Becoming a Child of God – Jean Gibson

Salvation brings us into a personal relationship with God. Just as we become a part of an earthly family by birth, so we come into God’s family by spiritual or new birth. Then, truly, we can call Him Father.

1. What did Jesus tell a religious man? (John 3:3)

God uses two things to bring us to new birth, the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23) and the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5). The Apostle Paul wrote to believers in Corinth and Greece about a message he preached to them that brought them to salvation. It was called the Gospel, meaning good news (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Verses 3 and 4 give us the ABC’s of this good news: (A) Christ died for our sins; (B) He was buried; (C) He rose again.

2. What did the Corinthians believe (receive) to be saved? (1 Corinthians 15:1-2) Write each point of this three-part message.

3. What is the condition of every person on earth? (Romans 3:23)

4. What alone can pay the debt of sin? (Romans 6:23; Ezekiel 18:20)

5. What has Christ done to deliver us? (1 Peter 2:24)

6. What part do good works play in earning a place in heaven? (Ephesians 2:8-9)

The central person of the Gospel is the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith, therefore, centers on Him.

7. Who is Jesus Christ? (John 1:1,14)

8. What must a person do to become a child of God? (John 1:12)

9. What must accompany faith in Christ? (Acts 3:19)

10. What is true of a person who has the Son of God? (1 John 5:12)

Ask yourself these questions:

When did you hear and believe the Gospel message, thus being sealed with the Holy Spirit? (Ephesians 1:13)

In what way did you repent of your sins (Luke 13:3) and then confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? (Romans 10:9)

In what way does your life show a definite change since you received Christ? (1 Thessalonians 1:9)

Memorize Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus as Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”

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