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Bible Q

Were Lydia and the Philippian gaoler already “God-fearers” worshipping Yahweh before Paul arrived in Philippi?

Who were these God-fearers? God-fearers were a large group of sympathizers among Gentiles with one-God worship of the God of Israel. Their existence is documented in numerous Jewish texts of the period, using a multitude of Greek terms (theosebeis, sebomenoi, phoboumenoi, metuentes). The most famous example of all is obviously Cornelius, an Italian soldier who had started to […]

If you were initially baptised in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mat. 28:19) do you need to be re-baptised because you were not baptized in Jesus’ name (as per Acts 2:38)?

If I understood the question correctly, this is a question about the two differing descriptions applied to Christian baptism. Acts 2:38 talks about being baptised “in the name of Jesus Christ” whereas Matthew 28:19 talks about being baptised “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. The question […]

How can someone experience salvation?

A few snippets from Scripture on the subject of salvation . . .  To be saved, we need to: Hear the gospel (Romans 10:14) Understand the gospel (Acts 28:27) Believe the gospel (Hebrews 11:6) Response of belief: Repentance (Luke 15:7) Burial in water (baptism) symbolising death to serving sin  (Romans 6:4) Rising to a new […]

Did Jesus ever baptise anyone himself?

No, Jesus didn’t physically baptise anyone himself. John 4:1-2 explains: …Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples) Jesus’ disciples, under his authority, were baptising people on his behalf.1 Notes 1. Perhaps it’s a bit like in the Old Testament when the Tabernacles was […]