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March 03, 2012

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Les

I find it amazing that after 2,000 years of Christian history including the first century fathers (Augustine, etc.) and the Reformers that people are still not clear on what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is.

If you look in the New Testament, especially Acts, conversion is of a missionary type. The Pagans hear about Christ for the first time and dramatic conversions take place. Note that throughout these accounts, from the Lord's invitations in the Gospels to the urgent appeals of the apostles, the call is not to conversion but to Christ. The challenge is not to DO something, but to believe something. Christ's appeal is not "Convert yourselves and you shall be saved, " or "Whoever makes a decision and makes me Lord and Savior will be born again," instead, we read, "Repent and believe" (Luke 13:3). Petger charges people to "repent and be baptized.....The promise is for you and your children" (Acts 2"38-39).

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