Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
Must You Do Something To Be Saved (Or Lost)?
A. Many believe this garbage: “Some, when seized by terror under a sense of God's wrath, ask, ‘What must I do to be saved?’,thinking they can and must do something to appease God's wrath and save themselves. To such people we must respond, ‘Do?’ You can do nothing to be saved! Salvation is by grace” (http://www.freegrace.net/articles/dfarticles/dfah646.htm)! *This man then goes on in his sermon to contradict himself.
1. We all understand that without the grace of God none of us could be saved (II Timothy 1:8-9).
2. That being said, we do have to save ourselves (Acts 2:40).
B. Escaping God’s wrath is in our hands (I Thessalonians 1:5-10)!
1. You must be obedient to escape condemnation (Hebrews 5:8-9).
2. In fact, you must also do something to put yourself in the path of the wrath of God (Ephesians 5:1-6).
3. God has always granted mankind the privilege of choice in regard to our salvation (Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and II Peter 3:9)!
II. Body: You must do more than nothing (James 2:10-26).
A. When the question, “what must I do to be saved” was asked, “nothing” was never the answer (Acts 22:6-16).
1. The first recorded sermon after Jesus’ ascension into heaven shows we must do things to be saved (Acts 2:37-41).
2. The jailer asked the question and did more than nothing (Acts 16:25-34).
B. The word of God is clear in that, our salvation is very much in our hands (Philippians 2:12).
1. We must do many things prior to conversion (Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 13:3, Luke 14:25-33, John 10:9, Acts 3:19, Acts 8:12-13, Acts 8:36-38, Romans 8:24, and Romans 10:10-17). * Not a complete list at all!
2. We must do many things after conversion (Luke 6:46, Luke 11:28, John 8:31, Acts 2:42-46, Colossians 1:23, Colossians 3:5-17, James 1:18-27, and II Peter 3:10-14). * Not a complete list at all!
3. The subject matter of grace demands action (Titus 2:11-15)!
C. If nothing is what one wants to do. Then they should be asking, “what must I do to be damned?” (cf. Matthew 7:13)
1. Doing nothing is doing something (Mark 16:15-16 and II Thessalonians 2:10).
2. Simply put, every accountable being is doing the works of either God or Satan (I John 3:8-10).
III. Conclusion: So, what are you doing (Matthew 18:3 and Luke 8:15)?
© 2011 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager