God's Gift To Us Is Salvation

by Josh Hollingsworth
(Bryant, Arkansas)

Acts 5:30-32


INTRODUCTION: Many people’s favorite holiday is Christmas because of receiving gifts. A gift is something that is given as a present. A gift is free and nothing has to be given in return. A present is a gift when someone receives it and takes the gift.

The Bible talks about gifts in Acts 5:30-32 and tells us about one in particular. The gift that the Bible talks about here is salvation. This free gift of salvation comes from God. Salvation comes from believing in Christ’s dead, burial and resurrection, our repentance and receiving of the Holy Spirit.

This was Peter and the Apostles response to the Sadducees about Jesus resurrection. The Holy Spirit enabled them and gave them boldness to preach and perform miracles.

THEME: WHAT DO WE HAVE TO BELIEVE TO BE SAVED?

I. WE HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT CHRIST DIED AND THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD. vs. 30


  1. Christ’s Death Was For All People. Luke 23:32-33
    1. We played a role in his death. Luke 23:34
    2. His death was a beginning not an end. Luke 23:38
    3. His death brings us into God’s presence. Matthew 27:51


  2. What’s The Significance Of Christ’s Resurrection? vs. 31
    1. Jesus is able to save us completely. Hebrews 7:25
    2. He is a mediator between God and man Romans. 1:8


T.S. WHAT DO WE HAVE TO BELIEVE TO BE SAVED?

I. WE HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT CHRIST DIED AND THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD. vs. 30

II. WE HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT WITH OUR REPENTANCE GOD WILL FROGIVE OUR SINS. vs. 31

  1. True Repentance Is Revealed By Changed Actions Exodus. 9:27-34
    1. Repentance may require a broken heart. Exodus 6:8-10
    2. No one is too evil to repent. I Kings 21:29
    3. Repentance must be more than admitting guilt but changing also. Numbers 14:40-44
    4. Repentance must precede forgiveness. I Corinthians 21:8


  2. No Sin Is To Great For God To Forgive. II Corinthians 33:12-13
    1. Forgiveness will not always cancel sin’s consequences. James 10:1-9
    2. Forgiveness does not eliminate sin’s consequences. II Samuel 12:14


  3. God Will Not Forgive Those Who Do Not Forgive Others. Matthew 6:14-15
    1. Forgiveness involves changes in attitudes and actions. Romans 12:19-21
    2. We should forgive our enemies. Romans 12:19-21
    3. Jesus forgave his murders. Luke 23:34


T.S. WHAT DO WE HAVE TO BELIEVE TO BE SAVED?

I. WE HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT CHRIST DIED AND THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD. vs. 30
II. WE HAVE TO BEILEVE THAT WITH OUR REPENTANCE GOD WILL FORGIVE OUR SINS vs. 31

III. WE HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GIVEN TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN CHRIST. vs. 32

  1. The Holy Spirit Is Promised By Jesus. John 7:37
    1. The Holy Spirit is available to everyone. Acts 2:16-21
    2. Nothing can take the Holy Spirit from us. Matthew 10:29-31


  2. The Holy Spirit urges us toward Salvation. John 6:44
    1. Sin against the Holy Spirit is unforgettable. Luke 12:10
    2. The Holy Spirit is the living water. John 7:38
    3. The Holy Spirit is our assurance of eternal life. Ephesians 1:13-14


CONCLUSION: What do we have to believe to be saved? We have to believe that Christ died and that God raised Him from the dead. We have to believe that with our repentance God will forgive our sins. We have to believe that the Holy Spirit is given to those who believe in Christ.

We have to believe that Christ died and that God raided Him from the dead. Have you accepted Christ as your Saviour? Do you believe that Christ died for your sins and that He rose again on the third day for you? Will you believe today?

We have to believe that with our repentance God will forgive our sins. Do you believe that God will forgive all your sins? Well He will if you will ask Him to. If you are lost today will you ask God to forgive you of all your sins, to wipe your slate clean so you can start your life over and live it for Christ.

We have to believe that the Holy Spirit is given to those who believe in Christ. If you asked God to be your Lord and Saviour today then you have received the Holy Spirit today. He has come to live inside of you, to give you strength and power. Will you come today to receive the Lord as your personal Saviour?

God’s Gift To Us Is Salvation
Acts 5:30-32

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