Is this the material we include in our Gospel presentation?

And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” (Acts 8:34-36 ESV)

How did the eunuch know about baptism?

It seems Philip thought it was important to include that information in telling “the good news [gospel] about Jesus.

Do we do that?


I was part of the Restoration Movement churches for many years. We did preach baptism for the forgiveness of sins and baptized people who responded to the Gospel. But Restoration Movement churches are frequently accused of practicing baptismal regeneration. This issue needs to be addressed. How can one of the major Christian creeds state clearly that baptism is for the forgiveness of sins and yet hardly any church actually teaches or practices this?

Shawn Honey

For all of pop evangelicalism’s self-congratulatory boasting of adhering to sola Scriptura and of “getting the gospel right,” this is one of its grossest oversights. To ignore baptism, or to treat at at best as a second-tier afterthought, is to ignore what God himself has with all biblical clarity appointed to be the means of his connecting us to Jesus and his body. The same problem exists in paedobaptist circles– this ignoring of baptism. When was the last time you heard a sermon in which people were pressed to live out their baptism? Instead, baptism happens, but the baptized is never taught to give it an ounce of further consideration. How unlike the Scripture this is.

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