- Acts 2:37-41 – Peter ministering to the Jews
What is it they heard? Vs. 37
How did they respond? Vs. 37
What is the first thing Peter commanded them to do? Vs. 38
2ndthing? Vs. 38
What is Peter’s promise if they respond appropriately? Vs. 38
Note also his ongoing exhortation? Vs. 40
Who were the ones who got baptized according to vs. 41?
What was the setting of this event?
As far as we know from this passage, what is true of every person who was baptized?
2. Acts 8:12,13 Phillip ministering to the Samaritans & Simon
What was Phillip proclaiming to the Samaritans? Vs. 5
Who was being baptized according to vs. 12?
What do we know about any response they might have made before they were baptized? Vs. 12
Who else got baptized there in Samaria? Vs. 13
What did he do before he was baptized – or what preceded that? Vs. 13
3. Acts 8:26-39 – Phillip ministering to the Ethiopian Eunuch
Setting – Eth. Eunuch riding in his chariot back home from Jerusalem, where he had gone to worship, reading the book of Isaiah (ch. 53) outloud.
What did the Holy Spirit tell Phillip to do? Vs. 29
Did the Eth. Eunuch understand what he was reading? Vs. 30,31
What was the Eth. Eunuch’s confusion re: Isa. 53? Vs. 34
What did Phillip talk to this guy about? Vs. 35
How long might this conv. Have taken? Vs. 35,36
Whose idea was it for the eunuch to get baptized? Vs. 36
What came first baptism or belief?
What result did this experience have on the Eunuch? Vs. 39
4. Acts 9:17,18 – Ananias ministering to Saul/Paul (cf. 22:12-16)
How did Ananias address Paul?
What was his initial concern for Paul? 9:17; 22:14,15
How did Ananias feel about Paul potentially delaying baptism? 22:16
What things does Ananias command Paul to do in 22:16?
5. Acts 10:44-48 – Peter ministering to Cornelius and Gang
What is true of Cornelius and his comrades according to vs. 47?
How did Peter communicate to them that they should be baptized? Vs. 48 suggest?
6. Acts 16:14,15 – Paul, Luke, Timothy ministering to Lydia & family
What do we know about this lady Lydia from vs. 14?
Did she respond to the gospel?
Who all got baptized?
This is the first mention in the book of Acts of children possibly being baptized.
7. Acts 16:23-34 – Paul & Silas ministering to the Philippian Jailer & his family
What did Paul and Silas say was necessary to be saved? Vs. 31
What did they do after this? Vs. 32
What did they do after this? Vs. 33
How did the jailer feel after all this? Vs. 34
8. Acts 18:7,8 – Paul ministering to Crispus & family & other Corinthians
Who is he in vs. 7?
For he, his family and the other Corinthians there, what two things did they do starting with the letter b? vs. 8
Which came first?
2ndinstance of a whole family getting baptized.
9. Acts 19:1-7 – Paul ministering to “disciples” at Ephesus
Who is Paul talking to in vs. 2? “some disciples”
What did Paul do after they were baptized? Vs. 6
Why we do what we do.
Baptism and cleansing or washing:
Acts 15:9 “and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.” (see vs. 11 for statement of how one is saved)
Acts 22:16 “Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.”
Eph. 5:26 “that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,”
Titus 3:5 “he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.”
I Peter 3:21 “Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you – not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ..”
It appears from these verses that baptism has a cleansing effect of some kind. Though we know from other passages including the first one above that our cleansing from sin takes place as we place our faith in Christ’s sacrifice. Ultimately it is His blood that cleanses us from the deep rooted stains of sin. Perhaps one of the ways baptism cleanses us is by breaking our fear of man – especially when done in public for all to see.