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Being Certain You Can Be Certain (1 of 5)
Series: Assured: 1 John
1 John 5:13-18
New Series Introduction: We are starting a new series today through the book of 1 John called Assured.
The book of 1 John is one of my favorites because it is all about assurance. John, who was one of the closest disciples to Jesus, deals with subject a lot: covering things like how you can know for sure you are saved (at peace with God); how you can know that what you believe is true; how you be assured of God's love and control in your life, and how to maintain that certainty in the face of disappointment and opposition.
I'll be honest: these are things I have struggled with for all of my life. For one, how can you know for sure that you are saved?
I've told you before that if there were a Guinness book world record for amount of times someone had prayed the sinner's prayer, I'm pretty sure I would hold it.
By the time I graduated high school I'd probably prayed the sinner's prayer 5000 times. Every time a speaker gave an invitation to be saved, I'd take it. And then if they'd ask for a show of hands or come down front or to throw your stick in the fire I'd do it... (I didn't want to invalidate the prayer by failing to confess Jesus before men.)
Honestly, it got a little embarrassing. I've walked a lot of aisles in those days. I've been saved in youth camps all over the nation. Once in every denomination.
I got baptized 4 times. (that doesn't even include an infant one-that's 4 times after I was grown up). I was a staple in my church's baptismal lineup. My church gave me my own locker in the baptismal area.
But I wanted to know! Because that's not the kind of thing you want to be wrong about.
Now, some of you know I have a new book coming out related to this topic: Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You are Saved.
And I would never really want to use a sermon series to promote a book I wrote, because, you know, somewhe ...
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