Do you know Jesus?

Have you ever heard of Jesus Christ? Some might call that a foolish question. It would be difficult if not impossible to have lived in the world for the last 2,000 years and not know that name.

Here’s another question: how well do you know Jesus Christ? Some people would immediately dismiss the question as absurd. Many insist they do. As to how well they know him is another question. Continue reading “Do you know Jesus?”

Did Paul agree with Luke that to believe includes baptism?

The previous article in this series is here.

Did Paul’s and Luke’s missionary companionship influence how they used the word believe? Did they share the same understanding of how to respond to Christ crucified? These are very interesting questions for two reasons.

First, early Christian tradition asserts Luke wrote the gospel Paul proclaimed. If this is true, then Luke’s usage of believe might very well reflect Paul’s viewpoint. What can we discover regarding whether their perspectives aligned?

Second, in the first article the evidence led us to the conclusions: Luke was comfortable using “believe” and “turned to the Lord” as general terms for conversion indicating baptism had occurred.  Thus, when Luke recounted that someone believed, that conversion story encompassed more than just believing; it signified a faith response involving baptism. Continue reading “Did Paul agree with Luke that to believe includes baptism?”