How to Become a Christian
A Sermon on Acts 2:37-38
Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (ESV)
Is Christianity simply a lifestyle choice or something one can adapt to? If we change behavior will the heart follow? We learn in this sermon that Christianity is not a hobby to learn or a simple religion of temporary changes. Rather Christianity "picks us up." More than a simple choice we make, it is an adoption into an eternal family. Dr. Lloyd-Jones combats the idea that Christianity is for simpletons or the weak. He argues that the Spirit leads us to think, therefore Christianity is for thinkers! The great tragedy for man is to go through life without thinking, as much of the world does, rejecting salvation in favor of intellectual arrogance. This sermon teaches that the only correct response when we learn of our sinful nature is to repent. As these 3,000 men and women heard Peter's sermon on the Day of Pentecost and their hearts were pricked, they repented of their sins and were welcomed into the kingdom of God. This reaction exemplifies the repentant heart necessary for salvation.