Acts 19 – Have You? A Bible Study For Believers.

Are You a Believer?
If you are a believer, that’s great! Believing is the first step in coming to God.
Hebrew 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
So if you are a believer, congratulations on taking the first step toward pleasing God. Jesus said, “Whosoever believes in him should not perish.” John 3:16
Jesus also said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Mark 16:16
The purpose of this Bible study is to find out if you are still on step one, or if you have taken the necessary steps to begin walking with God.
If we look into the word of God with an open heart we will find the steps necessary to go from taking that first step to walking with the Savior.

Acts 19 – Have you?

In Acts Chapter 19 we find an account of what happened when the Apostle Paul found a group of believers who had not moved past that first step.
Were they good people? Yes! Were they living all that they knew? Yes! In fact, Acts 19:1 says these men were disciples. They were believers.
When Paul found these believers, he had one question for them, “Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?”
Paul knew that a person must first believe if they were going to be followers of Christ. He also knew that believing was just the first step. After believing there are other steps that must be taken in order for someone to go from taking a single step to that person beginning to walk with Jesus.
These believers answered Paul, “We have not even heard that there is a Holy Ghost.”
So, these disciples, who were believers, had taken the first step in walking with Jesus, but Paul found out that they had yet to begin walking with Him.
When Paul found out that these believers had not received the Holy Ghost yet, he had another question for them.
The question that Paul asked the believers he found is a question we should ask ourselves also if we want to make sure we have moved past that first step.

How were you baptized?

Paul knew that if they hadn’t received the Holy Ghost yet, there must be steps that they had yet to take in order to go from believing to walking with Jesus.
The men answered Paul that they had been baptized unto John’s baptism, unto repentance. Acts 19:4
Repentance is how a person goes from not believing to believing. Jesus said in Mark 1:15, “Repent, and believe the gospel.”
When we repent we stop thinking like the world and we turn and begin thinking like God. It is in this state of thinking, or repenting, that we believe. This is what John the Baptist was preaching. “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Matt 3:2.
Paul told these believers that yes, John baptized unto repentance, but he also taught that people should believe on Christ Jesus, who was coming after him.
When the believers heard this, the Bible says they were then re-baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Once the believers were baptized in Jesus name, the Holy Ghost came on them and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

The Promise is For You!
The believers that Paul found were living all that they knew. They loved God, they were disciples of Jesus, and yet they had only taken one step on their journey. Paul was able to find out where they were on that journey by asking them a couple of simple questions. 1) Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? and 2) How were you baptized?
Acts 2:39 tells us that the promise of the Holy Ghost is for everyone that Jesus calls.
How do you know which step you are on? Mark 16:15-18 tells us that there are signs that will follow those that believe. One of these signs is “they will speak with new tongues!”
When believers received the gift of the Holy Ghost in the Bible, this sign was there to let people know that the believer had taken another step. Acts 2:4, 2:37-42, 8:14-17, 10:44-48, 19:1-6
So, believer, how about you?
Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? How were you baptized?
To find out how the Bible says we need to answer these questions, please continue reading.

The steps a believer must take in order to go from standing on the first step to walking with Jesus can be found in this one verse.
“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38
Step 1 – Repent, to change your thinking.
Mark 1:15, Luke 24:47, Acts 2:38
Step 2 – Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins. Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Luke 24:47
Step 3 – Receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:38-39
Step 4 – Continue in the Apostles doctrine and fellowship. Acts 2:42, Hebrews 10:23-25
If you would like more information on going from taking a step to walking with Jesus, please contact us today!

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Water Baptism

WATER BAPTISM

The following is a list of all scriptures in the King James Version of the Bible pertaining to baptism. When we study the Bible, it is important to include all scriptures on the subject being studied. The necessity of Baptism for Salvation is a topic that many have debated through the years. Without commentary, read the following verses to see what the word of God has to say about Baptism. At the end of this Bible study you will find a list of questions meant to inspire thought. Please consider them with an open heart. Jesus left us His word to go by. It is vitally important in the hour in which we live to seek out the truth of God’s word, All of His word.

Baptism

(Matthew 3:7) But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

(Matthew 20:22) But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

(Matthew 20:23) And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

(Matthew 21:25) The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?

(Mark 1:4) John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

(Mark 10:38) But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?

(Mark 10:39) And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:

(Mark 11:30) The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.

(Luke 3:3) And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

(Luke 7:29) And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

(Luke 12:50) But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

(Luke 20:4) The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?

(Acts 1:22) Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.

(Acts 10:37) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

(Acts 13:24) When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

(Acts 18:25) This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

(Acts 19:3) And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

(Acts 19:4) Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

(Romans 6:4) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

(Ephesians 4:5) One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

(Colossians 2:12) Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

(1 Peter 3:21) The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

Baptisms

(Hebrews 6:2) Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Baptize

(Matthew 3:11) I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

(Mark 1:4) John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

(Mark 1:8) I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

(Luke 3:16) John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

(John 1:26) John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

(John 1:33) And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

(1 Corinthians 1:17) For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

Baptized

(Matthew 3:6) And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

(Matthew 3:13) Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

(Matthew 3:14) But John forbade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

(Matthew 3:16) And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

(Matthew 20:22) But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

(Matthew 20:23) And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

(Mark 1:5) And there went out unto him all the land of Judea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

(Mark 1:8) I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

(Mark 1:9) And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.

(Mark 10:38) But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?

(Mark 10:39) And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:

(Mark 16:16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

(Luke 3:7) Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

(Luke 3:12) Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?

(Luke 3:21) Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,

(Luke 7:29) And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

(Luke 7:30) But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.

(Luke 12:50) But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

(John 3:22) After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

(John 3:23) And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

(John 4:1) When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,

(John 4:2) (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)

(John 10:40) And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.

(Acts 1:5) For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

(Acts 2:38) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

(Acts 2:41) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

(Acts 8:12) But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

(Acts 8:13) Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

(Acts 8:16) (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

(Acts 8:36) And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

(Acts 8:38) And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

(Acts 9:18) And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

(Acts 10:47) Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

(Acts 10:48) And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

(Acts 11:16) Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.

(Acts 16:15) And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

(Acts 16:33) And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

(Acts 18:8) And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.

(Acts 19:3) And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

(Acts 19:4) Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

(Acts 19:5) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

(Acts 22:16) And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

(Romans 6:3) Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

(1 Corinthians 1:13) Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

(1 Corinthians 1:14) I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;

(1 Corinthians 1:15) Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.

(1 Corinthians 1:16) And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

(1 Corinthians 10:2) And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

(1 Corinthians 12:13) For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

(1 Corinthians 15:29) Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?

(Galatians 3:27) For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Baptizest

(John 1:25) And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elijah, neither that prophet?

(John 1:33) And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

(John 3:26) And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.

Baptizeth

(John 1:33) And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

(John 3:26) And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.

Baptizing

(Matthew 28:19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

(John 1:28) These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

(John 1:31) And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

(John 3:23) And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

Thank you for taking the time to read what the word of God has to say about baptism. We pray that your eyes have been opened to verses in the Bible concerning baptism that some avoid because the verses contradict what they teach.

The Bible says in (2 Timothy 3:16) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

The following questions are meant to inspire thought on the subject of Baptism. We encourage you to answer them by using the word of God. What does the Bible have to say about it? List the verses along with the answer to the questions in the space provided below each question.

Questions on Water Baptism
Lesson WB1
1. Did Jesus give the disciples a command to baptize?

2. Did the disciples fulfill this command?

3. Did the disciples use a name when they baptized?

4. What was the name that the disciples used when they baptized?

5. Where does the Bible say that we should use a different formula for baptism than the disciples?

6. Does the Bible contain the phrase “baptism doth also now save us”?

7. Was anyone ever re-baptized in the Bible?

8. Does the Bible say that someone that “is baptized shall be saved”?

9. Does the Bible contain the phrase “be baptized, and wash away thy sins”?

10. How does the Bible say that we are buried with Jesus so that we may be risen with Him?

These are but a few of the questions that are asked about baptism. Our prayer is that these questions will cause other questions to come to your mind and that you will study the word of God to find the answers. We pray that you will allow God to shine the light of truth on your heart and you will receive a revelation of the truth found in His word.

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Water Baptism – Essential For Salvation? What Does The Bible Say?

Many Opinions – One Truth
The subject of water baptism is debated often. There are many views and opinions on whether or not water baptism is essential for salvation. The fact of the matter is, we don’t have to line up with someone’s view or opinion. What we have to line up with is the word of God.
In the light of 2 Peter 1:20 which says, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”, there is a right and a wrong answer to the question, “Is water baptism essential for salvation?”.
2 Timothy 3:16 tells us “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”.
Colossians 2:17, Hebrews 8:5, and Hebrews 10:1 let us know that the old testament was types and shadows of the new testament.
We want to take the types and shadows of the old testament , look at it’s source in the new testament, and give 2 examples that will allow the word of God to answer our question.

Was Noah Saved By Water?

In Genesis 6:5-7 we find that God saw the wickedness of man and He was sorry that He had made man on the earth. God decided to destroy His creation because they had become so evil, but verse 8 tells us that Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Because Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD, God told him to build an ark. It would be this ark that God would use to save Noah, his family, and every living thing of all flesh. (verses 14-22)
Chapter 7 of Genesis tells of the flood that destroyed all flesh on the earth. The only flesh that was saved were those that made it on the ark before the flood came.
Genesis chapter 8 tells of how, because of his obedience, Noah and his family, as well as the animals on the ark, were saved from the flood. The waters of the flood had destroyed the wickedness that was on the earth. The ark had saved those who obeyed God from certain destruction.
Was Noah and his family saved from wickedness by water? Was the ark essential for their salvation?
1 Peter 3:20&21
…once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us…

Was Circumcision Essential?

God is a God of covenant. A covenant is an agreement between 2 parties. It is a contract, a treaty. Both parties must uphold their part of the covenant for it to be binding.
Genesis chapter 17 tells of God making a covenant with Abraham, the covenant of circumcision.
Verse 13 says this covenant was to be everlasting.
Verse 14 says the one that is not circumcised was to be cut off from his people because he had broken God’s covenant.
Was God serious about the covenant of circumcision?
In Exodus 4 we find the story of God telling Moses what to do and say when he was to go before Pharaoh.
As Moses journeyed back to Egypt to go before Pharaoh, verse 24 tells us that God met Moses at an inn and sought to kill him. The reason? One of Moses’ sons had not been circumcised. When Moses’ wife went and circumcised their son God let Moses live.
Sounds like God is serious about the covenant of circumcision.
Colossians 2:10-12 tells us we are circumcised by being buried with Christ in baptism. This is how we enter into covenant with God today.

Remission of Sins

Remission – The cancellation of a debt, charge, or penalty.
Our sin debt is what separates us from God who is holy. Jesus came to pay the debt of sin for us that our debt could be cancelled, or remitted.
How does the Bible say our sins are remitted?
Matthew 26:28 tells us Jesus’ blood was shed for the remission of sins. Luke 1:77 tells us that salvation is by the remission of sins. Mark 1:4 and Luke 3:3 tell us that John baptized people unto repentance for the remission of sins. This was under the old covenant and John told those that were baptized this way that they should believe on him who was coming after, that is, Christ Jesus. (Acts 19:4)
Jesus said in Luke 24:47 that repentance and remission of sins was to be preached, not repentance for remission of sins.
We find this being preached at Jerusalem in Acts 2. The men who had killed Jesus were preached under conviction by Peter. They asked him what they should do. Peter told them to repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins.
Baptism in Jesus name is how our sins are remitted, or cancelled.

We have given examples that are often overlooked when people give their view or opinion on the subject of water baptism. We have our own view and opinion as well. As was stated in this study, our view or opinion, or anyone else’s for that matter, isn’t what should be the authority on the subject. The word of God is the final authority. And we will stand in judgment to give an ac-count of how we respond to God’s word.
The question we must be honest with our-selves and answer is, “What does the Bible say about it?”.
It is our prayer that this Bible study has aid-ed you in answering that question on the subject of water baptism. If you would like more information on what the Bible has to say about baptism, or any other topic, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you today.
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