Biblical Salvation

II Corinthians 13:1-10

There are many in the local Church who have experienced a non-saving faith.  They have made a profession of faith but it was empty and void of the presence and power of the Holy Ghost.  There is more to salvation than empty words of confession for the purpose of easing the conscience.  Paul admonishes us to, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith.”  Since the Word of God is our rule of faith and practice we must look to it for how.  In the parable of the sower is the answer to non-saving faith and Biblical salvation. 

1.  The parable of the Sower – Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23

A.  There are four groups of people to whom the sower went forth.

B.  The sower would be the preacher, the witness, the Lord.

C.  The seed is the Word of God.  Mark 4:14

D.  The four groups are:

1)  The Wayside Group

2)  The Stony Group

3)  The Thorny Group

4)  The Good Group

E.  We are to hear the parable of the sower.  Matt. 13:9; Mark 4:9

2.  The explanation of the parable – Mark 4:13-20

A.  Wayside: Mk. 4:15; They hear but do not understand, make no

      profession, forget.

B.  Stony: Mk. 4:16; They hear, they receive, but fall away when

      tried and afflicted.  The Word was not received into the heart.

C.  Thorny:  Mk. 4:18; They hear and receive but the lust of the

      world robs them.

D.  Good: Mk. 4:20; These hear, receive the Word into their hearts

      and become real Christians, yield themselves to God for His


3.  The examination – Which of these four groups do you fall into?

A. “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith.” II Cor. 13:5

4.  The reason – Your eternity depends on it

A. Rev. 20:11-15; No place found for them, Matt. 25:41

B. Rev. 21:1-27; 22:1-21

C. There is a Heaven to gain and Hell to shun.

D.  Where will you spend eternity?