How to become a Christian
Acts 2:38 John 3:5 How to be Born Again
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Jesus said in John 3:5 we must be born of water and of the Spirit to enter the Kingdom of God, that is to be born again. To be born of water is to be baptized in the name of Jesus and to be born of the Spirit is to receive the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
The Bible tells us in Jude 1:3 that it was needful for him to write that we should earnestly contend for the faith (gospel) once delivered to the saints -- the common salvation. In common with what? In common with the beginning of the church and it should remain unchanged. The beginning was recorded in the Book of Acts.
We at acts238.com.au preach the Gospel as it was initially given to the assembled throng on the day of Pentecost after which about 3000 people became Christians (saved, born-again). Doesn't the last verse of Acts 2 say the Lord added (continued to add) to the church daily such as should be saved? So in this modern age we should be added to the church in the same way. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever.
So how were they added to the church? Peter preached the gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Bible tells us in Acts 2:37 when the people heard they were pricked in their hearts and asked, "men and brethren what shall we do?", Peter's answer was totally different to what most preachers tell people today. What most preachers tell people today is not in common (the common salvation) with what Peter said in the Book of Acts. So in order to be added to the church we must do what Peter told the people to do, which is Acts 2:38. This is how you become a Christian - how you are Born Again.
Moses was told by God to make the Tabernacle according to the pattern (Exodus 25:9). The Tabernacle was God's dwelling place (Exodus 25:8) and a prophetic model of God's salvation plan. God wants to dwell in the individual now and we must become God's dwelling place according to the pattern. Let's not preach another gospel. Let's preach the gospel once delivered to the saints- the common salvation.