Baptized!
July 23, 2021, 9:17 AM

Baptized!

Acts 2:38
38 And Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

There are lots of scriptures on Baptism found in our Bible showing us the true importance of why each of us should be baptized. I will list just a couple here for you. For example, look at the “Great Commission” found in Matthew.

 

Matthew 28:19

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

Not to mention that Jesus himself was baptized, and we should follow His example (Mark 1:9).

You see Baptism is a significant next step in your journey of Faith.

 

Think of it this way…

If you married someone and were really excited to get married, however they wanted to keep your marriage a secrete and not tell anyone… would not feel the great or genuine, would it?

You see, this is the same with our relationship with God!

If we accept Him, truly believe, and desire to live for Him we should be excited about Baptism!

Baptism is an “Outward Expression of an Inward Confession”. It’s not Baptism that Saves you, It’s Jesus, His forgiveness of your sins, by grace, the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).

 

Ephesians 2:8

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

 

I. Why Do We Teach Believers Need To Be Baptized?

A. To follow the example of Christ

“At that time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan [river]” (Mark 1:9)

 

B. Because Jesus commanded it. (Matt 28:19)
 

C. It demonstrates that I really am a believer.

 “….many of the people who heard him believed and were baptized.”

(Acts 18:8)

 

 “We know that we have come to know him, if we obey his commands.”

(1 John 2:3)

 

II. What is the Meaning of Baptism?

A. It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.

 “Christ dies for our sins….He was buried…and He rose again.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

 

“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you

were also raised with Christ.” (Colossians 2:12)

 

B. It illustrates my new life as a Christian. (2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:4)

 

C. Baptism does not make me a Christian. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

 

III. Why Do We Prefer to Baptize By Immersion?

A. It seems like Jesus was baptized that way. (Matthew 3:16)

B. Baptisms in the Bible seem to be by immersion. (Acts 8:38-39)

D. Immersion may best symbolize the burial and resurrection of our Lord.

 

IV. Who Should Be Baptized?

A. Everyone who has believed in and personally received Christ.

B. Those returning to faith and recommitting their life to Christ.

C. Young people who are ready to make their faith known.

D. Believers who were never baptized after they became a Christian.

 

V. If I want to be baptized, what should I do next?

Let us know! You can contact the church office and let us know that “I have Decided” and your ready to take the next step in your journey of Faith! Honestly, were just as excited as you are!

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