A Day I Never Want To Forget

It was 32 years ago today that I repented of my sins, was baptized in Jesus’ name and filled with the Holy Ghost! When June 16 comes along each year, I always like to take time to remember and reflect on the day that truly changed my life. I am so thankful for God’s great salvation!! It’s hard to imagine what my life would be like without the Lord. I shudder to even think of it. The thought crossed my mind that now I have been living for God for exactly 2/3 of my life. I won’t go into all the details of my testimony here, but if you want to read my story, click on the words “my testimony” above.

 

I apologize also for the lack of posting. We had interrupted Internet service and were on dial up for 3 weeks. Dial up is SO SLOW that I was only on the computer when it was absolutely necessary.(like to fill in my time sheet and check work e-mail) Hopefully, I will soon be back to posting a little more regularly. 🙂

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Maria’s Baptism

It was a great day of rejoicing when Maria was baptized in Jesus’ name this past Sunday. It’s wonderful to see the work that God is doing in her life!

Water Baptized In Jesus’ Name

 

Repentant sinner

willing and obedient

surrendered and submitted

wholeheartedly following

Scriptures holy

sins are remitted

past buried

transgression all erased

cleansed, renewed

washed, sanctified, justified

Jesus’ name called

baptized

I am

baptized

called name, Jesus

justified, sanctified, washed

renewed, cleansed

erased, all transgressions

buried past

remitted are sins

Holy Scriptures

following wholeheartedly

submitted and surrendered

obedient and willing

sinner repentant.

 

1Peter 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:  

1Corinthians 6:11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.  Luke 24:47  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at
Jerusalem.   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 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  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.  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.  Acts 22:16  And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

The Application Made The Difference

 

Many years ago when I was a kid, I went through a stage that most children go through where I was constantly falling down and skinning or scraping my knees. I remember one day in particular, my mom had this new medicine that she said she was going to try out on my wound. She assured me that this new stuff, which was called Bactine, would not sting like the peroxide that she usually used. I said, “Okay mom. I believe that the Bactine really works, and it will help my owie get better.” Then my mom and I sat there and just stared in wonder at the bottle of Bactine as we believed in our minds that this new medicine helps heal wounds.

NOT! That’s not what we did! My mom followed the directions on the package, took the cap off the container and sprayed some of the liquid onto my wounded knee. Did my scrape get better? Yes, it did. My mom believed, and I believed that the Bactine would be effective in healing my wound, but Bactine actually had no effect until it came out of the bottle and was applied.

From a child, I had heard the story of Jesus Christ. I believed that He was born into this world, died on the cross and was buried and rose again on the third day. This is the gospel message, and I believed it.(or at least I thought I believed it)Was it relevant to my every day life? Did it change me and give me power to overcome sinful habits and live a victorious life? No, the gospel had absolutely no effect on my life, until I came to the place(by God’s grace and leading)where I understood that I needed to apply the gospel. Jesus died on the cross, so death was the place where I needed to begin. I had to die to my sinful nature and lifestyle through repentance. I asked God to forgive me of every sin I had ever committed and to help me not to continue doing those things that did not please Him. Next came the burial. The Bible likens baptism in several places to a burial. I saw that in the Scriptures. I also saw that everyone in the Bible that was baptized was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so I followed that pattern. What was it that caused Jesus to be able to rise from the dead? It was the Spirit of God that dwelt in Him. I needed God’s Spirit to come and dwell in me so I could be raised up to walk in newness of life. This is what happened to me when I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, just like they did in the book of Acts. ( Acts 2:1-4, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:1-6) It was a miracle! I felt the Spirit of God in such an incredible way as I spoke in other tongues for the very first time. In Acts 1:8, Jesus told His disciples that they would receive power after they received the Holy Ghost. I found that to be true in my life. God began to empower me through the Holy Ghost to lay down the things that were contrary to the way a Christian should live.

So why am I writing this? Maybe there are others out there like me who have heard of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Mentally, you believe it, but it hasn’t really impacted your life in the way you had hoped. Perhaps you have repented and asked God for forgiveness, but this is as far as you have gone. You want to live for God, but you find yourself continually falling back into temptation or just not having joy in your relationship with God. Could it be that you have not fully applied the gospel to your life? If you’ve never been baptized in Jesus’ name, I challenge you to read and study the book of Acts, and then I dare you to obey God and do it! If you’ve never received the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, don’t sell yourself short. This experience is for you, and it will not only give you joy and power to live an overcoming life, but it will help you to be a witness for Jesus.

We came into this world with a terrible disease called sin, but God in His love and grace provided the remedy – the gospel. It is effective – when applied. The application made the difference for me. It can make the difference for you too!

“In The Authority Of” and the Necessity of Water Baptism

I am not going to beat the subject of water baptism to death, but I did feel that there were a few more things I needed to say on the topic. If this is the first post you’re reading on this, you may want to go back and read the post before this one and also the post that Debs did here on her blog. This post relates to both of these.

Those that adhere to the Triune formula of baptism based on Matthew 28:19 oppose the Jesus name formula for baptism by saying that “in the name of Jesus” does not mean that the baptizer needs to say the name of Jesus in baptism, rather it is just meaning that they are baptizing the candidate ‘in the authority of Jesus’.

If this argument is valid, then it is equally true that baptism “in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost’ (Matthew 28:19) also only means in the authority of the Father, Son & Holy Ghost, and therefore we do not need to repeat the formula ‘In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost’ either. This would leave us with no baptismal formula that needed to be said! If, as some claim, “the name of Jesus means the authority of Jesus” then so much more should the NAME, rather than titles, be called over an individual in baptism.

The Necessity of Baptism

As far as baptism not being a part of the plan of salvation, I don’t believe this view lines up with Scripture.

Mark 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

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

 

1Peter 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:

 

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

 

Consider the story of the Philippian jailer in Acts 16.  If you read the chapter, you’ll see that Paul, who was accompanied by Silas, casts a demon out of a young lady that had been following them around.  This lady had been possessed by a spirit of divination(fortunetelling), and when her masters saw that their hope of continuing to make profit from her was gone, they were ticked and managed to get others stirred up against Paul and Silas to the point of having them beaten and thrown in prison.  In spite of their beaten and bloody condition, they manage to sing and praise the Lord, and all the prisoners hear them. (verse 25) God sends an earthquake so powerful that the prison doors open and all the prisoner’s bands are loosed. The jailer wakes from his sleep and freaks out at what he sees. Perhaps he was thinking everyone would escape and he would lose his job, so he pulls out his sword, ready to take his own life.(v.27)

 

Here’s the rest of the story.  (Why do I suddenly feel like Paul Harvey? J)

 

Acts 16:27  And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

16:28  But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

16:29  Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

16:30  And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

16:31  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

16:32  And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

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

 

In verse 28, Paul sees the plight of the jailer and calls out for him not to hurt himself, assuring him that all of the prisoners are still there. In verses 29 and 30, we see the jailer trembling and falling down before Paul and Silas. Then, he asks them a very important question. “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Their response? –Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” They did not tell him, believe, and you are saved, but rather you shall be saved. (future tense) Verse 32 tells us that Paul and Silas “spake unto him the word of the Lord.” What exactly did they say? The Scripture does not tell us outright, but verse 32 tells us that the jailer washed their stripes and then him and all his household were baptized. If baptism is a non-issue and not a part of the plan of salvation, then why would Paul and Silas bother to baptize these folks? (see Mark 16:16)

 

What Doth Hinder Me To Be Baptized?

 

Consider the case of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts chapter 8.  First of all, before the eunuch comes on the scene, the Lord begins to set things in motion for Philip(a follower of Jesus) to meet this man.

 

Acts 8:26  And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.

8:27  And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

8:28  Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

8:29  Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

 

The Lord directs Philip to go to this man who is sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah.

 

Act 8:30  And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

Act 8:31  And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

 

It’s amazing to me that even though we are imperfect human beings, God can still take us and use us to help us open up another person’s understanding.

 

Verse 32 and 33 tell us what the eunuch was reading.

 

Acts 8:32  The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

8:33  In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

 

In verse 34, the eunuch asks Philip who Isaiah is talking about in these verses. What does Philip say?

Act 8:35  Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

 

What exactly did Philip say? The Scripture does not give us a word for word conversation between the two, but look what the eunuch asks Philip in verse 36.

 

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?

 

I don’t think I’m being presumptuous to say that baptism must have entered into their conversation. Why else would the eunuch bring it up? Verse 37 gives us Philip’s response.

 

Act 8:37  And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Act 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.

 

What was Philip’s pre-requisite to baptizing this man? He told him that if he believed with all his heart, then yes, he would baptize him.  Once again, I refer back to Mark 16:16.

 

The Gospel

 

If I were to ask most folks that consider themselves Christians what the gospel is, I would probably get an answer similar to this. The gospel is the good news of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. I can agree with that, but just how is the gospel applied to our lives. Without going into a lengthy explanation, this is what I believe.

 

Jesus died – We repent. (Romans 6:1,2)

 

Jesus was buried – We are baptized. (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12)

 

Jesus resurrected – We receive His Spirit(the Holy Ghost)

 

I do encourage those who are reading here to study this out more on your own. This is by no means an exhaustive study concerning baptism.

 

Paul tells us in the book of Timothy:

 

2Timothy 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

And Jesus told us:

 

John 5:39  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

 

May God bless you and guide you as you study His precious Word!

Concerning Baptism In Jesus’ Name

If you don’t like long readings, do not read this post. It’s going to be lengthy. Someone recently asked a question on a blog concerning baptism, and this is designed to share the things concerning baptism that I have come to understand through studying the Scripture. I’m by no means a theologian, but I would like to share my thoughts on the subject. Here is the question that was asked.

 

How do you reconcile the words of Jesus Himself in Matthew 28:19 with baptizing a person in Jesus name?  Jesus said in 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.”

 

This is a great question and one that deserves an answer. Before we look at any other Scriptures, let’s take a closer look at this verse and the verses surrounding it to clarify who Jesus is talking to here.

 

The Great Commission

 

Matthew 28:16  Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

28:17  And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

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:

28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

Jesus was speaking to his 11 disciples at this time. Judas, who was one of the original twelve had already betrayed the Lord and took his life, reducing the number of apostles from 12 to ll. Jesus tells them in verse 18 that all power is given unto him in heaven and in earth, and using His authority, He gives them a command in verse 19. These were some of the last words spoken by Jesus to His disciples before he ascended to heaven, and many refer to this as The Great Commission.  Jesus mentions in verse 19 that he wants them to teach all nations and baptize them in the “name” which is singular. Father, Son and Holy Ghost are not names but rather titles or ways in which the One true God manifested Himself.  We as humans have different roles or positions that we fill. I am a wife, mother and daughter, but that does not mean I am three persons. I am one person fulfilling different roles or relationships, and I only have one name.  I believe the apostles understood that the “name” that the Lord was referring to was Jesus, and they fulfilled this command of the Lord by baptizing in Jesus’ name.

 

I’d Rather Take The Words of Jesus

 

An argument I have heard brought up over the years by some is that they would rather take the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:19 than the words of Peter in Acts 2:38 when he told the group to whom he was preaching to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

The Bible states in II Timothy 3:16 ,“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: “

 

According to this verse, the words of Jesus would not carry any more weight than the words of Peter. Both were equally inspired by God as they spoke.  Jesus gave His apostles a command to teach, and he also gave them authority. Before He went to the cross, He even prayed for those in the future that would come to believe in Him through the teachings of the apostles.

 

 

In John 17 as we read about Jesus praying, we can see that he began praying for his disciples. (verse 6-20) In verse 20, Jesus mentions that He is not just praying for the disciples alone but for them which would come to believe on Him through their words.(the apostles words) John 17:20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

 

 

For this reason, I believe it’s important to look closely at what the apostles preached and taught, but before we do this, let’s take a look at what some of the other apostles wrote about Jesus’ last words before he ascended.

 

Mark and Luke’s Accounts

 

Mark 16:14  Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

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

16:17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

16:18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

16:19  So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

16:20  And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

 

Here, we see again that Jesus is talking to the eleven disciples. In verse 15, he gives them the commission to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. In the next verse he tells them that he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. Believeth what? The gospel according to verse 15. In the light of verse 16, I find it hard to understand how some can say that baptism is not a part of the plan of salvation.

 

We can also read Luke’s account of Jesus’ last words to his disciples before his ascension.

 

Luk 24:33  And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, (The “they” in this verse is referring to the 2 that were on the road to Emmaus with Jesus. They had just returned and began to share with the disciples the things that had just happened to them.) While these two were speaking with the disciples, Jesus suddenly appears in the midst of them.

 

Luk 24:36  And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

 

Jesus begins to speak to them and give them some instruction.

 

 

 

Luk 24:44  And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

Luk 24:45  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

Luk 24:46  And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

Luk 24:47  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Luk 24:48  And ye are witnesses of these things.

Luk 24:49  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Luk 24:50  And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

Luk 24:51  And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

Luk 24:52  And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

Luk 24:53  And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

 

Here in these verses, we can read about Jesus opening the understanding of His disciples. We do not see Jesus mentioning anything here about baptism, but take note of verse 47. Jesus tells his disciples that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name and that this should start in Jerusalem. This will be important later on in this post.

 

Before we go to the book of Acts to see what the apostles preached and to look at actual baptisms, I would like to share some Scriptures that talk about the importance of the name of Jesus.

 

That Wonderful Name

 

 

Act 4:10  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

Act 4:11  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

Act 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

If baptism is a part of the plan of salvation, and there is salvation in the name of Jesus, then doesn’t it make sense that one would be baptized in the saving name?

 

Colossians 3:17  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

 

We pray for our food in Jesus’ name. We pray for the sick in Jesus’ name. Why would we not want to baptize in His name?

 

Philippians 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

2:9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

 

There is no greater name than the name of Jesus. Jesus said in Matthew that all power in heaven and in earth is given unto him. There is power in the name of Jesus! Why not be baptized in His powerful, saving name?

 

The First Sermon On The Birthday Of The Church

 

We looked at the verse in Luke already where Jesus told His disciples that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations beginning at Jerusalem. This is exactly what happened in Acts the 2nd chapter.

 

As the spirit of God began to be poured out on the day of Pentecost(verses 1-4), a curious crowd began to gather around that wanted to know what was happening. Verses 14-36 record the words that Peter began to preach to them. At the conclusion of his message there were those that were “pricked in their hearts.” They were convicted of their sin. They knew that what Peter was saying was true. They wanted to know what they should do. We can read what Peter tells them in verse 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.

 

Let’s take a look again at Luke 24:47.

 

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

 

What were the first words out of Peter’s mouth? Repent! Then he told them to be baptized, and guess whose name they were supposed to use? Jesus! And why were they supposed to be baptized? Peter said it was for the remission of sins. Guess where this message was preached? Jerusalem! It’s all right there, and it’s what Jesus had told them to do in the book of Luke!

 

Remission of Sins

 

Hebrews 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

 

In reading this chapter of the book of Hebrews, we can understand that Jesus through shedding His blood became the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Without the shedding of His blood, we could have no remission or forgiveness for our sins. We must have His blood applied to us in order to have remission of sins. Just how do we get His blood applied to us? I believe it happens when we are water baptized in Jesus’ name.

 

In Acts 22, Paul recounts his conversion experience, and in verse 16 tells of the words that Ananias spoke to him concerning baptism.

 

Acts 22:16  And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Using the Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary on e-sword(our computer Bible) I see that “wash away” in the Greek means to wash fully or have remitted.

 

Other Baptisms In The Bible

 

Believers in Samaria

 

Act 8:14  Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

Act 8:15  Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

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

 

First Gentile Believers

 

Act 10:44  While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

Act 10:45  And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Act 10:46  For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

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

Act 10:48  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. (Jesus is the name of the Lord? –see Acts 2:36, 9:4-5)

 

Believers At Ephesus Rebaptized

 

Act 19:1  And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

Act 19:2  He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

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

Act 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.

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

Act 19:6  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Act 19:7  And all the men were about twelve.

 

These 12 men here were disciples of John the Baptist. They had already been baptized by John. If as some say, it does not matter how we are baptized, then why did these men allow Paul to rebaptize them in the name of Jesus?

 

 

Without exception, everyone that was baptized in the Bible was baptized in Jesus’ name.  

 

I apologize for such a long post, but I really felt I had to share it. The reason why this is so important to me is that the Bible gives an exhortation in Jude 3 to “earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints.” I believe baptism is part of that faith and that it is effective when it is done the way Christ and the apostle’s taught. I am in no way trying to slam anybody or be judgmental, but I just wanted to share what the Bible has to say on this subject. Aren’t you glad I didn’t delve into historical references on baptism? 🙂

 

 

Reaping Season!

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.  Psalm 126:5,6

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  Galatians 6:9

 

It has been evident the past few weeks at our church that we have entered into a reaping season. ( a harvest of souls!) There have been many weeks of outreach, witnessing, inviting people to church, teaching Bible studies and prayer, and I believe God is honoring the effort that is going forth. Today was a day of great joy as Bhobhi(pronounced “Bobbie”) was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of her sins. Bhobhi is one of the ladies in the Bible study that I have been privileged to teach on Tuesday afternoons. I am so excited about what God is doing in her life! Since the beginning of the month we’ve been seeing an increase of new visitors coming through our doors, many seeking God in the altars and some of them being filled with the baptism of the Holy Ghost. I give God all the glory and praise! We had a wonderful altar service today in children’s church too. Even though this is geared toward children, we have seen adults respond too and come forward and pray in the altar. One of the ladies from our church brought her mother with her today. Her mom understands some English, but speaks mostly in Spanish. At the close of the lesson in kid’s church she came forward and was praying. God really touched her, and she told her daughter later that she really felt the presence of God. At the same time, the granddaughter of this lady(her name is Sasha)was praying too. Sasha is only 5 or 6, and she has prayed up front before, but today there was a marked difference. It was beautiful and priceless to see this little girl with uplifted hands and tears streaming down her face as she worshipped God. She was very close to receiving the Holy Ghost, and I don’t think it will be long before God fills her to overflowing.

Below are some pictures from the baptism. I’m overjoyed and appreciative of what God is doing and am believing Him for even greater things. Thank you, Jesus!

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Bhobhi, preparing for baptism.

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Ready to go under.

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Down she goes in the lovely name of Jesus!

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Rejoicing!

Bible Study Update

A few weeks ago, I had mentioned that I was excited,because God had opened a door for me to teach a Bible study to 3 ladies.  These ladies all live in the apartment complex of another lady named Jeannie who attends my church. Our first Bible study went well, and all 3 ladies seemed to enjoy and express looking forward to the next Bible study. Last week, I had two of the ladies in attendance. The other lady was sick and also had some family issues with which she was dealing. Today was our 3rd Bible study, and I only had one of the ladies that was able to make it, but I really felt like this was God’s will.  Last week, this lady to came to our midweek Bible study at church, and she was really listening and taking a lot of notes. Afterward, she told my husband how much she had enjoyed coming. This lady seems to be very hungry for more of God.

In our Bible study today, we talked about the resurrection, the commission Jesus gave to the apostles and how they obeyed it, the infilling of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues and what the Bible has to say about water baptism.  She was very attentive, asked some good questions, and praise God, He gave me some good answers!  The thing I really like about teaching Bible studies is when “the lights come on.” I’m talking about those moments of teaching when all of a sudden a Scripture just clicks or they see a truth in God’s Word.  Those times to me, are just so wonderful. God’s Word is alive and powerful, and what a joy it is when His Word can penetrate into our hearts or into the heart of someone else that we care about.  I’m thankful for what God is doing and am believing Him for great things in this Bible study.