At Christ's Table
The Way Series: The Meaning of BaptismBy William Furioso
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Acts 2:37-40 is the conclusion of the sermon the apostle Peter preached in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost - that is, the day which is commonly, held to be the birthday of the Church. At that time, Christianity and its adherents, the Church, was known simply as “The Way”. Jesus had declared Himself to be “The Way, The Truth and The Life”. Through His death and resurrection, He opened up “a new and living way” for those who trust and follow Him. And “He left us an example that we should follow in His steps” as we walk with Him on this Way of Life. The Christianity Jesus founded is a way of living. It’s The Way of Life.
We see this Way of Life recorded in this passage in the Book of The Acts of the Apostles. This Way of Life was established by the Holy Spirit in the first century for the Church. Acts 2, verse 37 reads: “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, 'Men and brethren, what shall we do?' ” In verses 38 through 40, it tells us what the Holy Spirit had the early Church to do:
- Be Baptized
- Receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit
In verses 42, the passage also tells us that under the influence of the Holy Spirit, they continued steadfastly in the:
- apostles' teaching
- breaking of bread
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