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I Am Saved – Now What?

by  Charles F. Stanley

Memory Verse: Philippians 2:5-13

I. Introduction: New believers don’t always receive the sort of discipleship training they need to live as children of God. But there are some fundamental truths all followers of Jesus should know. Understanding and applying these principles is essential to having an effective, fruitful Christian life.

II. Our Savior is the Son of God and Lord of all.

A. Christ is more than a historical figure. He was fully God and became fully human—joining His divine life to a body just like ours (Phil. 2:6-8). There is no name more powerful than Jesus. One day, every person who has ever lived will bow in worship to Him (Phil. 2:9-11).

B. It’s important to realize that our Savior is also our Lord, or “Boss.” He has the right to direct our every action and thought on a moment-by-moment basis.

C. In our culture, the word “boss” often has a negative connotation. But Jesus’ authority and leadership in our lives are always for our benefit. The picture of Him in the New Testament is of a loving Shepherd guiding His sheep (John 10:1-16). Christ gently leads and supports us in love. If we are willing for Him to be our Lord, life will have meaning here on earth and significance in the kingdom of God. But any believer who rejects the Lordship of Christ in his or her life chooses to rebel against Him.

III. Every believer has responsibility to actively live out his salvation.

A. We have a role to play in the new life God promises us. We are to “work out [our] salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12).

B. Once you have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior, He lives within you through the presence of His Holy Spirit. If you listen to God’s voice and surrender to His will, the Spirit will gradually conform you to the image of Christ. You will still be uniquely yourself in personality, but your conduct, conversation, and character will become holy.

C. What does it mean to work out our salvation with “fear and trembling”? First of all, this does not mean we need to be afraid of God or worry about losing our salvation. Instead, it indicates that we must take our faith seriously. We should be committed to faithfully attending church, tithing, praying, and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. We should not be casual about our relationship with God or lazy regarding our commitment to Him.

IV. The Holy Spirit works within every believer to enable holy living.

A. Thankfully, the Father will never command you to do something that He will not enable you to accomplish. Living a Christian life is not up to you alone (Phil. 2:13).

B. His empowering presence leaves us without any legitimate excuses for disobedience. Once we are sure something is the will of God, we can be confident He will equip us to do it.

VI. God’s ultimate goal for my life is Christlikeness.

A. The Father’s plan for your life and mine is to make us like Jesus (Rom. 8:29).

B. Philippians 2:13 says that God works His will within us “for His good pleasure.” We greatly please the Father as we follow Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to live through us.

C. Our Savior guides us for His pleasure–and also for our benefit.

VII. Conclusion:

In His Word, God has given us this awesome promise: He will work within us to accomplish His purposes (Phil. 1:6). If you and I rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, we will always be able to fulfill His plans for us, though the outcome may not be what we initially expected.

I pray that you will allow the Lord to strengthen and equip you. Let Him mold your life into one that pleases Him, because that is life at its very best.

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