I. FAITH in the SCRIPTURES. Salvation comes by believing what God says.
A. Faith in the Gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4)
B. Faith in the Scriptures means a willingness to obey the Scriptures.
C. Faith in the Scriptures brings answers to man’s problems.
II. A FIRMNESS of SALVATION
A. Witness of the Scriptures (1 John 5:10-13).
B. Witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16).
III. A FAMILY of SAINTS— (1 John 3:14). We get a new family!
A. A desire to seek the company of Christians (Acts 4:23).
B. Christians gravitate to other Christians (Paul- Acts 9:26).
IV. A FEAR of SIN. He knows that sin will harm him.
A. Why do you lock your doors? Fear of robbery. Why don’t you smoke? I’m afraid of cancer. Why do I stay clear of sin? Because I fear sin.
B. "Fools make mock of sin" (Prov. 14:9).
a. Dirty jokes
b. T.V. sitcoms like Roseanne; Married With Children; Ellen; Friends (Jokes are about drunkenness; drugs; fornication; adultery; homosexuality; etc.)
2. God is not amused. God sees nothing about sin to laugh at.
3. Sin is not funny, it is fatal. Sin sends people to hell and there is nothing funny about that.
4. Sin cost Christ His life. Nothing funny about Calvary.
V. A FONDNESS to SERVE — (1 Sam. 12:24). A sense of indebtedness to do something for the Savior and tell others about what God has done for you (ILLUS.: The conversion of the demoniac of Gadara).
VI. A FATIGUE concerning SOCIETY. The more I listen to the news, the
more weary I become of society as a whole.
Society is committed to at least four major objectives—
A. First and foremost: Property / Possessions. The world system is driven by money; it feeds on materialism.
B. Second: Popularity— the longing to be known, to be somebody in someone else's eyes.
C. Third: Power. This is having influence, maintaining control over individuals or groups or companies or whatever. It is the desire to manipulate and maneuver others to do something for one's own benefit.
D. Fourth: Pleasure — fulfilling one's sensual desires. It's the same mindset that's behind the slogan: "If it feels good, do it."
VII. A FOCUS on the SECOND COMING (Tit. 2:11-13). I have a new focus— Something to look forward to!
ILLUS.— A father was leaving for a two month business trip. His four year old son asked when his daddy when he would be back. His father knew he would not be back until the first week of October. The child knew nothing of dates, so the father said, "When you see the leaves on big tree in the front year begin to turn red and fall on the ground, I’ll be back very soon."— "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors" (Mt. 24:32-33)
CONCLUSION: BLESSED HOPE!!!
A better hope than the world could devise;
A bigger hope than the world’s biggest prize.
A brighter hope than the world could afford.
The blessed hope is the return of the Lord!