Assurance Of Salvation
- According to the teacher, how does someone become a believer in Jesus?
- What makes the chief doubt his salvation? What does the teacher tell him?
- How can you know that you have been saved?
About the Film
- Psalms 103:9, 12
- John 10:27, 28
- Acts 16:31
- Romans 10:9
DescriptionAn entire African village gathers in a square at sunset. There’s a large screen and a projector. Those gathered watch the JESUS film. They shake their heads and cry as they watch Him being crucified.
When the movie ends, the chief of the village quietly speaks with the teacher and wants to know more about Jesus. He accepts that Jesus died for his sins. But when he gets home, he starts to think about Jesus’s sacrifice and the severity of the punishment for his sins. He remembers all the bad things he’s done as chief over the years. And he’s not so sure he’s actually been forgiven of everything anymore.
He’s ignored those in his village, accused women of stealing from him and destroyed their grain, had his men steal someone else’s wife, and stolen chickens and cows from the villagers. The chief awakes from a sleepless night and asks for the teacher to come to him first thing in the morning.
The teacher tells the chief that if he has truly accepted Jesus as his Savior from his sins and confessed that belief, he’s saved. No matter what he’s done. The chief can’t believe Jesus could just forgive him based on just his trust in Him. But the teacher assures him that because Jesus paid for those sins, God has accepted him with open arms.
The wives of the chief look for the teacher and ask him about Jesus. One wife has a few questions about her own salvation. She’s not sure about the Holy Spirit. She can’t see Jesus like the shrines in her village. The teacher tells her about the doubting disciple Thomas and how Jesus said those people who believed when they couldn’t see Him would be blessed. Of the idols in their villages, he says though they can see them, evil forces lurk behind them. They do more harm than good. Jesus promises life.
He tells the other wife that if she believes Jesus sacrificed Himself for her and confesses her belief, she can have eternal life. There’s Scripture he uses to assure both of them that their salvation can never be taken away. She prays with the teacher to accept Jesus. The chief reads from the Bible and teaches his own household about following Jesus with complete devotion. People start to see his changed life in the village.
According to the teacher, how does someone become a believer in Jesus?
What makes the chief doubt his salvation? What does the teacher tell him?
How can you know that you’ve been saved?