Gospel Study Guide: The Response to Jesus

Gospel of Jesus Study Guide

Gospel Study Guide: The Response to Jesus

Key Text: Acts 2:36-41

The preaching of the gospel was meant to bring about a response. It was meant to change people’s lives.

I. Faith: Changed Thinking (Acts 2:36-37 ).

  1. The people’s response to Peter shows that they had come to faith in Jesus as their Lord (master) and Christ (savior).
  2. This faith in Jesus was more than an acceptance of the facts, but a trust in Jesus that moved them to action (verse 37).
  3. Saving faith must lead to action in our lives as well (Read James 2:14-26 ).
  4. The gospel message must be received with this kind of faith (Hebrews 4:2 ).

II. Repentance: A Changed Life (Acts 2:38 ) (Q: What is repentance?)

  1. Acts 26:20 Turning from a self-determined life to one that strives to please God.
  2. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 No longer living to please self, but to please God.
  3. Galatians 5:19-26 Repentance is “crucifying the sinful nature (vs 24)”. What sins do you need to crucify? (Suggest: share with each other.)
  4. Genesis 6:5-13 Repentance comes from taking responsibility for the pain our sins cause God.
    Share: how our sins make God feel. What does it mean that our sins crucified Jesus? (refer: Acts 2:36 )
  5. 2 Corinthians 7:8-11 Godly sorrow leads to repentance.

Q: Do you have godly sorrow about your sins?
Q: If not, what element of godly sorrow do you still lack? (Offer help.)

Baptism: A Changed Relationship — from separated to united in Christ (Acts 2:38-41 )

  1. Isaiah 59:1-2 Our sins separate us from God.
  2. Acts 2:38-41
    1. Our sins are forgiven.
    2. We receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
    3. We are added to God’s church.
  3. Romans 6:1-8
    1. Through baptism we die with Christ to the old life of sin
    2. We are resurrected to a new life with Christ.
  4. Galatians 3:26-29 Baptism is an adoption into the family of God. It is also analogous to a marriage ceremony. Baptism is when we are joined with Christ. In fact, the marriage relationship is often alluded to in describing the relationship of God’s people to Jesus

    (Refer: Ephesians 5:23,29 , Ephesians 31-31 , Revelation 19:7-21:2-9 , Revelation 22:17 ).

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