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  • Mr and Mrs James Lampela on Acts 16:31
    Hello,

    Does "your household" include family that no longer reside in your physical home?

    Thank you for clearing this up.
  • Chris - in Reply on Acts 16:31
    Hello James.

    Acts 16:30-32: "And (the prison guard) brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house."

    In this verse, Paul was speaking about those who were living with the guard at his house only (v32). Yet, Paul qualifies that salvation can only come when the Gospel is firstly preached & there is a subsequent belief & acceptance of Christ as their (personal) Saviour. Some believe in "household salvation" whereby the saving of the head of the house, means the automatic salvation of his family as well. Verses cited to support this belief is: the above verse you gave, Acts 2:38, 39 & 1 Cor 7:14. Yet, salvation can only come after each person reaching the age of accountability before God, personally hears, believes & puts their faith in Christ for their salvation. Hence the work with children (e.g. Child Evangelism Fellowship & others) are so very important because even the little ones need to hear & receive Christ.

    So, even if one's family no longer resided in the family home & are not included in the meaning of verse 31, they are still personally responsible to respond to the Gospel as the Spirit of God moves them in that direction. I therefore understand Paul's instruction to the guard to mean that "not only you but also your whole family living with you can be saved by believing in Jesus".
  • WM - in Reply on Acts 16:31
    look a the passage went the angels are getting Lot out sodoma and gomorra
  • Rick Colombe on Acts 16
    To Vince B on Acts 16: Be careful what you say Vince B. It appears you are "making up" scripture to fit your personal beliefs. Making it sound as though all will speak in tongues when baptized in the Holy Spirit. There are many Christians who stumble and fall, while some even leaving the faith, because people as yourself convinced them that they must speak n tongues as proof of being baptized in the Spirit. I have heard many "tongues" over the years, and have found it a very small number who have been given a "tongue" by the Holy Ghost. From all of what I have seen and heard, I have found that most "tongues" have been conjured up from one's own mind, while others have been given a "tongue" by another spirit not of God. Please be careful and guard your spiritual walk with God.
  • Sarah Delva on Acts 16:1
    Acts 16 verse 1 was Greek at that still worship idols if so show.me scripture
  • Mishael on Exodus 20 - in Reply on Acts 16:1
    Sarah: Acts 19:13-20, is enough information to know if your objects, clothing, jewelry, "art" is an idol.

    After I was saved, I had to go through my entire home with the Holy Spirit. If He cringes, it's gotta go. You can't sell it, you can't trash it, you can't give it away. Those kind of objects have to be rendered useless.

    I burned mine in a thunderstorm with a friend.
  • Mishael on Exodus 20 - in Reply on Acts 16:1
    Sarah: Exodus chapter 20 contains the Ten commandments. What kind of objects do you have?
  • D.J. - in Reply on Acts 16:1
    I find it interesting that in addition to the ten commandments listed in Exodus chapter 20, there are also ten commandments listed in Exodus 34:10 - 28. In addition, there are two great commandments from our Lord and Savior (Matthew 22:37 - 40); for a total of 22 commandments. The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters, and Jesus is the alpha and omega (heb.- aleph and tav) (Revelation 1:8)
  • Anonymous on Acts 16
    I got into astrology as a teen. It was fun to look up friends horoscopes. I learned to look there for information instead of the Holy Bible. It was much later when I believed I could change destiny's, my life began to spiral. Be careful what you look at. Many things are idols and have a demon stationed by it. Tell others in Bible school. Invite star nuts to meet at church.
  • Mick on JOHN 1010 on Acts 16
    I told a little of my testimony to let others know how very present the Holy Spirit is to us during crisis. Ask. He's there. Talk to him. Ask Him to teach you to pray; intercede like Jesus is doing now. A intercessor (I was taught) is one who asks to stand alongside someone, in their place, to fight against satan or to release a blessing into someone else's life. You must know who you are in Jesus Christ before you take on some hell to stand in for someone who may not know they're on satans radar. He steals, kills and destroys. John 10:10
    Pray for people who need it. People are hurting now and receptive to let someone pray for them. Answered prayers are your reward. :D
  • Thrush Spivey on Acts 16:31
    Can anyone provide April 6th 2020 verse of the day please?
  • Teresa noles on Acts 16
    I do believe in Jesus, so does just believing and trying to live right mean that I will go to heaven. Do I have to attend church and be baptized? If I have to be baptized, can a person who is also a believer baptize me or does it have to be a member of a church?
  • Mishael - in Reply on Acts 16
    I just turned my cheek, so you could get the other side too.
  • A - in Reply on Acts 16
    You just read it here in verse 31 and 32, it doesn't say anything about "trying to live right" or "going to church" or "being baptized." It says believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. If you're trusting in anything in addition to Jesus to be saved, then you're saying what Jesus did for you is not enough on its own to wash away your sins and save you. We are saved, as it says, by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, nothing more and nothing less.

    Ephesians 2:8-9 For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justified the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

    John 3:16, John 3:18, John 3:36, etc.

    It's great to live right and God rewards His children abundantly, but Christ alone saves.

    Galatians 5:4. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
  • Kevin - in Reply on Acts 16
    Yes & Amen
  • Mickey to Teresa - in Reply on Acts 16
    As you read & compare the gospel chapters: Jesus did everything openly. When He was charged with blasphemy by his own people, judged, prosecuted and ordered to be crucified, IT WAS VIEWED by everyone!
    Ought we not be ashamed to have our momentous occasions witnessed by those that love us and our friends? Jesus is your friend too. Water baptism is to show your repentance. It's an act of obedience. Mark 1:4, 8. In John 1:32-34 John the Baptist, baptised Jesus in water. He saw the Holy Spirit as a dove abode upon Jesus. (Confirmation). John said, the same (Jesus) is he which baptizeth with the with the Holy Spirit. Write the day in your Bible :)
  • Rachelle Chee - in Reply on Acts 16
    You don't have to be in a church at the time of baptism BUT the Holy Ghost will lead you to one. A church that speaks truth and only what's in the Bible. He gave us teachers, pastors and apostles to lead us. You gotta be open to hearing His voice because there are some that will mislead you.. false prophets..
  • Rachelle Chee - in Reply on Acts 16
    It has to be someone who was Baptized in the name of Jesus that has been filled with the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
  • Rachelle Chee - in Reply on Acts 16
    When John baptized, it was the commandment.. in Acts 2:38, it's the fulfillment of the commandant..
  • Mick on acts 238 - in Reply on Acts 16
    That wasn't really my experience, after salvation. The Holy Spirit was helping me survive coming out of the occult practice of astrology. I knew someone was telling me to destroy many things in my home; or burn them. Acts 19:19. I had to have a witness to that. I had to tell people who knew me that I had been saved. He was protecting me. I was delivered of drugs & alcohol first day. I destroyed that. It was moment to moment the first week. I went to a church and told them a brief testimony. Following week I was water baptized. Next Sunday The demons came back to torment me. The Holy Spirit was with me every moment until I could learn what was happening. I worship God with my life. He's real.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Acts 16
    1 Corinthians 12:28 - And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. (Tongues the last least gift.)
    1 Corinthians 12:29 - Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
    1 Cor 12:30 - Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
    1 Cor 12:31 - But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
    1 Corinthians 14:5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for
    greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Acts 16
    1 Corinthians Chapter 14: 26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.rn27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.rn28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.rn....But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church....rnnot one Pentecostal church I have ever been to have ever followed this in scripture.rntongues is the least important gift. no interpreter = keep silent.
  • Adam - in Reply on Acts 16
    Hello, I personally don't believe someone who baptizes needs to speak in tongues. Bible doesn't say John the Baptist spoke in tongues and he baptized Jesus. Where did you hear that and what scriptures do you feel supports that idea?
  • Anne on Acts 16
    The jailer did not hesitate to be saved. "...Behold now is the accepted time: behold now is the day of salvation".2 Corinthians 6:2
  • Lorenzohowell - in Reply on Acts 16
    That word should have been delivered. No one is saved until the end. Just like The most high delivered them from pharaoh.
  • Beth on Acts 16
    Matthew 16:16 where the girl was possessed with a spirit of divination. I have a neighbor who I believe is possessed. She follows me around everywhere I go when she sees me and just swears and curses and smoke cigarettes, knowing that this annoys me. The Lord lead me to this scripture concerning her. She have been doing this for many days.
  • Glenn Hurley on Acts 16
    BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THOU SHALT BE SAVED Acts 16:31. lf salvation is a gift Ephesians 2: 8,9 ?Why would you believe a moral religious person above Holy Scripture? God Almighty crucified His only begotten Son for you and me. Why would He require 600 commandments for you to kept in order for to get to Him in Heaven? Repent of what you are a sinner hoping to make Heaven by works
  • Rusu Elisei - in Reply on Acts 16
    You are saved by grace alone not by works. The works you do after salvation you do for your own good and for a reward in heaven, not for your salvation of soul. Now you don't keep the commandments in order to get to Him in Heaven, you keep them because now you know that they are the word of God and they are for your own good. If you don't keep them He will punish you but not send you to hell.
  • Adam - in Reply on Acts 16
    Grace vs works is a very common debate. James 2:14-26 and others show that works are important, likely beyond just a reward in heaven. It calls your faith 'dead' without works. There are no scriptures saying that people with no faith or dead faith enter heaven. Most people will go to hell wide is the gate . Christians who denounce Christ or commit blasphemy surely should be concerned.


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