I. CONVERSION – the word comes from Latin word meaning “to turn around”.
- Definition – It is conscious change / new birth where one becomes shameful of his/her sins and removal “self” as controlling force in his/her life.
- Types of Conversion:-
à Conversion of faith / religion – Paul’s conversion from being an “advanced Jew” to Christianity (Gal 1:13);
à Conversion from Islam / Hindu to Christianity.
à Conversion within Christianity (Acts 9:1-19)
How does conversion happen -> usually process or can be student/dramatic.
The process is guided by the Holy Spirit.
- Elements in Conversion:
a) Repentance – be shameful of your sins.
Look to the future of change with new hope, being directed by the Holy Spirit
b) Being born again – regeneration (John 3:3). This is not just re-patching of the old life but the radical “new creation”. Being religious alone is not enough.
c) Ongoing process – this conscious change has beginnings, conversion process and growing stage. One rises to a new level of understanding about Christ, converts to church and the world.
- Place yourself in the conversion process line and meditate on the following:
i. Think about turning points in your journey to faith.
ii. Progress made so far.
iii. People with significant influence on you.
iv. New areas of commitment required from you.
- II. SALVATION BY FAITH
- What is Faith – beliefs in facts about God i.e. hope on what is not seen and eternal.
- Faith means committing our lives into Him daily and for the rest of our lives.
- Salvation by faith is demonstrated in Ephesians 2:1-10.
This passage teaches us that: – * Salvation by faith is through God’s grace.
* Salvation is a Gift from God created for us in advance.
* Salvation not by own work.
- Faith by salvation depends on:
i. Jesus Christ who died for us in the cross and His resurrection.
ii. His faithfulness in his promises.
iii. “Coming to him” or “opening the door” (Rev, 3:20).
- Can we earn salvation on our own? NO.
– Our sins prevents us obeying God’s laws in our own strengths
– The work Jesus Christ did for us on the cross is perfect.
- The reader in referred to the following scriptures: Ezek 37:3 and Matthew 9:28.
Exercise for the class:-
* Think of the examples from everyday life in which faith is involved.
* Prayer for Faith
- III. NEW LIFE
- A. New life in Christ is the external life
- Old life – life lived in rebellion against God, leads to death and separation from God.
- New life brings with it: * new peace
* New purpose
* New joy
* New vision
* New hope
- It is a life of righteousness and obedience to the Laws of God.
- B. How do you get it? Through Holy Spirit
The learner is referred t the following passages: John 6:25-40; 60-63.
- C. The Character of Christian living (Colossians 3:5-11):
* Obedience to the Lord’s Laws.
* Set your mind on heavenly goals not on earthly things.
* Forget uncleanliness / evil desire / passion, etc
* Do not segregate e.g. Jews / Rich / Circumcised.
* Be holy, merciful, kind, humble and long suffering.
* Stop anger / wrath, malice, filthy language.
* Respect, Love.
* Witnessing, worship and growth.
* Let the word of Christ dwell in you i.e. teach and discuss with others, sing hymns / psalms.
- D. Meditation * what main things that need to change in your life?
* What prevents change in your life?