Where Salvation Will Take You
Intro: In this text, there is one word that is used 3 times. That word is salvation. It is one of the most important words in the entire Bible! In fact, it is used 164 times in the Bible. In the Old Testament, the word comes from a Hebrew word which means, "Deliverance and victory." In the New Testament, it comes from a Greek word that means, "Deliverance, preservation, safety."
Salvation is what we receive when we trust Jesus as our Savior! Salvation is the gift of God! Salvation is not a thing that we will receive some day, it is a present possession of every person who has received Jesus into their hearts.
If you take the time to study the doctrine of salvation in the Bible, you will find that salvation is responsible for moving people from the place they are. Salvation always takes you somewhere! Notice this:
1. It brought Israel out of bondage Ex. 14:13
2. It brought Jonah out of the whale Jonah 2:9
3. It brought David out of the pit Psalms 40:1-3
4. It brought Paul out of a lost condition 1 Tim. 1:12-15
5. It brings every sinner out of darkness 1 Pet. 2:9
I would like to take a few minutes to tell you where salvation, if you have it, will take you. Notice four places salvation will take you.
I. John 14:1-3 IT WILL TAKE YOU TO HEAVEN
A. Salvation is the key that opens the door to the kingdom of God.
B. Ill. The glories of that city Rev. 21:4; 21:9-22:6.
C. All believers are going there some day!
II. 2 Cor. 5:17 IT WILL TAKE YOU INTO HOLINESS
A. Salvation will alter your life! No man can receive Jesus and remain the same.
B. One mark of true repentance unto salvation is a drastically changed life 1 John 2:9; 3:7-10. (Ill. The old man and the new man! Col. 3:10)
C. There will be a difference Gal. 5:22-23; Matt. 12:33!
D. There will be a desire to serve the Lord Eph. 2:10; James 2:18.
III. Mark 16:15 IT WILL TAKE YOU INTO THE HARVEST
A. Sharing the Gospel is a mark of genuine salvation Acts 1:8
B. Jesus never called us to be lazy, He called us to be busy letting our lights shine for Him Matt. 5:16. (Ill. The harvest John 4:35; Ill. Fishers of men Mark 1:17.)
C. Every Christian is a witness! Either for or against Jesus! Which are you?
IV. Heb. 10:25 IT WILL TAKE YOU TO THE HOUSE OF GOD
A. Ill. Salvation is always accompanied by a desire to gather with the saints and to worship the Lord.
B. Ill. Jesus went to church Luke 4:16.
C. There will be a desire to praise, worship and adore the Lord!
Conclusion: If your salvation wont take you to Holiness, the Harvest or the House Of God, it probably wont take you to Heaven either! Be sure you are trusting jesus for salvation 2 Pet. 1:10.
Pastor Alan Carr - Gilead Baptist Church-