REFLECT

Salvation is one of those things we talk about all the time but almost never understand fully…and we wonder, does it even really matter if we can’t explain it? The thing is, how we’re saved spiritually has enormous implications for every single area of our lives. We all need to be saved, not just for eternal life, but from the messes we get ourselves in every day. Jesus wants to offer us hope in the here and now, in the very circumstances we find ourselves in presently! Join us this Sunday for a life transformation message that will change how you see everything.

REALIZE

1.  All must be saved by Jesus, even Israel.

Romans 10:1-4
Leader Notes

  • We all share the same problem, and we all need the exact same solution no matter where we’ve come from or where we find ourselves in life.
  • No matter what we do, and how perfectly we try to do it, there’s always a gap between who we should be and who we are – that’s sin. We can never do enough to save ourselves. But that’s good news because God sent Jesus to save us.
  • Left up to our own devices, we all come up with our own self-salvation plans. We definitely do this before we put our faith in Jesus…but we run the temptation of doing it after we come to know him too. Even after we’ve received salvation in Jesus, we can still fall into the habit of trying to “earn” his love or approval and thereby save ourselves in some way.

What is your own self-salvation plan?

2. The Scriptures tell the truth.

Romans 10:5-8
Leader Notes

  • The Bible is God’s true word to us that gives us the ability to look at all of life through God’s perspective. Our world is full of competing, and often fluid, definitions of what is true. Only the Bible can show us what is really truth.
  • We have to read the Bible in its entirety and really seek to understand it though because, “A text out of context is just a con.”

What do you need to do to be able to allow your whole life to be shaped by the Scriptures?

3. Confess and believe.

Romans 10:9-13
Leader Notes

  • Whatever we believe in our hearts is what comes out of our mouths. That’s why when people say, “Speak your truth,” it’s actually not hard to do. Nobody really has a problem speaking their truth.
  • We confess what we believe, and that’s what determines the shape of our lives too. Our whole lives should be characterized by the truth we believe about Jesus and the great salvation we have received in him.

How is God inviting us to live our lives in response to so great a salvation?