I was recently asked by my Pastor to teach a 10 minute lesson on Salvation. I know, right!!?? Ten minutes on Salvation? Seriously???
This was part of a new “Battle Class” series, which focuses on various topics that many of us struggle with in our Christian walks. This 10 minute assignment was given to each “Battle Class” teacher, with no instruction other than to teach a 10 minute lesson on Salvation.
When this was first presented to me, I immediately wondered how I would be able to take such a huge and important foundational aspect of faith, and boil it down to 10 minutes. I struggled for a while trying to figure out what my angle would be…do I just teach on a certain aspect of Salvation…or do I try to hit every point?
I couldn’t quite figure out where my Pastor was going with this, but then it hit me. This exercise/challenge led me to one vital conclusion…there is a prolific purpose in evangelism, and it takes strategy. Ah Ha! My Pastor was preparing us for battle! In fact, our “Battle Class” theme comes from Romans 8:37:
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”
Sometimes you only have few minutes to spark a person’s curiosity in learning more about Jesus. So you really have to study, pray and have a strategy for taking key subjects…in this case Salvation…and breaking them down into chewable and digestible tidbits.
I’m learning this is not an intellectual thing…it’s spiritual. When teaching, I always try to put myself in the seat of the student. What are the questions that I used to (or still do) struggle with? What areas need clarity or further explanation? Where were (or are) the gaps for me. Once I have a general picture of the challenging areas, then I know where I need to focus my study. The rest flows as the spirit leads, because I am surely no expert! It is only by God’s grace, and through my sincere prayer for God’s guidance that I am able to study, break down and share God’s word with others.
Below I’ve shared my 10 minute lesson on Salvation. I’ve turned it into “10 Points on Salvation”. I pray that it resonates with those that may be struggling with “grey areas” on the subject, and I pray its helpful insight for my fellow evangelists.
I make no claims that my study is all-encompassing or complete. It’s simply where the Holy Spirit led me in this particular 10 minute lesson, and I am happy to share it with all who are interested.
“10 Points on Salvation”
1. We were created in the image and likeness of God.
Genesis 1: 26-28 demonstrates the specific purpose God had when he created us. We were created in His image, to be like him in character and action. We were also created to fill the earth and govern it. Our identity and how we should live was made clear. God didn’t change, we did.
2. We inherited sin.
Later in Genesis, Chapter 3, we learn that through Adam, the entire human race was condemned to death. Adam sinned. We didn’t. He and Eve were in the Garden of Eden. We were not. However, we suffer the consequences of Adam’s disobedience and have inherited a sinful nature from him. The Bible states that “. . . through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men…” ( For clarity, please read the full text in Romans 5:12–21). In this sense, we suffer for what Adam did; that is, all of what we are as individuals (mind, body, soul, spirit, emotions, and thought) is touched by sin. As descendants of Adam, we were born into this sin nature.
3. Without Salvation, we are destined to face God’s wrath.
Flashing forward from the time of Adam, to the time of Moses…we are now introduced to God’s law, if left unfulfilled is punishable by God’s divine wrath. So the fact of the matter is this: humanity has a huge problem! We inherited a sin nature, which makes it impossible for us to be perfect and sinless; however failure to uphold God’s law and not sin will ultimately lead to punishment.
In fact, when the Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Romans to explain salvation, he stated that everyone is under the power of sin, we are all sinners and fall short of the law. He went on to also say that no one is righteous, not even one. He states, “For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.” (For more clarity here, read the full text in Romans 3:9-20)
We often talk about God in terms of His love and kindness, which is all true. But His wrath and justice are also attributes and part of His divine perfection. Numbers 23:19 shows us that God cannot lie, and what He says cannot be broken. Again, God didn’t change…we did. So if He gave us a law to follow, He can’t just forgive our law breaking sin without justice being served. If He forgave sin without justice being served, He wouldn’t be a righteous and just God.
4. Judgement is coming, and Salvation is a matter of eternity.
It’s hard for our finite minds to comprehend thoughts of eternity. The scriptures are clear, there will be an appointed day of judgment (Acts 17:31). It is written and it is coming! Throughout the bible this judgment is described as eternal, which means it’s final. There will be no exceptions, alterations or revisions.
(side note: I read an excellent book on the subjects of judgement and eternity called Driven By Eternity, by John Bevere. I highly recommend it!)
5. But there is good news…God gave us a way to escape His eternal wrath. We CAN face His judgment WITHOUT fear.
God made a way of escaping His wrath, and it’s through Jesus Christ:
“Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood. …He declares sinners to be right in His sight when they believe in Jesus. ~Romans 3:24-26
6. When Jesus died on the cross, our sins were forgiven.
This is something that I struggled with as a new believer. I heard people talk about how Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and about the “shedding of His blood”, but to be honest, it didn’t really make sense to me at the time. Why did Jesus have to die in order for my sins to be forgiven? Why did blood have to be shed?
Well here is why… As explained in Hebrews 9:22, according to God’s Law, nearly everything was purified with blood. Without the shedding of blood, there was no forgiveness. This is why animals were sacrificed in the Old Testament. During this time, in order to be forgiven of sin and to remain in right relationship with God, people had to take an unblemished male animal (or in other words, an animal without defect – cattle, sheep and goats were usually used), bring it to the high priest, who then sacrificed the animals before God as a substitution for that person’s life. In the same way, Jesus’s pure, perfect and unblemished life was given as a sacrifice, in substitution for our lives, so that God’s wrath would be fulfilled, and our relationship with God restored.
Jesus shed His blood on the cross for us. God’s wrath was appeased, justice was served, and our sins forgiven. To really make this point clear, I highly recommend that you take the time to read the full text from Ephesians 2:1-10. It just speaks volumes.
“…All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. …God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” ~ Ephesians 2:3-5, 8-10
7. Through Jesus Christ, our relationship with God has been reconciled.
By accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your broken relationship with God is immediately reconciled. Through faith in Jesus Christ, you can be in right relationship with God.
“For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” ~ Romans 5:10-11
8. Everyone must recognize that they are in need of a Savior.
All of the above holds true for every single person. We all are born into a sin nature, and there is only one way to get right with God, and that’s through Jesus Christ.
9. No human works can save you.
We all must realize that no human works can save us. No amount of human goodness or morality or religious activity can gain acceptance with God.
10. Salvation is a free gift available to everyone.
When you submit and surrender your life to Christ, you obtain salvation. Salvation happened at the cross. Jesus already did the work. His blood paid the price of your sin. Salvation is a free gift from God, available for all that want to accept it.
Peace & Blessings,
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