Grow in Grace
Get Rooted In Your Faith
In the coming days Satan will begin an assault on you in an attempt to undermine your faith in Christ. (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:16; Matthew 13:3-23).
Some of his specific goals are:
Here are some tips on how to stand firm against his attack.
- To plant seeds of doubt and despair in order to rob you of the joy and assurance of your eternal life.
- To lead you astray in order to keep you from growing in the knowledge of the truth, and
- To keep you from sharing your faith in Christ with others.
The Shield Of Faith: Ephesians 6:10-17
- Since the Gospel is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, Satan will immediately begin his attack by trying to confuse you about the truth of the Gospel. To withstand the assault you are about to face, you must become firmly rooted in the truth of the Gospel. To do this, determine right now that you will read this booklet once a day for an entire month. Don't stop after ten or fifteen days even if you have memorized it! And above all, don't let Satan discourage you by telling you that you "don't have time," or that you have "more important things to do." This is a classic lie of Satan. Don't believe it. (Matthew 13:1-9, 19-23, 8:21-22; Luke 10:38-42, 12:16-31, 14:16-20; Ephesians 5:16).
- Don't try to gain assurance of your relationship with Christ or grow in spiritual truth through "mystical feelings" or "quite little voices" inside your head. What we "feel" in our heart is no more reliable a guide to spiritual truth than it is to truths concerning mathematics or geography. Would you try to drive hundreds of miles of back country roads in the fog without a roadmap simply by trusting your "feelings?" Of course not! And yet this is how many people foolishly try to live their Christian lives!
- In order for us to grow in spiritual truth, God has given us a source of truth that is sure and steadfast. It is called the Bible. Try to read your Bible every day. Start by reading the Book of Galatians. It is St. Paul's defense of the Gospel and the doctrine of grace. Read one chapter each day until you have read the entire book (six chapters) five times. This will take one month. In the next month, read through the entire book once a day. This will firmly establish you in some of the most basic and important doctrines of the Christian faith, providing the kind of foundation that is essential for sound Christian growth.
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. — Romans 10:17
Once you have become rooted in your understanding of the Gospel, find a good church. To do this, ask the pastor how one gets to heaven. If he says it is through living a good life, obeying the Ten Commandments, baptism, confession, church membership, or some other incorrect answer - turn around and look for another church. If the pastor doesn't even know the Gospel, the most basic belief of the Christian faith, then he doesn't even know the first thing about Christianity! Why would you want to go to a church where the pastor doesn't even know how to get to heaven? Find a good church!
Thank God Daily
According to the Bible, many wonderful things happened to you the moment you understood the Gospel and trusted in Christ alone as your Savior.
In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus cleansed ten lepers, and nine of them went their merry way without so much as stopping to thank Him! So that you don't follow the example of the nine ungrateful lepers, you can show your thanks to God for what He has done for you by living your life in a manner that is pleasing to Him, obeying His commandments and walking according to His Word. (Luke 7:40-43; 1 John 4:19, John 14:21).
- You received a pardon for all the sins you will ever commit. (Romans 5:1)
- You received eternal life as a free gift. (John 5:24, 10:28)
- You are assured of going to heaven. (John 14:1-3)
- You became a child of God. (John 1:12)
- You have a friend who understands what you are going through, and is there to help you in time of need. (Hebrews 2:18, 4:15-16; Psalm 68:5)
Share The Gospel
Imagine that one day you are walking down a sidewalk, and a piano that was being hoisted into a tenth story apartment brakes loose, and is falling toward you without your knowledge. All of a sudden someone you have never met runs over to you and pushes you out of the way to save you, only to be crushed himself by the falling piano. As he lies dying, his trembling hand takes a letter from his pocket, and he asks you to take it and deliver it for him. Would you? Of course you would!
Jesus, who died to save you, has left such a letter with you. That letter is called The Gospel.
And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature," — Mark 16:15
(Also see Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Romans 10:14-15).
Are you willing to take the letter that Jesus has left with you and try to do as He has asked?
If you are, simply ask a friend or an acquaintance: "Has anyone ever shown you from the Bible how you can know for certain that you will go to heaven when you die?" If they say "no," simply ask "May I?" Most people will be eager to find out how they can know this for sure. If they are interested, simply sit down and take time to share this little booklet with them. They will be eternally grateful!
Share Your Testimony
The Bible states:
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. — Romans 10:17
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. — 2 Peter 3:9
The Bible shows us that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Ask other believers to share their personal testimony of how they heard the Word of God and repented (changed their mind) about what they were counting on to get themselves into Heaven and came to trust the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
If you are not 100% certain that you are going to Heaven because of what Jesus Christ personally did for you or 100% assured that you are eternally secure, please review the Good News. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then share your testimony with others. It will be a blessing to you as well as to others. Would you also share it with us?
About The Gospel Booklet
Much of the content in the Good News! pages on this web site are from The Gospel Booklet by Ron Shea. Ron attended Villanova University on a four year scholarship from the United States Navy. After earning a Bachelor of Electrical engineering, he served four years as a naval officer. He then attended Dallas Theological Seminary where he majored in New Testament Literature and Exegesis, translating the entire New Testament from the original Greek language. He graduated with honors from the four-year Master of Theology program. He went on to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where he earned awards in Admiralty, Jurisprudence, and Oral Argument. He has pastored churches in New Orleans and San Francisco, and is the founder and president of Clear Gospel Crusade.
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