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Redeemer Bible Church
Unreserved Accountability to Christ. Undeserved Acceptance from Christ.
Fearing for the Unconverted Selected Scriptures
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Introduction A. I Have Fear in My Heart 1. I am afraid for you who think you’re a Christian, when in fact you are not. 2. I am afraid for you who come to Redeemer faithfully, knowing that you’re not a Christian, yet you continue to refuse to submit to the Lord’s command to repent and believe the gospel. 3. I am afraid for you who deeply question whether or not you are a Christian, but too prideful and stubborn to admit it—why risk it? 4. I am afraid for you kids in our church who think that you can wait until you’re older to commit your life to Christ, resting on your parents’ salvation and believing the lie that when you’re grown up you can easily throw off the pattern of belief and behavior you are establishing right now. 5. And I am afraid for those of you who have never been to Redeemer before, and perhaps rarely if ever darken the door of any Christian church, and ignorant of the real message of Christianity. B. The Bottom Line: I am afraid for anyone who is not a Christian. Lesson A. The Reason for My Fear 1. I know what God is like and what he requires cf. Exod 34:6-7a 2. I know what you are like: you are guilty. God says that all are guilty cf. Rom 3:918, 23. a. In case you may be inclined to object, thinking that you are not guilty before God, let me give you some concrete examples 1) Rom 1:28-32 a) Have you ever been greedy? b) Have you ever been envious? c) Have you ever been deceitful or manipulative? d) Have you ever gossiped or slandered? e) Have you ever been arrogant or boastful? f) Have you ever been disobedient to your parents? g) Have you ever lacked mercy or compassion for the weak? h) If so, you are guilty before God and are worthy of death; that is, you deserve death. 2) 1 Cor 6:9-10 a) Have you ever committed an act of sexual immorality, lust, use of pornography?
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Have you ever committed adultery? The most recent statistics say that 60% of men and 40% of women have. That’s 6 out of 10 married men and 4 out of 10 married women! Some of you must have. c) Have you ever committed homosexual acts? d) Have you ever coveted? e) Have you ever been drunk? f) Have you ever cheated? g) Have you ever stolen? Even the smallest item that did not belong to you? h) If so, you are guilty, and you will not inherit the kingdom of God. 3) Gal 5:19-21 a) Have you ever erupted in anger? b) Gotten embroiled in disputes, dissensions, and factions (or cliques)? c) Have you ever acted in ways like any of these things the Bible mentions? d) If so, you are guilty, and you will not inherit the kingdom of God. I know the consequences for your guilt: you will not inherit the kingdom of God; rather, you will be condemned to eternity under the wrath of God in the torment of hell cf. Rom 2:5; Matt 13:49-50; Rev 21:8. I know that by your own power and strength, you can do absolutely nothing to save yourself from the wrath of God cf. Eph 2:1 (dead in sin); Rom 6:17, 20 (enslaved to sin). a. I am afraid for you because I know that rather than submitting to the Lord’s will, you prefer to try to save yourself. b. Yet deep down you know it’s futile. 1) Think about it—how many times have you resolved to stop being greedy or envious or deceitful or manipulative, or resolved to stop talking behind people’s backs, or resolved to stop being disrespectful and disobedient to your parents? 2) How many times have you told yourself that you would stop your sexually immoral behavior or your drunkenness or drug use or your affair or your homosexual lifestyle or your underhanded business practices or your outbursts of anger? 3) How many times? How many times have you resolved to say no to sin and found yourself right back doing it again? Found yourself doing precisely what you endeavored never to do again? A hundred times? A thousand times? A million? 4) By your own power you cannot save yourself. I know that your only hope is found in Jesus Christ—without a right relationship with Jesus you cannot avoid the coming judgment of God cf. Eph 2:4-7; 2 Thess 1:7-10a. a. I am afraid for you because you do not want to believe that your only hope is in a right relationship with Jesus Christ—you want to believe that there are other ways of getting there, other ways of avoiding the judgment, but there aren’t.
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If you are not a Christian this morning, you are in grave danger. So I am afraid for you. Alleviating My Fear: You need to abandon every other hope, for your only true hope, the Lord Jesus Christ How to Hope in Christ Alone 1. How not to hope in Christ alone a. Not by works cf. Eph 2:9 b. Not by birth cf. John 1:13 c. Not by baptism or any other religious rite cf. 1 Pet 3:21 d. Not by intellectual agreement with facts cf. Jas 2:19 e. Not by spectacular supernatural experiences cf. Matt 7:21-23 f. Not by praying a prayer or signing a card or walking an isle 2. How to hope in Christ alone a. Trust in Jesus Christ alone (plus or minus nothing) as a living person to escape the wrath of God in judgment cf. Acts 16:31. b. We trust by entrusting ourselves to Christ—we give all that we are for all that he is cf. Matt 11:28-30. 3. Consider the Cost: Because becoming a Christian involves surrendering the entirety of our lives to the care of Jesus Christ, not willingly holding back a single corner of it for our own private use, Jesus tells you to consider the cost cf. Luke 10:26-33.
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Conclusion A. Do Not Delay 1. To the self-deluded: Do not be deceived into thinking that your works, or church attendance, or baptism, or intellectual assent to the facts of the gospel, or your warm spiritual experience is sufficient to save you from the wrath of God to come—trust in Christ today. 2. To the self-aware unbeliever: Do not continue to harden your heart to the message of the gospel. In fact, if you are planning to continue to resist, you would be better off never to come back to Redeemer, for every week you sit under the light of the gospel you heap judgment upon yourself—with every successive Lord’s Day, your future punishment becomes more severe. 3. To the self-doubter: Come talk to me or Pastor Don or Pastor Doug, let us help you discern the source of your insecurity, that we might at least eliminate the option of the absence of the new birth. 4. To the child of Christian parents: Do not be so foolish to think that you will live longer than today. Plenty of children die every year—and too many are unprepared to meet the Lord. And remember that the patterns you establish now (putting off your Christianity) will follow you as you grow up; in fact, they tend to get worse. 5. To the first-timer: This may be your first time ever hearing the good news that you can be spared from the wrath of God to come. Take action on what you heard—trust in Jesus today. 6. All of you: Do not delay. B. Response Cards: I want to encourage you to take action.

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Selected Scriptures: Fearing for the Unconverted

© 2005 by R W Glenn