Water Baptism

The practice of water baptism was not foreign to the Jews when John the Baptist began to preach the baptism of repentance. In the Old Testament period of time, baptism was a ritual of conversion to Judaism. Pagans would become proselytes though the ceremonial practice of baptism in order to become part of and to be identified with the Jewish people.

 

Tongues Through History

The practice of speaking in ecstatic tongues and their interpretation predates Pentecost and was of non-Christian origin. Babbling ecstatically is common in pagan religions both ancient and modern and is similar to the unintelligible speech of many charismatic churches today.

It is practiced in religions and countries around the world. It can be found among Catholics, Buddhist monks, Shaman in Ethiopia and Haitians practicing Voodoo. It is practiced at Japanese séances and in many African tribal religions amongst many others.

 

Other Tongues

When the disciples spoke in ‘other tongues’ after being filled with the Holy Spirit, they were not speaking an unintelligible, heavenly language. They were speaking human dialects or languages of other nations. For “every man heard them speak in his own language” (Acts 2:6).

This “gift of tongues” was miraculous because the disciples had not previously known the languages in which they spoke. This helped to further the spread of the gospel and to reinforce that salvation was a gift to all people.

 

Music

Music has a major influence on people.

It reflects various moods and emotions and has the power to make people happy, sad, angry, etc. Different music with various words and beats influences the way a person feels and sees the world. Many people turn to music to find solace and companionship. It can be used for worship or as an outlet of temporary escape.

What role does music play in your life? Is it good, pure and holy?
Is it filling a void that God would like to fill?

Facts about the Apostle Peter

  • Peter’s name was Simon, son of Jona. Jesus renamed him Cephas (Peter), which means rock.
  • He was born in Bethsaida, near the Sea of Galilee and was a fisherman by trade.
  • Peter was one of the original twelve disciples and was married.
  • Andrew, his brother, was first a follower of John the Baptist and then became the first apostle of Jesus.
  • He died in 64 AD in Rome under Emperor Nero. He was crucified upside down because he didn’t consider himself worthy to die in the same manner as Jesus.