Why should I get baptized?

Read Acts 8:30-31


30 When Philip ran up to it [the chariot], he heard him [the Ethiopian official] reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you’re reading?” 31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone guides me?”  So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.


Read Acts 8:35-38

35 So Philip proceeded to tell him [the Ethiopian official] the good news about Jesus, beginning from that Scripture.  36 As they were traveling down the road, they came to some water.  The eunuch [official] said, “Look, there’s water!  What would keep me from being baptized?”  37 And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart you may.”  And he replied, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”  38 Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.


Retell the Passage:

  • The Ethiopian official was reading from Scripture and didn’t understand its meaning.  So according to verse 35, what did Philip do? 

  • At the end of verse 36, what did the official ask Philip?

  • According to verse 37, what condition had to be met before the official could be baptized?

  • Again, in verse 37, how did the official reply? 

  • In verse 38, what happened next? 

Relate the Passage: 

  • What does baptism signify?

  • Who should be baptized?

  • When should baptism take place? 

  • Have you publicly shown you are a Christ-follower by being baptized?  Why or why not?

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