What a wonderful time we have had already at Sharon Baptist Church with the start of revival services. We encourage you to go back and listen to the uploaded audio files following each days service. We will have services all week at 7:00pm EST. We invite you to come and join us!
Here are some notes from the first morning service yesterday:
II Corinthians 13: 5-11
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection. Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction. Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. Greet one another with an holy kiss. All the saints salute you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen."
How does someone examine themselves? What are some evidences we can look at?
Here are some words to help us examine ourselves, whether we be in the faith:
I. Commencement - Start of His work in your life.
Can you go back to a time when God started or commenced His work in your life? Is there a time and a place when you personally trusted in Jesus Christ as your Saviour? The Holy Spirit works in the life of a believer in six ways at the commencement of His work in your life:
1. Convicts you of Sin.
2. Convinces you of being Lost.
3. Converts you.
4. Confirms your Salvation.
5. Conforms you to the image of Jesus Christ.
6. Comforts you.
If you cannot say for sure that God has commenced His work in your life please call us and we would be happy to show you from the Bible how you can know Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. Please contact us using the contact page on this website or call 757-838-0340. Additionally you can visit www.SharonBaptistHamptonVA.com/salvation.html
II. Confess - Jesus Christ to others.
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
One of the greatest evidences as to whether you are in the faith or not is whether you confess Jesus Christ to others. The Christian wants others to know Jesus Christ as their Saviour.
III. Changes - Take place in the life of the believer.
II Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
Someone who is in the faith will have a "new attitude." They will desire to be like Jesus. They will desire the truth of God's Word. The Bible says, "he is a new creature: old things are passed away."
IV. Continue - Will continue with the Lord through their life.
Acts 2:42 "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers."
I John 2:19 "They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us."
V. Communicate - The Gospel to others.
Galatians 2:2 "And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain."
VI. Contend - Contend for the faith.
Jude 3 "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."
Someone who is in the faith will contend for the faith. "Stand up, stand up for Jesus ye Soldiers of the Cross!"
Let us examine ourselves and see whether we be in the faith or not!
- Dr. Dan Knickerbocker, Evangelist
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