Salvation Through Christ

Peter’s words mirror Christ’s life model to the first converts at the birth of the church on the day of Pentecost.

Christ’s   –     Death          –     Burial              –     Resurrection

Us  –            Repentance  –  Water Baptism  –     Infilling of the Holy Spirit
    In Jesus Name


In order to bring salvation to men, Jesus died, was buried and rose again. When we come to Him, we come through the same process that he brought salvation to us. Peter preached it in the first sermon of the New Testament church on the day of Pentecost, when the New Testament church was born. In response to the question “What must we do?”, he preached in Acts chapter 2, verse 38 “Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”



Repentance is dying out to your old life. The British use the term repent like the US Army uses “about face.” It is a turning from your old life bound by sin to a new life of following Christ and His example. The scripture declares that we should “bring forth fruit meet for repentance.”


Baptism In Jesus Name

The apostles baptized new converts in Jesus name for remission of sins. Romans says we are “baptized into Christ.”

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 

Acts 8:15-16 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

© 2006 David K. Bernard


I.      The Power of the Gospel (Romans 1:16-17)

A.            The power of God unto salvation

B.            We receive this saving power by faith

1.      Present faith

2.      Continuous faith (a relationship, a way of life)

II.      Salvation by Grace through Faith (Ephesians 2:8-10)

A.            Salvation originates in God’s grace (Titus 2:11)

1.      Unmerited favor, undeserved blessing, free gift, God’s work in us

2.      We do not earn, merit, deserve, or buy salvation

B.            We receive salvation through faith

1.      Our positive response to God’s grace

2.      True faith means trust, reliance, commitment

3.      It is more than mental assent or verbal profession

4.      Jesus said, “Follow me” (Matthew 4:19)

5.      The power of salvation is in the object of our faith (God and His Word), not in our faith itself, for false religionists have faith

C.            Good works are the result of true faith

III.      Obedient Faith

A.            Obedience to the gospel is necessary to salvation (John 14:15; Romans 6:17; Hebrews 5:9; 11:7-8)

B.            Those who do not obey the gospel will receive eternal judgment (II Thessalonians 1:8; I Peter 4:17)

C.            Saving faith includes obedience (Romans 1:5; 10:16; 16:26)

1.      If we truly believe God we will believe His Word

2.      If we truly believe His Word we will act upon it

3.      Only he who believes is obedient; only he who is obedient believes

4.      Faith is real only in the act of obedience

5.      Examples of insufficient faith: Matthew 7:21-27; John 2:23-25; 12:42-43; James 2:19

D.            Definition of saving faith

1.      Accepting the gospel of Jesus as the sole means of salvation

2.      Applying the gospel personally by obedience

IV.      The Gospel (I Corinthians 15:1-4)

A.            The bad news: our need for the gospel

1.      All humans are sinners (Romans 3:10, 23)

2.      The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)

3.      God’s law requires a blood sacrifice to atone for sin (Hebrews 9:22)

4.      The blood of animals could not take away our sins (Hebrew 10:4)

B.            The good news: statement of the gospel

1.      Jesus died for our sins, paying the penalty for us

2.      He was buried in the tomb (finality of death, reality of resurrection)

3.      He arose again on the third day, winning victory for us

4.      Summary: Jesus is our perfect sacrifice of atonement to take away our sins (Matthew 26:28)

V.      Our Response to the Gospel (Acts 2:37-39) (Background: Acts 1:1-15; 2:1-47)

A.            The message of all the apostles (Acts 2:14, 37-38)

1.      Repentance

a.            Death to sin (Romans 6:2)

b.            Definition: turn from sin to God

c.            Confession of sin to God, decision to forsake sin, and godly sorrow for sin (Proverbs 28:13; II Corinthians 7:10)

2.      Water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ

a.            Burial with Jesus Christ (Romans 6:4)

b.            For the remission of sins (Acts 2:38)

c.            By immersion in water (Matthew 3:16; Acts 8:38)

d.            By invoking the name of Jesus (Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5; 22:16)

e.            Rebaptism if necessary (Acts 19:1-5)

3.      The gift of the Holy Spirit

a.            Resurrection (new life) in Christ (Romans 8:2, 9-10)

b.            Part of salvation (John 3:3, 5; I Corinthians 12:13)

c.            Speaking in tongues is the initial evidence (Acts 2:4; 10:46; 19:6)

(see also Acts 8:5-20; 9:17-18; I Corinthians 14:18)

d.            Can receive various spiritual gifts, including tongues, subsequent to this experience (I Corinthians 12, 14)

B.            This experience is for everyone today (Acts 2:38-39)

C.            Jesus taught this experience and linked it to saving faith (Mark 1:15; 16:16; John 7:38-39) (see also Acts 11:15-17)

D.            How to receive God’s saving grace, to exercise saving faith, to obey the gospel, to apply the gospel personally

1.      We die with Jesus by repentance

2.      We are buried with Jesus by water baptism in His name

3.      We are resurrected with Jesus by the gift of the Holy Spirit, which we receive by:

a.     Repentance of all sin

b.     Opening our heart in faith

E.    We should receive everything the Lord has for us today




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