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9/21/2009 ~ Basics of Baptism


An honest heart and an open Bible will deliver truth to the soul.

... When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
~ Acts 19:1-5


MISCONCEPTIONS:
● Believe baptism is important but not necessary
● Baptism is necessary because our faith is not strong enough

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves, ...
~ Ephesians 2:8-9


... a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. ~ James 2:24

The religion of Jesus is not a faith only religion, it is one that calls
each soul to respond and most assuredly, act upon what is heard.
~ Jesus came to show us the way.


... When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; ...
~ Matthew 3:13-16


WHAT JESUS THOUGHT ABOUT BAPTISM:
1. Jesus did it
2. Jesus taught it
3. Jesus wants us to do it

... "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit,
he cannot enter the kingdom of God." ~ John 3:3-5


Conditions have been set to enter the Kingdom of God.

... make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, ... ~ Matthew 28:19


It is a process of humble submission in view of our sins.

... "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; ..." ~ Acts 2:37-38


Design of Baptism.


... preached Christ to them. ~ Acts 8:5

It is clear that one must hear and believe
the word first, before acting upon it (obeying).


But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning
the kingdom of God ... both men and women were baptized. ~ Acts 8:12


Preaching Jesus includes baptism.

... "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, ..." ~ Acts 16:30-33

What must I do to be saved?


... we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was
raised from the dead ... we also should walk in newness of life. ~ Romans 6:3-4


Baptism is an immersion, it is nothing partial.


... But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the
name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. ~ 1st Corinthians 6:9-11


Washed ...

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
~ Galatians 3:27


... in Christ

... one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, ...
~ Ephesians 4:4-6


There is only one baptism, Ö though men have constructed many.

... now saves us - baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh,
but the answer of a good conscience toward God), ... ~ 1st Peter 3:21


The motivation of why we are baptised is what makes it different.

... Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.
~ Revelation 1:5


Faith and baptism are not two separate categories.


... being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, ...
~ Hebrews 11:7


~ Faith will lead you to baptism.
We are all called to follow the Bible,
it is abundantly clear what is called for, ... let no man deceive you.
The New Testament does not mention unbaptized Christians.


First Century Christians Believed:
1. They were sinners
2. In the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus
3. In the Lordship of Jesus
4. They believed faith (that included baptism) saves

"... whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple."
~ Luke 14:25-27


For Jesus to be Lord, one must obey Him.
Our cross is what we give up to glorify Jesus our Lord.


"... whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple."
~ Luke 14:33


It is a question of self over that of Godís will.

... "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; ..." ~ Acts 2:38


... and that you put on the new man which was created according to God,
in true righteousness and holiness. ... ~ Ephesians 4:24-5:4


BROKEN OR INEFFECTIVE BAPTISMS:
1. Being baptized as a baby
2. Being baptized without changing
3. Being baptized without faith

... "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, ..." ~ Acts 16:30-31

Baptism affirms the gospel message.

... we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was
raised from the dead ... we also should walk in newness of life. ~ Romans 6:3-4


Baptism is a beginning, just a start to eternity.

... it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which
I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, ... ~ Galatians 2:20


┌─> One of the bonds that unites us.                
... one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all,
and through all, and in you all. ~ Ephesians 4:4-6


... Cornelius, a centurion ... a devout man and one who feared God ... who gave
alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. ... ~ Acts 10:1-4


WILL NOT SAVE YOU:
Being a Devout Man
Fear God
Give Generously
Pray to God Always
Have a Vision

... will tell you words by which you and all your household will be saved.
~ Acts 11:13-15


And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. ...
~ Acts 10:48


Baptism is for all those who want to go to heaven.

... He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, ...
~ Hebrews 5:9


We need to get heaven struck and not earth struck.

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BELIEVE IN ME AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
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