WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Zechariah 9:9-17 In Zechariah’s days a king’s arrival was...

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK Palm Sunday: Day of Adoration Jesus makes his Triumphal Entry into...

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Joshua 6:1-5 This is a tremendous story of triumph that Joshua...

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

PROPHETIC INSIGHTS Robert D. Pace Your Appointed Time Released from Babylonian captivity, the...

Biblically Woke!

Robert D Pace Biblically “Woke”! Matthew 1:24 says, “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of...

THE PROPHET’S SECLUSION

"Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace The Prophets of Scripture...

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago,...

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING Malachi 3:10-12 Robert D. Pace (Illustration) Years ago, an express...

GOD IS WITH YOU!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Judges 6:1-10 A while back a man heard an alarming rush hour...

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

POINT OF INSPIRATION DEVOTIONAL   Robert D. Pace In 800 BC Isaiah prophesied: “Unto us a...

America in Crisis!

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace The turmoil that America is experiencing is nothing new. It is...

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 15:1 2 The Bible describes Christianity as...

The Woman at the Well

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace John 4:4 10 One of our most difficult duties as Christians...

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

Robert D. Pace Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation funambulist, continues his acrobatics. He's a...

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

Robert D. Pace Teaching I want to begin our lesson with a question. Which command of Scripture,...

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS 1 Peter 2:9 Introduction There’s never been a group of people comparable to...

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

Dr. Mark Hardgrove Philippians 4:11-13 INTRODUCTION When I was in high school wrestling, my coach...

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

The pillars of Christianity are under attack! From within and without Christians are witnessing an...

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Timothy 1:12 (Illustration) I was twenty-three, had...

THE GIFT GOD GAVE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-14 Christ’s birth in Bethlehem is the greatest...

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

Why the Manna Stopped Robert D. Pace Joshua 5:10--12 For forty years the Israelites awakened with...

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Alone in my house, I...

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 16:15-18 Opening Remarks I believe many Christians have a...

A Man of God

Mark Hardgrove Ezekiel 22:30 INTRODUCTION A little boy was lost in a large crowd and was...

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 10:12 (Illustration) It was a frigid February in...

THE RIGHT CHOICE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Proverbs 2:1-8 (Illustration) William was sixteen when he left...

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace “Then Jesus...

VANQUISHING FEAR

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Revelation 1:17-18 Today’s subject is universal in...

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Pharisees...

The Spirit of Python

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 16:16-34 INTRODUCTION This particular account takes us out of the...

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks (Quote) A USA Today poll found that only...

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace This is Part 1 of 2, in a...

AFFIRMING THE BIBLE AS GOD’S INSPIRED WORD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NOTE: This Teaching provides an overview of...

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

Five Provisions of Christ’s Blood Revelation 12:11 Robert D. Pace Introduction My text is from the...

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace How would you like to wear a crown today? You can! And we will...

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

Robert D. Pace Psalm 113:3 Consumer confidence is an important factor in maintaining a prosperous...

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Illustration) A Pastor and Deacon were...

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hell. The word suggests an eternal abode that is void of God,...

BEGGARS OF MERCY

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The story is...

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

Prayer is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach to God. They...

THE SONG OF MOSES

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Exodus 15:1-2 The Song of Moses is the first anthem recorded in...

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 17:30-31 John the Baptist is Scripture’s premier Prophet of...

THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 10:30-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan is the most...

LEARNING TO WORSHIP FROM WICKED MEN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 3:1-5 Here in Mark 3, we find a lesson on how to worship...

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 11:22-24 Mark 11:22-24 Most people are familiar with the...

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Peter 1:2-4 Introduction (Illustration) Years ago, in...

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

Robert D. Pace Jesus often spoke of the Endtimes and the signs the people of that day would...

THE FEAR OF THE LORD

The Fear of God Robert D. Pace Revelation 14:6--7 We don’t hear much talk about “the fear of God”...

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

Robert D Pace conducts "Discern the Days Prophecy Conferences" throughout America. The...

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The book of...

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 2:34-36 The lordship of Jesus Christ is one of...

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 9:31-35 If you opened the medicine cabinet of the average...

MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre Scripture Remarks John 20:21 If you could concoct a...

A Workman Unashamed

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove INTRODUCTION I realize that the phrase referring to “a workman . . ....

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Signs and wonders are divine events that display God’s glory...

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Romans 8:35-39 There’s an expression used in our culture that says,...

THE BLESSING OF FOCUS!

Devotionals for Personal or Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Johann von Dannecker was the famed...

THE WEAKNESS OF ANGELS, THE POWER OF BELIEVERS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hebrews 2:5-8 The nature of angels is intriguing. When you...

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace 2 Corinthians 5:11-15 The mandate for the Church is to spread the...

CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Genesis 12:1-3 Abraham is one of Scripture’s greatest men. As the...

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

Have you ever wondered or asked whether Jesus is the "only way” of salvation? It’s a fair question...

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Robert D. Pace From man’s perspective “time” is uncontrollable. Even with all the advances of...

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 4:17-24 The mind is incredible.  It can instantly...

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Your TImes are in God's Hands Robert D. Pace Psalm 31:14--15 From the beginning, God ordained time...

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS (Note to reader: This message is presented as an outline, with only portions...

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

PulpitToday Sermon Robert D. Pace Introduction The first question I want to answer about this...

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

This is the trailer for Robert D. Pace's Discern the Days Conference which teaches deep prophetic...

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 John 5:13--15 There’s a huge difference between the God of...

Secrets of Gog and Magog

From Robert D Pace's stunning DVD which explains that Gog and Magog are not what, or who, you...

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Hosea 1:1 opens with these...

Born Again But No “Charismatic-type” Christian

Robert D. Pace It was not unusual for me to tune-in to the Rush Limbaugh Show, but this day was...

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

Robert D. Pace The boast of the Laodicean Church was, “I am rich!” (Revelation 3:17) Gloating over...

Don’t Overlook Jesus

Clarence R. Bolton John 6:1-14 I remember reading a story some time ago about a little boy having...

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace Other than the Bible, no book claims to present the actual words of...

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Television commercials are aimed at convincing the public...

THE QUEST FOR PEACE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 20:21 If peace could be packaged and marketed sales would...

They Forgot the Works of the Lord!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 78:11 From whichever version of the Bible you read, Psalm...

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Private and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Luke 5, the...

THE DECISION OF MOSES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace A newly married couple decided how they would make their...

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

  The Purpose of Visions Robert D. Pace Job 33:14–18 God has blessed Christians with two types of...

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Grace of...

GOD AT WORK

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Many people, whether they are...

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Leaning...

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Philippians 3:7 11 It is said that St. Augustine, of the Fifth...

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 7:24-27 The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of Seven...

I Want To Be Happy, But I Don’t Know How

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 12:13-21 (Illustration) A young executive pulled his new...

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

Robert D. Pace For centuries, ministers have preached the message of Christ’s Return to earth, but...

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH FAITH?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:1-6 Faith is a premier aspect of the Kingdom of...

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

By Robert D. Pace For centuries, ministers have preached the message of Christ’s Return to earth....

NONE CAST ASIDE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Isaiah 42:1-4 This message is for those that have, at some...

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

Shortly after Donald J. Trump was sworn-in to office, the Lord impressed me that much prayer would...

LAW OF REVELATION (Part 2) “The Principle of Connection”

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D Pace (This is part 2 of The Law...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Timothy 4:11-16 At some point everyone decides what shapes...

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Genesis 22:1-14 Life is full of temptations and tests. Everyone...

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:13-20 The Bible discloses two groups of people that...

Hosanna!

  Robert D Pace Hosanna! Passover. It was the week Christ was born to confront. Everything...

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 11:11-13 Before His ascension into Heaven Jesus carefully...

What Can the Righteous do When the Foundations are Destroyed?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 11:3 When crisis appears so do questions. It has always...

USAFORISRAEL

    You Can Purchase   USAforIsrael.com   Please Make Your...

Are You Ready for Jesus

Mark E. Hardgrove John 11:45-53 INTRODUCTION Are you ready for Jesus to move in your life? Before...

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace Four thousand years ago Moses...

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace An attribute of God is any quality or characteristic that is...

Mountaintop Worship

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 22:5-25 INTRODUCTION When you think of worship, what comes to mind?...

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Titus 3:3-7 One of Christ’s great commands is for Christians...

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace In the near future, the...

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Revelation 14:6-7 (Illustration) We live in a unique sphere of...

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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JESUS: GOD & MAN

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Teaching Outline The nature of Jesus Christ has been debated...

Gaza and the Palestinians in Bible Prophecy

By Dr. Bob Thiel, COGwriter The Palestian-dominated Gaza has been in the news a lot. Where exactly...

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 14:6 Introduction For years, Smith Barney has said: “We...

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED! Robert D. Pace Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:12 uses powerful phraseology to...

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

Robert D. Pace The story is told of a dying girl whose only hope was to receive blood from someone...

The Publican and the Pharisee

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS >Robert D. Pace Luke 18:9-14 (Humor) A minister received a Christmas card...

The Power of our Spoken Words

Mark E. Hardgrove PhD, DMin Genesis 15:22-23 INTRODUCTION: There is no denying the importance of,...

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Perhaps you...

DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT Opening Remarks Our Scripture text...

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jesus...

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

Trusting God When It's Difficult Isaiah 12:2 Robert D. Pace Introduction (Definition) The word...

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The following study is an outline that provides Biblical...

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jeremiah 33:3...

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Scientists call the Second...

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Job 1:8-10 The book of Job issues some everlasting truths...

THE LOST AXE HEAD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Kings 6:1-7 Introduction Whatever else can be said about...

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I typically have a single passage as my “message text,” but...

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

Dear Faithful Viewer, Greetings, in the Name of Christ Jesus! Since 2003, God has privileged me to...

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 Which great Christian do you admire? Which Bible...

Water Baptism: A Post Conversion Experience

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace Water baptism, in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a...

POWER OVER SIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Humor) Everyone wants mastery over various...

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 5:15-17 The Bible is a prophetic book that discloses...

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Zechariah 1:14-17 Zechariah prophesied at the end of Israel’s...

I WILL SHOW YOU GREAT AND UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Jeremiah 33:1-3 Opening Remarks I want to examine one verse of...

Malchus

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Most...

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

In 2003, Robert D. Pace was interviewed by the Evangel magazine, the Official Publication of the...

GOD’S APPOINTED TIME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 4:4--7 I want to speak to you on the subject, “God’s...

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

POINT OF INSPIRATION: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Many people...

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 2:1--11 (Illustration) For many years the cinema and...

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONSRobert D. Pace What was true about Jesus 2000 years ago is still true today....

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 I find it interesting that God assured Ananias, a...

A Call to Corporate Prayer for USA Elections

Robert D Pace You know the turmoil that has imbibed our country—a worldwide pandemic, anarchy in...

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

Robert D. Pace Human nature drives people to succeed. While the pursuit of human achievement is a...

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Near the close...

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace “Created in...

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Have you...

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Genesis 6:9-22 Five chapters had been written in Genesis and...

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 3:1‑3 Today, four out of ten Americans claim to be Born...

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

Robert D. Pace Isaiah's Prophecy Fulfilled! In Isaiah 41, the Bible discloses an odd prophecy...

THE CALL OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace PulpitToday.org Opening Remarks Today we will examine the life...

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime"   Robert D. Pace In recent days, it...

PREPARE THE WAY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist was no psychologist but he...

Guarding Your Soul and the Souls of Others

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, or everything...

From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS ROBERT D PACE   From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything...

HE WHO SITS ABOVE THE CIRCLE OF THE EARTH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I want to preach to you on the subject: He Who Sits Above the...

“A NEW THING”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 43:18-21 Through the years, I have heard people make...

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks The Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle,...

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

by Robert D. Pace In recent weeks, Hamas has launched thousands of rockets into Israel, yet...

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiveness is a word we both love and hate....

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks In Christ’s Day, the word...

CAN YOU WALK WITH GOD?

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Exodus 40:17‑19; 33-34 Introduction Years ago, cultural...

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace [AUTHOR’S NOTATION: The...

THE LION’S ROAR!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Lion’s...

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 10:17-21 (Illustration) I remember “the good old days”...

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 26:18-19 (Illustration) Andrew Carnegie was once asked...

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks Throughout Scripture, we see people that...

HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE

Robert D. Pace John 13:2-10 It’s estimated that people spend more time communicating than with any...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 28:23-26 God addressed Israel clearly and pointedly in...

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

How to Maintain Spiritual Fervor Robert D Pace Spiritual fervor is necessary to advance the...

Book Review: How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor

Mark E. Hardgrove, PhD I recently received a book entitled How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary...

PARDON ME!

In Psalm 32, David proclaims the blessedness of the one whose sins are forgiven. And he does this in a unique way. He uses three expressions for sin and then employs three expressions of God’s pardon for sin. Here’s what I mean: David called one category of sins transgressions, which indicates “rebellion against God”; another he simply called sin, which describes “knowingly missing the mark”; and the third category he called iniquity, which speaks of a “vile perversion.” Those terms cover the entire gamut of our sinfulness—major and minor. But then after showing us three categories of sin he uses three expressions to show how God pardons our sins:

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

Robert D. Pace The ushers have distributed the sacraments, no let us prepare our hearts to engage...

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Romans 5:1-5 Charles Dickens wrote the book, A Tale of Two...

TEAR IT DOWN!

Robert D. Pace Jeremiah 1:4-10 What we have to understand is this: Before converting to Christ,...

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 78:11 As the Endtime draws nearer the needs of mankind...

GOD RAISES DEAD DREAMS

Scripture uses death to identify man’s greatest enemy and there’s nothing man fears more. When a person expires, losing all vital signs, doctors, medicine, and science stand powerless in its presence. Only God can resurrect. But this sermon doesn’t deal with the physical cessation of life, it deals with death of a different nature. The death of God’s divinely inspired promises and visions. I’m persuaded that many Christians are in the gestation stage of a specific promise God has given them. Perhaps years ago He planted a dream and you’re still awaiting its fruition. Maybe even hope has begged you to admit that promise is dead. But the God that resurrected Christ from the dead can resurrect your promise.

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

Imagine the perfect Endtime strategy designed to dispirit Christians and turn them from their...

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago, I...

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:5 It’s strange that an amazing man like Enoch has so...

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace (This message is presented in Outline form, describing numerous...

FINDING THE TREASURES OF DARKNESS AND WEALTH OF SECRET PLACES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Harbinger) Several years ago, the Lord spoke...

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 6:7-10 (Illustration) Years ago, a mother and...

A KING AMONG MEN

Robert D. Pace In ancient days, Persia was governed by a benevolent, loving king. In order to...

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace It begins with...

COMPASSION IN ACTION

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 9:35-38 What is Compassion? Let’s get to the heart of...

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 1:1‑4, 14 Awhile back, I asked several Christians what...

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace In recent days, the Holy...

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace Marriages,...

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

Robert D. Pace During the Vietnam War, a West Point graduate marshaled a group of new recruits...

I PRAY ALL GOES WELL WITH YOU

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 3 John 2 John was the apostle filled with God’s love and...

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:1-6 It seems almost foreign to Americans that...

A Witch

Dr. Mark Hardgrove 1 Samuel 28:1 INTRODUCTION The nation of Israel wanted a king. Samuel had been...

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

Robert D. Pace I find myself torn between labeling this post as a Point of Inspiration devotional...

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Isaiah 9,...

THE GARDENER

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace God’s work on...

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

Arise and Claim the Blessings! ROBERT D PACE Matthew 7:7–11 Throughout the Bible Christians are...

THE COMING WINDS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace The presence of wind...

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 Nothing more is known of Jabez other than...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Born with the...

Strangers and Pilgrims

"Professor" William C. Linn Guest Contributor Napoleon was exiled twice in his life. His first...

The Comfort of Communion

Communion Devotional Robert D. Pace World War II left London ravaged by Nazi bombs. The artillery...

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

by Carl Worline The following article provides an insightful description of the Bible’s depiction...

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And Salvation is Yours!
1 Peter 3:15

Imagine the perfect Endtime strategy designed to turn Christians from their Faith. Something that would cause Christians to question all the Bible says is true. What would it be? I know the threat of persecution has turned some Christians from the Faith, but another strategy appears, not by assaulting Christians, but by assaulting their beliefs.

Christians are in the crosshairs of a malicious attack against truth. And the Bible warned this would happen. The Prophets predicted as the Clock of the Apocalypse ticked down that truth would be treated like a cancer that needed extracting. And today, we are witnessing a systematic dismantling of Biblical values.

It’s reached the point to where even Christians are perplexed about their beliefs. And I am convinced it is due to a shrewd, master-minded plot by the world. Let me explain:

The world begins by making the soft appeal for everyone to get-along and “COEXIST.” You’ve seen these cryptograms. They are well-placed emblems appealing for people to remain neutral in their beliefs. The world advocates Diversity of Thought, Moral Relativism, Pluralism, and above all, “Tolerance.” Do you realize “Tolerance” has become the supreme virtue of life?

It’s interesting that the ones required to exercise tolerance and maintain silence are those that maintain Biblical values. And when Christians dare to challenge the world’s propositions they’re accused of “HATE SPEECH”! It’s amazing that America, of all nations, has made the Bible the new “Hate Speech.” Can you imagine society surrendering its position on evolution, abortion, the definition of marriage, and gender-based issues?
Don’t misunderstand what society is enforcing. There’s nothing neutral in these appeals for Tolerance, Diversity of Thought, Pluralism, or Coexistence. The world is demanding that Christians compromise and surrender their beliefs! And this attack against truth causes Christians to make a choice:

1. We can shrink back and lower our voice;

2. We can compromise our convictions; or,

3. We can bear the Cross of Christ and stand firm. This is the Crisis of Faith Christians must resolve.

There is no question that Christians must be loving and gentle, but Christ doesn’t permit us to compromise truth. We can “speak the truth in love” even though the world brands it “Hate Speech!” In fact, Christ commissions us to proclaim the Gospel to the “ends of the earth” regardless of how society brands our message.

(Harbinger) No one is improved by the illusion that Jesus and the Scriptures are less than divine. (Pause) If Jesus is the Messiah and the Bible is the repository of truth, then Christians must bear witness to these facts not hide the evidence and coexist!

However, in order to stand firm in your Faith you have to know what you believe. That’s the purpose of this message. It’s about instilling a basic understanding of the Scriptures, the Savior, and Salvation.

(Questions) I want to begin by asking three questions: First, how many here are absolutely certain that the Bible is wholly true and it’s God’s revelation to man? Second, how many totally believe Jesus words when he said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”? And third, how many “know that you know” your sins are forgiven and there are no doubts you will spend eternity in heaven?

I want to give you some Good News. You Can Know these answers for sure! Every doubt can be eliminated! God wants to provide you with absolute assurance that the Bible is true; Jesus is the Messiah; and Salvation is yours.

(Transition) Let’s begin by investigating the Sourcebook of the Christian Faith—the Bible—and disclose how you can know the Scriptures are wholly reliable!

I. The Scriptures

(Challenge) What if someone approached you and said: “I know you’re a Christian and believe the Bible is God’s holy and infallible revelation to man. But I’m not sure. If you can convince me that it actually contains the words of God and is superior to all other books, I’ll become a Christian.” Could you answer this challenge? Or, would you leave it to someone more skilled in the Scriptures?

If you chose to defer, you aren’t alone. Studies report that only 2 out of 10 Christians can adequately explain their Faith. I know we have theologians that articulate Christian distinctions, but that doesn’t excuse other Christians from having this answer. The Apostle Peter said in our opening text that Christians should “be prepared to make a defense” for their beliefs.

(Emphasis) I want you to understand something: The world has a right to challenge the veracity of the Bible! Unbelievers have a right to question and doubt all that Christianity claims. God doesn’t expect anybody to accept his truths by “blind faith.” That’s why Jesus and the Prophets invited men to scrutinize the Scriptures.

If this Book is incomparable to all other books; if it is God’s divine revelation to man—inerrant; eternal; and infallible—it will withstand any scrutiny the world can muster against it! You don’t have to fear errors will be discovered or science will disprove its claims. It will always pass the test!

You see, God has staked his reputation on his Word. If God’s Word fails, his Name fails! That won’t happen! Jesus said, “Until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota or dot will pass from the Law until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18).

After hundreds of years of scrutiny, the Bible has never been exposed of making false claims. If it did we would have a problem! But its records regarding science, physics, antiquity, and archeology have never been disproven.

(Transition) I want to give you two examples of Bible discrepancies that critics have used to malign the Bible. The first occurs at the border of Jericho when Jesus healed Blind Bartimaeus. Matthew, Mark, and Luke recorded this miracle but they seem to contradict each other regarding where this miracle occurred.

Does the Bible Contain Errors?

(Illustration) When Matthew records this miracle, he shows Jesus healing Bartimaeus as he left Jericho. However, Luke said the healing occurred as Jesus entered Jericho. We have to be honest about something: At first glance, we have a problem! How can both Matthew and Luke be correct and write under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit? Well, there is an explanation! Archeology discloses two cities called “Jericho” existed in the First Century. There were remnants of the city Joshua had defeated in the Old Testament; and then just southwest, there was the reconstructed city of Jericho. That means Matthew saw Jesus healing Bartimaeus as he left the ruins of ancient Jericho, while Luke saw this miracle at the entrance of the newer city. And when you converge the two perspectives, it not only erases a Bible discrepancy, it pinpoints the location of this miracle!

Like one man said: “Hammer away you hostile hands. Your hammers break God’s anvil stands!”

(Illustration) Here’s another example of a Bible error. In John 9, the Apostle recorded the miracle of Christ healing another blind man. John said Jesus took a lump of mud, pasted it onto the blind man’s eyes, and sent him to the Pool of Siloam to wash it off. For years, Bible skeptics said this healing never occurred because there was no evidence for the Pool of Siloam existing. But guess what happened? In 2004, archeologists excavated the remains of the Pool of Siloam. It was then front cover news of Biblical Archeology Review magazine. Here’s what’s incredible: An Olympic swimming pool is 164 feet long. That’s big! But when the excavation team whisked away the dirt they discovered the Pool of Siloam extended 1750 feet! That’s ten times larger than an Olympic size pool.

It’s fine for archeology and science to investigate the Bible. Just remember when you’re watching the History Channel or National Geographic Channel that the Bible isn’t flawed! It’s man’s assumptions and investigative techniques that are flawed. Let me illustrate this:

(Example) One of the Bible’s chief critics is science. And man insists science is the supreme arbiter of truth. Recently, a new field of research has developed called Scientometrics. Scientometrics involves the ‘science of science.’ Awhile back, scientometrics discovered a phenomenon known as the “Decay of Facts.” That is, over the course of time, modern techniques of research overturn scientific “facts” of the past. That means what was considered true 500, 100, or even 20 years ago is actually untrue. For example:

(Example) Before 570 BC, science asserted that the world was flat. We know that is flatly wrong! Job, who authored the oldest book of the Bible 4000 years ago, described the earth as a circle!

Here’s another false assumption of science. In 1689 John Locke proposed that humans were born with no built-in personality traits. He called it the “Blank Slate Theory” or “tabula rasa.” This theory asserts that people develop their personalities through their environment or a series of experiences. Well, by its own undoing, Scientometrics has overturned the Blank Slate Theory in a new field of research called Epigenetics. The prefix “epi” describes “something that operates above or outside the realm of another.”

As this applies to man’s genetics, it means there is something mysterious and unaccounted for that operates above our genetic structure that governs our proclivities. And epigenetics supports the Bible’s version of people inheriting the tendencies of their forefathers, which Moses recorded in Exodus 20:5-6.

Here’s one more: In the 20th Century Einstein proposed the Theory of a Static Universe. That is, the boundaries of the cosmos are fixed. Einstein later called this the greatest blunder of his career and he had to reverse his thinking once he discovered the universe was ever-expanding. Did the Bible have to recalculate its statement about the universe? No! Isaiah wrote of an ever-expanding universe in 800 BC! The Bible never needs reversing; it is forever settled!

There is no question that much of science is accurate. But when Scientometrics asserts science is plagued with miscalculations, it disqualifies science as the decisive Judge of the Bible. So where does this leave us? Do government, culture, or philosophy determine the integrity of the Scriptures?

(Proof for Truth) Should anyone ask you to validate the Bible’s claims and show evidence that God wrote it, there is a failsafe test to demonstrate this. And there is no other book, whether sacred or secular, that can duplicate it. Here’s the answer:

Fulfillment of Prophecy Authenticates the Bible

It has been calculated that the Bible employs prophecy 1,817 times; and to this point, no prophecy has failed—all have come to pass or are in process of finding fulfillment! Here is what’s significant about prophecy. The Bible’s ability to peer into the future and see the un-seeable; to know the unknowable; and reveal the concealed—all without error makes the Bible self-validating. It’s the Book that bears indisputable witness to itself!

This is why the Lord told Isaiah: “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come” (46:10) . . . “I declared them to you long ago, before they took place I proclaimed them to you” (48:5).

Do you realize that of the many world religions with their sacred texts, none has dared to employ prophecy like the Bible? Even though God challenged other religious prophets to forecast events, none accepted his challenge (41:21-29). It’s evident why the pagan prophets ignored God’s challenge: False prophecies are ruinous! Had those prophets uttered false prophecies it would have destroyed their credibility. There is only One dwelling in the arena of pure prophecy and it’s Jehovah! And when the Bible predicts the future 1,817 times in flawless fashion it becomes the surest sign that God has penned his signature to this Book.

Fulfilled Prophecy proves the Bible is true. It provides proof for truth! Additionally, it discloses how an Unimpeachable Witness directed the Prophets to write the Bible. And that Unimpeachable Witness is the Holy Spirit who knows everything! Every line, every verse, every chapter, and every book comes from the Holy Spirit. I’ll say it again: “Hammer away you hostile hands. Your hammers break God’s anvil stands!”

(Transition) Before we leave this point I want to mention another aspect of the Scriptures that is fascinating to discuss.

Is the Bible Complete? Do other Holy Books Exist?

Many people have wondered, Is the Bible Complete? What if other books of Scripture were lost and are yet to be discovered? Is it possible that even a parchment of Scripture has been misplaced? And what about additional revelation? Has God permitted others to write Scripture besides the original Apostles?

I’ve provided an in-depth answer on the DVD that discusses the Apocrypha and extra-Biblical writings, and Biblical Formation, but I only have time to cover this briefly now. So let me disclose how you can know the Bible is totally complete and why God has not sanctioned any other “Holy Books.” Remember, unbelievers have a right to hear our explanation to this and we should not dodge it.

(Emphasis) One of the most important facts of Christianity is found in John 4. This is where Jesus discoursed with a Samaritan woman that plied him with questions about the Scriptures, the Savior, and Salvation—exactly what we are discussing. She wanted to know where ground-zero of truth was. This gave Jesus the perfect opportunity to disclose it. With unequivocal semantics, Jesus said: “Salvation is of the Jews” (4:22). Those five words are absolutely imperative to the Christian Faith!

Jesus said that the complete plan of redemption—the recording of Scripture; the appearance of the Messiah; and the path to Heaven—would find passage through one and only one people: the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob known as the “Jews.” God ordained the Jewish people to show Mankind the way to God.

That means when any religion claims to possess divine writings it must answer one question: Did the Jews compile those writings? If the answer is “No,” then the writings are not from God, because the Lord expressly chose the Jews, and no other people-group, for this purpose. “Salvation is of the Jews.”

And for those that have wondered, “Have any books of the Bible been misplaced or are some waiting to be written?” the answer again is, “No.” The Apostle Jude (Christ’s half-brother) said the Christian Faith was “once for all handed down to the saints” (Jude 3).

That phrase “Once for all handed down to the saints” means the Scriptures are fixed, complete, and without the loss of one text—not even a fragment! This is why Revelation 22:18 says: “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.” Folks, the Bible is complete!

(Transition) I’ve pointed out several reasons that You Can Know the Bible is true and reliable. Now, I want to talk about Jesus. How can we know Jesus Christ is the One and only Savior of the world?

II. The Savior

The most important question you will ever answer is this: Who is Jesus Christ? Is he the Son of God born of the Virgin Mary, fully God and fully man and mysteriously both in one? Or, is he just another wise and wondrous prophet? It’s life’s chief question because your answer determines your future!

One of the clearest declarations Jesus made of Himself is found in John 14:6, when he said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” This is also one of Christ’s most controversial statements, because it doesn’t leave room for fitting another Messianic figure into the picture. And many other religions claim their path leads to heaven.

So how do we deal with this? Do we practice pluralism and say “all religions lead to heaven”? And if we don’t compromise and insist Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life” then how do we know this is true? The answer, again, comes by inspecting the Scriptures.

1 John 5:13 says: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. (20) “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”

There’s a reason I began this message by validating the Scriptures. It’s because the Bible is the chief witness for itself. If you believe the Scriptures it creates faith for accepting its Messiah; but if you distrust the Scriptures you lose all basis for identifying the Messiah.

(Transition) So how does the Bible affirm Jesus is the Messiah? How can we know for certain Jesus is man’s one and only Savior? Once again, it involves the use of prophecy.

1. Jesus fulfilled dozens of OT prophecies that marked him as the Messiah.

Remember, God doesn’t require people to use “blind faith” to identify the Messiah. It might surprise you that God provided a mountain of evidence for this. And it is the unfailing use of prophecy that arises as the most convincing proof for identifying our Savior and Messiah. Let me show you what I mean:

The Old Testament had issued over 60 prophecies that, when fulfilled, would form a fingerprint that only one person could match. And when you calculate the probability of Jesus fulfilling these prophecies, the figure is astronomical!

(Illustration) One way to illustrate this is by applying the Principle of Chance. For example: The probability of your house being struck by a meteorite is 1 in 182 trillion! Not likely to happen! However, that number is diminutive when compared to the probability of Christ fulfilling just 8 Old Testament prophecies. Dr. Peter Stoner says that number would be 1 in 10 to the 17th power; or 1 in one hundred thousand trillion! (Pause) But notice this: When Dr. Stoner calculated the probability of one person fulfilling 48 Old Testament prophecies the figure jumped to 1 in 10 to the 157th power. Yet Jesus, who specifically claimed to be “the Messiah” (John 4:26), fulfilled every Old Testament prophecy that pertained to his appearance!

Is the Bible’s use of prophecy becoming clearer? Prophecy removes the need of guessing the identity of our Savior. That’s why the Old Testament foretold Christ’s lineage, his birthplace; his manner of teaching; his betrayal; the details of his of death and resurrection. The chief witness for Christ is the Bible, and had the Scriptures refused to testify of Jesus of Nazareth it would have rendered him an imposter. But they didn’t; they affirm Christ’s claims. “Hammer away you hostile hands. Your hammers break God’s anvil stands!”

(Transition) But the evidence for Jesus being the Messiah doesn’t stop here.

2. Biblical Genealogy Affirms the Jesus is the Messiah. You’re thinking, genealogy? That’s the most boring part of the Bible. Maybe so, but let’s investigate it.

Did you ever wonder why God required the Prophets to include all those “begets” in the Bible? Why they included all those pages of chronology, lineage, and ancestry? When you read these passages you realize the Jews were experts at genealogy. And the reason God ordained those precise tables of genealogy was so the Jews could trace and affirm the lineage of their Messiah when he arrived.

The OT showed Christ would descend from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He would be the Son of David. That title, “Son of David,” appears repeatedly about Jesus. The reason the NT opens with Matthew and Luke documenting Christ’s genealogy is because they were affirming Jesus of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem, was the Son of David and thus, the predetermined Messiah.

Here’s what’s interesting. Do you realize that Matthew and Luke agree in their genealogy of Jesus until David appears, but afterward they split in two directions? The reason they separate is because Matthew traced Christ’s paternal ancestry while Luke traced Christ’s maternal lineage.

The most notable child of David was Solomon. And he was the Great-Great Granddaddy of Joseph. But David and Bathsheba had a lesser-known son named Nathan. And he was the Great-Great Granddaddy of Mary.

Do you see what this means? Jesus was repeatedly called the “Son of David” because both Joseph and Mary could trace their lineage back to David! And just like a foundation imbedded with steel and cement provides double-strength, Christ was doubly and indisputably the “Son of David”!

You see, the easiest way the Pharisees could have disputed the Messianic claims of Jesus of Nazareth would have been to consult the Temple Registry that stored his ancestral records. But their very own records affirmed Jesus was the seed of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. They testified that he was the Son of David!

(Temple Destroyed) This helps solve a mystery as to why God let the Romans to destroy the Temple in 70 AD. You remember Jesus prophesied that his generation would not pass away until “not one stone [of the Temple] would be left upon another.” Christ’s prophecy came to pass 40 years after his crucifixion when Vespasian led his forces into Jerusalem, killed a million Jews, and burned the Temple. Once the registry of genealogy served its purpose to identify the Messiah, God ordered its destruction. That meant God eliminated any attempt of an imposter arising and validating his messianic claims through genealogy.

(Transition) There are numerous ways that attest to Christ’s Lordship, but I want to briefly mention the last one.

3. Christ’s Resurrection Affirms his Messianic Claims. Had Christ remained in the grave it would have meant death had conquered him. But it didn’t! Jesus said, “No one takes My life from Me. I lay it down and I have the power to take it up again” (John 10:18)!

Paul went on to say without Christ’s Resurrection our Christian “faith is useless and we are still in our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). This is why Jesus didn’t limit the proof of his Resurrection to his Apostles; the Bible accounts for more than 500 people encountering Christ after his death the Cross!

Certainly skeptics have denied that Christ rose from the grave, but there is a serious question to answer had the Resurrection been contrived. Why would hundreds of Christians choose to be imprisoned, tortured, fed to lions, and beheaded if they knew Christ’s resurrection was fabricated? The early Christians suffered and died for their beliefs because they knew firsthand Jesus conquered the grave!

You see, God doesn’t expect anyone to use “blind faith” to identify the Lord and Savior. He has attested to Jesus of Nazareth by use of (1) Genealogy, (2) Prophecy, and (3) the Resurrection. And deep within your heart, God also provides divine confirmation—a witness between your spirit and his Spirit—to know that you know Jesus is the one and only Savior and path to God (Romans 8:16).

(Transition) We’ve talked about the Scriptures and the Savior, but now I want to talk about Your Salvation and how you can know, beyond doubt, that you will spend eternity in heaven.

III. Salvation

Does it seem strange that many professing Christians are plagued with doubts about their salvation? It shouldn’t, because the issue initially surfaced among First Century Christians. 1 John 5:13 says: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life” (ESV).

You see, some people of the First Century doubted their salvation. And the Apostle John knew salvation shouldn’t be a matter of speculating or doubting. He said it could be settled.

Since many Christians today have the same doubts let’s investigate how you can secure a steadfast assurance that brings deep and confident peace. The answer to this assurance begins by overturning false assumptions:

1. One false pretext assumes Salvation involves a Formula. In other words, did you pray the right words; were your motives correct; did you approach God earnestly enough? But do you see the focal-point of these assumptions? It’s man! Christians doubt their salvation when they focus on whether they did it right instead of focusing on the fact that God always gets it right!

(Illustration) Years ago, a young man entered my Church Office distraught about his salvation. He had asked Christ to forgive him, but Satan overwhelmed him with doubts. He questioned his salvation because he wasn’t sure he had prayed the right prayer. Regardless of his attempts to confess his sins, say the precise words, and call upon Christ he felt the perfect prescription eluded him.

Do you see how Satan confused this young man? he thought salvation depended on him implementing the correct formula; but that isn’t what the Bible suggests. It’s not praying the right words or quoting the perfectly selected verse. The Bible simply points people to Jesus. Let me show you what I mean:

The Bible says: “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Another passage says: “The Kingdom of God is at hand; Repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15).

Another says: “Believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

Another says: “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

Do you recall how the thief on the Cross was saved? he simply turned to Jesus and said: “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42).

Salvation is not a formula! You can come to Christ by saying: “Lord I believe” or “Forgive me of my sins” or “Jesus is Lord” or “I accept you as my Savior.”

When you understand this it also clarifies another issue. And many elderly Christians nearing the end of their life struggle with this. Some Christians wonder if God will prevent them from entering heaven because they inadvertently failed to confess a sin. To knowingly reject the Holy Spirit’s prompting to confess a specific sin is wrong; but failing to verbalize an exhaustive account of sin is not commanded in Scripture.

Jesus paid suffered immensely when he died on the Cross for your sins. He’s not searching for a way to prevent you from getting to heaven; He’s done everything possible to get you there! You can trust the power of Christ’s Blood to pardon every transgression—known or unknown.

(Transition) This leads us to the next false assumption of salvation:

2. Christians doubt their salvation when they assume “their” faith in Christ secures eternal life.

Perhaps this sounds confusing, but do you realize the faith people use for salvation is distinct from all other faith? Saving faith doesn’t originate from you; it originates from God! And the reason some doubt their salvation is because they question whether they “believed” hard enough. They wonder if they mustered enough faith to satisfy God’s Faith-O-Meter?

Remember: the entire process of salvation, whether you call it being “Born Again,” “Redeemed,” “Converted,” or “Saved,” is a divine work. God provides the Savior, the Blood, the mercy, the grace, the pardon, and even the faith you use to accept salvation. Salvation comes through a deposit of God’s divine faith; not your human faith.

The Apostle Paul said: “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this faith is not from yourself, it is the gift of God; not of works lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:9). If God required us to muster our faith to accept Christ we couldn’t be sure that it would work. That’s because human faith is flawed and occasionally disappoints us. For example:

(Example) Have you ever entered a dark room, flipped on the light switch, but found yourself standing in the dark? You expected light, but there was none because the bulb had burned out. That describes the flawed nature of human faith. It’s not evil; it’s just imperfect and occasionally disappoints us. And that’s why God disallows it for obtaining salvation through Christ. God provides nothing less than a perfect, unfailing, divine faith and it seals our heart with blessed assurance.

1 John 5:4 says, “Who is he that overcomes the world? he that believes Jesus is the Son of God. (5) Everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world—even our faith!” This faith is from God!

(Transition) I can’t leave this point without mentioning the most frequent culprit for creating doubt:

3. People doubt their salvation when they don’t “feel” saved. I’m not quite certain what it means to “feel” saved, but whatever it means I have never met anyone that “felt” like they were a Christian all the time.

There are occasions when everyone feels anxious; we all feel burdened, fearful, and drained of spiritual life. At times, Christians have even felt God abandoned them!

We need to recognize that while God created our emotions, they aren’t used to validate our salvation. Security in Christ is based on something far more stable than feelings; it’s based on God’s Word. The Bible says Jesus paid the penalty for our sin through his death on the Cross.

Our entrance into the Kingdom of God comes through Christ’s Blood; and “without the shedding of Blood there is no remission of sin” (Hebrews 9:22). So regardless of what our “feelings” may indicate, accepting Christ’s work on the Cross is enough; and according to his promise “He will never leave us or forsake us.”

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