TOPIC: ASSURANCE OF SALVATION
MEMORY VERSE: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” Romans 10:9.
BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 John 5:11-13
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Many followers of Jesus Christ look for the assurance of salvation in the wrong places. We tend to seek assurance of salvation in the things God is doing in our lives, in our spiritual growth, in the good works and obedience to God’s Word that is evident in our Christian walk.
While these things can be evidence of salvation, they are not what we should base the assurance of our salvation on. Thus, this lesson centres on the confidence we have now that we are saved.
1. WHAT IS SALVATION?
2. ASSURANCE OF SALVATION
WHAT IS SALVATION?
Salvation is deliverance from danger or suffering. To save is to deliver or protect. Sometimes, the Bible uses the words saved or salvation to refer to temporal, physical deliverance, such as Paul’s deliverance from prison (Phil.1:19). The word “salvation” concerns an eternal, spiritual deliverance. Jesus equated being saved with entering the kingdom of God (Matt.19:24-25).
Salvation means to be saved from “wrath”, that it, to be exempted from God’s judgement of sin (Romans 5:9; 1 Thess. 5:9) which is death – eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23). Salvation therefore, implies “the removal of one’s sin”.
Only God can remove sin and deliver us from its penalty (2 Tim.1:9; Titus 3:5). He does this through His son Jesus Christ (John 3:17). Specifically, it was Jesus’ shedding of His blood, His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection that achieved our salvation (Rom.5:10; Eph.1:7). Scripture is clear that salvation is the gracious, undeserved gift of God (Eph.2:5, 8-9) and is only available through faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). Salvation is the deliverance, by the grace of God, from eternal punishment for sin which is granted to those who believe and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour having repented of their sins (John 1:12).
Lesson 3: RCCG Sunday School Manual September 19, 2021 for Students
ASSURANCE OF SALVATION
When a sinner hears the gospel of salvation, repents and forsakes his sins, he goes on to confess his sins to Jesus Christ and asks for salvation, he will saved be (Rom.10:9-15; Acts 2:21). We should not live our Christian lives wondering and worrying each day whether or not we are truly saved. A sinner who has just prayed a prayer of salvation must believe what is written in Romans 10:9-10 “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.
Believers should trust that they are saved based on the promises God has declared, not because of their subjective experiences or religious activities (Eph.2:8-9). The assurance of our salvation therefore, comes by faith in God’s word (Rom.5:1). The Holy Spirit also bears (inner) witness with our spirit (Rom.8:16).
CONCLUSION: Do not doubt your salvation. Build your assurance in Christ through intimacy with the word of God.
1. What is salvation?
2 Explain the process of salvation.
MONDAY: 1 Jn.5:10-15.
SATURDAY: Rom. 6:20-23.
SUNDAY: Acts 4:12.
ASSIGNMENT: Check through the Bible, write out five (5) scriptures that assure you of your salvation.
SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?
Thanks for studying RCCG Sunday School Manual September 19, 2021 for Students (Lesson 3).