Now What?


Pastor Corey Willis, April 28, 2019

(Acts 2:36-39) “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

  1. Repent
  2. Be baptized
  3. Receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Repentance is…

…to turn from trusting in self and turn to trusting in Jesus as Savior

(Ephesians 2:8-9) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

(1 Samuel 15:12-23)

…to turn from practicing sin and turn to obeying Jesus as Lord

(Romans 6:1-2) What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

Water Baptism

(Romans 6:3-4, 7) Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (7)…because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

The 4 illustrations of baptism

  1. Burial and Resurrection (Romans 6:4-5)
  2. Crossing the Red Sea (1 Corinthians 10:1-2)
  3. Circumcision (Colossians 2:11-12)
  4. The Flood (1 Peter 3:20-21)

Baptism is a public display or what Jesus did within us through His death and resurrection.

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

(Mark 1:7-8) And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a promised gift.

(Acts 1:3-8)

(Acts 2:39) The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit empowers us to love

(1 Corinthians 4:20) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

How? Ask.

(Luke 11:13) If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”