Topic: Sunday Message Verse: 2 Chronicles 5:21, Galatians 2:21, Acts 4:12, Hebrews 9:26–9:28, 1 Timothy 2:5–2:6,
Week five of a six-week message series about the essentials of Christianity and the importance of keeping “the main thing” the main thing.
The Anxiety of Acceptance
Have I done enough to please God?
Is there something more I can do to gain His acceptance?
What other good things can I add to my record to avoid rejection?
A Review of the Five Basics
1. Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”)
The Bible alone is our highest authority.
2. Sola Gratia (“grace alone”)
We are saved by the grace of God alone
3. Sola Fide (“faith alone”)
We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
4. Solus Christus (“Christ alone”)
Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
5. Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”)
We live for the glory of God alone.
Solus Christus = Christ Alone
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2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Beware of the Plus
1. Christ + my Performance
You can't add your good works to Jesus' finished work.
2. Christ + my Patron Saints
The goodness of other godly people won’t guarantee your acceptance.
3. Christ + my Parents
The faith of your parents can’t be credited to your account.
Why Our Good Works Matter
Our good works are about evidence of saving faith not entrance into saving faith. They are proof of (not payment for) God’s acceptance.
Galatians 2:21 NIV
21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
Jesus is Enough
He is the only WAY
He is the only NAME
He is the only SACRIFICE
He is the only MEDIATOR
There is nothing else you need to add. There is nothing else you're able to add.
Acts 4:12 NIV
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Hebrews 9:26-28 NIV
26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
1 Timothy 2:5-6 NIV
5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.
Christ Alone = Christ Enough
Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, & King.
Because He’s enough for everything, we can trust Him with anything.
What’s got you nervous today? What’s stressing you out? What’s consuming you with worry? What’s going on in your life where you feel like you need to do more?
Whatever it is, give that over to Jesus today. Trust fully in your Lord, your Savior, Your King. He can handle it because He will always be more than enough for you.
“I believe Jesus died for me,” Chad said, “but to be honest I want to ‘cover the bases’ just to make sure that’s enough.” He laughed. “I don’t want to be surprised at the end!”
1. Can you identify with Chad? How so?
2. What “plus” that Pastor Dan talked about do you tend to add to Christ for your acceptance with God? Why do you think you add this “plus” and not others?
3. What do these Scriptures say about who Jesus is and what He has done for us? How would you explain all this to middle-schooler you know?
* 1 John 4:9-10, 14-16
* Isaiah 53:4-6
* 2 Corinthians 5:21
* Hebrews 7:23-27
4. What have you learned through Dan’s message and this study that you hadn’t thought about before? Do you believe in Christ alone for your forgiveness and right standing with God?
5. Does God forgive and cleanse us of our sin the same way after we’ve been a Christian for a while and should know better? Explain your answer.
6. Do verses like John 14:6 and Acts 4:11-12 really mean that who Jesus is and what He has done is the only way for everyone everywhere to be forgiven and made acceptable to God? Why or why not? What does that mean (or not) for our responsibility to share the simple message about Christ with others?