The Big Plan of Salvation
Getting to Know You
1. Would you rather…
→ Go way back in time and meet your ancestors (pre-1800’s) or go way into the future and meet your great-grandchildren (post 2200)?
→ Have no PC/Mac or no mobile phone?
→ Have a five-star restaurant personal chef who can prepare any meal at any time of day or a chauffeur that can drive you to and from anywhere you want in any vehicle of your choice?
2. Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
1. This Sunday we heard that the object of assurance is heaven. That means that the point of working hard to be assured of your salvation is to be sure you will make it to heaven. This isn’t to say that being a Christian right now is without its reward! It just means the ultimate reward is in heaven. How might the following verses about heaven motivate you to be assured?
Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
2 Corinthians 12:3-4 (NLT)
3 Yes, only God knows whether I was in my body or outside my body. But I do know 4 that I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell.
Matthew 6:19-20 (NIV)
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Hebrews 13:14 (NIV)
14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
How might these verses motivate you to stay faithful and assured in Christ?
Among the many ways these verses can motivate a person, which one do you think people forget the most? Which one do you need to remember?
2. Luke taught us on Sunday that real assurance of salvation will produce both joy and excellence. That is, assurance only comes when we live excellently, obeying Jesus. And, when we are assured that are we obeying Jesus, there’s a great joy that we feel as we look forward to heaven. Look for evidence of both joy and excellence in the following passage.
1 John 3:1-3 (NLT)
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.
What in this passage might produce joy and/or a desire to be excellent?
Can you think of any examples where the “eager expectation” of something greater caused you to act on your best behavior? Please share.
Bringing it Home
Looking back at this week’s study, what is the most important thing to remember?
Is there anything you need to do be assured that you are saved?
Do you have any prayer requests? Please share.