• July 20, 2019

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NUGGETS: For this Purpose No. 3

For three weeks now we have been talking about our purpose. After salvation God appeared to us to make us ministers and witnesses of what we have seen and what He will show us. He brought us out of darkness into the light so we can lead others out of darkness, that they might receive forgiveness of sin and receive their inheritance in the Kingdom of God. It is His plan that we all grow and help others go on into a deeper relationship with Him. In the first verse of Luke it is very clear that the word is talking to Christians. Then at the end there is a very profound statement “And Behold I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city if Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high”[Luke 24:49]. There was more, a plan and purpose they had not received. Then in Acts, the book we all know was the beginning of the church, the followers of Jesus Christ of whom He is the head. [Eph.1:22]. He said ”For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence” [Acts 1:5]. Let the scripture be proven by two or three witnesses. John said “I indeed baptize you with water into repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He will baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire” [Matt.3:11]. As we study the whole book of Acts we see people receive Jesus as their savior and are baptized in water for the remission of sin.This is called the baptism of John.

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