In Acts Chapter 8 we have the account of the conversion of the eunuch of Ethiopia. I like this scripture for it shows us what every person does to become a Christian and be saved from his sins.
A preacher was proclaiming the gospel and great numbers came and heard him. They repented and believed in the word of Christ, and were being baptized.
There came a man, we don't know his name, but we know he was up in that area where many had believed and were baptized. In his free time he surely got to hear some preaching and the Lord touched his heart. Seeing others saved must have made a good impression on him. Somehow he had gotten a copy of the book of Isaiah from the bible. He was returning to give some report to the queen of his country. The Lord surely had a hand in his need.
He had been impressed but he was not converted at the places where he had been. The Lord knowing of his route back impressed Philip to go to his road and be ready to meet him as the eunuch passed.
Philip was glad to do as the Lord revealed to him. He got to the chariot with the lost eunuch and he was reading from the scripture.
Acts 8:30, "And Philip ran there, to him, and read the prophet Isaiah, and said, do you understand what you are reading?" The eunuch did not understand. The passage was about prophecy about Christ coming into the world to save all mankind from their sins. Philip told him that the scripture was about Jesus and all men need to believe in him for the forgiveness of their sins.
Immediately the man wanted to be saved from his sins and have a home one day in heaven. The visible thing he had seen was people being baptized in water. Philip was careful not to confuse salvation just by being baptized. That comes after we believe. He said to the man he must believe first.
How important this is. Otherwise baptism wouldn't mean anything.
Scripture says, Acts 8:37, "And Philip said, if you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
How beautiful is the sight when a believer is buried in water baptism showing the world he is a new man and has turned from a life of sin and has accepted what Christ did by dying on the cross to justify him as a saved man.
You will note, there were some happy people after this. Acts 8:39 says, "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." I wonder which many rejoiced. I assumed it was the eunuch but I know old Philip rejoiced. Nothing can sweeten the mood of a church more than to see a soul saved from sin and his life become new.