I feel this is something that the Lord is showing me. I had wondered about this before but now I think I have clarity in the matter.
Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
(Act 2:37-38 NASB)
And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
(Act 16:29-31 NASB)
Note that Peter tells a Jewish audience to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and they will receive the Holy Spirit.
Paul, on the other hand , tells the Phillipian jailer , “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
Could it be that because Paul was speaking to a people who knew nothing of the things of God and nothing about repentance because they had no concept of sin, While the Jew were a covenant people and knew the laws of God and therefore knew what repentance was all about.
Could this be applied today. Are we preaching repentance when we should be demonstrating the power of the Holy Spirit and then when people say, as the jailer did, “what must I do to be saved”, we too can say, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your house”. I am not saying by any means that people don’t need to repent, only that I believe that we need to have our ears attuned to the leading of the Holy Spirit to tell us what to preach and when, and how.