Research Paper Acts 19 1 7

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ACTS 19:1-7
A STUDY AT BAPTISM AND DISCIPLESHIP

Robert J Mueller
BIBL 364-D09
March 20, 2015

During the early days of the church, as recorded in the book of Acts, there were people that were thought to be believers but had not fully understood what to believe or whom to follow. This was evident in the town of Ephesus. Ephesus was a Grecian city located in present-day Turkey. It had a considerable population of Jews and of pagans for the city had synagogues (Acts 19:8) and a temple to the Greek goddess Artemis (Acts 19:27). Acts 19:1-7 tells of Paul the apostle’s first trip to Ephesus and encounter with some disciples of John the Baptist. “Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus, and
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The second way the Bible links the Spirit is at the time of baptism. A great example of this is during the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:38-41. Peter, stood at the window where he and the others apostles had received the Holy Spirit, began to preach to the crowd below. The crowd asked the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied “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.” There was about 3,000 that accepted the message and were baptized. The third way a believer receives the Holy Spirit is having hands laid upon them. This is by far the most common way mentioned in the book of Acts. In Acts 19:6 Paul laid hands on the twelve or so disciples of John the Baptist while in Ephesus and the Holy Spirit came on them. Dr. Constable in his Notes on Acts says that “these former disciples of John received the Holy Spirit when Paul laid his hands on them, thus obviously connecting their endowment with Paul’s message and apostolic authority. All three methods have their differences, while maintaining the fact that the believers received the Holy Spirit. Constable continues saying that “the New Testament does not recognize the possibility of being a Christian apart from possession of the Spirit.”
The promise that Jesus would
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