This week Pastor Chris and one of our elders, Jarrad Mock, shared the next sermon in our Romans series. Many people have wrestled with questions of salvation- am I saved? How do I know I’m saved? How do I become saved? Romans tells us we can have assurance of salvation by trusting fully in God’s grace, evaluating the fruit of our lives, and yielding to Christ.

1. Sanctifying Grace

Romans 6:1–2 (ESV)
1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

Galatians 2:20 (ESV)
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Titus 2:11–14 (ESV)
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

2 Corinthians 13:5 (ESV)
5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

How do I know if I am saved?

Matthew 7:16–20 (ESV)
16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

7 Marks of Genuine Salvation in 1 John

  1. A True Believer Has a New Awareness of Sin. 1 John 1:5-9.
  2. A True Believer Has a New Desire. 1 John 2:3-4, 1 John 3:3,9.
  3. A True Believer Has a New Love. 1 John 2:9-10, 1 John 3:14.
  4. A True Believer Has a New Theology. 1 John 4:15, 1 John 2:22-23.
  5. A True Believer Has a New Master and Authentic Relationships. 1 John 2:15-19.
  6. A True Believer Has a New Power. 1 John 2:20, 27, 1 John 4:13.
  7. A True Believer Has a New Purpose and Perseverance. 1 John 2:26-28.

Nature Change >>> Behavior Change, not Behavior Change >>> Nature Change

Romans 6:3-4 (ESV)
3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

2. Dead to Sin, Alive to Christ

Romans 6:5-11 (ESV)
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

• Engel scale of evangelism

True Saving Faith Includes Knowledge, Approval, and Personal Trust

• Knowledge Alone Is Not Enough.
• Knowledge and Approval Are Not Enough.
• I Must Decide to Depend on Jesus to Save Me Personally.
• Faith Should Increase as Our Knowledge Increases.
• Faith and Repentance Must Come Together

“Repentance is a heartfelt sorrow for sin, a renouncing of it, and a sincere commitment to forsake it and walk in obedience to Christ.” Dr. Wayne Grudem

3. Yield to Christ

Romans 6:12–14 (ESV)
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When we are justified by Christ and saved, we experience a change of nature (we are no longer ruled by sin). How have you seen this in your own life? How were you different after becoming a Jesus follower?
  2. Have you ever tried to change your behavior before your nature? What was the outcome?
  3. Read through the “7 Marks of Genuine Salvation in 1 John” section. While all of these take place in the life of a Christian, do you have a specific memory of experiencing any of these as a new believer? Share that part of your testimony to encourage one another and yourself.

Application Questions:

  1. Spend some time this week thanking God for the gospel! Reflect on your own testimony and how God saved you. Thank the Lord for salvation!
  2. Pastor Chris encouraged us to be careful of what our eyes and ears are taking in, and the direction our actions are taking us. Is the Lord calling you back to righteousness, to use your body as an instrument of righteousness? Spend some time in repentance before the Lord.
  3. If you have not yet given your life to the Lord, how does this sermon challenge you to act on that decision?

Join us for an in-person service at City Central Church in Tacoma, WA
Sundays at 9am + 11am