When God saves someone He first brings them under conviction. This means that He, by His Holy Spirit, convinces them of their sin, their bondage to sin and the judgment that they deserve.
Read and Discuss: Romans 3:23, Romans 7:18-20, Romans 6:23
Share about how God convinced you of these things. Continue reading “Your Testimony (New Convert’s Series – Lesson 1)”
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God…
In our last lesson we learned that saving faith assures us that our sins have been forgiven through Christ. If faith by its very nature brings us assurance, then why do we need anything else? It would seem that the evidence of faith is all we would ever need. But the world in which we live is more perilous, and our natural weaknesses much greater, than we sometimes realize. Our faith, and with it our assurance, can be battered from many directions. For this reason God graciously gives us other ways to be assured of our salvation. These added means of assurance confirm the evidence of our faith. Continue reading “The Witness of the Spirit (Assurance of Salvation Series #3)”
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Convicting grace shows us the consequences of our sin and our inability to save ourselves. This convicting, or convincing, grace should always be accompanied by two commands. The first is the command to repent of our sins; the second to place our trust in Jesus Christ. Convicting grace makes repentance from our sins possible, and repentance makes faith in Christ possible. Before talking about the assurance that faith brings, let’s review how we are led to faith. Continue reading “Faith is the Evidence (Assurance of Salvation Series #2)”