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                                                                                                                                                                                Dr. June Normil

 


 

 

                                            Unit 2 Study 12

                                            August 17, 2014

 

Study Scriptures for this week's Lesson: Acts 2:36-41; Romans 10:5-13; Galatians 2:16; 3:21-26; Ephesians 2:8-10 

 

Key Verse: Romans 10:9 If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (KJV).

 

Central Truth: All who repent from sin and confess Jesus Christ as savior will be saved.

 

Our Focus: To acknowledge and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of our lives.

 

 

                                            Receiving God Provision of Salvation

 

 

                                                                                         

Introducing the study

 

The Bible declares that the only way to eternal life if through faith in Jesus Christ. There are not many ways to salvation, as many suggest. This marvelous gift is offered by God and has been secured by Christ. However, this gift does involve response on our part. When we repent of our sins and follow Christ, we receive the gift of eternal life. At the end of this study, you will be able to: (1). Comprehend the meaning and significance of repentance, and its relationship to salvation. (2).Affirm the importance of confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior, and submitting to Him. (3). Recognize the need to place faith and trust in Jesus for salvation.

 

Repentance from sin

 

Sometimes Christians feel hesitant to discuss the topic of repentance. Sin isn't a popular subject because it calls us to examine the quality, and even the sincerity, of a person's relationship with God. But it is critical that we understand repentance, for only by doing so will we begin to grasp the urgency of a person's need for Christ. In Acts 2, Peter boldly proclaimed the truth that people needed to turn from sin and receive salvation through belief in Christ (see verse 36). The word "repent" denotes a change of direction. In order to receive salvation, we must agree with God's understanding of right and wrong, then seek to live consistently in His righteous ways. This represents a radical change because the world around us is profoundly sinful  (see verse 40). We must not assume, however, that the Bible is saying Christian will lead perfect lives. Rather. scripture calls us to pursue the kind of lifestyle God desires of us. Peter's preaching powerfully impacted the people. Verse 41 declares that about 3,000 responded by repenting of their sins and committing their lives to the Lord. The Early Church had begun to grow rapidly. When we, like Peter, are faithful to proclaim even the difficult portions of the gospel, the Lord will use us in great ways too. We must never compromise the gospel in order to make it more acceptable to those who don't know Christ. Such a message will not convince people of their need for salvation. Instead, it will lead them to the conclusion that Christianity is merely one option among many to satisfy their spiritual desires and live a better life.

 

[For Personal Reflection] Why is it important to recognize that repentance is necessary for salvation?  

 

Confess Jesus as Lord

 

Paul contrasted the simplicity of faith with the human tendency to seek ways to achieve our own road to salvation. Quoting Deuteronomy 30:11-14, he drew his teaching from Israel's requirement to keep God's Law in order to receive salvation. But because of Christ, faith is now the only requirement. But what is faith? Is it mental affirmation of Christ as God's Son? Yes, and more than that as well. Salvation is rooted in grace through faith--faith that's expressed through the heart as well  as the  mouth (see verse 13). For a person to be saved, he or she must commit to making Christ Lord as well as Savior (verse 9). This means believing in Jesus with the totality of our being, and submitting our lives to His authority and control. Making Jesus our Lord results in a constant spiritual battle within us.  We will be tempted to resist God's will and ignore His commands. But as our relationship with Him grows, we are increasingly transformed into His likeness.

 

[For Personal Reflection] How does your life reflect submission to the will of God?

 

Receive Salvation by Faith

 

Paul declared that observing God's Law flawlessly did not save a person from sin (Galatians 2:16). No one could follow the Law perfectly. The lure of sin is stronger than human determination. The purpose of the Law was to lead us into recognizing our sinfulness. In doing so, it serves as an instructor that leads us to depend upon Christ for our salvation (Galatians 3:21-26). Paul further stated that salvation is a matter of God showing grace to sinful humanity. We must trust that grace to bring us salvation. Salvation is a result of God's gift of His Son and nothing else. Genuine faith will produce fruit, however. We have been created for the purpose of honoring God through acts of goodness (Ephesians 2:10). Just as we must depend fully on the grace of God to save us, we must also learn to trust in His grace as we serve Him. We can no more earn God's favor after we are saved than we could before. All of the blessings that come from the Lord are a result of His grace. We must trust in and depend upon the Lord for all the needs and cares of life. When we place our faith in Him, we will never be disappointed.

 

[For Personal reflection] "Why do people try to earn God's favor through their own goodness?"

 

 Discipleship in Action

 

Christianity is unique in teaching that salvation cannot be earned by human effort. we are utterly dependent upon God to save us. Because  the Lord provided our salvation through His love and mercy, He is worthy of our devotion, and obedience. God longs to see people enter into a right relationship with Him. Yet His holiness requires that sin be taken away, because sin cannot exist in His presence. The atoning blood of Christ is the only covering for our sins. How will we respond to this saving grace? How will it change us? We do well to respond with gratitude and praise. Then, from a thankful heart and a deep love for God, we should live in ways that honor Him. Let's make it our prayer to glorify God in word, thought, and deed.
  

                                                          GOD'S GIFT TO YOU IS JESUS CHRIST!                                                    

                          
 
 

 

 

 Monday               The Ark of Safety.                         Genesis 7:1-7

 

 

 

Tuesday               The Abrahamic Covenant Blessing.  Genesis 12:1-3

 

 

 

Wednesday         Calling upon the Lord.                 Psalm 18:1-3                                     

 

 

Thursday             Receive the Kingdom like Children. Mark 10:13-16                             

 

 

 

Friday                Humility before the Lord.              Luke 7:36-48                       

 

 

 

Saturday           Earnest Desire to Receive Salvation.  Acts 16:25-35                            

 

   

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Copyright Reference:  Radiant Life, Volume 95 Number 4 Jun. Jul. Aug 2014 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo  65802.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                Dr. June Normil