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Feb 14, 2021

Guranteed (click for resources)

Passage: 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

Speaker: Brian Land

Series: 2 Corinthians

Category: Grace Brevard

Keywords: love, salvation, spirit, promise, guarantee, secure


2.14.21 GBV Livestream from Grace Brevard on Vimeo.

2.14.21 Illustrations

Sermon Discussion Questions
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And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

In our human relationships:
How do we function when we are afraid of doing something that will sever a relationship? Give examples.

How about when we are safe and secure with a relationship?

Perseverance of the Saints:
One of the fundamental tenets of the Reformation (Martin Luther in 1517) was the “Perseverance of the Saints” (that you cannot lose your salvation). At that time the church taught that salvation was tenuous, based upon the quality and quantity of faith and behavior at any given moment.

If the 16th century church was right, then what sins in what quantity would qualify for the removal of salvation?

If I think I could lose it but haven’t, then I have an elevated view of my own righteousness.

What about a person that claims Christ, but later in life denies him? Consider this quote to talk about that:
If you have it, you can’t lose it.
If you “lose” it, you never had it.

Talk about the idea that our salvation is not based on the quality of my faith but the object of my faith.

If I think my behavior can kick me out, then I must also think that my behavior got me in. What does that say about grace?

Fundamentally Jesus has “FINISHED” the salvation on the cross for all who have believed. We must go back to our foundation:

Ephesians 2:8
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Romans 10:13
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

For all who have believed on Jesus, we are rock-steady and secure in His hands (vs. him being in our slippery hands)

John 10:27-30
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

Assurance Applied (or unapplied):

If we are unsteady and afraid of losing our salvation, how can that result in:

Legalism -- obeying out of fear

Despair -- giving up because you can’t do it

If we are steady and assured of God’s steadfast love for us, how can that result in -- Licentiousness -- immorality (“God will forgive me anyway”)

On the other hand, WHY do you think the author of Hebrews propels us to dig deep into our assurance, believing that it would naturally result in obedience:

Hebrews 6:11
And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.