Lesson 3. Salvation: What is the Gospel, and What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Why is man in need of a Savior?  See John 8:34, Romans 3:23, 6:23, 7:18-24.

Immediately following man’s fall into sin, what provision did God make for his sin?  See Genesis 3:21, 4:3-5, Leviticus 4:1-7, 13-15, 22-25, 27-30.

Why was it necessary that the animal being sacrificed be without defect?  See Leviticus 22:20-21.

Why was the shedding of blood necessary for a sinner to receive forgiveness?  See Leviticus 17:11, Hebrews 9:22.

Why was the blood of animals inadequate to completely take away sins?  See Hebrews 10:1-4.

Why would the blood of an ordinary person be inadequate to take away sins?  See again Romans 3:23 and Leviticus 22:20.

Why was the blood of Jesus Christ adequate to take away our sins?  See 2Corinthians 5:21, 1Peter 2:22, 1John 3:5.

Romans 5:12 says that “through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.”  And yet Jesus “was tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).  Why was Jesus unaffected by Adam’s original sin?  See Matthew 1:18-25.

Who was Jesus?  See John 1:1, 10:30-33, 20:28, Titus 2:13, 2Peter 1:1.

How do the claims of Jesus Christ make the Christian faith exclusive of every other religion of man?  See Exodus 3:13-14, John 8:24-25,58, 14:6.

What is the gospel?  See 2Corinthians 5:18-19, 1Corinthians 15:1-4.

What is the importance of Christ’s death to the gospel message?  See Isaiah 53:4-6, 1Peter 3:18.

What is the importance of His resurrection to the gospel message?  See 1Corinthians 15:14,17, Romans 6:4-7, 8:11, 1Peter 2:24.

Jesus said “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3,7).  What does it mean to be born again, and what is the “seed” that gives us new birth?  See 1Peter 1:3,23, John 1:1.

How is one born again into that newness of life that saves him from his sins?  See John 1:12-13, 3:15-16, 11:25-26, 20:31, Acts 16:30-31, Romans 10:9-10.
What does it mean to believe?  See Luke 6:46-49, Hebrews 3:17-19, 1Peter 2:7-8.

What is the result of being born again?  See 2Corinthians 5:17.

What is repentance?  See Acts 26:20.

What is the importance of repentance to believing in Jesus for salvation from our sins?  See Matthew 3:1-2, 4:17, Luke 13:3,5, 24:46-47, Acts 2:37-38, 3:19, 20:20-21, Hebrews 6:1, James 2:18-19.

Are our own works and repentance able to save us?  See Isaiah 64:6, Romans 4:1-5, Titus 3:3-5, Ephesians 2:8-9.

If one is saved by grace through no works of his own, why would he not continue in his sins?  See Romans 6:15-16.

What is the nature of the true grace of God by which one is saved?  See Titus 2:11-14, Ephesians 2:10 (notice the context of 2:8-9).

“Grace” means unmerited favor; by God’s mercy we do not receive what we deserve (i.e., the eternal destruction of separation from God), by His grace we receive what we don’t deserve (salvation from our sins back into the eternal life of knowing Him, see John 17:3).

Can one know for sure that he is saved and has eternal life?  See 1John 5:13.

How may he know this?  See 1John 2:3-6, 3:5-10, 14, 18-19, 24, 5:2.

Scriptures to Memorize:  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2Corinthians 5:21).

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10).

“For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.  But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy.” (Titus 3:3-5).

Assignment:  Read Romans 4-8.

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