Conversion of a Roman Jailor

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Shelby G. Floyd

On the second evangelistic journey Paul and Silas were shamefully treated in Philippi. They were severely flogged and committed to the jailer who was commanded to keep them safely. This he did by putting them in the inner cell and fastening their feet in the stocks (Acts 16:19-24). Continue reading “Conversion of a Roman Jailor”

WATER BAPTISM

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Shelby G. Floyd

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved…”—Jesus

FIRST MENTION OF BAPTISM IN THE ENGLISH BIBLE

In the English Bible the word baptism occurs the first time in Matthew chapter three. It is used in connection with the preaching of John the Baptist. The people from Jerusalem, Judaea, and the entire region round about Jordan, were baptized of John in the Jordan River, confessing their sins (Matthew 3: 6). The baptism of John was for the remission of sins (Mark 1: 4). It was a baptism founded upon repentance, and unto a life of repentance (Mark 1: 4; Matthew 3:11). Many of the Sadducees and Pharisees, who came to be baptized, were told by John to bring forth fruits worthy of repentance. Some of them rejected the baptism of John, and in so doing, they rejected the counsel of God against themselves (Luke 7: 29-30). Continue reading “WATER BAPTISM”

THE DESIGN OF BAPTISM CONFIRMED BY A PICKLE

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Shelby G. Floyd

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The biblical topic of baptism is complete in three areas: 1. The Subject—A penitent believer. Infant baptism is not found in all the New Testament. 2. The Purpose—Forgiveness of sin. 3. The Action—a figurative burial by immersion in water. These three divisions exhaust the subject of baptism as a condition of salvation from sin. It is the action of baptism that we wish to amplify in this essay. Continue reading “THE DESIGN OF BAPTISM CONFIRMED BY A PICKLE”

BAPTIZED INTO THE LORD JESUS

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Shelby G. Floyd

We had a great week at the Heartland Church of Christ. Three were baptized into Christ and one identified with the congregation. We praise God for his amazing love, mercy and grace!

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While Paul was beginning his third evangelist tour, Apollos came to Ephesus.

THE CHARACTER OF APOLLOS

The Bible tells us several things about his character and abilities as a preacher of the word. (1) He was a learned man; (2) He had a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures; (3) He had been instructed in the way of the Lord; (4) He spoke with great fervor; and, (5) He taught about Jesus accurately. These things were all positive and good. However, there was one negative—he knew only the baptism of John. This means that he baptized people into John’s baptism (Acts 18:24-26). The problem was that the baptism proclaimed by John the Baptist was no longer valid after the day of Pentecost, and the inauguration of the kingdom of heaven—the church.

APOLLOS CORRECTED PRIVATELY

Paul left Aquila and Priscilla at Ephesus when he returned to Antioch in Syria, thus ending his second tour. Unlike some, Aquila and Priscilla did not publicly correct Apollos and humiliate him. They took him aside and “taught him the way of God more accurately” (Acts 18:26).

DISCIPLES BAPTIZED INTO JOHN’S BAPTISM

When Paul arrived at Ephesus, he found twelve men who were disciples. They had not received the Holy Spirit because they had been baptized into John’s baptism. After the great commission was given, John’s baptism was not any longer in force. Therefore, Paul “baptized them into the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 19:5).

SOME PEOPLE NEED TO BE BAPTIZED AGAIN

People need to be baptized again if any or all of the following are not true: (1) Who should be baptized?—a penitent believer, not an infant or small child; (2) What is the action of baptism? It is an immersion, not sprinkling or pouring some water on someone; (3) What is the purpose of baptism—It is for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38)? It is not because one is saved and then wants to be baptized. If any or all of these are not true in your life, you need to be baptized again into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

Matthew 28:18-20
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
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Amen.

Shelby G. Floyd

Shelby Preaching

Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142

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BELIEF AND BAPTISM

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Shelby G. Floyd

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While Paul was at Corinth on his second evangelistic journey, “…many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized” (Acts 18: 8). Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching and testifying that Jesus was the Christ (Acts 18:5). This account of the conversion of the Corinthians is in harmony with all the other conversions in Acts of apostles.

Christ’s Last Instruction
Before Jesus left the earth, his last instructions to the apostles were to, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16).

Later when Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthian church, he stated that he was thankful he had not personally baptized a great number of people. This was because he did not want anybody to say that he had baptized them into his name:

“I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” (1 Corinthians 1:14-17).

Baptized For the Forgiveness of Sins
We are to be baptized into the name of Christ for the forgiveness of sins:

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Mt. 28:18-20).

Therefore, we can be called Christians and honor him who died for us (Acts 11:26).

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Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142

PETER ORDERED BAPTISM

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Shelby G. Floyd

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In the book of Acts we have the record of Peter’s sermon which he spoke to the household of Cornelius. Cornelius was a Gentile and had invited his family and close friends to be present on this occasion.

PETER SPEAKS TO THE HOUSE OF CORNELIUS

It is very interesting to read about what Peter said to Cornelius and his friends. First, Peter admitted that God had convinced him that he is no respecter of people, but will accept people from all nations who fear him and do what is right. “Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right’” (Acts 10:34-35).

PETER’S SERMON WAS INTERRUPTED

Next he pointed out that Jesus of Nazareth went about doing good until the Jews killed him by hanging him on a tree. Near the conclusion Peter’s sermon was interrupted by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Gentiles. We notice that the last thing he said before the interruption began was that everyone who believed on Christ would receive forgiveness of sins:

“He 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” (Acts 10:42-43).

FAITH PLUS BAPTISM EQUALS FORGIVENESS OF SIN

After the interruption was over, the first thing that he said to them was,

“Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 10:47-48).

Obviously, if Peter’s speech had not been interrupted, the connection between believing on Jesus and being baptized for the forgiveness of sins would also have been plain to all who love the truth of God.

THE APOSTLES OBEYED THE GREAT COMMISION

This simply is carrying out the Great Commission—the last words of Jesus before he went back to heaven: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16). Have you been baptized for the forgiveness of sins?

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Heartland Church of Christ
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Greenwood, Indiana 46142

PAUL’S CONVERSION TO CHRIST

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Shelby G. Floyd

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Saul of Tarsus, the foremost persecutor of Christ and the church, became the greatest salesman for Christ in the world. But before this took place he underwent a great change in his convictions and was converted to Christ.

As he neared the ancient city of Damascus, Syria, a great light brighter than the noonday sun appeared unto him and a voice from heaven asked him why he was persecuting him. He asked, “Who are you Lord?” And the voice spoke again and said, “I am Jesus of Nazareth whom you are persecuting.” Saul wanted to know what he must do. Jesus instructed him to go into the city and it would be told him what he must do. Continue reading “PAUL’S CONVERSION TO CHRIST”