Why is it that some hear the gospel and believe, but many hear the gospel and do not believe?
As you listen to this message think about this quote from Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones, “All hearing of the gospel does not lead to faith. You can hear the gospel and still have no faith. The offer made to all is not effective or efficacious to all.”
Everyone likes to hear good news. Romans 10:11-15 is built around three wonderful statements that show the massive extent of the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ:
- Whoever believes in the Lord Jesus Christ will not be disappointed.
- Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
- How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things.
In Acts chapter 16, the desperate Philippian jailer asked the most important question a person could ever ask, “What must I do to be saved?”
The jailer's question raises a series of other questions that need answers: What does a person have to believe to be saved? What is saving faith?
The answers are found in Romans 10:9-10.
The main questions that are answered in Romans chapters 9-10 are: Is Israel really God’s chosen people, and if so, what went wrong? It seems that God is done with them, so why should that matter to us today? Why should we care about an ancient people in Bible times? And why should we care about Israel and the Jews today? Listen to the message to hear the answers to these kinds of questions.
Every false religion and cult seeks to establish their own righteousness and they go about it with their own particular set of rules. But they all have in one thing in common: they try to reach God—or please Him, or be saved, or become righteous—by their own good works and good deeds. It’s all about keeping certain rituals, or doing the right things, or trying to be a better person.
Sadly, like the Christians in the Apostle Paul’s day, many professing Christians can get caught up in this legalistic way to try to obtain righteous. It broke the Apostle Paul’s heart and it should break ours today as well .
At the end of this sermon, Pastor Bill gives some helpful pointers on how to share your faith with those caught up in these kinds of false religious systems.