1. We are presently studying a series of lessons that relate to "the salvation of our souls." 2. We are presenting these lessons because a person's soul is his most valuable possession. 3. Jesus showed how valuable our souls are when He asked 2 questions that are found in Matthew 16:26. 4. Previously, we have studied 3 important subjects that relate to "salvation," including: a. the grace of God b. the death of Christ c. hearing the Word of God. 5. Today, we are covering a number of Scriptures that emphasize the importance of "belief." 6. The first point we need to make is that . . .
I. "BELIEF" IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE PLAN OF SALVATION
A. In John 3, Jesus taught very clearly that "belief" is essential. 1. According to vs.14-16, those who believe in Jesus will be blessed with eternal life. 2. Jesus continued in vs.18 by showing that unbelief will result in condemnation (see John 8:24). B. Jesus included "belief" in the Great Commission (Mark 16:15-16). C. Paul told the jailer in Philippi to believe on Jesus to be saved (Acts 16:30-32). D. Paul also connected "belief" and salvation in Romans 10:9-11. E. Now that we know that "belief" is a requirement for salvation, let us turn our attention to . . .
II. WHAT THE LORD REQUIRES US TO BELIEVE
A. In Acts 8:35-37, the eunuch showed that we are to "believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." B. This is implied in the meaning of the word translated "believe" [Thayer: "A conviction, full of joyful trust, that Jesus is the Messiah - the divinely appointed author of eternal salvation in the kingdom of God, conjoined with obedience to Christ"]. C. Now that we know what we are to believe, let us consider some . . .
III. EVIDENCE THAT LEADS US TO BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS GOD'S SON
A. The testimony of God 1. God identified Jesus as His Son at His baptism (Matthew 3:16-17). 2. God also identified Jesus as His Son at His transfiguration (Matthew 17:5). B. The Scriptures (John 5:39) C. The miracles of Jesus (John 20:30-31; 2:23; 3:2) D. The testimony of John (John 1:32-34) E. The testimony of many other people 1. Nathanael (John 1:45-49) 2. Peter (John 6:68-69; Matthew 16:15-16) 3. Martha (John 11:27) F. The resurrection of Jesus (Romans 1:3-4)
IV. BELIEVING IN JESUS ALSO RELATES TO CHRISTIANS (Those who have been saved]
A. Believing in Christ is a great source of comfort (John 14:1). B. Believers are to set the proper example (1 Timothy 4:12). C. Those who believe on Jesus enjoy special blessings (1 John 3:22-24; 5:5, 13).
1. According to Acts 4:12, salvation is only found in the name of Christ. 2. Christ wants everyone to believe on Him (Matthew 11:28-30). 3. Have you accepted His invitation?