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The Examples and Pattern of Conversion

On-Line Correspondence Course #8: Learning about God, Man, and Salvation. Be sure to visit our series of articles on God's plan of salvation and the necessity of baptism according to that plan.

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Please use your Bible to look up the following verses and answer the related questions. You can click on the verses to visit an off-site resource that provides the scripture. Questions without verses should be based on your opinion and common understanding.

Examples of Conversion in Acts

If you read through the book Acts, you will find the following, significant examples of people becoming converted. Read as many as you like, and follow the directions below:

  1. Beginning of Church: multitudes converted on Pentecost (2:14-47)
  2. Samaritan Village (8:4-25)
  3. The Ethiopian Eunuch (8:26-40)
  4. Saul: later became the apostle Paul (9:1-19)
  5. Cornelius: first non-Jew convert (10:1-8,24-48)
  6. Lydia and her household (16:14-15)
  7. A jailer where Paul was imprisoned in Phillipi (16:25-34)
  8. Multitudes in Thessalonica and Berea (17:1-13)
  9. Crispus and his family (18:5-8)
  10. Some at Ephesus previously baptized in John's baptism (19:1-7)
  11. Paul retells his conversion (22:1-21; 26:1-32)

Based on the above passages from the book of Acts please fill in the table below, checking the actions that are specifically mentioned in the passage. Do not check actions that are assumed - only check those that are directly stated in the Bible account. (Examine one possible set of answers.)

Table of Conversion Examples in the book of Acts
Example Hear Believe Repent Confess Baptized
Saul (Paul)

Conclusions on Salvation

  1. Using the above table, how many required acts for salvation are referenced in the book of Acts?
  2. Do you think that the people in the previous examples each had different requirements for salvation (Acts 10:34-35)?
    YES  NO 
  3. Could they have been saved without doing all the steps?
    YES  NO 
  4. Then, is it implied that they did all the steps, even if the Bible does not specifically mention their occurrence?
    YES  NO 
  5. Based on the pattern established from the book of Acts, which of these steps should we do to be saved?
    Hear  Believe  Repent  Confess  Baptized 


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