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Series: Evidences of Salvation
1 John 5:11-13
I want you to take your Bible and turn to I John chapter 5. And I want you to keep your Bibles open to that chapter because I want to share several passages out of I John with you. I know that some of you, maybe many of you have been wondering how can you tell the difference between a backslider and a church member who is lost. I mean how do you know whether or not you have been saved and you have just gone away from the Lord and need to come back to the Lord, make a rededication of your life or maybe you were never saved in the first place and that is the reason you have no peace or assurance? I believe today that we need to settle the doubt in the church. Unless you have assurance of salvation, you will have no joy, you will have no peace, you will have no victory, and you will have no growth in your Christian life. Many, many people today in their Christian life are not growing because they do not have assurance that they are truly born again and that they are children of God. And every time an evangelist preaches, every time they hear a sermon about what it means to be saved, they begin to doubt and wonder, well am I really saved. And I think the Bible says we are to examine ourselves and see whether we are in faith, but I don't think God wants us to doubt all the time whether or not we are saved.
We are like that little boy who had a garden. And his mother wondered why the garden never grew. Nothing ever came up in the garden. She knew he had gone out there and planted the seed but nothing ever came up. And so one day she followed him out to the garden to see what was wrong. And she saw him digging the seed up. He was digging the seed up everyday to see if anything was happening.
And that reminds me of a lot of people I know who always doubt, digging up the seeds of doubt, digging up in their Christian experience trying to see whether or not ...
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