One2one Discipleship

1) SALVATION: A NEW START

definition:
- deliverance from the power and effects of sin (webster)
- salvation in christianity - is the saving of human beings from death and separation from God - by Christ's death and resurrection

by receiving salvation - there’s A new creation. A fresh start.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17

For all of us who have ever wished we could start over, this is good news.
However, before we can really appreciate this good news, we need to understand exactly why we need to start over. Why do we need to become a new creation? Why do we need salvation?

THE PROBLEM - SEPARATION BECAUSE OF OUR SIN
Backstory - sin in Genesis

Then the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live. And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”

Then he said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.”

And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.”

Genesis 3:14-19 NLT
There is an immeasurable gap separating God and man. The cause of this eternal separation between God and man is sin.
Have you ever felt distant from God? We all have. Feeling far from God is very common. Many who sense this vast separation suppose that if they meditate harder, learn more about their religion, or just step into a religious sanctuary, they would be closer to God. But since our separation from God is not physical or intellectual, neither meditation nor knowledge can bring us any closer to God. What causes the separation between God and man?
Behold , the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
Isaiah 59:1-2
** iniquities = immorality
The separation between God and man is a moral separation. God is holy; man is not. God is good; man is not. God is just; man is not. All men have sinned; therefore, all are eternally separated from God. All will suffer the consequences of sin, which is eternal death.
... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23

THE SOLUTION - GOD’S SACRIFICE AND SUBSTITUTION
The justice of God demands a sacrifice for man’s sin. Jesus Christ became that sacrifice and paid the penalty for our sin at the cross.
Since God is holy, righteous and just, He could not allow sin to go unpunished. Since He is loving and compassionate, He did not want all of mankind to be eternally separated from Him. The divine solution to this problem was for Jesus, God’s only Son, to become the sacrifice for sin.
... for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Hebrews 9:26-28
What exactly happened on the cross? Through His death on the cross, Jesus took our place and our punishment. He exchanged His righteousness for our sin. He took our curse and gave us His blessings. Because of His sinless life, Jesus was the only one qualified to pay the penalty for man’s sin and to bridge the gap between god and man.
God made Him(Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him(Jesus) we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”
Galatians 3:13
Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
1 Peter 3:18 (NLT)

THE RESULT - OUR SALVATION AND RECONCILIATION
Christ died on the cross so that we could receive forgiveness of our sins, be reconciled to God, and have eternal life.
We have all sinned against a holy and righteous God. The penalty for sin is eternal separation from God in hell. God is just and must punish sin. He is also loving and does not want us to go to hell forever. Therefore, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for sin by dying on the cross. Because of His sinless life, death could not hold Jesus in the grave. He was raised from the dead after 3 days and 3 nights. In Christ, we experience forgiveness for our sins and eternal life. In Him we are restored to right standing before God and given a new life as His children.
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
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace ...
Ephesians 1:7
But now, in Christ Jesus, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Ephesians 2:13
Salvation is found in Jesus alone. He died and rose again so we could receive forgiveness of sins, be restored to a relationship with God, and have eternal life.
I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6
THE RESPONSE - RECEIVE GOD’S GIFT BY FAITH
We receive salvation when we stop trusting in ourselves and put our trust in what Christ did for us.
Our salvation is a result of God’s grace. It is based on what Jesus did for us on the cross. It has nothing to do with what we do for Him or how good we are. We cannot save ourselves or earn God’s approval through the good works we do. We are saved by God’s grace when we realize our need for a Saviour, putting our trust in Him alone for salvation.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9
Even though our salvation cost Him so much, He gives us His grace for free.
** Grace = God’s mercy, God’s favor
** GRACE is the help given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it.
It is when we put our full trust in Jesus and ask Him to be our Lord and Savior that we receive this gift of salvation.
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Romans 10:9-10

PERSONAL APPLICATION
• Have you stopped trusting in yourself and started trusting in Christ alone for salvation?
• Have you turned away from all known sin?
• Have you confessed Jesus as the Lord and Master of your life?
• Are you willing to follow and obey Him for the rest of your life?

PRAYER FOR SALVATION
Heavenly Father ... I acknowledge that the separation between us ... is because of my sin ... I confess that I have sinned ... and have fallen far short of Your glory ... I thank You that You sent Your Son, Jesus ... to pay the penalty for my sin... I believe that He died on the cross for me ... I believe that You raised Him from the dead ... I am sorry for my sins ... and I ask You to forgive and cleanse me ... I want to turn away from everything the Bible calls sin ... and receive Jesus as my Lord, Master, and Saviour ... help me to love, serve, and obey You ... for the rest of my life ... in Jesus’ name ...Amen!

A NEW LIFE
If you have sincerely prayed that prayer, the Bible promises that the old has gone and the new has come! The next six lessons will introduce you to some of the new things that have come.
It is important to understand that you are created with three different parts. You are body, soul and spirit. Your body consists of five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. Your body connects you to the physical world, but your five senses are also a doorway to your soul and spirit. Your soul connects you to the human world and it defines who you are as a person and connects you to other persons. Your soul is eternal and will continue after you die. Your soul consists of your mind, will and emotions. Your spirit is also a nonphysical part of your being, believed to also live on after death. Your spirit was created as the receiver and image bearer of God. When you are born again, your spirit is reborn and renewed to become the image bearer of Christ in us.
Thereafter your soul—mind, will and emotions—are being saved and renewed daily as you allow the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to transform and heal your mind, will and emotions of all past sin, hurts, lies and bad experiences.
The following seven lessons will help you to understand how God transforms your life so that your will, your mind and your emotions will enjoy, love and obey Him completely.
** for humans to have the conscious recognition of their being in the image of God means that they are the creature throught whom God's plans and purposes can be made known and actualized

2) LORDSHIP: A NEW MASTER

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3) REPENTANCE: A NEW DIRECTION

And peter said to them, “Repent and be baptised 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
Driving a car in the wrong direction on a one-way street is foolish and dangerous. Some drive the wrong way out of ignorance; others out of rebellion. There’s a spiritual parallel.
Whether out of ignorance or rebellion, we’re all on a dangerous one-way street that will ultimately lead to eternal separation from God.
Until we turn around (repent) and begin following Christ, every step we take is a step in the wrong direction — a step away from God.

REPENTANCE, GRIEF, AND FRUIT
Real repentance begins when we are truly sorry for our sins. This “godly grief” makes no excuses, takes full responsibility, and never places blame on people, society, or circumstances.
It acknowledges that our sin is primarily against God. Godly grief produces true repentance and a changed life.
On the other hand, “worldly grief” only produces excuses. While godly grief is having a broken heart when we realize we have offended a holy God, worldly grief is being sorry we got caught, or being sorry we have to suffer the consequences of sin.
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
2 Corinthians 7:10
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Psalm 32:5
The ultimate difference between godly grief and worldly grief is the fruit. Worldly grief never produces the fruit of a changed life; it only produces spiritual death.
They should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.
Acts 26:20
Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.
Matthew 3:8

REPENTANCE AND FORGIVENESS
The parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11–24 is a beautiful picture of true repentance. The wayward son came to his senses, turned his back on his folly, and returned to his father. He made a 180 degree turn, walking away from his former life of sin and rebellion.
His father forgave him for his offenses and received him back. In the same way, our Heavenly Father is faithful to forgive us when we turn to Him and repent of our sins.
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord...
Acts 3:19-20
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Ever had a stain on your shirt that you couldn’t wash out? Imagine a stain remover that would not only remove the stain, but would make the shirt just like new again.
That’s what happens when we repent and receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. He not only cleans the sin’s stain of guilt and shame from our hearts, He gives us a new heart.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
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If God has forgiven us for our sins bec of Christ’s death, why must we confess our sins? Take note of these things
we agree with God that we truly have sinned and will turn from it
- True confession also involves a commitment not to continue in sin.
we ensure that we don’t hide our sins from Him and consequently from our selves
we recognize our tendency to sin and that we will rely on His power to overcome it
- We should pray for strength to defeat temptation the next time we face it.
it frees us so that we can enjoy fellowship with Christ. Dapat nakakagaan sya ng konsensya, take away our shame, and lighten our burden of guilt. We confess so that we can enjoy maximum fellowship and joy with Him.
- ex (optional) - hayden and vicky belo
**DEF: Confession is when an individual acknowledges his wrong doings. Repentance, on the other hand, refers to the feeling of remorse about something.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF FORGIVING OTHERS
Just as we received forgiveness from God, we are now commanded by God to forgive those who have sinned against us.
The Peter came up and said to Him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to your seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Matthew 18:21-22
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ung answer ni Jesus na “seventy time seven” - this means that shouldn’t even keep track of how many times we forgive someone.
Always forgive those who are truly repentant, no matter how many times they ask.
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But if we refuse to forgive, the Bible says that we will be defiled by a root of bitterness, which causes trouble.
See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled ...
Hebrews 12:15
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maganda ung NLT version Hebrews 12:15
“root of bitterness” - brings with it jealousy, anger, disagreements, immorality
We have to be alert for it in our own lives and help others deal with it as well.
Every time we feel hurt by someone, immediately ask the Holy Spirit to take care of the bitterness so it does not poison us.
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NO REGRET
Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to God. It means we stop trusting in our own good deeds and religious activity, and we start trusting in Christ alone.
We were going in the wrong direction; now we’re going in the right direction. We were running from God; now we’re walking with Him.
Repentance is the starting point of a new life. Repentance takes us off the treadmill of a self-centered life and puts us on the fast track of God’s glorious purpose for our lives.
Turning to God means no looking back and no regrets.
For godly sorrow
produces a repentance
that leads to salvation without regret ..
2 Corinthians 7:10

PERSONAL APPLICATION
• Is your life going in a new direction?
• Are there sinful areas in your life that are still a struggle?
• Are there areas of intense temptation or consistent weakness that you need prayer for?
• Are there sins that you have turned away from, yet you still feel condemned about?

Pray:
Lord we know that we are weak, there are times na hindi namin naiiwasan na mali n pala ung ginagawa nmin, Lord I pray that you empower us with strength to defeat temptation the every time we face it
God, may you surround him/her heart and mind with your Love and protect him/her from negative and destructive thoughts.

4) BAPTISM: A NEW LIFE

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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.,
So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
Acts 2:38,41
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38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 NLT
Baptism identifies us with Jesus and with the community of believers. It is a condition of discipleship and a sign of faith.
verse 41
there were 3000 people who became new believers when Peter preached the good news about Jesus.
these new Christians were united with the other believers
they were taught by the apostles, and were included in payer meetings and fellowship.
New believers need to be in groups where they can learn God’s Word, pray and mature in faith.

**if you have just begun a relationship with Jesus, it’s good to seek out other believers for fellowship, prayer, and teaching.
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When the crowd asked Peter what they should do in response to his sermon, he gave them a three-fold answer: repent, be baptized, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thousands responded and were added to the fellowship of believers. The biblical pattern is that everyone who is baptized is also added. Every baptized disciple is expected to become an active member of a local fellowship.
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when we engage in a Christ-following community, we will grow, it will help us grow and mature in our faith.

now let’s talk about Baptism
baptism is explained in 2 parts: water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit
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WATER BAPTISM
In water baptism, we publicly identify with what Christ did for us on the cross. It is not a means for salvation, but an act of faith and obedience after believing the gospel and turning to God.
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Others say that you won’t be saved if you’re not baptised.
Baptism is not required for salvation but it is an important step to Christian life.
Salvation is received by faith alone (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5)
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The Bible presents several illustrations to help us understand water baptism. One of these is a burial and resurrection. Paul compares a Christian baptism to a burial. In order to be buried, a person must first die. In the same way, the prerequisite for baptism is death to sin. After we are buried in baptism, then we are raised to live a new life.
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been 3baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:1-4
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We see, then, that water baptism shows the old life being put away, and a new life emerging in obedience to Christ.
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nung time nila Paul sa NT, immersion was the usual form of baptism—new Christians would be completely “buried” in water. (which is still practiced until now)
- this symbolizes the death and burial of the old way of life.
coming up out of water
symbolizes the resurrection to new life with Christ

If we think of our old, sinful life as dead and buried
then we have a powerful reason to resist sin
mas conscious tayo na i treat ung desire and temptations of the old nature as if they were dead
** this way, we can continue to enjoy more our wonderful new life with Jesus.
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THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
It is impossible to live the Christian life apart from the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come to lead us into all truth.
7 "Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. . . .
13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come."
John 16:7,13
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verse 7 “the Helper” or advocate
ung tinutukoy dito is yung Holy Spirit, who will come to be our comforter, our encourager or our counselor

i’ve read sa study bible na, yung presence Jesus on earth was limited to one place at a time, but his leaving meant he could be present to the whole world through the Holy Spirit.
If Jesus dis not go back to the Father, the Holy Spirit would not come.
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The Holy Spirit empowers us to be effective witnesses.
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**we become a witness who not only tells the truth, but also lives the truth. As His witnesses, the Holy Spirit helps us to do what we cannot do on our own, ”to boldly proclaim and live out the truth about God.
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verse 13
He will declare to you the things that are to come.”
or in NLT = “He will tell you about the future”
Jesus was telling the disciples, that the Holy Spirit will tell them “about the future”—the nature of their mission, the oppositions they would face, and the final outcome of their efforts
the disciples didn’t understand this promises until the Holy Spirit came, after Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Then the Holy Spirit came and revealed to them the truth which they wrote down in the books that now form the New Testament.

**so similar with us — Jesus tells us dito na The Holy Spirit will tell us about the future - anu ung mission natin as Christian, anu ung mga challenges that we’re gonna face, and how are we gonna handle it.
**kung anu ung mga tinuro ni God sa disciples nia, these are also the things He wants to tell us and every generation on earth
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"But 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
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ung power that we believers will receive from the Holy Spirit are:
courage, boldness, confidence, insight, ability, and authority
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HOW TO RECEIVE THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift promised for every believer, not just for those present during Pentecost. In Peter's sermon, he told us how we can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
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. 39For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself."
Acts 2:38-39
In order to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we must ask…and we must ask in faith.
"If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those
who ask him!"
Luke 11:13
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so ung mga tatay, even if there children make mistakes…they still treat them well db. ofcourse pagagalitan or pagsasabihan but usually they will still treat their children well.
how much more if our heavenly Father will treat His children

The most important gift he could ever give us is the Holy Spirit—whom He promised to give all believers after His death, resurrection and return to heaven.
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