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March 13, 2020

The 4 Onlys - Freedom Friday

Today on Karl and Crew Mornings, we further discussed and unpacked the "4 Onlys" to help listeners fully understand the Gospel and know true salvation.  We also offered a resource as well (see below).  The "4" include:  the only way to salvation is Jesus; the only means of salvation is grace; the only small act we make is faith; and the only means to grown in faith is humble dependence.  In addition, we talked and prayed through the recent Covid-19 concerns.  Take a listen to the Karl and Crew Showcast to hear some of the best moments from today.

The Only Way Of Salvation Is Jesus.

When I travel across town, there are usually several paths to take. Many believe there are multiple paths to heaven. The hope is that many roads lead to heaven. But the savior of the world, Jesus, who set in motion 2000 years ago a global transformation of souls says there is one path, one way and it is through him.

John 14:6 "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

The only way of salvation is Jesus. Believing in his death and resurrection ushers you into life for eternity, and overflowing life today.

The Only Means Of Salvation Is Grace.

Many people are on a treadmill of good deeds. Some believe that the good in their life will, in the end, outweigh the bad. The hope is that we will somehow do enough good things to receive an entry into an eternal home with a God we don't even know. Scripture is clear; we are saved by favor from God that we can't possibly earn.

Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."

The only means of salvation is grace. The life you desire will never be discovered in self-effort; it was paid for by the blood Jesus spilled when he was crucified for your sins.

The Only Small Act We Make Is Faith.

When we are little children, we placed our hand in the grip of someone we trusted would get us to the other side of the road. This is why Jesus asked his disciples to demonstrate childlike faith. The gospel is clear that when we set our life in God's hand, we demonstrate faith that saves. And even that small act of trust is only because God called us to his side.

Hebrews 11:8 "By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going."

The only small act we make is faith. Put your life in God's hand today and set off into a radical new adventure today.

The Only Way To Grow Is Humble Dependence.

Self-will can't save our lives, and self-will can never grow our lives. The way up is down. In humility, we are postured to receive life, and God blesses the humble. The gospel proves that the pressure to prove yourself is over. There is a door for the future swinging open for anyone who recognizes we are spiritually poor apart from Christ.

Matthew 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

You have given God your pride to receive salvation. Now stay low and allow Jesus to bless you with a life you could never make for yourself.

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