A week ago, I heard a voice saying, “John 3:16. You need to preach from John 3:16.” My first thought was that the Holy Spirit was speaking through His still small voice. Then I realized it was really Joy Harrod sitting next to me in Sunday School class. Then, later in the week, it dawned on me that God sometimes uses such events to guide a preacher to the passage he wants preached!
In this passage detailing the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus, the Lord says, very plainly, that He came into the world to provide salvation for sinners. The matter of salvation is of vital importance to every person under the sound of my voice this morning. You see, what you do about your salvation will determine where you spend your eternity.
Before we move deeper into this message, I want to offer up a definition. Too often, we Christians forget that we are like a little subculture. What I mean is that we have our own dialect and sometimes the things we say are confusing to those who don't know our lingo. One word that I want to define this morning is the word Jesus used in verse 17. Jesus tells us that He did not come into the world to “condemn” the world, but that the world, through Him, might be “saved.” It is that word saved that I want to consider for a moment.
As Baptists, we throw that word around in our sermons and in our testimonies, but those who are not saved may not understand what we mean when we use the word. So, to clear up any confusion, I want to tell you what that word means. The word "saved" comes from the Greek word sōzō, and literally means, "to save, to keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction.”
If this word has that meaning, then why do we use it in regard to the soul? Because, man in his natural state, is a sinner: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23, NIV). When we come into this world, we arrive here already under a death sentence: “For the wages of sin is death, ... ” (Romans 6:23, NIV) Unless a person is "saved" then they will die in their sins and they will spend eternity in Hell, forever separated from the presence and power of Almighty God. Now, no right thinking person wants that to happen to them! This is the danger that God wants to rescue sinners from. Therefore, we must know how we can be saved. That is something I will explain as this message unfolds.
The question of the hour is "Can God Really Save Your Soul?" That is, if you do what the Bible says and receive His plan of salvation, can God really save you and keep you out of Hell? That is the question I would like to answer this morning. I say, "Yes He can!" Allow me to give you three reasons why.
Conc: Maybe there is someone here this morning and you have been plagued with doubts about salvation. Maybe there are those who know that they are not saved. But, today, the Holy Spirit has spoken to your heart and you are ready to come to the Lord. God is calling and you know what you need. You may be asking. "Can God really save my soul?" I invite you to find out for yourselves that God can! You know your heart and al I ask you to do today is to listen to the call of the Spirit of God in your soul. If you need something from the Lord this morning, I challenge you to come get it right now. Will you obey the Lord today?