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{September 13, 2008}   Obedience and Love: Drawing Near

1 John 2:3-17

If a stranger approached you on the street corner and asked, "what must I do to be saved?" how would you respond?

I would share the ABC’s first.  A: admit to being a sinner B: believe Jesus is the Christ.  C: confess the sins and the belief in prayer asking Jesus into your heart.  To have the will to die to oneself and become reborn in HIM.  I may add more to the discussion depending on the person, what questions are asked, and depending on what they already know about Jesus.

If that same stranger inquired, "Tell me how you know for sure that you are right with God and headed for heaven," how would you respond?

I live every day, every moment, every second asking Him for HIS will to be done.  I stay in prayer, in HIS word, and acknowledge Him seeking His guidance via the Holy Spirit.  I may fail, for I am human, but I do my best in sacrificing myself so that HE may live through me.

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Sheila says:

To the first question I would answer with Romans 10:9 "That if you confess with your mouth, \’Jesus is Lord,\’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." They\’ll probably need a further explanation. The first part of the verse is indicating you believe in Jesus and you accept him as Lord of your life. The second part indicates Jesus died for our sins and God raised him from the dead showing we\’ll rise again from death. This might bring up yet more questions, yet it gets the people on the right path.
 
The second question can be answered through verses found in John chapter 3. Verse 18 stands out. "Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God\’s one and only Son."



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