How Good is Good Enough?
Audio
Delivered By
Pastor Richard Dwyer
Delivered On
February 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Central Passage
Ephesians 2:8-9
Subject
Guest Speaker
Description

Pastor Richard provided the following listening guide (with answers provided).  Unfortunately the first part of the message isn't on the recording.  Where the recording starts is noted in the guide below.

How good is good enough?”

(Listening Guide – with answers)

 

The question I want to discuss today is, “How does someone get Saved?”

  • Eph 2: 8 - 9 (NCV)  “I mean that you have been saved by grace through believing. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. It was not the result of your own efforts, so you cannot brag about it.”

The question I’m asking today is: Can our goodness really get us into heaven?”

1. “Most people believe that Good people go to heaven!”

Why do you believe God will allow you into heaven?

Four reasons people believe this:

     a) It appears to be fair!

    b) It allows us to make the cut !

       c) It motivates us to be good !

       d) It’s consistent with the idea of a good God !

Three problems with this view:

a) “There is no clear standard

  • (Rom 3:23 NLT) “For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard.”

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Everyone tries, but no one succeeds!

  • (Rom 3:10 - 12 NCV) “As the Scriptures say: ‘There is no one who always does what is right, not even one… All have turned away. Together, everyone has become useless. There is no one who does anything good; there is not even one.’”
  • (Rom 3: 20 NCV) “… The law only shows us our sin.”

b) “We don’t know when we’re good enough!”

c) “It makes Jesus Christ a liar

 

Jesus taught that BAD people go to heaven and GOOD people don’t!

  • (John 14: 6 NCV) “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.’”

 

2. “The Bible says that forgiven people go to heaven!”

  • (Luke 23: 32 – 33 NCV) “There were also two criminals led out with Jesus to be put to death. When they came to the place called the Skull, the soldiers crucified Jesus and the criminals—one on his right and the other on his left.”

Criminals!

  • (Luke 23: 34 NCV) “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, because they don't know what they are doing…’”
  • (Luke 23: 39 - 41 NCV) “One of the criminals on a cross began to shout insults at Jesus: ‘Aren't you the Christ? Then save yourself and us.’ But the other criminal stopped him and said, ‘You should fear God! You are getting the same punishment he is. We are punished justly…”
  • (Luke 23: 42 NCV) “Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’”
  • (Luke 23:43 NCV) “Jesus said to him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.’”

 

It’s not about DO; It’s all about DONE!

 

  • (Eph 2: 8 - 9 NCV) “I mean that you have been saved by grace through believing. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. It was not the result of your own efforts, so you cannot brag about it.”

Christianity is the fairest system possible in an unjust, unfair world:

a) Everybody is welcome!”

  • (Rom 10: 13 NCV) “… as the Scripture says, ‘Anyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.’”

       b) Everybody gets in the same way !”

  • (John 3: 16 NCV) “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.”

        c) Everybody can meet the requirement !”

  • (John 3: 17 - 18 NCV) “God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him. People who believe in God's Son are not judged guilty…”

 

Becoming a Christian & being baptized is more than just and knowing who Jesus is.

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