by Steve Wagers

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What We Believe About Salvation! (4 of 9)
Series: Baptist Beliefs
Steve N. Wagers
July 13, 2005

Sermon Outline
1. The FIRST Work of Salvation!
2. The FOLLOWING Work of Salvation!
3. The FURTHER Work of Salvation!
4. The FINAL Work of Salvation!

o I love the word "saved." Although it is not a popular word among many religious groups today, it is still a word that I love. It is an excellent Bible word. I love saying that I am "saved."

o The word "saved" declares a wonderful Bible truth. The word simply means, "to be delivered, or brought out." We read in Colossians 1: 13 that Christ "hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son."

o That is what it means when we say that we are saved. We are saying that we have been brought out of the power of darkness, and brought in to God's marvelous light. It makes one want to sing with J. P. Schofied:

Saved by His power divine,
Saved to new life sublime.
Life now is sweet and my joy is complete,
For, I'm saved, saved, saved!

o Schofield wrote that song after one of Mordecai Ham's meetings in Gonzales, Texas. Ham was preaching on the subject, "Christ our Refuge." In the audience was a man that had killed 4 men. He listened to Ham explain that Christ is a refuge for sinners, of any and every stripe, and that the Cities of Refuge in the Old Testament are a type of Christ, who is a haven of hope and eternal forgiveness for all who will flee to Him.

o Halfway through the sermon, the man jumped up from his seat and shouted, "Saved! Saved! Saved!" Sitting there in his seat, he found Christ as his refuge. Schofield was so inspired that the next afternoon he composed both the words and music for the song.

o Salvation declares that God will save anybody and everybody, though they are nobody, and He will make them somebody. And as we continue our study of Baptist doctrine, I can't think of any subject that I would rather preach th ...

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