Fundamentals of the Faith
►What keeps us from God? What separates us from God?
“Sin” means to “miss the mark”
►Is there anyone who has not sinned?
►What is the ultimate penalty for sin?
It only took one sin for Adam and Eve to die spiritually. That is how serious and deadly sin is to us. Once we have sinned, we die and become separated from God and are in need of the Redeemer and the forgiveness that is made possible through the work Jesus did on the cross.
It is our own sin that causes our separation from God.
►What must our response to our sins be? What are we required to do?
►What does it mean to “repent”?
Repentance means a change in heart and mind—a change in lifestyle. It means turning away from sin and turning toward God’s righteousness.
►Repentance yields a noticeable change in our life
►How do we get to heaven? (And avoid hell--death?)
►What is God’s salvation plan?
►Where was the blood that redeems us shed? And by whom?
►What must we do to be saved?
Did these people believe Jesus was the Son of God at first?
What did Peter tell them about?
What were they asking? (verse 37)
They wanted to have God’s salvation. They were guilty and wanted their sins to be removed from them. What did Peter tell them as an answer to their question in verse 37?
When were their sins forgiven? When were they saved? What else did they receive? 3000 _______ were added that day? Added to what?
►Where did Christ shed His blood?
On the cross. Through baptism we are united with Christ into His death, burial and resurrection.
So when and how do we come into contact with the blood of Jesus Christ?
We have looked various Scriptures that tell us how and when our sins are forgiven. But before that can happen, we must make a conscious decision to follow Jesus. Let’s look at a short story where a very important question is asked at the end.
Can you pick out the question? How do you answer this question when it is asked to you? (v.27)
a) what does it mean to “carry our cross”?
b) we need to give careful consideration to what it means to follow Jesus and what that will mean to our life. What will it mean for you?
How can we “die” (totally surrender to God?) (Hint: Starts here: Romans 6:3-6)
Baptism is our death, our crucifixion, our “execution”-- the burial of our old, dead, sinful self, and then the resurrection of our life by God from that burial in the watery grave. From baptism we leave behind our old, sinful self and rise to live a new life.
Fundamentals of the Faith Study Outline