OUR NEED FOR SALVATION

 

PURPOSE

 

In this study, we will discover why we are in need of salvation. 

 

OPENER

 

Why do some people fail to realize their need for salvation?  

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LESSON

 

WE ARE IN NEED OF SALVATION BECAUSE MANKIND SINNED AND GOT THEMSELVES INTO AN AWFUL MESS.

 

1.      THE SIN OF ADAM AND EVE.

 

After God created man, He put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.  While in the garden, God told Adam that he was free to eat from any tree, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  How did Adam and Eve respond to God's command (Genesis 3:5-6)?

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What is sin?

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Why are we attracted to do what God has forbidden us to do?

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2.      WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN?  HOW CAN SIN AFFECT OUR LIVES?

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a.       SIN RESULTS IN ALIENATION FROM GOD.

   

Sometime after Adam committed sin, God banished him from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23).  Why do you think God did this?

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In what ways do we suffer when God is alienated from our lives?

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b.      SIN RESULTS IN PERSONAL CALAMITIES.

   

Do you believe that God disciplines or punishes us because of our sins?

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Why does God discipline us (Hebrews 12:5-11)?

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Describe a time when you felt that God's discipline prompted you to make changes in your life.

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c.       SIN RESULTS IN ETERNAL DAMNATION.

   

If we die physically without having our sins taken care of or atoned for, the Bible teaches that we will die spiritually (Romans 6:23).  This means that we will spend eternity in a place called hell.  Hell is a place where unsaved sinners will live out their eternal existence.  How does the Bible describe Hell?

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(1)     Hell is described as a place of fire (Matthew 25:41).

 

What does "fire" signify in the Bible?

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(2)     Hell is described as a place of darkness, and weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:10-12; 25:28-30).

 

What does "darkness" signify in the Bible?

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What does "weeping" and "gnashing of teeth" mean?

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(3)     Hell is described as eternal (Matthew 25:46).

 

How do you describe "eternity"?

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§         How do you describe eternity? I don't really know. It's longer than a lifetime. It's longer than a millennium. It's longer than the entire history of man. It is forever! 

§         If the punishment in hades or hell lasted only a week, perhaps one could endure it without crying out for mercy. If it went on for a year, at least he could dream of the time when it would be over. But to imagine a punishment that never ends, that is a desperate situation.

 

After studying the descriptions of hell, do you believe that God would send someone to hell? 

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CONCLUSION:

 

1.      In this study, we have seen that mankind sinned and got themselves into an awful mess.

 

2.      Sin results in (a) alienation from God, (b) personal calamities, and (c) eternal damnation.

 

3.      Thus, we have seen that we have a sin problem.  If we do not get our sins taken care of, then we will suffer immensely.

 

4.      However, there is some good news.  In the next lesson, we will observe that God sent His Son to rescue us from our sins. 

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