Is it possible to know you have a new life through Christ and are headed for heaven? If so, how? God never intends for the assurance of your salvation to be a perpetual guessing game. You can know you’re saved. Unfortunately, you can lose your grip on the assurance of your salvation when you take your eyes off of Jesus and His promises and begin to look inward instead. An alarming number of people insist on good works as a requirement for salvation. This approach renders assurance impossible.

Discussion Questions

What does it mean to have the assurance of your salvation? How do you get that assurance?

What can you learn about God’s desire for your assurance from 1 John 5:13? What are the “these things” John is referring to? (Hint: look at the previous two verses, 1 John 5:11-12)

Attention: Theology Geek question. How do the major systems of Roman Catholic, Arminian and Reformed theology insist on works for the assurance of salvation? How do these systems of thought connect with earning, keeping or proving your salvation?

Personal introspection to determine if you are good enough to have really been saved is a hopeless exercise. Why? What is the only foundation for the assurance of your salvation? (Hint: See the next question)

The assurance of your salvation is based on one thing: the promises of God. What assurance of salvation do you find in the following verses: Romans 4:4-5, Titus 3:5, John 3:16, 5:24, 6:40, 6:47 and Ephesians 2:8-9?

How does having the assurance of your salvation motivate you to live your life for Jesus? How are believers defeated when they live uncertain about their right standing before God and unsure of their eternal destiny? Describe the assurance you have that you are a believer in Jesus.

Further Reading

A New Covenant

God reminds us in the Bible that He gave an Old Covenant and a New Covenant. Confuse the two and you’re in for a confusing and inconsistent attempt at living for Jesus. It’s not an exaggeration to suggest that the church across the world is mired in legalistic...

New Direction

When we find ourselves moving in a certain direction and focused on our goals, it can be jarring to feel like God suddenly is taking us in a new direction. It's hard to consider that what we are currently building is no longer necessary or worse, futile all along. We...

New Community

We all identify with communities in some ways. Even the most isolated individuals acknowledge some basic common ground with other people groups. From sports teams to political parties to hometowns, communities unite us around common ideas. But when we run into...

A New Heaven and A New Earth

God makes all things new. He is about taking the brokenness brought on by sin and offering a new reality. God’s plans for a believer’s eternity are staggering in immensity and joy. We will exist forever on a new earth—a reality more alive than our present existence....

New Habits

Habits can have a profound impact on our lives in both good and bad ways. And often, we’re unaware of how much we do in our lives simply by force of habit. We’ll discuss how modern behavioral science is catching up to what the church has known for thousands of years...