The Book of Acts is littered with doctrinal bear traps … from the novice student, right the way up to, and including, the theological doctors.

To wit:

1.   The book is called the acts of the apostles and not the doctrine of the apostles

2.   There are many apostles mentioned

3.   It is a transition book … from the apostle Peter to the Apostle Paul with his first trip in chapter 13.

4.   Furthermore, Christians are told to be followers of Paul (1 Corinthian 11:1) as he has the commandments of God (1Corinthians 14:37), his doctrine given from God (2Timothy 3:10), his gospel given to him by God (2 Timothy 2:8; Romans 2:16; Romans 16:25), his dispensation given him by God (Ephesians 3:4; Colossians 1:25)

However, willingly ignoring the facts, Christians who treat the Book of Acts as a lucky dip for doctrine are confronted with a number of choices. Here are four of them – with 4, 5, 6 being the same:

To wit:

Acts 2:37-38, 41                              Peter

Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 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 Ghost. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.


33 AD



Water Baptized

IN the name of

Jesus Christ


Acts 8:35-38                                   Philip

Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.


42 AD  


BelievEST with

   all thine heart

Water baptized

Acts 10:34-37, 43-48                 Peter & John

Then PETER opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which JOHN preached; To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth IN him shall receive remission of sins. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered PETER, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord


45 AD





Believeth IN



Water baptized

in the name of

the Lord 

Acts 13:38-41                                Paul

38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.


45-48 AD

Paul’s 1st trip

No water

Acts 16:30-34                                Paul     

And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said Believe ON the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, …


52 AD

Paul’s 2nd trip    

Believe ON the

Lord Jesus Christ

Acts 18-19 1 Corinthians 1:14-17    Paul

I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, LEST THE CROSS OF CHRIST SHOULD BE MADE OF NONE EFFECT.


56 AD

Paul’s 3rd trip

No water


It’s a regular pot-pourri, lucky dip … a regular ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ time in the Book of Acts.

For another fifty variations and doctrines you can get from the Book of Acts click on the highlight

… mmmm! Now which one?” 

The rule of thumb is as follows:

Get your water-tight doctrine from Paul and his books … Romans to Philemon.


Harley Hitchcock

November 2022


Australian Bible Ministries, PO Box 5058 Mt. Gravatt East, 4122 Qld, Australia