The Scriptures Are Able to Make Us Wise Unto Salvation (2 Timothy 3:14-17)
1. These verses reveal some important information about the Scriptures. a. First, the Scriptures can be known, even by a child. b. Second, the Scriptures are able to make us wise unto salvation. c. Third, the Scriptures are inspired. d. Fourth, the Scriptures are profitable -- they provide special benefits. 2. This morning we covered information that leads us to know that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God." 3. This evening we are concentrating on passages that are able to make us wise unto salvation. Discussion: I. THE SCRIPTURES REVEAL BASIC PRINCIPLES THAT RELATE TO SALVATION
A. The Bible explains why salvation from sin is so important. 1. The Bible identifies sin as the transgression of God's law (1 John 3:4). 2. The Bible identifies who is guilty of sin (Romans 3:23). 3. The Bible reveals the effects of sin (Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 6:23a). B. 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). C. The salvation that Christ provides is "great" (Hebrews 2:3). D. According to Hebrews 5:8-9, Christ saves those who obey Him. II. THE SCRIPTURES REVEAL THE LORD'S REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION
A. To be saved, a person must believe that Jesus is God's Son (John 3:16-17; 8:24). B. To be saved, a person must repent (Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 3:19). C. To be saved, a person must confess that Jesus is God's Son (Romans 10:9-10). D. To be saved, a person must be baptized. 1. Matthew 28:18-20 2. Mark 16:15-16 3. Acts 2:37-38; 22:16 4. Romans 6:3-4 5. 1 Corinthians 12:13 6. Galatians 3:26-29 7. Ephesians 4:5 8. Colossians 2:12 9. 1 Peter 3:21 III. ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES, THE LORD ADDS THOSE WHO ARE SAVED TO HIS CHURCH (Acts 2:47) Conclusion:
1. The Scriptures are able to make us wise unto salvation. 2. We must not neglect the great salvation that Jesus provides (Hebrews 2:3).