Light and Darkness

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It is often helpful to begin this study by constructing a "spiritual timeline" with the person whom you are helping to become a disciple.


Introduction: 1 Peter 2:9-10

Darkness
Not a people of God
No Mercy
Light
People of God
Mercy
Lost
Not a Christian
Not a Disciple
Saved
Christian
Disciple

  1. Every person is either in the darkness or the light. There is no twilight zone.
  2. Where are you?

  1. Darkness
    1. Isaiah 59:1-2
      1. Sin separates us from God.

        WALL
        DARKNESS
        MAN
          LIGHT
        GOD
        SIN
      2. In order for a man to have a relationship with God the wall must be broken down — sin must be forgiven.
      3. The point in time that sin is forgiven is the point in time a person is saved.
    2. Romans 3:23-25
      1. Who has sinned? Everyone!

        SIN

            SIN

            SIN

        Person A   Person B   Person C
      2. Who is further away from God: a person who sins a little, or a person who sins a lot? All are equal, all lost. Therefore a good moral life does not save you. You cannot earn your salvation by your good deeds.
      3. Faith in the blood of Jesus saves you (v. 25).
    3. What is Sin?
      1. Galatians 5:19-21 (sins of commission)
      2. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (sins of commission)
      3. James 4:17 (sins of omission)
    4. What is the eternal consequence of sin? Romans 6:23

      WAGES OF SIN GIFT OF GOD
      Death
      Hell
      Darkness
      Eternal Life
      Heaven
      Light

  2. Light
    1. John 3:1-7: Born again (v. 3), born of water and Spirit (v. 5), born again. (v. 7)
    2. Personal decision as an adult
    3. What message must one believe to be in the light (to be saved)? Acts 2:22-24
      1. Jesus is from God. (v. 22)
      2. Jesus raised physically from the dead. (v. 24)
      3. Everyone is responsible for the crucifixion of Christ. (v. 23) All have sinned. (Romans 3:23)
    4. Response of people: Acts 2:36-37
      1. Cut to the heart
      2. What shall we do?
    5. Once the people believed, what did they do? Acts 2:38-42
      1. Repent (Greek = to turn)
      2. Be baptized (Greek = to be immersed)
        1. Sin forgiven. Therefore this is the point in time a person is saved.
        2. Holy Spirit given to each who responded — power to live as God commands.
      3. Baptism: Romans 6:1-4
        Baptism is the sharing (a participation) in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. (More than just a symbol.)

        JESUS DIED
          RESURRECTED
           
        BURIED
         



        OLD LIFE "DIED WITH CHRIST"
          "RAISED TO A NEW LIFE"
           
        "BURIED WITH CHRIST"
         


        DARKNESS LIGHT
        Sin
        Separates us from God
        Acts 2:38
        Sin is Forgiven
        Born Again of Water and Spirit
        John 3:5
        Acts 2:38
        Water = Baptism
        Spirit = Received at Baptism
        Romans 3:25
        Faith in the Blood of Jesus Saves Us
        Jesus shed His blood when He died. In baptism we share by faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Thus we contact the blood of baptism and are forgiven of our sins and SAVED!

  3. Traditions/False Doctrines — Matthew 15:6-9
    1. Infant Baptism
      1. Personal faith is needed (Colossians 2:12)
      2. Began approximately third century A.D.
      3. Original sin
        1. Ezekiel 18:20
        2. Became "church doctrine" in 549 A.D.
    2. Praying Jesus into your heart
      1. Revelation 3:20 — taken out of context. This verse is addressed to Christians.
      2. Began in the early 1800s in America.
  4. Sinful nature

    Suggest to the individual with whom you are studying that he or she write out and be specific about various sins that they have committed during their life. This is so they might see the gravity and magnitude of their sin. This is confidential and should only be shared with those who are studying with the person.

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