Here are readings of the Acts of our fathersvthe Apostles who after having recieved the power of the Holy Spirit went out to all nations baptising in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
008:012 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
008:013 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
The above recieved the full apostolic baptism....
But in a certain city the fullness of the true of apostolic baptism was not performed so:
008:014 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
008:015 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit:
008:016 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
008:017 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
Samarians now have have the fullness of the apostolic baptism along with all other communities. A baptism that is within the apostolic order.
The next reading is interesting since it is the first recorded baptism that shows the apostolic church reaching beyond the Isrealites and unto the rest of the world. Phillip sets down with the Ethiopian and preaches Christ as Lord and Savior.
Its usually missed by many that this Ethiopian although African was yet and still very much Jewish (he speaks and reads Hebrew in his chariot with St. Philip, he was literate, educated, wealthy and of high esteem back in Africa). Not a recent covert but just as Jewish as any other Isrealite Jew.
This is the bridge however that the faith began to cross which started with Isreal and is now crossing out from Israel to the Ethiopians and the world.
For interested parties their are many commentaries that are written on this point which try to demonstrate the Ethiopian eunuch as the first fruit of the gentile christian. This view is reasonable in its intent. It never-the-less is complicated by the fact that the Ethiopian (s) are not gentiles in the respect which is given by scripture. Paul who is the apostle to the gentiles never enters Africa directly or indirectly. This aspect is hotly debated for reasons I care not bother for this thread.
008:026 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
008:027 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
008:028 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
008:029 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
008:030 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
008:031 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
008:032 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
008:033 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
008:034 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
008:035 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
008:036 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? 008:037 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.
008:038 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.
008:039 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
Baptism is without dought the basis of the faith as established by the apostles.
Dcn Amde Tsion