The Birth and Expanstion of Christianity

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Part Three : 

Part Three The Birth and Expansion Of Christianity Home Bible Study

Introduction : 

Introduction Part Two of this Bible study details events surrounding the establishment and expansion of the Christian religion. Some of the major events were as follows: 1. Acts 2:1-4 - - The promise of the Father received by the disciples of Christ 2. Acts 2:5-47 - - Conversion of Jews 3. Acts 8:1-17 - - Conversion of Samaritans 4. Acts 9: 1-18 - - Conversion of Saul/Paul 5. Acts 10:1-44 - - Conversion of Gentiles 6. Acts 19:1-6 - - Converts of Paul

Color Code Information : 

Color Code Information The individual slide topic notes are located at the top of each slide. The notes indicate what the contents of the slides are about. Scriptures are shown in the color of yellow unless colored otherwise and/or underlined for emphasis sake. The location of scriptures are shown in the color of green. Author’s notes are usually colored pink.

Douay-Rehims Catholic Bible : 

Douay-Rehims Catholic Bible Occasionally in this Bible study I will duplicate a Bible verse slide using the Douay-Rehims Catholic Bible instead of the King James Bible, which is otherwise used. The purpose for this is so the reader can see the relationship between the verses in the two Bibles. The color code for the use of those slides will be mostly red.

The Birth of Christianity : 

The Birth of Christianity Just before ascending into heaven, Jesus promised his disciples that they were going to receive a special gift from God. As instructed they expectantly worshiped and waited for that promise in an upstairs room in Jerusalem. Many Jews came from surrounding nations during the feast of Pentecost. (author’s note)

The promise of the Father : 

The promise of the Father Luke 24:46-53 46 …Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And ye are witnesses of these things. 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.

The promise of the Father : 

The promise of the Father Luke 24:46-53 46 And he said to them: Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise again from the dead, the third day: 47 And that penance and remission of sins should be preached in his name, unto all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. 49 And I send the promise of my Father upon you: but stay you in the city till you be endued with power from on high. (Douay-Rehims Catholic Bible)

The Beginning of the Promise : 

The Beginning of the Promise Luke 24:46-53 50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

The Beginning of the Promise : 

The Beginning of the Promise Acts 1:1-14 1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

The Beginning of the Promise : 

The Beginning of the Promise Acts 1:1-14 4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

The Beginning of the Promise : 

The Beginning of the Promise Acts 1:1-14 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

The Beginning of the Promise : 

The Beginning of the Promise Acts 1:1-14 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. 12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.

The Beginning of the Promise : 

The Beginning of the Promise Acts 1:1-14 13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

The Promise Confirmed : 

The Promise Confirmed Acts 2:1-4 1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Acts 2:1-4 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

The Christian church established in the earth : 

The Christian church established in the earth Acts 2:1-4 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. Acts 2:1-4 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The Promise Confirmed : 

The Promise Confirmed Acts 2:1-4 1 And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: Acts 2:1-4 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

The Christian church established in the earth : 

The Christian church established in the earth Acts 2:1-4 3 And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: Acts 2:1-4 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.

What was the day of Pentecost? : 

What was the day of Pentecost? The birth of Christianity began on what is known as the day of Pentecost. Pentecost was a Jewish festival called the feast of Weeks (Exodus 34:22). It was celebrated fifty days after the Passover (Leviticus 23:15-16). It was also called the feast of the Harvest (Exodus 23:16), because it concluded the harvest of the later grains. (author’s note)

Mary, the mother of Jesus, spoke with tongues. : 

Mary, the mother of Jesus, spoke with tongues. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was present on the day of Pentecost. Since the Bible says that they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke with other tongues, one is scripturally correct to conclude that she too spoke with other tongues.

Speaking with tongues in the Christian Church was foreseen by Isaiah. : 

Speaking with tongues in the Christian Church was foreseen by Isaiah. Isaiah 28:11-12 11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing….

Speaking with tongues in the Christian Church was foreseen by Isaiah. : 

Speaking with tongues in the Christian Church was foreseen by Isaiah. Isaiah 28:11-12 11 For with the speech of lips, and with another tongue he will speak to this people.12 To whom he said: This is my rest, refresh the weary, and this is my refreshing: and they would not hear.

Speaking with tongues:A definition by a scholar : 

Speaking with tongues:A definition by a scholar “The gift of tongues is the Spirit-given ability to speak in languages not known to the speaker or in an ecstatic language that could not normally be understood by the speaker or the hearers.” (Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)

The promise of the Father and the new birth are interrelated. : 

The promise of the Father and the new birth are interrelated. John 3:3-6 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

The promise of the Father and the new birth are interrelated. : 

The promise of the Father and the new birth are interrelated. John 3:3-6 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

The promise of the Father and the new birth are interrelated. : 

The promise of the Father and the new birth are interrelated. John 3:7-8 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

The promise of the Father wasforeseen by the prophet Joel. : 

The promise of the Father wasforeseen by the prophet Joel. Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

Observers on the day of Pentecost wereaffected in different ways. : 

Observers on the day of Pentecost wereaffected in different ways. Acts 2:12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Knowing that the followers of Jesus were speaking the mighty works of God in languages that they had not learned, unbelieving Jews were amazed and in doubt. (author’s note)

Newly converted Christians were accused ofbeing drunk on new wine. : 

Newly converted Christians were accused ofbeing drunk on new wine. Acts 2:13-14 13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. 14 But Peter… said… Acts 2:15 15 ...these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

Christianity was substantiatedby the prophet Joel. : 

Christianity was substantiatedby the prophet Joel. Acts 2:16-17 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days,… I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: The Apostle Peter explained to them that speaking with tongues was a confirmation of a prophecy spoken by Joel, an Old Testament prophet. (author’s note)

Peter was given keys to the kingdom of heaven. : 

Peter was given keys to the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 16:17-19 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Peter was given keys to the kingdom of heaven. : 

Peter was given keys to the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 16:17-19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Part of a sermon preached by Peter to the Jews : 

Part of a sermon preached by Peter to the Jews Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. The Apostle Peter, being the spokesman for the church, first used the keys of the kingdom of heaven in the second chapter of The Acts of the Apostles. (author’s note)

Part of a sermon preached by Peter to the Jews : 

Part of a sermon preached by Peter to the Jews Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? The preached word of God convicted many Jews of their sins. Recorded here is the first question in the New Testament asked by sinners about how to be saved. (author’s note)

Part of a sermon preached by Peter to the Jews : 

Part of a sermon preached by Peter to the Jews Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly, that God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, whom you have crucified. Acts 2:37 Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart, and said to Peter, and to the rest of the apostles: What shall we do, men and brethren?

The keys of the kingdom of heaven activated : 

The keys of the kingdom of heaven activated 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.

The keys of the kingdom of heaven activated : 

The keys of the kingdom of heaven activated Acts 2:38 But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Who can receive the promise of the Father? : 

Who can receive the promise of the Father? Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature….

Who can receive the promise of the Father? : 

Who can receive the promise of the Father? Acts 2:39 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call. 2 Peter 1:4 By whom he hath given us most great and precious promises: that by these you may be made partakers of the divine nature….

Sinners were exhorted to“Save yourselves.” : 

Sinners were exhorted to“Save yourselves.” Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 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.

Sinners were exhorted to“Save yourselves.” : 

Sinners were exhorted to“Save yourselves.” Acts 2:40 And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation. Acts 2:41 They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there were added in that day about three thousand souls.

Repentance: A prerequisiteto the new birth : 

Repentance: A prerequisiteto the new birth Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.

Repentance: A prerequisiteto the new birth : 

Repentance: A prerequisiteto the new birth 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

Repentance: A prerequisiteto the new birth : 

Repentance: A prerequisiteto the new birth 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

The Samaritans receivedthe Word of God : 

The Samaritans receivedthe Word of God Acts 8:5-6 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

Peter again used the keys ofthe kingdom of heaven : 

Peter again used the keys ofthe kingdom of heaven Acts 8:14-17 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: 15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

The keys included beingbaptized in Jesus name. : 

The keys included beingbaptized in Jesus name. Acts 8:14-17 16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

The keys included beingbaptized in Jesus name. : 

The keys included beingbaptized in Jesus name. Acts 8:14-17 16 For he was not as yet come upon any of them; but they were only baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.17 Then they laid their hands upon them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

The promise of the Father was extended to the Gentiles. : 

The promise of the Father was extended to the Gentiles. Acts 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, The Apostle Peter, having the keys of the kingdom of heaven, carried the Christian message of salvation to the Gentiles. (author’s note)

Cornelius was a good manwho loved and feared God. : 

Cornelius was a good manwho loved and feared God. Acts 10:2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always. Acts 10:3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.

An angel told Cornelius to send for the Apostle Peter : 

An angel told Cornelius to send for the Apostle Peter Acts 10:4-5 4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. 5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:

The angel told Cornelius where the Apostle Peter lived. : 

The angel told Cornelius where the Apostle Peter lived. Acts 10:6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.

The angel told Cornelius that he was not yet saved. : 

The angel told Cornelius that he was not yet saved. Acts 11:13-14 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; 14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.

Cornelius was willing to hear what Peter had to say. : 

Cornelius was willing to hear what Peter had to say. Acts 10:33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.

Cornelius was instructed to believe in Jesus. : 

Cornelius was instructed to believe in Jesus. Acts 10:42-43 42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

The promise of the Father came when they believed in Jesus. : 

The promise of the Father came when they believed in Jesus. Acts 10:44 While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.

The promise of the Father came when they believed in Jesus. : 

The promise of the Father came when they believed in Jesus. Acts 10:44 While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them that heard the word. Acts 10:46 For they heard them speaking with tongues, and magnifying God.

Peter again used the keys of the kingdom of heaven. : 

Peter again used the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Acts 10:44-48 46 …Then answered Peter, 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Retelling what happened, the Apostle Peter said: : 

Retelling what happened, the Apostle Peter said: Acts 11:15-17 15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. 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.

Continuing, Peter said: : 

Continuing, Peter said: Acts 11:17 17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

God’s plan of salvationremained the same. : 

God’s plan of salvationremained the same. When the promise of the Father was given to the Gentiles, they spoke with tongues and were baptized just as were the Jews. See The Acts of the Apostles, chapter two, verses 1-4 & 37-38. (author’s note)

Isaiah said many wouldn’t accept speaking with tongues : 

Isaiah said many wouldn’t accept speaking with tongues Isaiah 28:11-12 11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

Example of people who resisted the gospel message. : 

Example of people who resisted the gospel message. Acts 6:9-10, 12 9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.

Example of people who resisted the gospel message. : 

Example of people who resisted the gospel message. Acts 6:9–10, 12 10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. 12 And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,….

Extreme anger of people who resisted the gospel message. : 

Extreme anger of people who resisted the gospel message. Acts 7:51 & 54 Stephen said, “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.” 54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

Extreme anger of people who resisted the gospel message. : 

Extreme anger of people who resisted the gospel message. Acts 7:58-59 58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

After murdering Stephen, Saul’s rage was unstoppable. : 

After murdering Stephen, Saul’s rage was unstoppable. Acts 9:1-6 1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

Saul was struck down andquestioned by God! : 

Saul was struck down andquestioned by God! Acts 9:1-6 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Saul asked a question andwas shocked with the answer. : 

Saul asked a question andwas shocked with the answer. Acts 9:1-6 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Saul realized that he wasfighting against God. : 

Saul realized that he wasfighting against God. Acts 9:1-6 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

Saul, later the Apostle Paul,received the Holy Ghost. : 

Saul, later the Apostle Paul,received the Holy Ghost. Acts 9:17-18 17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

Saul was also baptized. : 

Saul was also baptized. Acts 9:17-18 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

Water baptism washed away the sins of Saul (Paul) : 

Water baptism washed away the sins of Saul (Paul) 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 words, “wash away thy sins,” relate to the words of the Apostle Peter when he said, “Repent and be baptized, everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). (author’s note)

Water baptism washed away the sins of Saul (Paul) : 

Water baptism washed away the sins of Saul (Paul) Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? Rise up, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, invoking his name. See previous slide note.

The Apostle Paul believed inspeaking with tongues. He wrote: : 

The Apostle Paul believed inspeaking with tongues. He wrote: 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 1 Corinthians 14:39 ...forbid not to speak with tongues. Even though the Bible doesn’t give details about the conversion of Saul (Paul), speaking with tongues was both received and advocated by him. (author’s note)

The Apostle Paul believed inspeaking with tongues. He wrote: : 

The Apostle Paul believed inspeaking with tongues. He wrote: 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God I speak with all your tongues. 1 Corinthians 14:39 Wherefore, brethren, be zealous to prophesy; and forbid not to speak with tongues. See previous slide note.

Paul was certified by Jesus to preach the gospel. : 

Paul was certified by Jesus to preach the gospel. Galatians 1:11-12 11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Paul’s visit with Peter : 

Paul’s visit with Peter Galatians 1:15-19 15 But when it pleased God who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

Paul’s visit with Peter : 

Paul’s visit with Peter Galatians 1:15-19 17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. 19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.

What was the gospel preached by the Apostle Paul? : 

What was the gospel preached by the Apostle Paul? Acts 19:1-6 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,

Have you receive the Holy Ghost since you believed? : 

Have you receive the Holy Ghost since you believed? Acts 19:1-6 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.

The importance of baptismas a part of salvation : 

The importance of baptismas a part of salvation Acts 19:1-6 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.

The Apostle Paul explainedJohn’s baptism. : 

The Apostle Paul explainedJohn’s baptism. Acts 19:1-6 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.

They were again baptized and then spoke with tongues. : 

They were again baptized and then spoke with tongues. Acts 19:1-6 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

They were again baptized and then spoke with tongues. : 

They were again baptized and then spoke with tongues. Acts 19:1-6 5 Having heard these things, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had imposed his hands on them, the Holy Ghost came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

Christians are buried with Christ by being baptized. : 

Christians are buried with Christ by being baptized. Romans 6:3-4 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 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.

Baptism in a proper name is inferred by Paul. : 

Baptism in a proper name is inferred by Paul. 1 Corinthians 1:13-15 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.

The Apostle Peter considered baptism to be important. : 

The Apostle Peter considered baptism to be important. 1 Peter 3:20-21 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when 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. 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us….

Jesus Christ considered baptism to be important. : 

Jesus Christ considered baptism to be important. Mark 16:16 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Paul shared a synopses of God and his church. : 

Paul shared a synopses of God and his church. Ephesians 4:4-6 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Believers are to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. : 

Believers are to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. Jude 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, And exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Believers are to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. : 

Believers are to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. Jude 3 Dearly beloved, taking all care to write unto you concerning your common salvation, I was under a necessity to write unto you: to beseech you to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.

A plan for one’s pursuit of spiritual enlightenment : 

A plan for one’s pursuit of spiritual enlightenment John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Philippians 2:12 ...work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

One’s pursuit of truth is aprogressive endeavor. : 

One’s pursuit of truth is aprogressive endeavor. Jesus said, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” (John 16:13).

The Berean’s pursuit was more noble than that of many. : 

The Berean’s pursuit was more noble than that of many. Acts 17:10-12 10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

The Berean’s pursuit was more noble than that of many. : 

The Berean’s pursuit was more noble than that of many. Acts 17:10-12 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

The Berean’s pursuit was more noble than that of many. : 

The Berean’s pursuit was more noble than that of many. Acts 17:10-12 12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

Heavily laden? There is an answer to your life’s needs. : 

Heavily laden? There is an answer to your life’s needs. Matthew 11:28-30 28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Approaching God with a proper attitude. : 

Approaching God with a proper attitude. Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Approaching God with a proper attitude. : 

Approaching God with a proper attitude. Psalms 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Modern Apostolic Churches : 

Modern Apostolic Churches The Christian doctrines of Repentance, Water Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost (Spirit) baptism, were prevalent in the early Christian church, and are yet taught in an Apostolic or Pentecostal Church near you. (author’s note)

A Special Invitationto You : 

A Special Invitationto You Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will , let him take the water of life freely.

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