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This booklet is intended to be used as a basis for talks about salvation and baptism. Step by step you go through the 10 steps and talk about the foundations of the Christian faith. When everybody has understood each of the steps you move on to the next.
The amount of lessons depends on the persons previous knowledge and experience, but at least two lessons is recommended. I suggest you take the first six parts “1 – Created in the image of God ” to “6 – Forgiven” the first lesson and the remaining parts “7 – Baptism” to “10 – Filled by the Holy Spirit” the second lesson.
In part 5 “Salvation”, there is a Prayer of Salvation that you can read and the person who wants to become a Christian read after. If you pray this prayer with an honest and sincere faith in Jesus, you become saved. This part of the lesson can therefore be a very strong spiritual experience. Before you move on to the next part I recommend to pray for the person who have just become saved.
If you have understood each of the 10 steps and prayed the Prayer of Salvation you are ready to be baptized. But this is only the start of the Christian life, so Church fellowship and more teaching is necessary.
1. Created in the image of God
“1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” (Gen 1:1–3)
“27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:27)
What does it mean to be the “image of God”?
What is the difference between humans and animals?
Adam and Eve sinned
“6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” (Gen 3:6)
Adam and Eve were thrown out of Paradise and in to the World
Everyone has sinned
“23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Rom 3:23)
Our sin destroys the beautiful image of God
What is sin?
Have you sinned?
What is the punishment for sin?
“23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 6:23)
God will judge the World
“31because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”” (Acts 17:31)
God became Man so that we can become like Him
“1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
“14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
We should learn from Jesus
“21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” (1Pet 2:21)
God will save those who believe
“16“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Jesus died for us
“3This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” (1Tim 2:3–6)
Jesus took our sin
“21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2Cor 5:21)
Jesus rose on the third day
“39And 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, 40but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, 41not 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. 42And 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. 43To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”” (Acts 10:39–43)
“17From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”” (Matt 4:17)
“38And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
“11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”” (John 8:11)
What is repentance?
Do you have something to repent from?
“if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Rom 10:9–10)
What does “saved” mean?
Which two things should you do to be saved according to Romans 10:9-10?
Prayer of Salvation
”Jesus, I believe in you and confess that you are my Lord and Savior. Forgive me my sins and teach me to follow you.”
“13He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col 1:13–14)
“9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:9)
“18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”” (Matt 28:18–20)
Who has told us to baptize?
What is a disciple?
Who is allowed to be baptized?
“15And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15–16)
“12But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” (Acts 8:12)
Who was baptized?
What does the word ”baptism” mean?
How are you baptized?
“16And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;” (Matt 3:16)
“35Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 38And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.” (Acts 8:35–38)
“3And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” 5On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 19:3–5)
What is needed to be baptized?
What happens when you are baptized?
“26for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:26–28)
On my Master’s command and on your own confession of faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I now baptize you ……………………., to Christ, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
“29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” (Rom 8:29)
Since Jesus is the Son of God, he is the perfect image of God
When we imitate Jesus and try to be like him, we are slowly being transformed into what we once were created to be, the image of God
“9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1Pet 2:9–10)
What is a church?
10. Filled with the Holy Spirit
“18And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,” (Eph 5:18–19)
“8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”” (Acts 1:8)
“26But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26)
How do you get filled with the Holy Spirit?
How does the Holy Spirit teach us about Jesus?
Bible Verses about Salvation:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Rom 10:9–10)
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,” (John 1:12)
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16)
“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,” (Acts 3:19)
“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isa 53:4–6)