Today’s reading is Acts 18-19.
Have you ever heard someone quote 1 Corinthians 1:17–“For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel”–then claim baptism isn’t necessary for salvation? However, did you ever notice what the Corinthians did when they heard Paul’s version of the gospel? They “believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8). This sounds a whole lot like Mark 16:16 in which Jesus Himself says those who believe and are baptized will be saved. Looks like these Corinthians got saved exactly the way Jesus said people were supposed to get saved. Paul may not have been sent to baptize, but sure looks like the gospel he was sent to preach told his hearers they were supposed to be baptized in order to be saved. And that brings us to the point of today’s post: study your whole Bible, not just a verse or two that seems to say what you want it to.
Tomorrow’s reading is Acts 20-21.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, make sure you read what I shared with your parents today. As you grow up reading your Bible, remember to read all of it. Over the years, you will hear a lot of people quote a scripture here or there and make a great claim. However, we need to make sure our claims don’t just measure up to one passage, but fit with the message of all Scripture. Even Satan quoted Scripture (see Matthew 4:6). So keep reading and studying the whole Bible. I promise it will help you serve the Lord as you grow up.
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