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2 Oldham Woods church of Christ June 24,2007

3 4 Testimonies to the One Gospel NEXT :  Oldham Woods church of Christ June 24, 2007

4 4 Testimonies to the One Gospel  What the Apostles Taught The Power of the Epistles

5 Justified by Faith Galatians 3: But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe… 24Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. justified by faith For you are all sons of God through faith

6 The fundamental question of justification is: When? At what point does God view me as justified by faith? a son of God by faith?

7 Justified by Faith – WHEN? Galatians 3: Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

8 NOT GUILTY!! (RIGHTEOUS) JUSTIFICATION RECONCILIATION

9 Through Faith Colossians 2:8… For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. having been buried with Him in baptism faith in the working of God

10 Baptism Saves You 1 Peter 3:21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you--not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Christ, baptism now saves you through faith in the working of God Col 2:12

11 Washing - The Figure of Baptism (Acts 22:16) ' Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.‘ (Rev 1:5) …To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, (1 Corinthians 6:11) Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. wash away your sins, washed us from our sins, you were washed be baptized, sanctified justified

12 Creating a Holy People, His Church Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. HOW?

13 Titus 3:3-7 3For 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. 4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. He saved us, by the Holy Spirit, by the washing of regeneration and renewing

14 but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor 6:11 He saved us... by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5 DEAD MAN CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST SANCTIFICATION (Sins removed – made Holy and righteous) JUSTIFICATION (Penalty removed) RECONCILIATION (Relationship with a Holy God restored)

15 Titus 3:3-7 3For 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. 4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. God our Savior Holy Spirit Jesus

16 Titus 3:3-7 3For 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. 4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy

17 Eph 4:3-6 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit -just as you were called to one hope when you were called one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. one baptism, !!?

18 4 Testimonies to the One Gospel  What the Apostles Practiced The Power of Examples

19 What Shall We Do? Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" First gospel sermon Pentecost They believed Do? There is nothing you can do! Christ did it all! Just believe. Call out Jesus’ name. Pray the sinners prayer. Pray through. Accept Jesus into your heart. DIFFERENT GOSPELS

20 What Shall We Do? Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. … The GOSPEL RESPONSE

21 The Gospel Appeal – Added to Church And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls… And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. "Be saved from this perverse generation!"

22 Preaching Jesus Acts 8:35-39 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?" And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing. preached Jesus baptized rejoicing

23 The “ONE BAPTISM” of Ephesians 4 is clearly demonstrated in the book of Acts, for example from Acts 2 and 8 we learn that: Baptism was COMMANDED not a promise Baptism was for BELIEVERS Baptism was FOR REMISSION OF SINS Baptism followed REPENTANCE & CONFESSION Baptism was IMMERSION in water Baptism was when one was ADDED to the KINGDOM

24 Saving Paul – already a God fearing man Believed - “And I said, 'What shall I do,...” Confessed - “And I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?” Obeyed – “Get up and go into Damascus” Fasted - “ three days… and neither ate nor drank” Prayed – “for he is praying” After all of these acts of repentance Paul was instructed: 'Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.' be baptized, and wash away your sins,

25 How Far to Chicago? 323 miles (La Grange, KY) 185 miles (Indianapolis, IN) 125 miles (Lafayette, IN) The answer to the question depends on where the person is when they ask the question!

26 What Must I Do to be Saved? Macedonian Jailor (unbeliever) –“Believe” Pentecost (believed and confessed) –“Repent and be baptized” Paul (believed, confessed,and repented) –“be baptized and wash away your sins” TRUTH GOSPEL

27 4 Testimonies to the One Gospel  What Jesus Taught The Power of the Words of Jesus

28 The great commission – “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he who has not believed shall be condemned. shall be condemned. Mark 16:15 An Urgent and Important Command

29 Born Again John 3:5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

30 Washing (Titus 3:5) 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, (John 3:5) 5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. He saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, born of water and the Spirit

31 Great Commission Matthew 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

32 4 Testimonies to the One Gospel  What the Early Church Taught and Practiced The Power of Historical Example

33 1 st Century Barnabas (70 ad) “Blessed are they who, placing their trust in the cross, have gone down in the water…We indeed descend into the water full of sins and defilement. However, we come up, bearing fruit in our heart, having the fear of God and the trust of Jesus in our spirit.”

34 “Proof Text” Irenaeus (150 ad) “As we are lepers in sin, we are made clean from our transgressions by means of the sacred water and the invitation of the Lord. We are thus spiritually regenerated as newborn infants, even as the Lord declared, ‘except a man be born again…’” (John 3:3)

35 The Propagation of the Great Commission The Propagation of the Gospel Following the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ in the scheme of redemption we see… Plan of Redemption What Christ commanded the apostles in the great commission… Great Commission We see the apostles carrying out in Acts… Acts Followed by what they taught in the epistles… Epistles Which we see taught and practiced by the early Christians. Early Church

36 Everyone Deserves the Opportunity… The GOSPEL To ACCEPT Or REJECT

37 What can wash away my sins? Nothing - but the blood of Jesus!

38 Have you died with Christ?

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