is that what it takes? There are a lot of sincere people in a lot of denominations, are they saved? How about those who serve God with zeal and enthusiasm, is that what it takes? I know of some very zealous people who serve God - some are devout Catholics, some are Mormons, and some are of the Buhi faith. . . are they saved? Does it make any difference how we worship God as long as it's out of love? Today, we are going to deal with a very tough issue - because it effects our friends, loved ones, and even our immediate families.

The purpose of this lesson is not to belittle grace. I believe in grace! I can only stand in God's presents because of it. One day I will be with Him in Glory only because of his infinite mercy. But even though God's grace is available for everyone, few will ever find it. It is important that we serve God with zeal and enthusiasm. It is important that we serve God with a sincere heart. But it is also important that we serve God in the Truth. In John 4:23-24 Jesus says this, ‘‘But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; . . .God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.’‘ What is the truth? Jesus said as he prayed for his disciples in John 17:17, ‘‘Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.’‘ With so many different religions preaching so many different things, the only way we are going to know the truth is to turn to God’s word - The Bible

In 2 Sam. 6 we see David serving God with sincerity, zeal, and enthusiasm. He was dancing and leaping for joy. He was celebrating before the Lord Almighty. But there was a problem. God had told His people exactly how to carry the Ark of the Covenant and David had overlooked it. As we go back and studied it, it seemed that David didn't even know that he was doing anything wrong. But all the sudden, David's joy turned sour as God's anger struck one of his men dead. Later we see that David consulted with the priest and found out what he had done wrong. He then repented and did things God's way. We learn a very important lesson here. No matter how sincere or how zealous we are - we have to do things exactly as God instructs.

In Leviticus 10:1-2 we see the death of Nadab and Abihu. They were making a sacrifice to the Lord and were struck dead because they didn't do it exactly like God had instructed. God had apparently told them exactly what kind of fire to burn for the sacrifices, but we see here that Nadab and Abihu offered up a strange fire that God did not authorize. Even though they were offering up a sacrifice, it was not pleasing to God. Apparently, it does matter how we serve God.

Today, we see that many people want to improve on the way we serve God. After all, this is the 21st century and things are different then they were back in the times of Jesus. It's easy to fall into this kind of a trap, but guess what? - It is just as much an abomination to God today as it was back then. When we try to ‘‘improve’‘ on God's ways, we only find ourselves condemned, no long standing in God's graces. The answer is simple - We must do things God’s way. We have to study the scriptures to make sure what we are doing is pleasing to God. After all, He loved us so much that He gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can have eternal life with Him. Isn’t it worth your time to see what He has to say?

A lot of important figures make the reform movement as they try, not to establish their own religion, but go back to the bible and find what God’s ways are. We are not a new church. We are the New Testament church. The church of Christ. If you are looking for a bible based church, then come and study with us. God’s Word is our only authority. No creeds, no doctrines of men - simply the Bible.

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