Doing the First Works: New Testament Conversions
by Marc Smith
Did You Know That All Of The Conversions In The New Testament Are Found In The Book of Acts?
A very excellent fact to know is that all of the cases of conversion are very conveniently found in the Book of Acts. Added to this is the fact that all of these cases of conversion mention baptism. The prevailing denominational views of course minimize or eliminate the need for actual baptism over variations of grace only salvation.
I have rejoiced many times to see the happy amazement of so many Christians when this basic help to their understanding is revealed to them. They almost hate to admit that such an obvious truth has been right in front of them all along. But now that they know about it, they are thrilled with prospects of easier access, less bumbling and confusion on their part when they are attempting to convert the lost.
What comes to mind is the “slam dunk” realization just knowing that the authority we need to teach the doctrine of baptism for remission of sins is so solidly and completely supplied by the Lord. This evidence is undeniable and incontrovertible and we must teach it that way!
What are the ten references given in the Book of Acts?
1. Acts 2:37‑41 – On the Day of Pentecost
2. Acts 8:12 – The Samaritans
3. Acts 8:13 – Simon the Sorcerer
4. Acts 8:38 – Ethiopian Eunuch
5. Acts 9:18 – Saul of Tarsus
6. Acts 10:48 – House of Cornelius
7. Acts 16:15 – House of Lydia
8. Acts 16:33 – House of the Jailor
9. Acts 18:8 – House of Crispus & Many Corinthians
10. Acts 19:1‑5 – The Ephesians
Why is this so great a fact to know? Two reasons mainly:
1. There are ten cases of conversion given. Ten is a solid, easy to remember number that feels “so complete” when it is considered.
2. All ten references are in a single book. One does not have to go to any other portions of the New Testament to feebly search for references that to our memory may seem vague. This instills confidence in us as we offer these facts to potential converts to the truth.
What to do with this knowledge?
*First, I would suggest you get a highlighter pen and mark all ten passages in your New Testament immediately.
*Secondly, link them by writing in the margin the next reference so you can easily find them every time you need them.
*Thirdly, become familiar with all the contexts of all ten references so that you can recount them whenever the need arises.
* Finally, seek out opportunities to share this vital and important knowledge so that others can come to the truth and be saved! Do it now! http://watchmanmag.com