Repentance, baptism and the Holy Spirit
Scripture reading for May 7th: Acts 2, Psalm 91, Proverbs 29
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.”
As Peter preached the Gospel message of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection to the crowd gathered in Jerusalem for Pentecost, the Holy Spirit brought conviction on many in the congregation. They asked Peter what they could do, having taken part in this event. Peter told them plainly to repent–change their mind and their ways and identify with the crucified and risen Savior through water baptism (immersion). After that, they must receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, available to all who would believe and receive.
Faith Confession: I believe that the Holy Spirit convicts those who hear the Gospel and brings them to repentance. Those who hear must respond by repentance and faith, receiving the Holy Spirit and testifying by water baptism if possible.
Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.”