How many lessons does it take to become a Christian? Let’s look brieﬂy at some biblical examples:
- 3000 on Pentecost heard one sermon—Acts 2.
- The Ethiopian Eunuch got one Bible lesson—Acts 8.
- Cornelius and his family and friends heard one lesson—Acts 10.
- The Philippian jailor and his family heard one lesson—Acts 16.
What do I have to learn about? Acts 8:35 reads, “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.”
What specifically about Him? “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
What is so important about that gospel? “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
Why do I need it? “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and that “your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).
What if I choose not to obey it? “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46).
How do you take care of it? “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:38 ).
Bill David Walker