Some claim that to be saved, one must not only believe and acknowledge that Christ is Lord but also submit one's life to his lordship. Others say the Bible lays down no such requirement and see lordship as a part of Christian growth and sanctification. What can we learn from this debate about true faith and our response to the Lord Jesus Christ?
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 16:7; Matthew 3:7–10; Luke 19:1–10; 23:39–43; Acts 9:1–18; 16:22–34; 17:29–31; Romans 2:12–16; 1 Corinthians 4:1–5; Galatians 3:1–14; Ephesians 2:8–10; Hebrews 11:6; James 2:14–26; 2 Peter 1:3–11
• The Issue
Why is it difficult to determine whether a person has a genuine faith in Christ?
• The Scripture
In what ways does Matthew 3:7-10 indicate that true saving faith is more than an intellectual belief in God's existence?
• The Application
Sample application questions:
For what different reasons might a new believer struggle with the assurance of salvation when his or her life continues to be less than perfect?
Must a person submit to Jesus as Lord in order to be saved?
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• How Faith Works, by S. Lewis Johnson, Jr. (14 pages).
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