1. The Benefit of the Question

  • 2 Corinthians 13:5 / Hebrews 12:11

2. The Tests we must all Take

  • A Test of Confession (Rom 10:9-10 / 1 Jn 1:8-10)
  • A Test of Doctrine (Rom 10:9-10 / 1 Jn 4:2-3 / 1 Cor 15:3-4 / Gal 1:7-8 / 1 Tim 4:16)
  • A Test of Obedience / Righteousness (Gal 5:19-21 / 1 Jn 2:29 / 1 Jn 3:6-10 / Gal 5:22-24)
  • A Test of Perseverance (1 Jn 2:19 / Mt 10:22 / 1 Tim 4:1 / Hebrews)
  • At Test of Love (1 Jn 4:20 / 1 Jn 2:9 / 1 Jn 3:10)

3. The Factors that May Contribute to a Lack   of Assurance in Genuine Believers

  • Lengthy / Sudden Trials
  • Neglecting the Means of Grace
  • A Misunderstanding of some or other Scripture
  • Sin
  • Misplaced Reliance on Feelings
  • Fatigue
  • Personality
  • Satan – the Accuser (Rev 12:10 / 1 Pt 5:8 / Eph 6:16)