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Title: Conversions In The Book Of Acts Lesson Seven


1
Conversions In The Book Of ActsLesson Seven
  • Introduction
  • The Purpose Of This Lesson Is To Understand
    Further How God Would Have You Respond To The
    Message Of His Love.
  • This Study Will Take You Through The Historical
    Record Found In The Book Of Acts.
  • This Book Continues On From Where The Gospel Of
    Luke Ends.
  • After Jesus Had Been Crucified And Resurrected By
    The Power Of God, He Appeared To His Disciples
    For The Next Forty Days, Teaching Them About The
    Kingdom Of God.
  • (Acts 13)
  • After his suffering, he showed himself to these
    men and gave many convincing proofs that he was
    alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty
    days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

2
Introduction Continued
  • Jesus Then Ascended Into Heaven.
  • (Acts 19)
  • . . . he was taken up before their very eyes,
    and a cloud hid him from their sight.
  • And Sent The Holy Spirit To Empower And Inspire
    The Apostles (Acts 2).
  • The Writer Of Acts and Luke, Records The Spread
    Of The Gospel From Jerusalem To Rome In One
    Generation.
  • A More Complete Title For The Book Might Be
    The Acts Of The Holy Spirit In The Lives Of The
    Believers.

3
How Did They Respond When They Heard The Gospel?
  • In This Study We Will Take Note Of How People In
    The First Century Responded When They Heard The
    Good News.
  • As You Look At A Number Of Passages, It May Be
    Helpful To Ask These Questions Who, Why, How,
    And When Were People Being Baptized?

4
The Jews At Pentecost
  • Acts 222-47
  • Remember In Acts 2 How Peter Boldly Proclaimed
    Jesus To Thousands In Jerusalem On The Day Of
    Pentecost?
  • Everyone Who Heard About Jesus Had To Decide
    Whether They Believed The Message Or Not.
  • Some Had Their Heart Touched And Asked What They
    Should Do (Acts 237).
  • Peter Told Them To Repent And Be Baptized So
    Their Sins Would Be Forgiven.
  • Three Thousand Were Baptized Into Christ That
    Very Day (Acts 241).

5
Those Who Believed
  • Who Were Baptized?
  • Believers Were Baptized.
  • They Must Have Believed The Apostles Because The
    Message Touched Their Hearts.
  • Acts 237
  • When the people heard this, they were cut to the
    heart and said to Peter and the other apostles,
    "Brothers, what shall we do?"

6
They Were Baptized
  • Why Were They Baptized?
  • Peter Told Them It Was For The Forgiveness Of
    Their Sins And For The Gift Of The Holy Spirit.
  • How Were They Baptized?
  • The Passage Does Not Say, But The Greek Word
    For Baptism Means To Be Immersed.
  • In That Day, The Only Mode Of Baptism Was
    Immersion.
  • When Were They Baptized?
  • It Was Immediate. Three Thousand Were Baptized
    That Very Day (Acts 241).

7
Persecution Came
  • Acts 81-8
  • Later A Situation Arose In Which Persecution Had
    Come Upon The Christians By The Jews.
  • Many Of Them Had To Leave Jerusalem While The
    Apostles Stayed There.
  • As They Were Scattered, They Went Everywhere
    Preaching The Gospel Of Jesus.
  • Phillip Went Down To A City In Samaria And Told
    Them About Jesus.
  • The Miracles He Worked Confirmed That The Message
    He Spoke Was From God (Mark 1620).

8
They Believed Phillip
Acts 812 But when they believed Philip as he
preached the good news of the kingdom of God and
the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized,
both men and women.
Believing Men And Women Were Baptized.
It Was Recorded Earlier That They Believed Not
Only Because They Heard The Message, But They
Also Believed The Miracles They Witnessed That
Confirmed The Message. Today, When We Learn About
Gods Love From His Confirmed Word, It Is Not
Necessary For That Message To Be Reconfirmed By
Miracles. This Verse Does Not Say Anything About
Children Or Infants, Or Anyone Being Baptized For
Someone Else. Each Person Made Up His Or Her Own
Mind Whether Or Not To Be Baptized.
9
The Man From Ethiopia
  • Acts 826-39
  • Phillip Was Sent By An Angel Of God To Meet A Man
    From Ethiopia.
  • The Man Was Riding In A Chariot Reading From The
    Prophet Isaiah.
  • The Passage Was A Prophecy From Isaiah 537-8
    Foretelling How Jesus Would Stand Before His
    Accusers And Not Defend Himself, Offering His
    Life As A Sacrifice For Sin.

10
Phillip Explained
  • Acts 835-39
  • Then Philip began with that very passage of
    Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
    As they traveled along the road, they came to
    some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is
    water. Why shouldn't I be baptized? Phillip
    said, If you believe with all your heart, you
    may. The official answered, I believe that
    Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he gave
    orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and
    the eunuch went down into the water and Philip
    baptized him. When they came up out of the water,
    the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away,
    and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on
    his way rejoicing.

The Ethiopian Did Not Know Whom The Prophet
Was Talking About, So He Asked For Phillip To
Explain What He Was Reading
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He Was Baptized Immediately !
  • Since The Ethiopian Believed The Message He
    Heard, There Was Nothing To Prevent Him From
    Being Baptized Immediately.
  • He Did Not Wait Until They Arrived In The Next
    Town Or Until There Was A Crowd.
  • This Response Was Strictly Between Him And His
    God With No Reason To Wait.
  • He Went Down Into The Water And Came Up Out Of
    The Water.
  • This Gives Some Explanation As To How He Was
    Baptized.
  • The Ethiopian Went On His Way Rejoicing Because
    His Sins Had Been Forgiven.
  • Can You Think Of A Better Reason To Rejoice?

12
Saul Of Tarsus On The Road To Damascus
Acts 91-16
  • Acts Also Tells The Story Of Saul, A Persecutor
    Of The Church.
  • Chapter 9 Recounts How He Heard The Message And
    Responded.
  • He Was Struck Down And Blinded By A Bright Light
    And Jesus Spoke To Him.

13
Saul Met A Man Named Ananias
  • Saul was told to go to the city of Damascus and
    meet a man named Ananias who would tell him what
    to do.
  • Acts 917-19
  • Brother Saul, the Lord--Jesus, who appeared to
    you on the road as you were coming here--has sent
    me so that you may see again and be filled with
    the Holy Spirit. Immediately, something like
    scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see
    again. He got up and was baptized, and after
    taking some food, he regained his strength.

14
He Was Baptized Immediately
  • Once Saul Knew The Truth About Jesus And Gods
    Plan For His Life, He Was Baptized Immediately.
  • Later On In Saul's Life, His Name Was Changed To
    Paul, The Apostle.
  • Paul Became A Dynamic Force For The Spread Of The
    Gospel Across The Roman Empire.
  • He Changed From Being A Persecutor To A Bold
    Speaker Of The Truth.
  • At One Point When He Was On Trial, Instead Of
    Defending Himself He Told His Conversion Story
    (Acts 221-16).
  • Later In His Life, Paul Tells More Of What
    Ananias Said To Him That Led To His Baptism.

15
Acts 2214-16
  • 14 "Then he said 'The God of our fathers has
    chosen you to know his will and to see the
    Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth.
  • 15 You will be his witness to all men of what
    you have seen and heard.
  • 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be
    baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his
    name.'

16
Washing Away Sin
  • Paul Understood That Baptism Was For The Washing
    Away Of Sin.
  • It Is Not The Water That Washes Away Sin, But The
    Blood Of Jesus When We Are Baptized Into His
    Death.

He Suffered and Died For Us!
17
Why Do You Wait?
  • Paul Also Was Reminded By Ananias That Baptism
    Was Not Something You Wait To Do.
  • Why Would Someone Want To Be Separated From A
    Loving God One Minute Longer Than Necessary?

18
Gospel To The Gentiles
  • Up Until This Point, It Was Mostly Jews Who Had
    Become Disciples Of Jesus.
  • The Apostles Who Stayed In Jerusalem Had Only
    Been Baptizing Jews.
  • Peter Needed To Be Convinced Through A Miraculous
    Vision That God Wanted Him To Go And Tell The
    Gospel To A Gentile Named Cornelius.

Peter's Vision From God
Acts 101-48
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Peter And Cornelius
  • Acts 1042-48
  • He (Jesus) commanded us to preach to the people
    and to testify that he is the one whom God
    appointed as judge of the living and the dead.
  • All the prophets testify about him that everyone
    who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins
    through his name." While Peter was still
    speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all
    who heard the message. The circumcised believers
    who had come with Peter were astonished that the
    gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even
    on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in
    tongues and praising God.
  • Then Peter said, "Can anyone keep these people
    from being baptized with water? They have
    received the Holy Spirit just as we have. So he
    ordered that they be baptized in the name of
    Jesus Christ.
  • Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a
    few days.

20
Gentiles Became Disciples
  • When Peter Saw The Outpouring Of The Holy Spirit
    On The Gentiles, He Was Convinced They Could
    Become Disciples, Too.
  • However, It Was Still Necessary For Them To Be
    Baptized So That Their Sins Would Be Forgiven.
  • Peter Commanded Them To Be Baptized So They Too
    Could Be A Part Of Gods Eternal Plan.

21
Philippian Jailer
  • Another Conversion Story Is Found In Acts 16
    Where In The City Of Philippi, Paul And Silas
    Were Beaten And Thrown Into Prison.

Philippi Prison
22
Paul And Silas In Prison
Acts 1625-33
  • About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and
    singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners
    were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a
    violent earthquake that the foundations of the
    prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors
    flew open, and everybody's chains came loose.
  • The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison
    doors open, he drew his sword and was about to
    kill himself because he thought the prisoners had
    escaped. But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself!
    We are all here! The jailer called for lights,
    rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and
    Silas.
  • He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what
    must I do to be saved? They replied, "Believe
    in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and
    your household. Then they spoke the word of the
    Lord to him and to all the others in his house.
    At that hour of the night the jailer took them
    and washed their wounds then immediately he and
    all his family were baptized.

23
Paul And Silas Were Different
  • The Other Prisoners Noticed That Paul And Silas
    Were Not Like Most People.
  • Instead Of Crying And Complaining, They Were
    Singing And Praying.
  • They Could Have Left When The Prison Doors Were
    Opened, But They Stayed Behind Using The
    Opportunity To Witness To The Guard.
  • They Knew The Roman Law That If A Prisoner
    Escaped, The Guard Would Be Killed.
  • The Guard Wanted To Know What He Must Do To Have
    The Joy And Confidence They Had.
  • After Going To The Guards Home, Paul And Silas
    Told Them About Jesus.
  • In The Middle Of The Night The Guard And Others
    In His Family Who Believed Were Baptized, A
    Difficult Task Due To The Late Hour And The
    Earthquake.
  • Their Action Shows The Urgency Of Baptism.

24
Crispus, Another Conversion
  • Another Conversion Story In Acts Tells About
    Crispus.
  • Acts 188
  • Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire
    household believed in the Lord and many of the
    Corinthians who heard him believed and were
    baptized.

25
In Each Case
  • When They Heard The Message, They Believed And
    Were Baptized.
  • In Each Case That We Have Looked At, People First
    Had To Decide Whether Or Not To Accept The
    Message They Heard.
  • But Also In Each Case, If They Believed The
    Message, They Immediately Were Baptized.

26
The Ephesians
  • In Acts 19 We Find Paul At The City Of Ephesus
    Where We Learn More Information About Baptism.
  • Acts 191-5
  • While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the
    road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus.
    There he found some disciples and asked them,
    "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you
    believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even
    heard that there is a Holy Spirit. So Paul
    asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?"
    "John's baptism," they replied. Paul said,
    "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He
    told the people to believe in the one coming
    after him, that is, in Jesus. On hearing this,
    they were baptized into the name of the Lord
    Jesus.

27
Johns Baptism
  • The Previous Slide Shows A Situation In Which
    Some Were Baptized For Repentance In John The
    Baptists Baptism.
  • The Problem Was That They Didnt Know About
    Jesus Baptism Or The Holy Spirit.
  • Once They Were Taught More Fully, They Were
    Baptized Again, But This Time Into The Name Of
    Jesus.

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Conclusion To Lesson 7
  • In Each Case We Find People Having The
    Opportunity To Hear The Gospel Of Jesus.
  • They Had To Make A Choice Whether Or Not To
    Believe The Message.
  • Those Who Believed Were Baptized Immediately.
  • We Are Told That They Received The Forgiveness Of
    Sins And The Gift Of The Holy Spirit And Were
    Added To Gods Kingdom.
  • Baptism Was Never A Matter Of Convenience But Of
    Urgency.
  • Like Ananias Asked Saul, And Now What Are You
    Waiting For?
  • Surrender Your Life To Jesus And Let Him Be Lord.

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End Of Lesson Seven
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