WEEK 4: The Rescued You
READ Romans 10:9-10
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
OVERVIEW & SETUP
Many times we don't give much thought to what it truly means to be saved by faith. For many of our students, they may not even have a basic understanding of what salvation means for them or for their friends. Take time to discuss salvation with your group, briefly share your salvation experiences and testimonies. You may find that some in your group have not taken that step to accept Christ as their savior. Take that opportunity to pray for and with those students. Then talk about what it means to "...declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord'..." and discuss how they feel about inviting friends to events like our upcoming House Party.
THE ABC's OF SALVATION
A: Admit You Have Sinned
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." – Romans 3:23
Ever since the first sins of Adam and Eve that we discussed in Week 1, we are all sinners and can never be good enough to earn our way to heaven. The punishment for those sins would be total separation from God...forever. But thankfully our loving God had a rescue plan for us: Jesus!
The bible says we should repent of our sins. To repent means ‘change one’s mind’ or to turn — to go in another direction. How can we be led to repentance? The first step toward repentance is true sorrow for what we’ve done wrong.
B: Believe in Jesus
Salvation is not complicated. Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it. Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.” (Mark 10:15-16) A child simply puts their trust (faith) in the father’s strong arms. Likewise, we entrust our life to Jesus Christ—believing in Him and His finished work on the cross.
Jesus Christ, the perfect, sinless lamb of God, laid down His life and took the penalty meant for us, dying in our place (Isaiah 53:6). He paid the debt we could not pay and redeemed us (bought us back) from the power of sin and death. (John 1:29 / Galatians 3:13 / Romans 3:25)
C: Confess Publically
God did his part, sending His one and only Son to die in our place. He has offered us a free gift — salvation, the forgiveness of sin, eternal life with Him in heaven. BUT… we must receive that gift. We must confess our sins (1 John 1:9) and confess (or proclaim) our faith (belief) in the death, burial and resurrection of God’s son, Jesus Christ.
Confessing with our mouth requires an outward, public action, not a secret, hidden, timid faith. The Apostle Paul boldly proclaimed his faith so that others could hear and be saved. God’s plan of salvation is freely offered to everyone.
ASK + DISCUSS
- What we're your salvation experiences like? When? Where? If you never had a salvation experience like we described...can we lead you in one now?
- What should 'confessing or proclaiming' our faith look like to our friends? Is it just words? Is it just actions? Is it both?
- How would our schools look different if all of our friends accepted Jesus?