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How To Be Sure You're a Christian


John 3:3


Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.


  1. Many People claim to be a Christian, therefor thinking they have salvation

  2. In this study, we will examine some of the most common misconceptions about salvation

  3. The purpose of this session is to help you be assured of your salvation and eternal destiny.

  4. When it comes to assurance of their salvation, people fall into three categories

    A. Those who live with confidence that they have salvation

    B. Those who at times doubt their salvation

    C. Those who hope they are forgiven but lack assurance


False Assurance of Salvation


People will say I'm assured of salvation because


  1. I believe there is a God


How can a person believe in God and yet have no salvation?


James 2:19


Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.


  1. Believing in God is not enough for salvation

  2. There may have been a time in your life that you didn't believe in God

  3. Then one day through some kind of hardship you were facing, you decided that there must be an higher power, so you accepted that there must be a God.

  4. You feel that accepting God as God you have salvation.

  5. It's sin that separates us from God, and so we need something to wash away that sin, so we can have forgiveness, and this is Receiving Jesus Christ


  1. I'm basically a good person


Why is trusting in our goodness a false basis for being included in God's kingdom?


Matthew 19:16-22


And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.  He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,  honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.  But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.


  1. This person assumes that because he has kept out of trouble, God has no quarrel with him.

  2. This man also had a problem with surrendering and submitting to Jesus.


  1. I attend church and pray offten


Why doesn't being religious give enough assurance of salvation?


Ephesians 2:8-9


For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.


  1. Religion brings salvation according to what you do in a spiritual action.

  2. It's not what we do or what we deserve It's the gift that God gives us


  1. I was baptized or confirmed


Why could a person have been baptized yet not have a relationship with God?


Mark 16:16


He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.


  1. Baptism is the symbol for repentance of sin, accepting that you are a sinner

  2. That is still not good enough for salvation.

  3. Baptism with believing that your sins have been washed away through the blood of Jesus Christ is what brings forgiveness and salvation.


  1. I once prayed a prayer and asked God into my life


How can a person invite God into his or her life and still not have a relationship with God?


Matthew 15:8


This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.


  1. Sometimes people will ask God into their life just to get through a bad situation or circumstances

  2. They really don't have an intimate relationship

Assurance of Salvation


John 1:12


But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name


According to this verse what do we do?


  1. Receive, Believe in Jesus' name. To believe means to rely on or trust in


According to this verse what does God do?


  1. He makes us his children by adopting us into His Holy family


John 5:24


Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.


According to this verse what do we do?


  1. Hear and believe


According to this verse what does God do?


  1. He gives eternal life.

  2. Does not pass judgement

  3. Transfers us from death to life