Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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Presenting the Plan of Salvation
Rom. 3:23, 6:23. 10:9-10

Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, NKJV

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. NKJV

Rom 5:8-11 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Rom 10:9-10 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. NKJV

Introduction
I read a few years ago that the pastor of a very evangelistic church twice a year preached a sermon related to sharing the plan of salvation one on one.  Today I am going to present a message on how to present the plan of salvation.
 
 

1.    Present the Fact of Sin. Rom 3:23
    "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," NKJV

This is the way I like to ask people a question about sin; I ask "do you have a problem admitting you have sinned in your life time?" I must have asked that question thousands of times, and I think I have only had two people fail to admit their personal sin. Most people smile and say oh no I know I have sinned.

The problem I see is that many say "yes I have sinned but I have also done some good things, so God will not penalize me for my sin." That makes sense to mankind but this thought does not come from God or the Bible.

What about you in the congregation today; do you know you have sinned? Do you have any burden about that sin? Do you realize you will not be compared to other people and their sin, but to Jesus and His sinlessness? Do you realize it takes perfection to get your sin forgiven and to enter heaven?

Illustration
Recently I preached a sermon, and gave everyone a page with ten text boxes on it. In each text box I had one of the ten commandments. Each person was asked to put an "X" mark in each commandment they had broken in thought or deed.

I know one person here went away under deep conviction of sin. This person has tried to justify them self by saying I am a pretty good person. But even if you only sin once a week that is 52 a year, and 520 in a 10 year span. How will that sin debt be erased and forgiven?

Application

Sin is universal. All have sinned, that sin causes us to fall short of the glory of God.

We move from Presenting the Fact of Sin to helping a person understand the penalty of sin.
 
 

2.    Present the Fact of Sins Penalty. Rom 6:23a
    "For the wages of sin is death,. . ."

Our sin will cause us to go to hell. The Bible says "the wages of sin is death,. . ." This death is spiritual death that brings about physical death. A penalty must be paid for sin. Your sin and my sin must be punished. Let me sight some additional verses.

1 Cor 6:9 a Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? NKJV

James 1:15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. NKJV

Rev 21:8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." NKJV

Illustration
Every parent has had a similar experience to this experience I am about to share. I gave a spanking to both of my daughters for disobeying a rule we had about going across the street without looking. One daughter went across a country road and my younger daughter went across a busy city street in Fort Worth Texas where we lived while in Seminary.

While we were sitting at the supper table Christ told Tami to tell me what she did that day, and Tami eventually said I went across the street without looking. I asked her if she remembered the punishment for not obeying the rule, and she said "Yes Sir." I then told her to eat her supper and we would take care of the matter a little later. Later I said Tami lets go into the other room where I can give you your spanking. She took my hand and we started going into the other room she began to cry, Christa began to cry, Teri began to cry and tears were in my eyes, but disobedience had to be punished. I asked Tami if she understood why I was going to spank her and she told my why.

I spanked Tami, and then hugged her telling her I never wanted to spank her again, but if she disobeyed I would have to spank her again, and I asked if she understood. She said "Yes Sir."

Why do I tell that experience? Because it illustrates disobedience must be punished. Your sin is disobedience, my sin is disobedience. A penalty must be paid.

We Must Present the Fact of Sins Penalty. And next:
 
 

3.    Present the Fact Jesus took the Penalty. Rom 6:23 and 5:8-11
    ". . .but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. NKJV

Rom 5:8-11 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. NKJV

Do you see the underlined portions of the text? Each one of those statements tell us Jesus paid the penalty for our sin. The gift of God through Jesus is gift of eternal life through Christ's death. His death makes possible the forgiveness of sin. Do you think you can do something equal to Christ's death to bring the forgiveness of your sin? Your answer ought to be of course I can not equal what Christ has done.

Illustration
In the McGuffey Reader (the textbook of early America) tells the story is told of a class room that developed rules for behaviour. One rule was no stealing, and the punishment would be a lashing with a stick. One day a boys lunch got taken. Finally it was discovered a small bite had taken a big boys lunch.

The punishment was to be inflicted, and the little boy took off his shirt to take the beating on his back. When his back was seen everyone gasped as the boys bones shown the skin and he obviously was under fed. But the rules had to be enforced.

But the boy whose lunch was stolen said we have a rule that a punishment must be given but it did not say who must take the whipping and he wanted to take the whipping for the boy who stole his lunch. The class agreed and so the teacher allowed the larger boy to take the punishment.

The boy who deserved the punishment forever expressed his gratitude to the bigger boy.

Application

Jesus agreed to take our punishment. Our sin can be forgive and
and the penalty we owe be paid through the sacrifice of Christ.

Do you understand Christ alone can forgive your sin.

        Present the Fact Jesus took the Penalty. And next
 
 

4.    Present the Fact They Must Accept Jesus Pardon. Rom 10:9-10
    9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. NKJV

At this point ask if what you have been sharing makes sense. Usually a person will say "Yes it makes sense." I remember one occasion where I was trying to train two men in personal witnessing, and we were visiting in the home of a husband of one of the fine ladies in the church. I asked the man "does what we shared made sense yo you, and he said, "Yes, it makes more sense than I have ever heard it before. I thought great these men will see someone make their commitment to Christ on their first visit of this kind.

Well make sure the person understands what you have shared to this point. If they do not understand then proceed to review what is not understood. If they understand then proceed to the time of commitment.

The verses Romans 10:9-10 present the next step. Something must be confessed. What? Several will look at that verse, and say, "I must confess my sin." But the verse does not say that.  It says you must confess "Jesus is Lord."

That means you understand your need for salvation and you are willing to receive the forgiveness Jesus gives. Your are willing to acknowledge Jesus as Lord of your life. That means you will turn the steering wheel over to Jesus and let Him direct your life.

You know for me it makes all the sense in the world to turn my life over to my maker. I believe the maker of all; knows more about life than I do and He can guide me better than I could guide myself. In addition I get my sins forgiven. I receive eternal life, and I no longer have to have any concern about Hell. I receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in my spirit and He will guide me and empower me to live like Jesus wants me to live. What a blessing.

When a persons acknowledges Jesus as Lord they become a brand new person on the inside, and it affects the outside. It is like stepping out of darkness into the light. You step into life that is IN CHRIST, and the Bible says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." NKJV

Today if you have never made this decision are you willing to step out of lostness into the life Jesus gives?

Illustration
Forty years ago a Philadelphia congregation watched as three 9-year-old boys were baptized and joined the church. Not long after, unable to continue with its dwindling membership, the church sold the building and disbanded.

One of those boys was Dr. Tony Campolo, author and Christian sociologist at Eastern College, Pennsylvania. Dr. Tony Campolo.

Years later when he was doing research in the archives of our denominations, He decided to look up the church report for the year of my baptism. There was my name, and Dick White's. He's now a missionary. Bert Newman, now a professor of theology at an African seminary, was also there.

Then I read the church report for 'my' year: "It has not been a good year for our church. We have lost 27 members. Three joined, and they were only children." Citation: Marlene LeFever, author

Illustration
I heard of such a miracle recently. The American Red Cross was gathering supplies, medicine, clothing, food and the like for the suffering people of Biafra. Inside one of the boxes that showed up at the collecting depot one day was a letter. It said, "We have recently been converted and because of our conversion we want to try to help. We won't ever need these again. Can you use them for something?" Inside the box were several Ku Klux Klan sheets. The sheets were cut down to strips and eventually used to bandage the wounds of black persons in Africa. It could hardly be more dramatic -- from symbols of hatred to bandages of love because of the new creation. Nothing else matters, says Paul. -- Maxie Dunnam, Commentary on Galatians -- James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) p. 51.

We Have Presented the: Fact of

    Sin. "All have sinned"

        Sins Penalty.
            Rom 6:23 a For the wages of sin is death,. . ."

            Fact Jesus took the Penalty.
                Rom 6:23 ". . .but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our
                Lord.

                All Must Accept Jesus Pardon.
                    Rom 10:9-10 9 that if you confess with your mouth the
                    Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from
                    the dead, you will be saved.