Sunday Evening Service
Paul acknowledged that the nation of Israel was zealously religious, but he desired that they would be saved. This is true for many people today, as well. Jesus took people where they were and showed them the way they should go. God’s plan for you includes details such as where you are to be. God has used this church in amazing ways; He’s done for us what we never could have done for ourselves.
Romans 10:10 is a commonly-used verse when presenting the Gospel. The phrase “confession is made unto salvation” means that once we are saved, we are vocal about it.
Conviction: proving someone to be guilty, or compelling someone to admit their guiltiness of a charge. Salvation is instantaneous, but it is not “easy-prayerism”; just because someone knows the plan of salvation doesn’t mean they’ve accepted it. The Holy Spirit will never convict you to do something contrary to the Word of God. He also seldom convicts you over things clearly commanded in the Word, such as tithing.
Conversion: a turning or change from one state to another. Lordship salvation is a false doctrine, but too often conversion is downplayed. Conversion at the time of salvation is to turn toward Christ while in one’s sins. Conversion after salvation is a process. We need to have conversion as Christians, yielding our lives to Christ, and repenting from sin. We need to exercise our faith, taking steps as He brings them.
Confession: the acknowledgment of a charge. After we are saved, we confess it with our mouth to others. Jesus asks: if we don’t share His salvation with others, why should He share our salvation with God? When we are saved, God purchases our lives with His blood; if we refuse to tell the Gospel, we deny Him what is rightfully His. However, when we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us.