This is the sermon for Sunday, October 23rd, 2011.  It is the last sermon in the series.

Unless noted, Scripture from the ESV.

Bless God part 13

There is salvation.

Acts 4:12 – And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Introduction

This is the final sermon in our series, “Bless God: God, hell, heaven, and the chief end of man.”

This morning we are looking at the real answer to the questions that we have looked at in this series: and that answer is the title of the sermon – “There is salvation.”

We have looked in this series at some foundational truths.  Then we tackled many questions that are being asked in many of our churches.

Now we want to end with some good news – there is salvation!  This is such a freeing truth.

As we look at this verse in Acts 4:12, we are also going to look at the verses preceding it; There is something that happens within the text, that takes place in churches, and the world anytime Christ is preached.

True Gospel preaching (preaching Christ) always produces conflict.

Acts 4:1-3 –  1And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.

Peter, along with John, had been proclaiming Christ to the people around the temple.  The Scriptures says that the Saducees were, “greatly annoyed,” and they had Peter and John arrested.  There are many reasons that they had them arrested.  One reason that they healed a lame man in the name of Jesus – this is equating Jesus name equal to YHWH.  Another reason is when Peter preached at Solomon’s Portico, he shifted the blame of Jesus death to the people.   The main reason was given in verse 2, “they were proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.”  You see, the Saducees did not believe in the resurrection, so this greatly annoyed them.

Church, when Christ crucified for our sins and raised for our justification is properly preached, many will get greatly annoyed and offended.  We live in an age that identifies preaching with felt needs, prosperity, audacious faith, wonderful families etc…  But when Christ is preached in the midst of these philosophies, it turns many off.  Why?  Because many Christians are superficial at best and carnal at worst.

But we must continue to proclaim Christ crucified for our sins and resurrected.  These doctrines must be central in our teachings and beliefs.

Proclaiming Christ truly is the answer to all these questions.

Acts 4:7-11 – 7And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” 8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.

Notice the question, “By what power or by what name did you do this?”  Notice Peter’s answer – Jesus Christ.

Folks, all the questions we’ve endeavored to answer and so many others that we haven’t addressed has only one true place to look to: and that is Jesus Christ and His word.  Apart from what Scripture says anything else is pure speculation.  And we must remember that speculation on our part is not equal to the authority of Scripture.  God does not anoint our speculation; He has anointed His word.

In Jesus is true salvation; all other roads lead to destruction.

Acts 4:12 – And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

There are only two was to go in order to find salvation: (1) you can try to work your way to salvation and the end result will be failure and eternal punishment; (2) you can trust in Christ and His finished work on the cross for your sins and His resurrection and the results will be eternal life and peace with God.

Conclusion

Jesus Christ being the only way to salvation is not a binding concept, but a freeing truth.  It’s so good to know that salvation isn’t what I can do or offer to God; but its all about what He has done for me through Jesus Christ.

 

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