Knowledge Required for Baptism
Over the years I have heard on more than one occasion a visiting preacher state that he had been teaching and working with an individual for several months. The individual expressed the desire to be baptized but the preacher stated that he felt the individual was not ready.
Brethren, this type of reasoning concerns me greatly.
Peter preaches to the crowd which according to verse 5 there were at Jerusalem, Jews devout men out of every nation were dwelling there and in Acts 2:23 and 3:15 they had crucified the Lord Jesus Christ.
WHAT WAS PREACHED IN THE SERMON
- The death of Christ. (Verses 22-23)
- The burial and resurrection of Christ. (Verses 24, 30-32)
- The Exaltation of Christ, (Verse 33)
- The Kingship of Christ. (Verse 36)
Proof was shown from:
- Their own Prophets. (Verses 25, 31)
- Eyewitnesses. Verse 32
- The conclusion. (Verse 36): Peter states in this verse that God had made Christ both Lord and King.
THE EFFECTS OF THE SERMON (3000 were baptized)
- “They were pricked in their hearts.” (Verse 37)
- They had a question – “Men and Brethren, what shall we do?”
- Peter’s Answer. (Verse 38)
- Their Response (Verse 41)
ACTIONS BY THOSE THAT WERE BAPTIZED
- They heard the Word of God. (Romans 10:10)
- Repented in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:38)
- Confessed that Jesus Christ is the son of God. (Acts 8:37)
In the cases of conversion recorded in the New Testament, following the establishment of the Church, without exception baptism took place. We have written for us what was preached at Pentecost. The saving of the 3000 souls did not take days or months and simply put it was about Jesus and him crucified. Paul White during the service on the 4th of April told a story of a young man that he knew that wanted to be baptized. He was denied and never became a Christian. In the same vein if an individual expresses the desire to be baptized after a short period of time of being taught the truth and he or she understands what was preached in the sermon by Peter, then why should they be denied?
It would a terrible tragedy if a terrible accident occurred and they died before they repented, confessed that Jesus is the Son of God and was baptized for their remission of sins.