Lesson Goal: Help the student understand the meaning of baptism and why it is necessary. Also find out whether or not the student is ready to be baptized.
Acts 2:37-38, John 3:5, Titus 3:5
Instructor’s Notes: Acts 2:38 tells us what one must do to receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. From previous lessons we know that a person must repent and believe to be saved, but in this verse Peter tells the people that they must repent and be baptized in the name of Christ in order to be saved. Why does Peter leave out faith and replace it with baptism?
Peter does not leave out faith, but includes it in the act of baptism; this is why they are told to be baptized “in the name of Jesus Christ.” Only people who believe in Jesus will be willing to be baptized in His name, so it is assumed that the person being baptized has already trusted in Christ. Peter did not need to mention faith because baptism in the name of Jesus Christ is an act of faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism is the final step in the conversion process. To become a Christian one must repent of their sin, place their trust in Christ and profess their faith in Christ through baptism. Continue reading
Lesson Goal: Help the student understand the nature of saving faith and determine whether or not they have trusted in Christ.
Instructor’s Notes: We cannot be reconciled to God without repentance because we cannot be reconciled with God while we are still making war with Him. So, in this sense repentance is required for salvation. But it is only the grace of God that makes God willing to forgive us. And God has offered that grace to mankind in Jesus Christ. The grace of God cannot be found anywhere else except in Jesus Christ. In this Bible passage we read that we can only receive the grace God offers us by believing in Jesus Christ. We must place our trust in Jesus to be saved. Faith is the condition God gives us for salvation. Continue reading
Goal: Help the student understand the nature of repentance and help him determine whether or not he has repented. If he has not repented, help him understand why he should repent.
Luke 9:23 & 13:3
Instructor’s Notes: Jesus makes it very clear that we must repent of sin or we will perish. People cannot live self-centered and sinful lives and be followers of Jesus Christ. Before one can be saved he must be willing to turn away from sin and submit to the authority of Jesus Christ. Someone who has repented still has sinful desires, but they daily choose to deny their desires and do the will of God instead. Continue reading
Goal: Help the student understand that Jesus has the power to set them free from sin’s power so they can live in obedience to God. Challenge them to trust in Christ for forgiveness and a new life, and challenge them to turn away from rebellion.
1 Peter 1:3
Instructor’s Notes: There is a second part to our problem. Not only have we sinned and earned the wrath of God, but we are also in bondage to sin. We don’t only need forgiveness, but we also need a new heart and life. Jesus did not only die so we could be forgiven, He rose from the dead so that we could be born again and live in a new way. Continue reading
Goal: Help the student understand how the cross of Christ makes it possible for a perfectly just God to forgive sinful people. Also help the student understand that they should hate and forsake their sins because their sin was the reason Jesus had to die.
Instructor’s Notes: Our problem is that God is holy, hates sin and will punish it; and that we are sinful, love sin, and so will suffer the eternal wrath of a holy God. Though there is no way for us to solve this problem, God in His great love for His enemies has made a way so that we cannot only escape the wrath of God, but so that we can receive eternal life as well. This gift of forgiveness and eternal life comes through Jesus Christ. We earned the wages of sin which is death, but we cannot earn eternal life, it is a gift that comes through Jesus Christ. Continue reading
Goal: Help the student to recognize that God is holy, hates sin and will punish it. Help the student understand this means he is under the wrath of God.
Isaiah 6:1-5, Psalm 51:3-4
Instructor’s Notes: The reason human sinfulness is a problem is because God is holy. This means that God is opposed to every form of unrighteousness and impurity. When we realize how good God is, we see how evil sin is. Sin is evil because it is against a good God. Continue reading
Goal: Help the student to understand the sinful nature of mankind in general and himself in particular.
Instructor’s Notes: Everyone has sinned against God. People sin in thought, word and deed. Humanity is not generally good as many suppose, they are totally evil. All have rebelled against God. There is no one who is good and has always submitted to God except for Jesus Christ. Everyone has chosen the path of rebellion against a good and loving God. Everyone is a rebel. Continue reading