It’s critical we both react and respond to the gospel in the right way.
A Right Reaction (v37)
A right reaction to the gospel involves:
Conviction of sin
A Right Response (v38)
A right response to the gospel includes:
is not just a feeling
is not just being sorry
is not just changed behaviour
is not just about what you do but who are are
Baptism (allegiance to Christ)
Questions for further reflection
What kind of reaction do you commonly look for after a gospel presentation? Why?
Over time has your reaction to the gospel changed? How does the gospel continue to convict you from your initial conversion?
“If we are a soft touch on sin, we are out of touch with reality.” What are the consequences of having a ‘soft touch’ on sin 1) in our lives, 2) in our evangelism? Where might you be treating sin with a soft touch?
“When we come to God’s word, we haven’t walked onto a battlefield but an operating table.” What difference does this make in how you approach God’s word, is this your experience?
Were there any elements of repentance or baptism raised which were a surprise to you, or that you hadn’t thought of before?
What are some of the ‘signs’ that indicate you are a Christian to others? Why does God want us to respond with marked allegiance rather than private acknowledgement?
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