A Bible student looking for the truth and the atheist looking for contradictions may ask the same question when it comes to a major theme of the New Testament.
“Why are there different answers when it comes to telling someone how to be saved?“
The root of the question is obvious. Read the book of Acts and you find a plurality of situations: Some are told to believe. Some are told to repent and be baptized. Some are told to repent. Some are told to hear certain words before any other instructions were given. Some simply have “Jesus preached” to them.
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There are people who hesitate at becoming a Christian because of the baggage that comes along with their past.
Reality is: 1) we all have baggage in one form or another, and 2) when we repent from the heart and allow the blood of Jesus to do what it was designed to do, it’s Jesus who takes care of all our baggage right down to the smallest carry-on.
Don’t keep Jesus from doing something for you that he wants to do simply because you feel like your past makes you unworthy. If the burden that any of us carry was all that it took to keep us out of heaven that would be one thing – but the yoke of Christ makes it quite another.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Here’s a good and basic chart describing what people did according to the scriptures to become a Christian during the first years of the gospel. Multiple lessons could be taught with it, one of which is that it’s good for people to compare what they have been taught in the religious world to what the Bible teaches when it comes to salvation and what must be done in our response to the invitation of the gospel of Jesus.
Here’s another Bible chart that I got in an email from a friend. It covers a very basic topic, but like the last chart, this one could be used to do several different things too. It would probably work best as a bulletin board with some tweaking on the layout. I hope you find it useful for something though: