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1 1 Conversions In The Book Of Acts Lesson 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 1:3) “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 2 Introduction Continued Jesus Then Ascended Into Heaven. (Acts 1:9) “... 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 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. 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? 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 4 The Jews At Pentecost Acts 2:22-47 Remember In Acts 2 How Peter Boldly Proclaimed Jesus To Thousands In Jerusalem On The Day Of Pentecost? 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. 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 2:37). Some Had Their Heart Touched And Asked What They Should Do (Acts 2:37). Peter Told Them To Repent And Be Baptized So Their Sins Would Be Forgiven. Peter Told Them To Repent And Be Baptized So Their Sins Would Be Forgiven. Three Thousand Were Baptized Into Christ That Very Day (Acts 2:41). Three Thousand Were Baptized Into Christ That Very Day (Acts 2:41).

5 5 Those Who Believed Who Were Baptized? Who Were Baptized? Believers Were Baptized. They Must Have Believed The Apostles Because The Message Touched Their Hearts. They Must Have Believed The Apostles Because The Message Touched Their Hearts. Acts 2:37 Acts 2:37 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 6 They Were Baptized Why Were They 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? 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? When Were They Baptized? It Was Immediate. Three Thousand Were Baptized That Very Day (Acts 2:41).

7 7 Persecution Came Acts 8:1-8 Later A Situation Arose In Which Persecution Had Come Upon The Christians By The Jews.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.Many Of Them Had To Leave Jerusalem While The Apostles Stayed There. As They Were Scattered, They Went Everywhere Preaching The Gospel Of Jesus. 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. 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 16:20). The Miracles He Worked Confirmed That The Message He Spoke Was From God (Mark 16:20).

8 8 They Believed Phillip Acts 8:12 “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”. 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 God’s 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. Believing Men And Women Were Baptized.

9 9 The Man From Ethiopia Acts 8:26-39 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 53:7-8 Foretelling How Jesus Would Stand Before His Accusers And Not Defend Himself, Offering His Life As A Sacrifice For Sin.

10 10 Phillip Explained Acts 8:35-39 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.

11 11 He Was Baptized Immediately ! Since The Ethiopian Believed The Message He Heard, There Was Nothing To Prevent Him From Being 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. 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. 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. He Went Down Into The Water And Came Up Out Of The Water. This Gives Some Explanation As To How He Was Baptized. This Gives Some Explanation As To How He Was Baptized. The Ethiopian Went On His Way Rejoicing Because His Sins Had Been Forgiven. The Ethiopian Went On His Way Rejoicing Because His Sins Had Been Forgiven. Can You Think Of A Better Reason To Rejoice? Can You Think Of A Better Reason To Rejoice?

12 12 Saul Of Tarsus On The Road To Damascus Acts Also Tells The Story Of Saul, A Persecutor Of The Church. Acts Also Tells The Story Of Saul, A Persecutor Of The Church. Chapter 9 Recounts How He Heard The Message And Responded. 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. He Was Struck Down And Blinded By A Bright Light And Jesus Spoke To Him. Acts 9:1-16

13 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 9:17-19 “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 14 He Was Baptized Immediately Once Saul Knew The Truth About Jesus And God’s 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 22:1-16). Later In His Life, Paul Tells More Of What Ananias Said To Him That Led To His Baptism.

15 15 Acts 22: "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. 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. 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 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.'

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

17 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 18 Gospel To The Gentiles Up Until This Point, It Was Mostly Jews Who Had Become Disciples Of Jesus. 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. 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 Needed To Be Convinced Through A Miraculous Vision That God Wanted Him To Go And Tell The Gospel To A Gentile Named Cornelius. Acts 10:1-48

19 19 Peter And Cornelius Acts 10:42-48 Acts 10:42-48 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. 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 20 Gentiles Became Disciples When Peter Saw The Outpouring Of The Holy Spirit On The Gentiles, He Was Convinced They Could Become Disciples, Too. 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. 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 God’s Eternal Plan. Peter Commanded Them To Be Baptized So They Too Could Be A Part Of God’s Eternal Plan.

21 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 22 Paul And Silas In Prison 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. Acts 16:25-33

23 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 Guard’s 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 24 Crispus, Another Conversion Another Conversion Story In Acts Tells About Crispus.Another Conversion Story In Acts Tells About Crispus. Acts 18:8 “Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.” “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 25 In Each Case When They Heard The Message, They Believed And Were Baptized.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.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.But Also In Each Case, If They Believed The Message, They Immediately Were Baptized.

26 26 The Ephesians In Acts 19 We Find Paul At The City Of Ephesus Where We Learn More Information About Baptism. In Acts 19 We Find Paul At The City Of Ephesus Where We Learn More Information About Baptism. Acts 19:1-5 “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 27 John’s Baptism The Previous Slide Shows A Situation In Which Some Were Baptized For Repentance In John The Baptist’s Baptism. The Previous Slide Shows A Situation In Which Some Were Baptized For Repentance In John The Baptist’s Baptism. The Problem Was That They Didn’t Know About Jesus’ Baptism Or The Holy Spirit. The Problem Was That They Didn’t 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. Once They Were Taught More Fully, They Were Baptized Again, But This Time Into The Name Of Jesus.

28 28 Conclusion To Lesson 7 In Each Case We Find People Having The Opportunity To Hear The Gospel Of Jesus. 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. They Had To Make A Choice Whether Or Not To Believe The Message. Those Who Believed Were Baptized Immediately. 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 God’s Kingdom. We Are Told That They Received The Forgiveness Of Sins And The Gift Of The Holy Spirit And Were Added To God’s Kingdom. Baptism Was Never A Matter Of Convenience But Of Urgency. Baptism Was Never A Matter Of Convenience But Of Urgency. Like Ananias Asked Saul, “And Now What Are You Waiting For?” Like Ananias Asked Saul, “And Now What Are You Waiting For?” Surrender Your Life To Jesus And Let Him Be Lord. Surrender Your Life To Jesus And Let Him Be Lord.

29 29 End Of Lesson Seven


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