So far in our Teaching Notes series we’ve looked at these topics:

We move next to The Need For Salvation.

[These notes are from 40 years ago when I spoke to a group of pastors. The notes are in outline form.]

Genesis 1 and 2 teach us that man was:

  • made in the image and likeness of God (1:31; 2:25)
  • without guilt or shame (1:31; 2:25)

The first human being had a perfect relationship with God.

The Lord gave man one command:

  • he was not to eat the fruit of one certain tree in the garden
  • if he did, man would die.

Man did eat of the fruit of that tree and was overcome with shame and guilt (Genesis 3:1-13)

At that moment he experienced spiritual death (separation from God) and would also experience emotional, mental and social death.

At the age of 930, Adam died physically.

God was not caught unaware when man disobeyed.

God revealed His eternal plan for saving man from everlasting separation from God.

The Lord would send a Man (Seed of the woman) who would provide the promised redemption (Genesis 3:15).

I believe that Jesus Christ is that Man – who would “save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:18-23).

Jesus came to give His life for mankind. His disciples spoke of Him as being our “Savior” (Titus 3:6; 2 Peter 2:20; 1 John 4:14)

The Apostle Paul taught this about the need for salvation:

  • all people are sinners and separated from God (Romans 3:23)
  • people who believe in Jesus Christ receive a position of justification before God through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24)
  • Jesus Christ was the propitiation (payment) for our sins (Romans 3:25)

The source of our salvation is found in:

  • God’s grace (Ephesians 2:5, 8)
  • God’s love (Romans 5:8)
  • God’s mercy (Titus 3:5)
  • Christ alone (Acts 4:12)
  • The Cross of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:18)

The Bible teaches plainly that:

  • salvation comes through faith alone
  • salvation is not something we earn or deserve
  • salvation is a free gift that God gives to us because of His kindness toward us

The Apostle Paul told a man long ago that salvation becomes ours as we place our full and complete trust in Jesus Christ the Lord (Acts 16:31).

We receive the gift of eternal life (salvation) through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).

[Thank you for reading these teaching notes from 40 years ago. My prayer is they will be a blessing to you and your ministry.]



3 thoughts on “Teaching Notes: On The Need For Personal Salvation

  1. Mark, I would love to have all you teaching notes on Romans. I attend a small church, the weekly Bible study is in Romans at this time. Your notes go into a much more in depth study then what the pastor is doing. I feel he is skipping over some very important lessons within Romans. Your study notes will help me to get much more then I feel I am with the study at church. Would like to have access to any/all studies you have on Romans.
    Blessings in His Holy Name

    1. Hi, Nancy. So nice to hear from you and glad to know you are finding the Romans studies helpful. I am publishing the studies as soon as I write them, so the 44 parts are all I’ve written so far. You can find all of them by searching for Romans in the search box at the bottom of the home page. I’ve taught Romans many times during the past 45 years, but this is the first time I’ve written it in commentary form.

      I’m also publishing the studies as Ebooks for study groups and churches that might want to use them. We have two Ebooks so far:

      Thank you again for your kind words. I plan to publish one or two Romans studies each month. Appreciate your prayers.

      In Christ’s Love and Grace,

      Mark McGee

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