Paul Said Sermon - Pastor Steve Winter

Praise the Lord! We had three visitors tonight 7/14/2001 in our
worship service. This is the text I used for tonight's sermon
and Lord willing I will have it later uploaded in RealAudio to
http://www.onenesspentecostal.org/audio later this evening.

2 Peter 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is
salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the
wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in
which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are
unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures,
unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware
lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from
your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

One calls on the Name of Jesus by being water baptised in the Name of
Jesus.

Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized,
and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

The Apostle Paul preached the Acts 2:38 message. Notice how it
is referred to as the word of the Lord Jesus.

Please examine carefully the account when Paul founded the Ephesian
church.

Acts 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth,
Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and
finding certain disciples,

Acts 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye
believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether
there be any Holy Ghost.

* Notice that "believers" did not yet have the Holy Ghost. *

Acts 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And
they said, Unto John's baptism.

* Notice that Paul questioned the validity of their baptism. *

Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of
repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him
which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

Note what the people IMMEDIATELY did when Paul told them to believe
on Jesus.

Acts 19:5 When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of
the Lord Jesus.

Notice that they were re-baptised the Christian way.

Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost
came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Notice that when they did receive the Holy Ghost that they spoke in
tongues just like every other real Christian.

Acts 19:7 And all the men were about twelve.

Acts 19:8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the
space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning
the kingdom of God.

Acts 19:9 But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake
evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and
separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one
Tyrannus.

They had those even back then who opposed the Acts 2:38 message.

Acts 19:10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all
they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews
and Greeks.

Notice that Paul was preaching the word of the Lord Jesus.

Notice also the instructions Paul gave for dealing with any who
would preach otherwise.

Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be
accursed.

Notice the plan of salvation for as many as "our God" (Jesus) shall
call.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to
all that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying,
Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the
same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

Pastor Steve Winter