1.what thE all-important confession is -- what it means.
A.It is not confessing we are already saved -- But UNTO SALVATION.
B.Not saying we have a feeling better felt than told; This could not be proof, because salvation takes place in the Mind of God - Isa 55:7.
C.Not a profession of allegiance to a creed or a denomination.
D.But acknowledging Christ as Divine - Mt 16:16; Jn 11:26-27.
E.This is essential to our fellowship - 1Jn 1:3; 4:15.
2.that confessed is the core and foundation of truth.
A.It is a summary of the whole truth of the Bible.
B.There is evidence for this confession: We are not asked to exercise faith without there being a basis for it - Jn 20:30-31.
3.prominent characteristics of this confession.
A.It is a PUBLIC confession (making faith known) - Lk 12:8.
B.It is a VERBAL confession (openly pledging to others, AND TO SELF, a lifetime allegiance to the King) - TEXT; 2Co 4:13.
1.After hearing and believing, and before baptism - Ac 8:35-39.
a.I (Personal) BELIEVE (Confident) THAT JESUS (He is Savior) CHRIST (Anointed Prophet / Priest / King) IS (Present Reality) THE SON OF GOD (He Is Divine).
b.It is our great honor to say it: Simple, but profound truth.
2.No formal ceremony is specified; And it is understood that some may not physically be able to speak (they can write or nod).
C.It is a UNIVERSAL confession - Phi 2:9-11.
D.It is a SERIOUS commitment; Not be made lightly - Lk 6:46.
MEANING: Negative; Divinity
Hope; Son; Anointed; Submit
BASIC: A Summary of Truth
Consider All The Evidence
FEATURES: Public / Verbal
Universal / Serious (For Life)
SOURCES: Walton Weaver; Robert Welch; Keith Thompson; Dean Bullock; Jim Ward; Elvis Bozarth; Jason Malham; T. W. Brents; W. Wayne Allen; Curtis Camp; Harold Hazelip; Eugene Smith; Three Unknown Authors.
SER10 \CONFESS.391 (C-094)
Submitted by Derrel Shaw
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