What About After I’m A Christian? Part Two
Already looked at the facts • Even for Christians, • Temptation is present • Forgiveness is available • and • Continues to be available Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Keeping a Grip on Grace Requires… • Effort Hebrews 6:11-12 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.;
Keeping a Grip on Grace Requires… • Effort • Strength Ephesians 6:10 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 1 Peter 4:11 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies…
Keeping a Grip on Grace Requires… • Effort • Strength • Courage Revelation 2:10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Keeping a Grip on Grace Requires… • Effort • Strength • Courage • Endurance Hebrews 10:36-39 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 37 For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay;38 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back,my soul has no pleasure in him.” 39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.
Keeping a Grip on Grace Requires… • Effort • Strength • Courage • Endurance • Love 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
Keeping a Grip on Grace Requires… • Effort • Strength • Courage • Endurance • Love • Consideration Luke 14:28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?.
Much Help is Available • The scriptures 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
Much Help is Available • The scriptures • In Deity 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Much Help is Available • The scriptures • In Deity • A merciful King Hebrews 4:14-16 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Much Help is Available • The scriptures • In Deity • A merciful King • Holy Spirit Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Much Help is Available • The scriptures • In Deity • A merciful King • Holy Spirit • A family Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.
After Becoming a Christian? • Conqueror Romans 6:14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
After Becoming a Christian? • Conqueror • Growth 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…
After Becoming a Christian? • Conqueror • Growth • Forgiveness Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
After Becoming a Christian? • Conqueror • Growth • Forgiveness • Joy & peace Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
After Becoming a Christian? • Conqueror • Growth • Forgiveness • Joy & peace • An eternal crown 1 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
Becoming a Christian We Just Begin to Live • Much is required • Much help is provided • Great rewards are offered Will you partake?