(What is “the Gospel” and how should I respond?)
Christians use lots of words to talk about this thing we call “salvation” (seriously, a LOT.) For instance, maybe you’ve heard about:
Getting saved / Being born again / Asking Jesus into your heart / Believing in Jesus / Trusting Christ for salvation / Receiving Christ / Giving your life to Christ / Saying “yes” to Jesus / Giving your heart to Jesus / Making Jesus the Lord of your life / Marrying Jesus / Entering a covenant with Christ / Repentance and faith
Whether any of those phrases sound familiar or it’s all crazy-talk to you, here’s the big idea of what Jesus taught about this thing we call salvation…
THIS IS THE GOOD NEWS
(The Gospel of G.R.A.C.E.)
- GOD loves the world that He made.
- We REBELLED against our Creator by rejecting His love and authority.
- Now ALL of us are born as rebels and slaves to sin, separated from God’s love and destined for His wrath.
- But, CHRIST died to set us free from sin’s bondage and reconcile us to God, and rose to offer
- ETERNAL life and freedom, both now and forever, to all who put their faith in Him.
THIS IS OUR RESPONSE
(How to be saved)
- ADMIT that you’re a sinner and need a Savior.
- BELIEVE Jesus is the Son of God, that He died on the cross for your sins and rose from the dead for your new life.
- CONFESS with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and commit your life to follow Him.
A SIMPLE PRAYER FOR SALVATION
(What is it and why should I be baptized?)
Ever since Jesus was baptized, His followers have been doing it, too… but why?
WHAT BAPTISM IS/DOES
- Baptism IS a beautiful symbol that declares to the world that you’re a follower of Jesus.
- Baptism IS something all Christians should do as part of their commitment to following Jesus.
- Baptism DOES identify you with a specific family of believers (i.e. a local church).
WHAT BAPTISM ISN’T/DOESN’T DO
- Baptism is NOT a magic ritual that cleanses you from your sins or affects your salvation.
- Baptism is NOT something that has any power or purpose for non-Christians.
- Baptism does NOT have to be done only at/by your home church.
HOW WE DO BAPTISM AS OUTPOSTCHURCH