Scriptures: John 10:27-29, 6:37, 1 John 5:11-12, 2:19, Matthew 7:15, 7:23, Hebrews 10:14
Sometimes we doubt God. But, as a believer in Christ, can we ever lose God? Is our relationship with God permanent and forever, or is that relationship conditional? Theologically, Dr. Merritt believes that the Bible clearly teaches that someone who is truly born again and in Christ cannot lose their salvation. In this message, we address the issue of eternal security--how we can know, through God's Word, that we are "once saved, always saved". Explore the genuine "marks of a believer" that assure us the gift of salvation in Christ can never be taken away.
"Look at the word 'eternal.' Do you know what the word 'eternal' means? It means forever. If you have eternal life today, but five years later you lost it then you didn’t have eternal life, but you had five-year life. Jesus doesn’t promise us five year, ten year, one-hundred year or even a million year life. He promises us eternal life." --Dr. Merritt
Keywords: security, eternal, believer, Christ, follower, salvation, redemption, born, again, impossible, relationship, shepherd, sheep, adopted, children, know, guaranteed, life
Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.