04. What is the Plan of Salvation notes (Letter Sized)
What is the Plan of Salvation?Take a hold of the gospel, so Jesus can take a hold of you!Keeping the big picture in mind is important as we look at the gospel. Because it reminds us whatis truly important in life and shows how the gospel influences every part of the big picture. The Big Picture Mission Goal Purpose Jesus Bringing glory to Jesus and the Father Expanding the Kingdom of God Gospel Church Mission Making disciples of all nationsLast time – What isn’t the Gospel? Jesus + Anything = Nothing Everything - Jesus = Nothing Jesus + Nothing = EverythingImportant to Remember! Spirit + TruthWe can present the plan of salvation clearly yet without the Holy Spirit nothing will happen. Thisis why prayer is so important.1 Thessalonians 1:5because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spiritand deep conviction…John 16:7-8But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do goaway, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and ofGod’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.What is the Plan of Salvation?The Gospel vs. The Plan of SalvationWhile the gospel and the plan of salvation are connected and overlap they are not the sameexact thing. The plan of salvation is what we do in order to receive the benefits of the gospel forourselves.Salvation = Rescue (being rescued from our sin and restored to God through all Jesus did)We are lost in an ocean of sin. We need to be rescued from our sin.God’s PlanBefore God created the universe He already had a rescue plan ready to deal with sin.Revelation 13:8…the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.
1 Peter 1:19-20but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before thecreation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.Understanding the Plan - Why What How 1. We have a problem. 2. There is only one solution. 3. We need to acquire the solution.Three Questions - Focus on Jesus – To Share the Plan of Salvation 1. Why do we need Jesus? (Gives us a context for understanding the gospel) 2. What did Jesus do for us? (This is the gospel as it tells us what Jesus did) 3. How do we receive salvation through Jesus? (This is how we are rescued)Plan of Salvation Outline1. Why We Need Jesus • Sin • Spiritual death • Physical death • Judgment • Hell • Wrath of God • Eternal death2. What Jesus Did For Us • Created the universe and everything in it • Born of a virgin and became a man • Lived a sinless life • Went to the cross • Had all of our sin placed upon Him • Separated from the Father • Suffered our punishment, experiencing the full wrath of the Father for our sins • Died on the cross • Placed in a tomb • Rose from the dead • Ascended to the right hand of the Father • Waiting to return and restore the Kingdom of God over all creation3. How do we receive salvation through Jesus? • Repentance • FaithPLAN OF SALVATION DETAILSWhy Do We Need Jesus? – We have a problem! SINPsalm 51:4Against You, and You alone have I sinned…Romans 3:23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God 2
1 John 3:4Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God.Sin is denying God His rightful place in your heart and life and seeking to be your own god bymaking something else more important to your significance, purpose, and happiness than God.SPIRITUAL DEATH – separated from God, He is the only source of life.Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.Ephesians 4:18They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of theignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.Colossians 1:21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evilbehavior.PHYSICAL DEATHHebrews 9:27Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,JUDGEMENT, HELL, WRATH OF GODRevelation 20:11-15 – Judgment – Hell – Lake of Fire11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and theheaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small andgreat, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which isthe Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which werewritten in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hadesdelivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to hisworks. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.Luke 12:5 - HellBut I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you intohell. Yes, he’s the one to fear.John 3:36 – Wrath of God (divine judgment and punishment)He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall notsee life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”ETERNAL DEATH2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 – Eternal death (eternally separated from God)7…This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with hispowerful angels. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of ourLord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presenceof the Lord and from the majesty of his powerWhat Did Jesus Do for Us? Provided the only solution to our problem. 3
John 1:1-3 – Created the universe1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He waswith God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was madethat has been made.Colossians 1:15-17 – Created the universe15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all thingswere created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers orrulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and inhim all things hold together.Matthew 1:23 – Born of a Virgin“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means“God with us”).John 1:14 – Became a manThe Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory ofthe One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.Colossians 2:9 – Became a manFor in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily formHebrews 4:15 – Without SinFor we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in allpoints tempted as we are, yet without sin.John 1:29 – Lamb of GodThe next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God whotakes away the sin of the world!Mark 15:24-25 – Went to the CrossAnd they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. It wasthe third hour when they crucified him.2 Corinthians 5:21 – Took Our SinsFor He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness ofGod in Him.Matthew 27:45-46 – Was Separate from the Father45 At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 46 At about three o’clock,Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God,why have you abandoned me?”Isaiah 53:4-5 – Took Our PunishmentSurely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smittenby God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for ouriniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.1 John 2:2 – Satisfying God’s wrath – propitiation (turning away of wrath by an offering)And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.Romans 5:9 – Saved Us from WrathMuch more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath throughHim. 4
John 19:30 – Finished His WorkSo when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, Hegave up His spirit.Philippians 2:8 – He Died in Our Place… And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to thepoint of death, even the death of the cross.John 19:40-42 – He was Placed in a Tomb40 Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus’ body with the spices in long sheets oflinen cloth. 41 The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, neverused before. 42 And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and sincethe tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.Mark 16:4-6 – He Rose from the Dead (Resurrection)4 But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had alreadybeen rolled aside. 5 When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robesitting on the right side. The women were shocked, 6 but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. Youare looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!Look, this is where they laid his body.Acts 1:9 – Ascended to heavenNow when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloudreceived Him out of their sight.Acts 2:33 – Seated at the right hand of the FatherNow he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father,as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and heartoday.Ephesians 1:20-22 – Seated at the right hand and will rule in the age to come…which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right handin the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title thatcan be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all thingsunder his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – The return of Jesus16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice ofthe archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise fromtheir graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will becaught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.Philippians 2:9-11 – Jesus is made Lord of all9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above allother names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth andunder the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God theFather.How Do We Receive Salvation through Jesus? By repentance and faith.Acts 20:20-21 – Repentance and faith… how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly andfrom house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faithtoward our Lord Jesus Christ. 5
Acts 3:19 – Repentance (to turn in our hearts from sin back to God)Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshingmay come from the presence of the Lord,Philippians 3:9 – Faith (to place one’s trust and confidence in Jesus and all He did)and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but thatwhich is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.Reflection Questions Can you retell the basic outline of the plan of salvation? What are your thoughts and observations about the plan of Salvation as it was presented?Grow Deep – Let the gospel go deep into your heart and out into your life. 1. What you do with the gospel and Jesus determines everything in your life including your eternal destiny. 2. Resolve to make the gospel the highest priority in your life and ask Jesus to empower you to do so day by day through the Holy Spirit. 3. Take the time to study, meditate and pray over the gospel on a regular basis so that you are continually growing in your understanding of it. 4. As you grow in your knowledge and understanding of the gospel, take a hold of it by faith and learn how to live it out.Last WordTake a hold of the gospel, so Jesus can take a hold of you.In Closing – Romans 16:25-27Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaimabout Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, butnow revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternalGod, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith—to the only wiseGod be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.Review Questions 1. Why is prayer so important? 2. What is the difference between the gospel and the plan of salvation? 3. What are the why, what and how of the plan of salvation? 4. What are the three questions that focus on Jesus in the plan of salvation? 5. What is the basic outline of the plan of salvation? 6. What words in the outline should we know and understand so we can explain them? 7. What Bible verses stood out to you the most and why?To Learn More 1. Memorize the basic outline of the plan of salvation. 2. Write out your own answers to the three questions that focus on Jesus. 3. Read the Bible verses for each of the three questions until you are familiar with them and memorize those verses you think are most important. 4. Be able to explain the following: sin, spiritual death, hell, wrath, repentance, and faith. 5. Practice sharing the plan of salvation with family and friends then go out and share it as you live your life. 6. Review these notes regularly and write down what God is teaching you. 7. Discuss items 1-6 with someone or in a small group. 6