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And Peter said to them, “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.,
So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
Acts 2:38,41
38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 NLT
Baptism identifies us with Jesus and with the community of believers. It is a condition of discipleship and a sign of faith.
verse 41
there were 3000 people who became new believers when Peter preached the good news about Jesus.
these new Christians were united with the other believers
they were taught by the apostles, and were included in payer meetings and fellowship.
New believers need to be in groups where they can learn God’s Word, pray and mature in faith.

**if you have just begun a relationship with Jesus, it’s good to seek out other believers for fellowship, prayer, and teaching.

When the crowd asked Peter what they should do in response to his sermon, he gave them a three-fold answer: repent, be baptized, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thousands responded and were added to the fellowship of believers. The biblical pattern is that everyone who is baptized is also added. Every baptized disciple is expected to become an active member of a local fellowship.
when we engage in a Christ-following community, we will grow, it will help us grow and mature in our faith.

now let’s talk about Baptism
baptism is explained in 2 parts: water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit

In water baptism, we publicly identify with what Christ did for us on the cross. It is not a means for salvation, but an act of faith and obedience after believing the gospel and turning to God.
Others say that you won’t be saved if you’re not baptised.
Baptism is not required for salvation but it is an important step to Christian life.
Salvation is received by faith alone (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5)
The Bible presents several illustrations to help us understand water baptism. One of these is a burial and resurrection. Paul compares a Christian baptism to a burial. In order to be buried, a person must first die. In the same way, the prerequisite for baptism is death to sin. After we are buried in baptism, then we are raised to live a new life.
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been 3baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:1-4
esv or nlt version - better
We see, then, that water baptism shows the old life being put away, and a new life emerging in obedience to Christ.
nung time nila Paul sa NT, immersion was the usual form of baptism—new Christians would be completely “buried” in water. (which is still practiced until now)
- this symbolizes the death and burial of the old way of life.
coming up out of water
symbolizes the resurrection to new life with Christ

If we think of our old, sinful life as dead and buried
then we have a powerful reason to resist sin
mas conscious tayo na i treat ung desire and temptations of the old nature as if they were dead
** this way, we can continue to enjoy more our wonderful new life with Jesus.

It is impossible to live the Christian life apart from the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come to lead us into all truth.
7 "Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. . . .
13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come."
John 16:7,13
verse 7 “the Helper” or advocate
ung tinutukoy dito is yung Holy Spirit, who will come to be our comforter, our encourager or our counselor

i’ve read sa study bible na, yung presence Jesus on earth was limited to one place at a time, but his leaving meant he could be present to the whole world through the Holy Spirit.
If Jesus dis not go back to the Father, the Holy Spirit would not come.
The Holy Spirit empowers us to be effective witnesses.
<--- it guides us to see the truth about Jesus Christ—who He is and what He came to do for us) --->
**we become a witness who not only tells the truth, but also lives the truth. As His witnesses, the Holy Spirit helps us to do what we cannot do on our own, ”to boldly proclaim and live out the truth about God.
verse 13
He will declare to you the things that are to come.”
or in NLT = “He will tell you about the future”
Jesus was telling the disciples, that the Holy Spirit will tell them “about the future”—the nature of their mission, the oppositions they would face, and the final outcome of their efforts
the disciples didn’t understand this promises until the Holy Spirit came, after Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Then the Holy Spirit came and revealed to them the truth which they wrote down in the books that now form the New Testament.

**so similar with us — Jesus tells us dito na The Holy Spirit will tell us about the future - anu ung mission natin as Christian, anu ung mga challenges that we’re gonna face, and how are we gonna handle it.
**kung anu ung mga tinuro ni God sa disciples nia, these are also the things He wants to tell us and every generation on earth
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Acts 1:8
ung power that we believers will receive from the Holy Spirit are:
courage, boldness, confidence, insight, ability, and authority

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift promised for every believer, not just for those present during Pentecost. In Peter's sermon, he told us how we can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
38And Peter said to them, "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. 39For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself."
Acts 2:38-39
In order to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we must ask…and we must ask in faith.
"If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those
who ask him!"
Luke 11:13
so ung mga tatay, even if there children make mistakes…they still treat them well db. ofcourse pagagalitan or pagsasabihan but usually they will still treat their children well.
how much more if our heavenly Father will treat His children

The most important gift he could ever give us is the Holy Spirit—whom He promised to give all believers after His death, resurrection and return to heaven.
Many disciples in the New Testament received the baptism of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands.
Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
Acts 8:17

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is accompanied by the manifestation of spiritual gifts. In the biblical accounts of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the most common spiritual gift manifested is the gift of tongues.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other
tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2:4
And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on
them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.
Acts 19:6
spiritual gifts are not just about speaking in tongues and prophesying - ito ung common na nkita kasi nung time nila, lalo nung time ng pentecost / or nung times na may outpouring ung Holy Spirit
**Pentecost was the formal outpouring of the Holy Spirit sa apostles and on the church.
there is a lot ofo spiritual gifts:
gift of discernment, knowledge,
gift of evangilsm, encouraging
leadership, etc

Jesus promised to fill us with the Holy Spirit so we can be effective witnesses. The Holy Spirit empowers us to proclaim the gospel wherever we go.
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Acts 1:8
(already mentioned above) ung power we receive from the Holy Spirit are:
courage, boldness, confidence, insight, ability, and authority
knowledge, wisdom
We need all these gifts to fulfill God’s will for us.
If we truly believe in Christ, we already have the power of the Holy Spirit in our life.
pero sometimes, there are times na we don’t feel the power of the Holy Spirit, there are times na nadodown tayo, minsan these are also the times siguro na mjo napapalyo tayo kay God
and that is why we need to keep close to God, to keep walking with Him every day and time
ask natin sya to fill us with these gifts so that we can fulfill his mission for us

Have you repented of your sins?
Have you put your trust in Christ alone for salvation?
Have you been baptized in water since you repented? Would you like
to get water baptized?
Have you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Would you like to
have someone pray with you to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit?

Ask God to fill him/her with courage, boldness, confidence, knowledge, wisdom, ability and authority that he/she may fulfill his/her mission for you.

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