We will study in this lesson how people in the New Testament obeyed the gospel and thus were saved and became members of the church of the New Testament.

    It is very important for us to obey the gospel because we read in 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8, that when the Lord comes with His mighty angels, He is going to take vengeance on those who do not know God and those who have not obeyed the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    If we use the New Testament as a rulebook today and do exactly as the people did in the Bible, then we will obey the same gospel they did and we will be members of the church in the Bible. Now let us see how people obeyed the gospel.

    The GOSPEL or good news is,
    1. that Christ died;
    2. was buried and
    3. rose from the dead
    (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

    How can the death of Christ be “good news”? This is good news to use because Christ died for our sins. In other words, He suffered and died so God would forgive us of our sins.

    There are two parts to the gospel, Christ’s part and man’s part. We noticed in 2 Thessalonians chapter 1 that we are to obey the gospel. How do we obey the gospel?

    Paul told the Christians at Rome that they have obeyed that form of the teaching, or doctrine (Romans 6:17). We can read what the form of the teaching is that they obeyed, or how they obeyed the gospel in Romans 6:1-4);

    (1) They died to sin (vs. 8) (Death is a separation), therefore if we die to sin, we separate ourselves from sin or in other words, we stop sinning. When one dies to sin, he is then
    (2) Buried in baptism, then (vs.4),
    (3) Rise to walk in newness of life (vs.4)

    So one can see that in obeying the gospel, we do in a symbol, what Christ did in real life. Now let us compare 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 and Romans 6:1-4.

    We can see that baptism is a part of obeying the gospel. Marks 16:16 teach us that if we believe and are baptized, then we are saved. Therefore when we obey the gospel we are saved from our past sins.

    In our next lesson, we will study some examples on how the early people obeyed the gospel.

    By studying and following the examples of the early conversions recorded in the Bible, we can know for sure the form of obedience to God’s saving grace through the steps of faith (belief), repentance, confession and putting on of Christ through baptism (Galatians 3:27).

    Section 1 - Fill in the blanks

    Question 1
    When the Lord comes, He is going to take ______ on those who do not know God.

    Question 2
    When the Lord comes, He is going to take vengeance on those who have not _______ the __________ of Christ.

    Question 3
    The gospel of Christ is how Christ _______ was ________ and _______ from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

    Question 4
    To obey the form of the gospel of Christ, we must _______ to our sins, be ______ in baptism and ______ to walk in a ______ life (Romans 6:1-4).

    Question 5
    Mark 16:16 teaches us that if we _______ and are _______ then are we _______

    Section 2 - True or False

    Question 6
    It is not important to obey the gospel.

    Question 7
    If we obey the same gospel as the people obeyed in the bible, then we will be members of the church of Christ.

    Question 8
    When we die to sin, it is a separation from sin.

    Question 9
    There are two parts to the gospel, Christ’s part and man’s part.

    Question 10
    Christ suffered and died so that God would forgive us of our sins.

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