Sermon-Based Discussion Guides and Notes
Why Baptism is Important - The Baptism Story from Acts
We had many questions about Baptism after the service this week. I wanted to put the references for the story of baptism from the Book of Acts on our website so that if you had questions, you could do some research yourself.
Here are those locations—and be sure to take time to reflect on each one—for they are rich stories of God’s grace and mercy as he calls each of us to a point of surrender. Remember— Baptism is a public confession of one’s faith in Christ.
- Check out these stories from Acts and how the commitment to Jesus was displayed in the baptism of these individuals:
- Acts 2:37-39, 41 (The first day of the new church) - When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added to them.
- Acts 8:12 (People of Samaria) - But when they believed Philip, as he proclaimed the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.
- Acts 8:36 (The Ethiopian Eunuch) - 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?”
- Acts 10:47-48 (The First Gentiles) - “Can anyone withhold water and prevent these people from being baptized, who 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.
- Acts 16:15 (Lydia) - When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord", she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.
- Acts 16:30-33 (The Philippian Jailer) - 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.
- Acts 18:8 (People at Corinth) - Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.
- Acts 19:1-5 - (Disciples in Ephesus) - 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.
- Acts 22:16 (The Apostle Paul’s description of his own surrender) “ –And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized, and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”
Baptism is not a condition of salvation; it is evidence of salvation