PLAN OF SALVATION – 8 (Conversions in the Book
Most of you, no doubt, have heard teaching on the subject
of conversion, but have you ever really studied it for yourself? The outline
that follows is intended to aid you in your study. Examples of conversion from
the Book of Acts are given, along with a few key verses from each passage. Study
these carefully, noting that while some examples give only a summary of what happened, others provide more specific details.
Don’t be satisfied with what you know right now, or what you think you
Jews on the Day of Pentecost—Acts 2:14-41.
“Know assuredly (believe--BG) that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ”
“Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (v. 38).
“Then those who gladly received his word were baptized”
More Jews in Jerusalem—Acts 3:1-4:4.
“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…” (3:19).
“...God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of
you from your iniquities” (3:26).
“Many of those who heard the word believed; and
the number of the men came to be about five thousand” (4:4).
Still more Jews in Jerusalem—Acts
“And believers were increasingly added to the Lord…”
This happened, despite the recent punishment of Ananias and Sapphira.
Priests, among others—Acts 6:1-7.
“Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying…” (v. 1).
“Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem,
and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith” (v. 7).
People of Samaria, including Simon—Acts
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the
things concerning the kingdom of God
and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. Then Simon
himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip…” (vv. 12-13).
Ethiopian eunuch or treasurer—Acts 8:26-40.
Philip “preached Jesus to him” (v. 35).
When they came to some water, the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being
baptized?” (v. 36).
Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart,
you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (v. 37).
“Both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him” (v. 38).
The eunuch “went on his way rejoicing” (v. 39).
Saul—Acts 9, 22, 26.
Saul came to believe in Jesus on the road to Damascus, after the light shone around him and the Lord spoke to him
He immediately showed signs of repentance by asking,
“Lord, what do You want me to do?” (9:6).
“And now, why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized,
and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (22:16).
“And he arose and was baptized” (Acts 9:18).
People of Lydda and Sharon—Acts
“So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned
to the Lord” (v. 35).
People of Joppa—Acts 9:36-43.
“And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed
on the Lord” (Acts 9:42).
and his household—Acts 10:1-11:18.
“Send men to Joppa and call for...Peter, who will tell you words by which you and all your household
will be saved” (11:13-14).
“Whoever believes in Him will receive remission
of sins” (10:43).
“Then God has also granted the Gentiles repentance
to life” (11:18).
“Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized
who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have? (10:47).
“He commanded them to be baptized in the name of
the Lord” (10:48).
in Antioch of Syria—Acts
“A great number believed and turned to the Lord” (v. 21).
“A great many people were added to the Lord” (v. 24).
“This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God” (v. 7).
“Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what
had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord” (v. 12).
in Antioch of Pisidia—Acts 13:42-52.
“Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many
as had been appointed to eternal life believed” (v. 48).
and Gentiles in Iconium—Acts 14:1.
“…and so spoke that a great multitude of the Jews and of the Greeks believed” (v. 1).
in Derbe—Acts 14:20-21.
“And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made
16. Lydia and her household—Acts 16:11-15.
“The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul” (v. 14).
“And when she and her household were baptized,
she begged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay’” (v.
Jailer and his household—Acts 16:25-34.
He asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (v. 30).
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will
be saved, you and your household” (v. 31).
“Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house” (v. 32).
“And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all
his family were baptized” (v. 33).
Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household” (v. 34).
and Gentiles in Thessalonica—Acts 17:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10; 2:13.
“Paul...reasoned with them from the Scriptures” (v. 2).
“And some of them (Jews) were persuaded; and a
great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas” (v. 4).
“They turned to God from idols to serve the living
and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven” (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10).
“...when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word
of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God...” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
and Gentiles in Berea (Acts 17:10-12).
“…they received the word with all readiness, and
searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so (v. 11).
“Therefore many of them believed, and also not
a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men” (v. 12).
in Athens—Acts 17:22-34.
“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent” (v. 30).
“Some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius
the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them” (v. 34).
and other Corinthians—Acts 18:1-8.
“Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed
on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed
and were baptized” (v. 8).
men in Ephesus—Acts 19:1-7.
These men were described as “disciples,” but had only been baptized into John’s baptism.
“When they heard this, they were baptized in the
name of the Lord Jesus” (v. 6).
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