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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Cornelius was a Gentile, a non-Jew, a centurion in the Roman army. But the Bible also says that he was a devout man who revered and prayed to God. His prayers were heard by God who sent Peter to him. Interestingly, an angel tells Cornelius in v6 that Peter “will tell you what you must do.” In Acts 11:14, Peter recounts that Cornelius was told that Peter “will tell you words by which you and all your household will be saved.” Though Cornelius believed in and fasted and prayed to God and gave alms, he was not yet saved. Now Peter had still not come to understand that the Gentiles would be welcome in God’s kingdom, so God showed him a vision to help him understand. When he came to Cornelius’ house, he said that he realized God was not a respecter of persons and that the Gentiles were welcome in the kingdom. As he spoke of Jesus, the Holy Spirit fell on “those who heard the word,” and they spoke in tongues, languages they had not known previously, and magnified God. The question one would have to ask is, “Were they saved at this point?” One might think so because the Spirit had obviously fallen on them. Yet, what does Peter say? In Acts 10:47-8 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized (immersed in water) in the name of the Lord.” If baptism is not important, merely optional, and certainly not tied to salvation, why did Peter command their baptism? If they were already saved, what point did baptism serve for them? If even these Gentiles whom the Holy Spirit had fallen on had to be baptized, why do we think we are exempt? Honesty with the scriptures demands that we follow the pattern those early converts followed and be baptized into Christ. Gal 3:27 “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
If you are not a Christian (see the ABOUT YOU page), becoming a follower of Christ is the most important decision you will ever make. The Susquehanna church of Christ is a group of individuals who seek to worship God together according to His will, revealed to us in His word, the Bible. We believe that Bible study will lead us into greater understanding of what God wants of us. Though lots of denominations will tell you they teach the truth of God’s word, they cannot all be right when they teach doctrines that contradict each other. We invite you to consider the material you find here, and most importantly, weigh it against what is found in the scriptures. Our hope and prayer is that you will find the information here to be not only of benefit but also of truth. If we can be of help in any way in your search, please contact me. One more thing. Susquehanna church of Christ is a non-denominational church. You will notice that the “c” in church is not capitalized. The reason is that it is a description not a title or proper name. We are simply members of the church which Jesus built, Matthew 16:18. If you are a Christian, we hope the material here will be of benefit to you and will stimulate your thinking. If there is any way in which we may be of help, please contact me. Sincerely, Scott Long firstname.lastname@example.org