Faith, Salvation, Sanctification, Sunday School

How Can I Be Certain I’m Saved? ~ Sunday School Lesson ~ 10-27-13

sunday schoolThese are my notes from my ladies’ Sunday School class this morning. I’ll be posting the notes from my class here each week. Click here for last week’s lesson.

How Can I Be Certain I’m Saved?

The Character of Genuine

2 Corinthians 13:5: Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

**Scripture is the measuring stick we use for examining ourselves. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 19:7-8)
**Direction, not perfection.


A. Visible Morality: Matt. 19:16–21; 23:27.
*Rom. 3:10
B. Intellectual Knowledge:
**Notre Dame professor on O’Reilly
Rom. 1:21; 2:17ff.
C. Religious Involvement: Matt. 25:1–10
D. Active Ministry:
**Justin Peters Lecture 1
**Justin Peters Lecture 2
Matt. 7:21–24
E. Conviction of Sin: Acts 24:25
F. Assurance: Matt. 23
G. Time of Decision: Luke 8:13, 14



**These are not things we strive to do, but what God works in our hearts as He sanctifies us day by day. 

A. Love for God: Ps. 42:1ff; 73:25; Luke 10:27; Rom. 8:7; **1 John 4:19
B. Repentance from Sin: Ps. 32:5; Prov. 28:13; Rom. 7:14ff; 2 Cor. 7:10; 1 John 1:8–10; **Psalm 119:128
C. Genuine Humility: Ps. 51:17; Matt. 5:1–12; James 4:6, 9ff.
D. Devotion to God’s Glory: Ps. 105:3; 115:1; Is. 43:7, 48:10ff.; Jer. 9:23, 24; 1 Cor. 10:31.
E. Continual Prayer: Luke 18:1; Eph. 6:18ff.; Phil. 4:6ff.; 1 Tim. 2:1–4; James 5:16–18
F. Selfless Love: 1 John 2:9ff, 3:14; 4:7ff.
G. Separation from the World: 1 Cor. 2:12; James 4:4ff.; 1 John 2:15–17, 5:5
H. Spiritual Growth: Luke 8:15; John 15:1–6; Eph. 4:12–16
I. Obedient Living:

J. Hunger for God’s Word

K. Transformation of Life

Matt. 7:21; John 15:14ff.; Rom. 16:26;

1 Pet. 1:2, 22; 1 John 2:3–5

1 Peter 2:1-3; 2 Cor. 5:17


If List I is true of a person and List II is false, there is cause to question the validity of one’s profession of faith. Yet if List II is true, then the top list will be also.


A. Proclaim it:               Matt. 4:23

B. Defend it:                  Jude 3

C. Demonstrate it:          Phil. 1:27

D. Share it:                    Phil. 1:5

E. Suffer for it:               2 Tim. 1:8

F. Don’t hinder it:           1 Cor. 9:12

G. Be not ashamed:       Rom. 1:16

H. Preach it:                  1 Cor. 9:16

I. Be empowered:           1 Thess. 1:5

J. Guard it:                    Gal. 1:6:-8

*This document was written by Dr. John MacArthur and is part of the MacArthur Study Bible notes. It can be found on line here.

**Supplementary information I have added to Dr. MacArthur’s original document.

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