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Summary: Although baptism is not necessary for salvation, it is the other side of the coin so to speak. It is an important first step of obedience for the saved. The new believer should be baptized ASAP and without delay. If one truly trusts the Lord, nothing shou

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THE CONVERSION & BAPTISM OF THE EUNUCH

Before we go to our message, may I address some questions concerns.

QUESTIONS ABOUT ELDERS

1. Why don’t we have Elders? We do but we believe that Elders--the person

(presbuteros=presbyterian--rule of elders) and Overseers--the office

(episkopos=episcopalian--rule of a bishop) and Pastors--the task

(poimen=shepherd) are synonymous.

Acts 20:28=“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the

Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God,

which he bought with his own blood.” V.17=elders.

1 Peter 5:2=“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving

as overseers.” V.1=elders.

2. What is the task of Elders?

✴ 1 Tim. 5:17=“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are

worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and

teaching.” Acts 6:2-3=“So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together

and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of

God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among

you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this

responsibility over to them.”

QUESTIONS ABOUT DEACONS & DEACONESSES

1. Who are they? Deacons are men & Deaconesses are women, 1 Tim.

3:11=”women”, (Amplified & ASV); Rom. 16:1-2 “deaconess” (Amp. & Phillips).

2. What is their task?

Acts 6:2-4, “So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, ‘It

would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in

order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who

are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this

responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the

ministry of the word.’”

Acts 6:7, “So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in

Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became

obedient to the faith.” Acts 8:2-7, “That set off a terrific persecution of the

church in Jerusalem. The believers were all scattered throughout Judea

and Samaria. All, that is, but the apostles. Good and brave men buried

Stephen, giving him a solemn funeral—not many dry eyes that day! And

Saul just went wild, devastating the church, entering house after house

after house, dragging men and women off to jail. Forced to leave home

base, the followers of Jesus all became missionaries. Wherever they were

scattered, they preached the Message about Jesus.”

✴ The first deacon (cf. Acts 6:5) became the first martyr (Acts 7:59). The

second deacon, Philip (Acts 6:5), had a thriving ministry in the city of

Samaria (Acts 8:6-8).

THE CONVERSION AND BAPTISM OF THE EUNUCH

1. The Unquestioning Obedience of Philip, Acts 8:26. He was diverted from his

successful ministry in Samaria to a “desert road” without any explanation and

Philip obeyed without delay or reservation.


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