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What we will cover:
What is the Gospel?
What is Salvation?
What is Baptism?
What is Communion?
The word gospel means “good news”.
1 Corinthians 15:3–4 ESV
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
To understand the gospel fully, it’s best to understand why the good news is so “good.” And to do that, we need to go back to the beginning.
In the beginning, God created the universe and everything in it.
2 Thessalonians 1:7-9
2 Thessalonians 1:7–9 ESV
and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,

What is Salvation ?

Acts 16:30–31 ESV
Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
What are we saved from?
Romans 5:9 (ESV)
Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
Romans 6:23 (ESV)
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What is Baptism?

Baptism is symbolically identifying yourself with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
The word "baptize" literally means to "immerse."
Baptism has importance because Jesus commanded it.
Matthew 28:19–20 ESV
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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
When we are saved, we are “baptized” by the Spirit into the Body of Christ, which is the church.
Christian baptism is the means by which a person makes a public profession of faith: “I confess faith in Christ; Jesus has cleansed my soul from sin, and I now have a new life”

What is Communion?

Communion causes us to remember our Lord’s death and resurrection and to look for His glorious return in the future.
Luke 22:19–21 (ESV)
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
1 Corinthians 11:27–29 ESV
Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
The Lord’s Supper/Christian Communion is a remembrance of what Christ did for us and a celebration of what we receive as a result of His sacrifice.
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