No Change? No Salvation.

Acts 8:14-25 ~ No Change? No Salvation.

This week we continued our discussion about Simon the magician and his desire to purchase the ability to bestow the gift of the Holy Spirit (which cannot be purchased). We were reminded that Jesus’ parable of the sower provides a way to understand the difference between an authentic conversion experience and one that has no roots, no growth, and no fruit. The text contains six signals that Simon’s salvation experience was anything but authentic. It is, of course, our hope that in his repentance, he was able to begin a fruitful relationship with the Lord. 

Authentic faith results in a change of heart. No change? No salvation.

We also discussed the significance of Peter and John’s visit to Samaria and their “laying on of hands” which brought the gift of the Spirit. This is the only record of such an event in the Bible, and therefore, we understand that there was something bigger going on here: the evidence is noted in their evangelism of many towns in Samaria on the way back to Jerusalem.

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Acts 8:14-25 ~ No Change of Heart = No Salvation

Gift of Holy Spirit via laying on of hands; Not for sale! Samaritan evangelism

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Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission). She and her husband of 21 years have one son who is in the 10th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, and enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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