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~Bible Study Lesson~
Lesson taken from  the sermon on Sunday, September 2017 




Pastor Tom Ferrens
What is Christianity and what is the Christian Message?

Scripture References: Acts 1:1; Luke 1:1-4, Luke 19:1-10, Genesis 3:6,  I Corinthians 15:1-4,
John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10, Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28, I Peter 4:16, Acts 9:1-22, Acts 16:25-31

 
Introduction
 
In Acts 1:1, Luke the Physician helps us understand that Acts is a continuation of the Gospel of Luke. “While the Gospel of Luke focuses on Jesus life, teachings and ministry, Acts focuses on the followers of Jesus in the 1st century church who continued His work”. Luke the Physician writes the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts to a man named Theophilus.  It is believed that Theophilus named meant, “friend of God.” Some believe that he may have been high Roman Court official who had become a Christian, or may have also been a financial supporter of Luke.

“Christian” in the Greek is derived from the word, “Christianos” which means a “follower of Christ.”
According to Acts 11:26, “the disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.”

The word, “Christian” is also found in Acts 26:28 and I Peter 4:16
“Christianity” - is the belief in Jesus as the Son of God, his life and also what He did and taught.

According to  Acts 1:1, as declared by Luke the Physician, Christianity is based on two important facts:
  1. A person must have a personal relationship with Jesus.
  2. A person must follow what [Jesus did and (obey) what He taught-which can be found in the four Gospels- Matthew, Mark, Luke and John]
In order for a person to identified as a Christian, according to I Corinthians 15:3-4, they must
believe that “Christ died for our sins, just as the scriptures said, He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said...”
God’s plan  to save man from eternal destruction and to bring him back to himself after Adam and Eve sinned in the garden according to Genesis 3:6 was (through accepting His Son, Jesus)
God’s plan for Salvation (the saving of a life from death or harm and from the punishment and power of Sin [eternal destruction-hell]), as declared in John 3:16 is as follows:

According to John 3:16, Jesus said himself, “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only born Son, that whoever believes in Him would not perish (be eternally destroyed in hell), but have everlasting life (live eternally in Heaven)
In order to be saved, according to Romans 10:9-10, one must confess (say) with their mouth the Lord Jesus and believe (accept as true) that God has raised Jesus from the dead, they will be saved from the eternal punishment and
power of sin – hell.

Questions:
  1. Discuss how you came to have a relationship with Jesus.
  2. Discuss how you follow what Jesus did and taught as discussed in the Gospels in your everyday life.
  3. What are you doing now to grow in your relationship with Jesus?