January 16, 2017
We praise God for His marvelous benefits today. This past Sunday, Bishop Ibrahim Lubega baptized 37 new converts to the Lord Jesus in Kikoma Town, a rural village about an hour north of Kampala, Uganda. Bishop Lubega has been preaching the Apostles’ Doctrine in that region these past weeks, converting over 150 people. There remains over 100 people yet to be baptized. He reports that many of those baptized in Jesus name also received the gift of the Holy Spirit as they were coming out of the water.
The practice of water baptism in Jesus name and reception of the Holy Spirit was started on the Day of Pentecost by the Apostles, as recorded in the Book of Acts, 2nd Chapter. In that narrative, written by the Gospel writer Luke, 120 believers in Jesus together with the Apostles were gathered in the Temple when the Holy Spirit was poured out on them. They had gathered as Jesus instructed upon his resurrection that they should not depart from Jerusalem, ” but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. Acts 1:4-5
When the Holy Spirit was given to those brethren, they began to speak in tongues, that is languages they had not learned. Jewish pilgrims, coming to Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost, spoke those languages, and upon hearing men and woman from Galilee and other regions of Israel speak those languages were astonished. Those people began to question the meaning of this phenomenon. That is when Peter took the occasion to preach the 1st sermon concerning the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Peter preached how the man sent by God as the Messiah, the Lord Jesus, had been crucified by the Jews and Gentiles according to the Plan of Salvation. He then preached, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Acts 2:36
When the pilgrims heard those words they asked Peter and the other Apostles, “Men and brethren what shall we do?” Acts 2:37. To which Peter declared, “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 Spirit.” Acts 2:38
Bishop Lubega preaches that same Gospel Peter preached in Acts 2. When people are converted by that Gospel to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, Bishop Lubega follows the same prescription for salvation that Peter gave to the new converts in the 1st century AD. That is why Bishop Lubega baptizes new converts by immersion in water, in Jesus name and admonishes the people to receive the “gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Bishop Lubega is now prepared to baptize many more new converts in the Kikoma region and to start Bible Training Classes for those dear ones.
To support these efforts please send up your prayers to God, in Jesus name and partner with us to give these new converts bibles, bible training materials, and support for Bishop Lubega and a host of other likeminded ministers in Uganda.
Apostolic Ambassadors World Wide Ministries
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Submitted by Bishop (Dr.) Bill W. Williams,
Director of Domestic and Foreign Missions, AAWWM