What prevents me from being baptized?
The mission from Jesus is clear: make more and better disciples. The clarity of that is reinforced in every chapter of the Book of Acts as we see the early church preaching the gospel, leading people to Jesus, baptizing them, and planting churches. Every Christian is on this mission.
As we look at Acts 8:26-40, we’ll see an incredible example of this mission. An Ethiopian government official, who was also a convert to Judaism, had been in Jerusalem to visit the Temple and worship. On his way back home, he met Philip who had recently started preaching the gospel in Samaria. At God’s leading, Philip travelled south and “happened to run into” the Ethiopian man who “happened to be” reading a prophecy from the Bible about the Messiah (Jesus). If you don’t know the story, you can probably still guess the rest. The Ethiopian was eager to hear what Philip had to say and Philip explained the gospel to him and he was saved and baptized right there and then. There’s so much for us to be challenged by in this short narrative. What will it take from us to see unbelievers in our lives be saved and baptized?
Series: The Book of Acts (Chapters 8-12)
Title: What prevents me from being baptized?
Text: Acts 8:26-40
Pastor Todd Dugard
October 10, 2021
Unbelievers will be saved and baptized when I…
…go anywhere and speak to anyone about Jesus (8:26-29)
…make the effort to listen to their story (8:30-34)
…share the gospel and trust God to work (8:35-39)
5 Gospel Words
…do it again and again and again (8:40)