Let Us Trust in the Lord for Salvation (Hebrews 5:8-9)
1. With so must attention being given to politics, let us remember the principles revealed in Psalm 118:8-9 that relate to "trusting in the Lord." a. "Trusting in the Lord" is far better than having confidence in men, including princes -- the Lord provides blessings that men cannot provide. b. Notice how this contrast is made in Jeremiah 17:5-8. 2. In our lessons today we are placing special emphasis on "trusting in the Lord." a. This morning: "Let us trust in the Lord for salvation." b. This evening: "Let us trust in the Lord after He saves us." 3. Let us begin our study of the Scriptures by considering . . .
I. FOUR BASIC MATTERS THAT RELATE TO SALVATION
A. First, we must understand why Jesus came to earth -- to save us. 1. Please note the reason why the angel instructed Joseph to name Mary's Son Jesus -- "for He shall save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). 2. In Luke 19:10 Jesus said that He came "to seek and to save that which was lost." B. Second, we must understand why we need the salvation He provides. 1. In 1 John 3:4 the Bible identifies sin as the transgression of God's law. 2. We learn from Romans 3:23 who is guilty of sin. 3. The effects of sin are revealed in Romans 6:23a. 4. These verses explain why it was necessary for Jesus to save us. C. Third, the Gospel [Good News] is that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was resurrected so we may be saved (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). D. Fourth, according to Hebrews 5:8-9, the Lord saves those who obey Him. E. We must trust in the Lord for salvation -- not in man.
II. LET US SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES TO LEARN THE LORD'S WILL
A. Those who trust in the Lord will believe the Gospel (Mark 1:14-15; 16:15-16; Romans 10:13-17). B. Those who trust in the Lord will believe that He is the Son of God (John 3:16; 20:30-31). C. Those who trust in the Lord will repent (Matthew 9:12-13; Luke 13:3, 5). D. Those who trust in the Lord will confess Him (Romans 10:9-10; Acts 8:37). E. Those who trust in the Lord will be baptized (Mark 16:16; Acts 22:16). F. Those who trust in the Lord will serve Him faithfully in His church (Acts 2:47; Revelation 2:10).
1. Have you shown the Lord that you trust Him? 2. He offers His invitation to everyone (Matthew 11:28-30).