Repent and be baptized!

Scripture reading for April 15th:  Judges 19-21, Acts 2

Key Scriptures:  Acts 2:36-39  “Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”  Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”  And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself.””  

Peter, after the baptism of the Holy Spirit, preached to a crowd gathered in Jerusalem for Pentecost.  He declared Jesus Christ as Lord and Christ.  Those who heard him were convicted and asked what they could do.  Peter gave clear instructions:  “Repent and be baptized.”  He also instructed them to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit was for all who believed in Jesus and repented of sins, even Gentiles!  This was prophetic preaching and three thousand were saved and baptized that day.  Doing what was right in God’s eyes brought salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, You alone are my King, Lord, and Christ!  Help me today to share this good news in the power of the Holy Spirit.  I trust You to bring conviction and draw people to Christ Jesus.  I know obedience to the Gospel brings salvation and eternal life.

Judges 21:25 “In those days there was no king in Israel.  Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”  

 

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