O.J. Gibson

Lesson 11 Believing On Jesus Christ

The jailer at Philippi asked, “What must I do to be saved?” The apostle Paul answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:30-31). But what does it mean to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? Many people have strange ideas on this crucial subject. Here are some common, unbiblical examples: people say, “I believe” 1. Because they acknowledge that Jesus lived and died here on earth; 2. Because they admire the morals and ethics of Jesus; 3....

Lesson 4 Understanding Man

“WHAT IS MAN, THAT THOU ART MINDFUL OF HIM?” asks the Psalmist (Psalm 8:4). Our bodies come from the dust and return to dust (Genesis 3:19). What are we? Why are we significant? What is our purpose in life? The answers to such questions will profoundly affect our outlook and the way we live. Man’s Origin Many have suggested that man is simply one of many life forms that came into existence in the universe by accident. They say he is but a “higher animal,” the “pinnacl...

Appendix C The Bridge To Life

The life and ministry of Jesus Christ clearly shows the purpose for which He came into this world—to bring sinful men back to God. The practical application of that great truth for a person who has never trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is to receive Him into his or her life. The following is a simple Gospel presentation, useful for Christians to share with others. It also shows the way to Jesus Christ, whose life and ministry you have just studied, if you have never received Him as ...

Lesson 8 The Meaning Of The Cross

The cross is the great symbol of the Christian faith. It was upon a cross that our Savior died. God has ordained the “preaching of the cross” (1 Corinthians 1:17-18). Millions have been taught that Christ died on the cross for our sins. But what does this mean? Why was it necessary? What did it accomplish? These questions often leave those who profess to be Christians in a state of confusion. The Necessity of the Cross Why was Christ’s death upon the cross necessary? Consid...

Appendix B God's Answers To Man's Questions

If you are not a Christian, and if you do not know how to become one, but if you are interested in the subject, and if you would be willing to give it a fair hearing, then you will find the following pages of interest. The Christian message is here presented as a series of questions and answers: questions such as you might possibly ask, and answers based directly on the Bible. Well, then, where shall we start? We shall start with the subject that gave rise to the necessity ...

Appendix A Terminology Of Salvation

1. Regeneration. This is the new birth, the beginning of spiritual life for every believer (John 3:3-8). When divine life is imparted, the Holy Spirit enters the believers body. This miracle is achieved through the hearing and believing of God s Word (Romans 10:17; Ephesians 1:13; 1 Peter 1:23), by the working of the Holy Spirit (John 3:5-6; Titus 3:5) and by our response to God of believing the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:13). 2. Reconciliation. This is the bringing togeth...

Lesson 13 Living The New Life

“I AM COME THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE LIFE, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10b). “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’“ (John 7:38 NASB). “Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world” (1 John 5:4). These tremendous claims for the life of the one who believes in the Lord Jesus are presented in a most forthright manner in the New Testament as the norm for Christian living. Peace, rest and...

Lesson 12 Assurance Of Salvation

It has often been said, “No man can know for sure that he is going to Heaven.” This is usually backed up by several objections. It is said that things we do in life might cause us to lose our salvation. On what basis can we know for sure that we possess eternal life? This question must be answered by the statements of Holy Scripture. Possibility of Assurance “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal lif...

Lesson 4 Crucified With Christ

The book of Romans is the great exposition of the gospel as the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16). This salvation is not limited to delivering us from the penalty of sin, which is eternal death (Rom. 6:23). God also frees us from the power of sin so that we might walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4, 22). The death of Christ accomplished both deliverances. He died for our sins as our substitute (Rom. 5:8). He died also to sin (Rom. 6:10) and overcame its power as our repre...

Lesson 1 Search The Scriptures

Diligent study of the Word of God is His will for every believer (Josh. 1:8; Deut. 6:6-9). The Lord Jesus told the Pharisees that the Scriptures were the key to eternal life. Yet the Pharisees, who prided themselves in their knowledge of the Scriptures, failed to recognize their Messiah and to know the way to God. A serious deficiency existed in their study. Many professing believers read the Scriptures only sporadically, in times of crisis, or as a mere routine. The Word is not reflected in t...
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