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“IS IT WELL WITH YOUR SOUL?” WHY IS IT WELL?”

02 Feb

Intro.
1.  “Why did you seek me?” (Lk. 2:49“What did you go out to see?” (Matt. 11:7-8); the question “why?” gets to motive, reason, purpose

2.  Why did you seek Jesus?  Why did you become a Christian?  Why are you here today?  Why does it matter?

 

I.  WHY ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN?

  A.  Because you Believe Jesus is the Son of God?  Jno. 20:30-31

  B.  Because You know how Valuable your Soul is?  Matt. 16:24-27

      -Causes self-denial, burden-bearing & following Jesus; Prepared.

  C.  Because you wanted to be Saved from your Sin Acts 16:30-34

  D.  To Please Someone Else?  Gal. 6:4-5; 2 Cor. 5:10

  E.  To Avoid Hell?  (“fire insurance”) 1 Jno. 3:17-19

  F.  To Live for HeavenPhil. 3:13-14; 3:20-21–4:1 (Heb. 11:13-16)

 

II. WHY ARE YOU HERE TODAY?

  A.  Out of Curiosity Matt. 11:7-8; Jno. 18:34; Acts 17:18-21

    1.  Brought an opportunity to teach (17:18).

    2.  Few are led to faith by curiosity, Acts 17:32-34; Jno. 1:45-49.

  B.  Searching for “Something Better” in your Life?  (cf. Matt. 9:36)

    1.  Meaning of/for your life?  Eccl. 12:13-14 (Matt. 11:28-30)

    2.  A “church home?” Acts 2:41-47

    3.  Peace?  Jno. 14:27 (Acts 10:36, 42-43, 48) – Believe & obey Jesus, Col. 2:12-17

    4.  An answer to the problem of sin?  Acts 2:36-41

    5.  What is truth?  Jno. 18:38, 37; 17:17 (Psa. 119:142, 151)

  C.  Because you had to (made to) come?  Lk. 14:15-24 (“Bed Springs c of C”)

    1.  Nobody can make you believe, Acts 26:28-29.

    2.  Nobody can make you obey from the heart, Acts 24:24-25.

    3.  Choose whom you will serve!  Josh. 24:15 (Heb. 3:7-13)

  D.  Because you want to

    1.  Worship God, Jno. 4:23-24 (Psa. 122:1); Acts 2:42; 20:7.

    2.  Hear the word of God, Acts 10:32-33 (1 Tim. 4:6, 16).

    3.  Encourage your brethren, Heb. 10:24-25.

    4.  Grow in Christ, 1 Cor. 14:26 (5, 12); 1 Pet. 2:1-3.

    5.  Have a genuine faith & sincere love, Jas. 4:17; 1:21-27; 1 Pet. 1:22.

 

III. WHY DOES IT MATTER?

  A.  Because God is Real.  (Exo. 5:2; Jno. 1:18)

     -His power, knowledge, love, mercy & justice are real, Rom. 1:20; 11:22; Jno. 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 1 Jno. 4:10-11.

  B.  Because Jesus Died for you, Rom. 5:6-11.

  C.  Because Jesus Lives, 1 Cor. 15:12-20, 29-34.

  D.  Because You Matter to God & to Others, Matt. 10:31 (Lk. 19:10); (cf. local church, 1 Cor. 12:14-27).

 

Conclusion

1.  There are no “worthless” souls – God loves every one.

2.  Sin destroys souls – Jesus saves souls: will He save you? (Acts 2:40-41)

3.  Thankful souls fear & follow Jesus, Lk. 17:13-19.

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