Summary: verse by verse through Acts

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You know there’s some things that we can do to express important messages without ever saying a word.

Flag in the front yard – “I love my country…it’s the best…”

Sports team jersey – “I love this team…it’s the best…”

Wedding ring – “I love my spouse…they’re the best…”

[2] Being baptized is another wonderful way to give a very important message. The message that you love Jesus and that He is simply awesome. Baptism is a vivid display of the grace of God in your life and every person should be baptized after they come to faith.

Now there’s a few different ways in which people are baptized.

[3] Some people get sprinkled with water at baptism.

[4] Some people get dipped into the water at baptism.

[5] Some people get dunked under the water at baptism.

And some people, well, some people have their own ideas on how to be baptized. [6]

[7] Now we believe that the proper way for a person to be baptized is to be immersed completely under the water. After all, that’s what the word “baptize” actually means – to immerse. Also, that’s the way people were baptized in the Bible. There’s not one example of a sprinkling or dipping baptism in the Scriptures. Baptism itself is such a beautiful expression of what God has done in a person’s life. We’re lowered into the water as an expression of our old life passing away, and we’re raised up out of the water as a display of our new life with Christ who’s washed our sins away. God’s plan is that the act of baptism be a vivid display of His grace in a person’s life.

A couple weeks ago we looked at the wonderful story of a person coming to faith and then being baptized almost immediately. Turn with me to Acts 8:34. This is the story of how Philip found an Ethiopian eunuch who was reading from the prophet Isaiah but didn’t understand what it meant.

[Read Acts 8:34-38.]

This guy came to understand that Jesus was the Savior, he put his faith in Him, and as a display of his faith he was baptized right then and there. But why would the Ethiopian ask to be baptized? I mean, how did he know about the importance of baptism?

Remember, he had went to Jerusalem to worship and was on his way back home. He probably went to Jerusalem during the festivals surrounding Pentecost which were during the time that Christianity exploded on the scene. On the day of Pentecost alone there were 3,000 people saved and baptized in the same day! Everyone would have seen the spectacle of thousands of people lined up at the Jewish mikvahs to be baptized.

‘Mikvahs’ were pools designed for ritual cleansing by faithful Jews that were all around the temple there. Now they were being used to symbolize the cleansing from sin that only Jesus could give. The Eunuch had probably learned of baptism while in Jerusalem and asked Philip if he could be baptized that all the new Christians he’d observed getting baptized there. It’s a beautiful thing.

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