O.J. Gibson

Lesson 4 What Is Saving Faith?

Without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6) The Scripture does not say it is difficult to please God without faith. It clearly says it is impossible. Faith is the key word in determining our relationship with God. It is God’s chosen means whereby we obtain forgiveness of sins and enter into eternal life. It is the channel that connects a sinful person with a holy God through the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. Again and again the Bible states we are sav...

Lesson 5 What Are The Obstacles To Saving Faith?

“If I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?” (John 8:46), the Lord Jesus asked. That is a question worth thinking about. Why do people not believe the only completely truthful man who ever lived? Why can they not believe what they are told by a God who cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18)? Consider this verse: “He who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son” (1 John 5:10). Yet multitudes in effect do call God a liar b...

Lesson 6 Sure Of Heaven: Good Or Bad?

If you are assured of going to Heaven and it’s true, that is certainly good. In fact, it’s wonderful! If your assurance is false, misguided or on a wrong basis, it’s a tragic disaster. Not many years ago the overwhelming majority of those professing faith in Christ considered any assurance of going to Heaven to be beyond our knowledge. “Nobody can know that” was the standard statement. Why not? It was assumed there would be a general judgment for all people at the end of time. There...

Lesson 7 Backsliders, Carnal Christians And Sinning Saints

Those who live carelessly in their spiritual path on earth often say, “I know I’m a backslider.” They feel they are Christians but admittedly are not living like followers of Jesus. It’s amazing to me how often the word backslider is used by such persons. I would think that some other Christian teachings of major importance or warning would occupy their minds. Backslider is an overused word with minimal Biblical foundation. In fact, the word isn’t used at all in the New Testame...

Lesson 8 What About Children Being Saved?

The God who wants all people to be saved (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4) certainly wants all children to be saved. The Lord Jesus said, “Permit the children to come to me and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16). How and when do little children enter God’s Kingdom? There has been much division and confusion over this issue. Men and church systems have devised ways of salvation for children, but often they are ways with no sound Biblical basis. Ce...

Lesson 9 What About Those Who Have Never Heard?

The question, “What about those who never heard about Christ and the gospel?,” is reasonable and is by no means easy to answer. Surprisingly, it is most often, but not invariably, asked by the unsaved, those who object to the gospel invitation. It is less frequently asked by people seriously concerned about the condition of the unsaved. I answer their challenge like this. “Would you surrender your life to Christ in faith if I answer this?” Not a single person has said, “yes.” That ...

Closing And Summary

This book is written with the desire, which is also that of God, that as many people as possible be saved. It is directed in particular to those who rely upon a false assurance. We have tried to deal with many difficult questions, on which there has been prolonged debate. Our reference point has been this: “What does the Scripture say?” (Romans 4:3). That was always the reference point for what the Lord Jesus said. He told His listeners to “search the Scriptures” for the way to find e...

Lesson 7 The Disciple's Vision For A Lost World

The Son of Man visited our planet with the stated intent of seeking and saving that which was lost (Luke 19:10). Although limiting His activities primarily to the confines of Judea and Galilee, His mission extended well beyond only the salvation of the “lost sheep of Israel.” He spoke of the Gentile peoples, who knew nothing of a promised Messiah, “having no hope, and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12). Jesus was the Mediator sent by a God who desired “all men to be saved and to c...

Lesson 6 The School Of God In Discipleship

Making disciples means teaching others to observe all the Lord’s commands. Therefore discipleship supposes a learning process. The disciple as a learner first listens, then observes, then practices what he has learned. There is a pondering of the ways of the Master which are often mysterious. There are crisis experiences, testings, times of drawing near, and times of failure. The Lord’s disciples were often astonished at His doctrine (Matt. 13:54; Mark 10:26), at His ways (Mark 5:42; 6:2...

Lesson 5 The Disciple As A Slave Of Christ

“Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?” (Rom. 6:16 NASB). The believer is distinctly called “Christ’s slave” (1 Cor. 7:22). Once we were “slaves to sin” (Rom. 6:6). Now we are enslaved to God. It is a rare unbeliever who sees himself as a slave to sin. It is almost as rare as a believer who sees himself as a slave t...
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