1. The Gospel.
a) The gospel is more than a few Bible verses, it’s a comprehensive story.
b) The only thing necessary for salvation is sincere faith.
a) Baptism is the first step of discipleship.
b) Baptism helps us identify with Jesus and a new community of believers.
3. The Elementary Teachings.
a) The elementary teachings come from Jesus and His apostles.
b) We should understand these teachings so that we know how to live.
Questions for further thought or discussion:
- List the content of the gospel Peter preached in Acts 10:34-48 .
- What was necessary for salvation? What happened when they believed?
- What are the primary elements of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20 ?
- Why is baptism such a meaningful part of the development of a new Christian?
- Read Colossians 2:6-8 . What do the terms “rooted”, “established”, and “built up” communicate to you?
- Share a time in life when you had to learn a new set of “principles” for a new job, sport, or discipline. Why is it so important to become established in the fundamentals in the beginning?
Lord, help me to fully understand the gospel story, to appreciate the meaning of baptism, and to be committed to walking in the principles you have established for life as a Christian.
34 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), 37 you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40 but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.