Baptism. John 1:33 He who sent me to baptize with water said to me

Save this PDF as:
 WORD  PNG  TXT  JPG

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Baptism. John 1:33 He who sent me to baptize with water said to me"

Transcription

1 Baptism Introduction I believe that with baptism, as with all biblical truth, we have not fully understood it until we have been subdued and overcome by its beauty. When it comes to the truths of God s Word, we must be faithful to see and then convey to others not just the facts, but always the loveliness, the delightfulness, the exquisiteness, the attractiveness, the comeliness, the resplendence, the sublimity, and the glory of God s truth. Anything less than this is less than what God is worthy of, and will always fall short of a true and full understanding of His Word! So when we ask about the importance and the meaning of baptism, we are really asking to see and understand its beauty. I. The Importance of Baptism God Himself(!!!) sent John to baptize with water. John 1:33 He who sent me to baptize with water said to me Jesus Himself underwent baptism. Matthew 3:14-17 John would have prevented him, saying, I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me? But Jesus answered him, Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Baptism was an essential, non-negotiable part of Jesus identification with sinners. Apart from Jesus baptism, the righteous will of God would have remained unfulfilled. It was specifically at Jesus baptism that God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and announced His good pleasure. Jesus (through His disciples) baptized His followers. John 3:22 (cf. 4:1-3) After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing. Jesus Himself(!!!) has specifically commanded the church to baptize. Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. This is why we baptize! But why would Jesus include baptism in the Great Commission? Why would Jesus command that baptism should be performed in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? What does this tell us about the meaning of the physical ritual? 1

2 A. John s Baptism Mark 1:4-5 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Look how closely baptism is associated with repentance and the forgiveness of sins! I think it s safe to say that we would have at least hesitated to speak in terms like this. So why didn t Mark share this hesitation? John 3:5 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. It seems to me that born of water most naturally refers to John s baptism (cf. Acts 2:38). John 1:33 (cf. Mark 1:8) He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:7-8 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Luke 7:30 The Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by [John]. Even if born of water is not a reference to John s baptism, it is clear that to reject John s water baptism was the equivalent of rejecting God s salvation while to partake of John s baptism was equated with fleeing from the wrath to come. B. Christian Baptism Acts 2:37-38 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brothers, what shall we do? 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 will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Notice how closely baptism is associated with the gospel (repentance, the forgiveness of sins, and the gift of the Holy Spirit)! We would never say what Peter said! Many Christians today would respond by telling a person to pray to accept Christ and then only after this would they mention anything about baptism. Mark 16:15-16 And he said to them, Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Assuming these verses were not part of the original Gospel of Mark, they were nevertheless written as early as 130 A.D. and so they reflect a very early Christian understanding of the meaning and importance of baptism. It seems clear that Jesus, His apostles, and the first Christians viewed baptism in a very different light than we do! The fact that we are not able to speak about baptism using biblical language should be very convicting to us. Baptism has a very intimate connection with the Gospel and salvation, and it s when we understand this connection that we can discover the 2

3 beauty of baptism. Of course, whatever this connection is, it must not contradict the doctrine of salvation by grace alone and through faith alone! We are not saying that the gospel and baptism are the same thing! Paul says: Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel (1 Cor. 1:17). Jesus assured the thief on the cross (who had never been baptized): today, you shall be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43). Simon the magician was baptized, but later found to be still in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity (Acts 8:13, 23). So what is this connection between baptism and our salvation? II. The Meaning of Baptism A. Old Testament Background (Ritual purification from sin and impurity) Numbers 19:9-13 (cf. Lev. 14:8-9; 15:13; Num. 8:5-7; 19:19; Heb. 9:13) The ashes of the heifer shall be kept for the water for impurity for the congregation of the people of Israel; it is a sin offering [NASB: purification from sin ] Whoever touches the dead body of any person shall be unclean seven days. He shall cleanse himself with the water on the third day and on the seventh day, and so be clean. Ezekiel 36:25-27 (cf. Ps. 51:7) I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. John 3:25-26 (cf. verses 22-23) Now a discussion arose between some of John s disciples and a Jew over purification. And they came to John and said to him, Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him. When John began baptizing in the wilderness, it was understood in light of the Old Testament rituals of water purification. John s baptism was a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, and so there was an intimate connection between the cleansing of the body and the cleansing of the heart. B. In light of this background, Christian baptism is very closely associated with the washing away of our sins by the precious blood of Christ. Acts 22:12-16 Ananias said to me, Brother Saul why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name. Notice how closely baptism is associated with salvation and the washing away of sins! We would never say what Ananias said! Instead, we spend all our time trying to explain what Ananias didn t mean! We need to affirm what Ananias didn t mean, but we also need to ask how it is that Ananias could possibly speak this way at all! 1 Peter 3:21 Baptism now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Peter clearly shows us what he does not mean. He does not mean that the literal waters of Baptism magically save us as they remove dirt from the flesh (the false doctrine of baptismal regeneration). This is no more true than to say that the sinner s prayer has ever saved anyone. But Peter is 3

4 saying that we are saved by what the waters of baptism signify. We are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ which cleanses our conscience. So intimate is the connection here that Peter can refer to the inward reality by means of the outward sign and say that baptism now saves you! Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. The writer of Hebrews closely associates the outward washing of baptism with the inward washing of regeneration. Titus 3:5-6 He saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. We would use the language of our hearts being sprinkled clean from an evil conscience, but we are less likely to find any meaning in talking about our bodies being washed with pure water! C. Baptism is very intimately associated with our union with Christ. Romans 6:3-4 (cf. Col. 2:11-12) Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Throughout the book of Acts, people were baptized simply in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5), which was the equivalent of being baptized into Jesus Christ. So when Paul talks about those who have been baptized into Christ Jesus, He is referring to their water baptism. Paul is saying that all of us who have been baptized in water have been baptized into Christ s death. Does this mean that by our immersion in the baptismal waters we are somehow magically united with Christ at that very moment? Of course not. This is no more true than the idea that by saying the sinners prayer we are somehow magically united with Christ at that very moment! We are united with Christ at the very moment of our new birth and faith in Christ and this almost always happens before any sinner s prayer has been prayed and certainly before baptism! Our immersion in the waters of baptism is very closely connected with our being united with Christ and sharing ourselves in His death, burial, and resurrection from the dead! So intimate is the connection here that Paul can refer to the inward reality by means of the outward sign and say that we have been buried with him by [the waters of] baptism into death. Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ [water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ] have put on Christ. Once again, Paul refers to our immersion in the waters of baptism as our putting on of Christ (being clothed with Christ NASB). In Christ we are made partakers of every spiritual blessing. In Christ we are safe from the wrath of God which is poured out upon all who are outside of Christ. To say that we have been immersed in the waters of baptism is to say that we are in Christ! It may seem strange (if not heretical) to refer to the inward reality by means of the outward sign, but this is exactly what Paul does! 4

5 D. Baptism is the outward rite of initiation into the church of Jesus Christ. Acts 2:41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. Three thousand people were added to what? They were added to the church. And the number of people added to the church was discovered by the process of counting baptisms not sinner s prayers! Ephesians 4:4-5 There is one body and one Spirit just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call one Lord, one faith, one baptism. Countless multitudes of Christians have been baptized, but there is only one baptism! And this one water baptism of which we have all partaken signifies the fact that by the inward baptism of the Spirit, we are all members of the one body of Christ the church. 1 Corinthians 12:13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body Jews or Greeks, slaves or free and all were made to drink of one Spirit. (It is here that we see that baptism is only legitimately administered under the authority of the local church and preferably within the context of the local church Mat. 28:18-20; Eph. 2:20.) Baptism, then, has to do with the washing away of our sins, our union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection, and our membership in the church, which is Christ s body. But what does baptism have to do with these things? Is it just a bare picture and symbol? This seems highly unlikely (even impossible) in light of the language of Scripture. Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins. Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins. Baptism now saves you. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our bodies washed with pure water. We have been buried with him by [the waters of] baptism into death. We have been added to the church and made partakers of the one body of Christ in our one baptism. What is the meaning of this kind of language? III. The Role of Baptism in the Gospel The key here is to see that the ritual of baptism signifies not primarily what we do, but primarily and first of all what God does. Baptism is not primarily our statement, but primarily and first of all God s statement. We don t baptize ourselves. We submit ourselves to baptism a baptism which is administered in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. So baptism is not our work, but God s work. Therefore, the question we need to ask is: what is God saying to us in and through our baptism? It is in our baptism that God speaks to us and says in effect: I have saved you. I have cleansed your heart from sin just as surely as your body has been cleansed by these baptismal waters. I have united you with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection just as surely as your body has been immersed in these baptismal waters. I have joined you to My church just as surely as you have partaken in this one baptism of all believers. I have done it. I have saved you. Of course, we can never make, or compel God to speak. We simply acknowledge that God speaks in our baptism by faith in His word and promise and in the meaning that He Himself has assigned to baptism. Indeed, Jesus is the one who commanded us to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and 5

6 Holy Spirit, and who then promised us His special presence when He said: And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. In this way, then, we see that baptism is God s visible/outward sign and seal of His invisible/inward work of salvation. Do you see what a gracious gift is the gift of baptism! When we were saved we didn t see our sins washed away, we didn t see ourselves united with Christ, and we didn t see ourselves transferred from Satan s kingdom into the church of Christ. These are all invisible and spiritual realities. But the fact that they are invisible makes them no less real! And so God in His mercy, and kindness, and grace, has bestowed upon us a special sign and seal so that we can see and feel even the invisible things that He has accomplished for us in our salvation. IV. The relationship between Circumcision and Baptism Most of God s gracious covenants with man come with a special sign and seal. The sign and seal of God s covenant with Noah and his descendants was the rainbow. The sign and seal of the Mosaic covenant was the gracious gift of the Sabbath. The sign and seal of God s covenant with Abraham and his physical descendants in the nation of Israel was circumcision. Every infant male was to be circumcised at eight days old as the sign and seal of his membership in the covenant people of God. (This was not at all to say that females were not part of the covenant people of God.) Of course, not all of the infants who were circumcised grew up to be saved by God s grace and through faith in His promises! In fact, many did not! So we see that the covenant people (marked out by the sign and seal of circumcision) consisted of both believers and unbelievers there was always a true and spiritual Israel within the larger covenant community of all ethnic Israel (Rom. 2:28-29; Rev. 2:9; 3:9). The Old Covenant community was a mixed community (a mixed bag ) consisting of believers and unbelievers, and so therefore the sign and seal of that covenant was administered even to infants. However God promised through the prophet Jeremiah that one day He would make a new covenant with His people with the result that no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, Know the LORD, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more (Jer. 31:33-34). God promised that one day His covenant people would consist only of the true and spiritual Israel so that all those within the covenant would truly know the Lord from the least of them to the greatest. And with this redefining and reshaping of God s covenant people would come the need for a new covenant sign and seal. This reconstituted Israel the true and spiritual Israel would be marked not by circumcision, but by the gracious sign and seal of baptism. And since this new Israel was to consist no longer of believers and unbelievers, but only of believers, infant circumcision gave way not to infant baptism, but rather to the baptism of believers only! Praise the Lord! Our reformed brothers and sisters in the Presbyterian church baptize the infants of believing parents not because they think that baptism has some magical powers to save, but because they still see the New Covenant community as a mixed bag of believers and unbelievers. There is nothing heretical about this view, though we do believe that it s wrong and unbiblical. As Reformed Baptists, we recognize a tension. Since we cannot infallibly judge the hearts of men, there is always the chance that unbelievers will partake illegitimately of the sign and seal of the New Covenant. But we still believe that in light of the character of the New Covenant community as a spiritual rather than an ethnic Israel, it is our responsibility to administer the sign and seal of baptism only to those who can give a credible profession of faith and provide true evidence of salvation. 6

7 Through the sign and seal of circumcision, God testified to the fact that He had chosen and elected a person into a mixed covenant community. Through the sign and seal of baptism, God testifies to us that He has chosen and called us into a spiritual covenant community composed only of true and believing Israel. Conclusion Brothers, what shall we do? Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins. Baptism is no more magical or necessary to salvation than praying the sinner s prayer. Some who have been baptized are not truly saved. Some who have not been baptized are truly saved. However, it seems safe to say that the place we have given to the sinner s prayer, is given in the Bible to baptism. So instead of saying Repent and pray this prayer for the forgiveness of your sins or Believe and repeat after me for the forgiveness of your sins, it would be better for us to learn how we can say with the Apostle Peter: Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins. Indeed, in the sinner s prayer, we may easily think that we ask God to save us, and then He responds to our faith by saving us (so God s grace is conditioned by our faith). But in baptism, we hear God assuring us that our salvation is a work of His grace from beginning to end through faith. In our baptism, we hear God speaking these gracious words: I have cleansed your heart from sin just as surely as your body has been cleansed by these baptismal waters. I have united you with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection just as surely as your body has been immersed in these baptismal waters. I have joined you to My church just as surely as you have partaken in this one baptism of all believers. I have done it. I have saved you. What a wonderful assurance, and hope, and joy is given to all those who have truly partaken of the sign and seal of baptism! 7

8 Teaching our Children Q. When God saves us, what are some of the amazing things that happen to us? A. ~ Our sins are washed away. ~ We are united with Christ (we are in Him and He is in us). ~ God makes us members of His church. Q. Can we see these things happen with our physical eyes? A. No! These are invisible and spiritual realities. We don t see them happen with our physical eyes. Q. What is the visible sign and seal that God places upon our invisible salvation? A. ~ The visible and outward sign and seal of our salvation is baptism (See Matthew 28:18-20 on bottom of page 1 & Acts 2:37-38 on bottom of page 2). ~ In our baptism, we can see and feel even the invisible things that God has accomplished for us in our salvation ~ Baptism is a wonderful and gracious gift from God! Q. What is the meaning that God has given to baptism? (What can we hear God saying to us in our baptism?) A. ~ I have cleansed your heart from sin just as surely as your body has been cleansed by these baptismal waters (See Scriptures under II. B.). ~ I have united you with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection just as surely as your body has been immersed in these baptismal waters (See Scriptures under II. C.). ~ I have joined you to My church just as surely as you have partaken in this one baptism of all believers (See Scriptures under II. D.). ~ I have done it. I have saved you. 8

Did Jesus command us to be baptized in water?

Did Jesus command us to be baptized in water? Did Jesus command us to be baptized in water? 1- There is only one baptism (so somebody s wrong) Ephesians 4:4: There is one body and one Spirit --- just as you were called to one hope when you were called

More information

BAPTISM The Patterns of Church Life

BAPTISM The Patterns of Church Life BAPTISM The Patterns of Church Life I. THE OLD TESTAMENT ROOTS OF BAPTISM A. The Word Baptism baptizō (βαπτίζω)/baptō (βάπτω) 1. Noun form: to immerse or to submerge; Verbal form: to dip, to dip into,

More information

4/12/18. What About Water Baptism? Selected Scriptures

4/12/18. What About Water Baptism? Selected Scriptures 1 2 4/12/18 What About Water Baptism? Selected Scriptures The concept and understanding of and about water baptism among those who call themselves Christians is quite diverse in the various denominations

More information

Why Baptism? A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO BAPTISM AT GRACE

Why Baptism? A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO BAPTISM AT GRACE Why Baptism? A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO BAPTISM AT GRACE Why Baptism Grace Community Church is blessed with spiritual diversity. Our folks come from a wide variety of religious and church backgrounds, while

More information

THE PURPOSE OF BAPTISM

THE PURPOSE OF BAPTISM THE PURPOSE OF BAPTISM (by George Battey) This present study revolves around the purpose of baptism. The issues discussed here are not: How baptism is to be performed? (sprinkle / immerse) Who should be

More information

Spirit Baptism, Water Baptism, and the Church COB /

Spirit Baptism, Water Baptism, and the Church COB / Spirit Baptism, Water Baptism, and the Church COB / 01.26.14 Introduction [Slide 1: River] Good morning! I used a local picture for the slides today, our very own Susquehanna River, which I now know how

More information

BAPTISM: THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE

BAPTISM: THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE BAPTISM: THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE A Statement by the Elders First Baptist Church of Durham, NC 2014 Introduction Baptism is a spiritual ceremony ordained by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to signify the

More information

THE PURPOSE AND MEANING OF BAPTISM

THE PURPOSE AND MEANING OF BAPTISM THE PURPOSE AND MEANING OF BAPTISM THE LOST & THE SAVED MATTHEW 25:31-41 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, "Come you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the

More information

The of. WHEN Faith Saves. Romans 6,10,11 Examples In Acts Colossians 2:11-13

The of. WHEN Faith Saves. Romans 6,10,11 Examples In Acts Colossians 2:11-13 WHEN Faith Saves Romans 6,10,11 Examples In Acts Colossians 2:11-13 NECESSITY FAITH Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He

More information

RECONCILIATION AND RESTORATION INTERNATIONAL CHURCH ( WINNERS CENTRE )

RECONCILIATION AND RESTORATION INTERNATIONAL CHURCH ( WINNERS CENTRE ) www.rrcholland.org Tel 06-20638762 : Sunday 24 March 2013 WATER BAPTISM PART 1 Introduction: Beloved, every moment God is always ready to move in the life each one of us. We are the one limiting God s

More information

THE DOCTRINES OF SALVATION, THE CHURCH, AND LAST THINGS Week Seven: Christian Baptism. Introduction and Review

THE DOCTRINES OF SALVATION, THE CHURCH, AND LAST THINGS Week Seven: Christian Baptism. Introduction and Review THE DOCTRINES OF SALVATION, THE CHURCH, AND LAST THINGS Week Seven: Christian Baptism Introduction and Review Last week, we began a discussion of the doctrine of the church by discussing the nature of

More information

The Faith of Abraham. The Faith of Abraham. Walking In A Hoping Growing Faith. Misplaced Pride In Being Abraham s Descendants

The Faith of Abraham. The Faith of Abraham. Walking In A Hoping Growing Faith. Misplaced Pride In Being Abraham s Descendants The Faith of The Faith of Lesson 4 1. An obedient faith 2. Justified by a believing trusting working faith 3. Walking in a hoping growing faith 4. are 's descendants, 2 Walking In A Hoping Growing Faith

More information

The significance of Baptism

The significance of Baptism The significance of Baptism Pastor Tim Melton As we look back through ancient history we find many religions that had different ceremonies for cleansing, some even similar to baptism. For some it was a

More information

word for baptism in Greek means immerse or dip, not all Christians use this mode when

word for baptism in Greek means immerse or dip, not all Christians use this mode when The Purpose And Meaning of Baptism Presented by Pastor Micah Anthony SR. The Bible uses the Greek, (baptisma) it literally means immersion or dipping. Though the word for baptism in Greek means immerse

More information

Baptism, the Spirit and the Kingdom of God

Baptism, the Spirit and the Kingdom of God Baptism, the Spirit and the Kingdom of God By Wayne Conrad Good Shepherd Community Church Dallas, Texas In our efforts to understand the biblical doctrines of baptism, both water baptism and Spirit baptism,

More information

2. Baptism is a Testimony to the world of the Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ:

2. Baptism is a Testimony to the world of the Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ: WATER BAPTISM WHY? By Graham Truscott "It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." (Matthew 3:15) "WHY should we be baptized? Because the Lord Jesus commanded it. Because it is the second experience

More information

JUSTIFICATION BY WORKS VERSUS JUSTIFICATION BY GRACE

JUSTIFICATION BY WORKS VERSUS JUSTIFICATION BY GRACE JUSTIFICATION BY WORKS VERSUS JUSTIFICATION BY GRACE INTRODUCTION FOR LESSON TWO We listed in the previous article 21 items the Bible says saves us! GOD saves us through His MERCY, GRACE, and LOVE. CHRIST

More information

What is Water Baptism?

What is Water Baptism? Water Baptism What is Water Baptism? Baptism is a symbol of a covenant and commitment, much like a wedding ring. When a couple marries, they give each other a wedding ring. This ring does not make them

More information

What Is Baptism? What Is Baptism A Sign Of? Why do We Baptize?

What Is Baptism? What Is Baptism A Sign Of? Why do We Baptize? What Is Baptism? What Is Baptism? A sign is a promise, a signal, a visible picture of a reality that is yet to be seen. Baptism, a sacrament of the church, is a sign of what God has already done for and

More information

What Is Baptism? What Is Baptism A Sign Of?

What Is Baptism? What Is Baptism A Sign Of? What Is Baptism? What Is Baptism? A sign is a promise, a signal, a visible picture of a reality that is yet to be seen. Baptism, a sacrament of the church, is a sign of what God has already done for and

More information

Lighthouse Community Church Body Life 2017

Lighthouse Community Church Body Life 2017 Lighthouse Statement of Belief The Nature of God We believe that there is one God, the Creator of all things, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three

More information

Water Baptism and Salvation

Water Baptism and Salvation Water Baptism and Salvation 12/18/07 My Spiritual Journey of Baptism: I grew up not going to church and not believing in God. At fourteen years old I began to attend a Christian youth group when I heard

More information

Or has it ALWAYS been a gift given by grace to those who believe

Or has it ALWAYS been a gift given by grace to those who believe Galatians 3:6-9 The Example of Abraham 1 Gal 3:6-9 (NASB) Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. 7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons

More information

WHAT IS BAPTISM? An introduction to what the Bible teaches about water baptism.

WHAT IS BAPTISM? An introduction to what the Bible teaches about water baptism. WHAT IS BAPTISM? An introduction to what the Bible teaches about water baptism. We exist to proclaim the excellencies of Christ Jesus in Piqua, Miami County, and the world, until Christ is all and in all.

More information

Water Baptism for the Church

Water Baptism for the Church Water Baptism for the Church by Robert Hall PART ONE: Basic Teaching Concerning Baptism A. Primary meaning 1. The word usually means to dip although there are other meanings indicated. 2. 1 Corinthians

More information

WHY BAPTISM? Red Rocks Church practices and teaches that once a person becomes a believer and a disciple of Christ, he or she should be baptized.

WHY BAPTISM? Red Rocks Church practices and teaches that once a person becomes a believer and a disciple of Christ, he or she should be baptized. WHY BAPTISM? Water Baptism is the first public step of obedience to Jesus Christ. Baptism is for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ s atoning work and has become His disciple.

More information

Doctrine of Infant Baptism. Relationship Between Circumcision and Infant Baptism

Doctrine of Infant Baptism. Relationship Between Circumcision and Infant Baptism 1 Doctrine of Infant Baptism Relationship Between Circumcision and Infant Baptism 1. An analogy between circumcision and infant baptism is the foundation on which paedobaptism rests. 2. The Heidelberg

More information

Baptism Or Christ. Lake Road Chapel 1

Baptism Or Christ. Lake Road Chapel  1 Baptism Or Christ by Charles Leiter Not long ago a friend of mine became a Christian. Now, I do not say that he made a decision or had an emotional experience. No, this was a miracle! After years of wandering

More information

2/24/2013 Christian Baptism I 1

2/24/2013 Christian Baptism I 1 Christian Baptism The Bible never speaks of a believer in Christ who has not been baptized. Hello, I m Phil Sanders; and this is a Bible study, In Search of the Lord s Way. Today we re going to explore

More information

Lesson Twelve: Repentance

Lesson Twelve: Repentance Lesson Twelve: Repentance He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper. But, he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion (Prov. 28:13 OT). God desires truth in the innermost being (Ps.

More information

You Will Be Baptized with the Holy Spirit - Part 2

You Will Be Baptized with the Holy Spirit - Part 2 Hope Christian Church D. Todd Cravens 22 May 2016 Sermon Series: Jesus Said What? You Will Be Baptized with the Holy Spirit - Part 2 (Acts 1:4-5 ESV) 4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to

More information

Righteousness Through Faith or Signs? Sermon Transcript by Rev. Ernest O Neill

Righteousness Through Faith or Signs? Sermon Transcript by Rev. Ernest O Neill Righteousness Through Faith or Signs? Sermon Transcript by Rev. Ernest O Neill Some of us aren t really absolutely sure of God s existence this morning, I know that. And some of us aren t sure why we have

More information

Introduction. 2 Corinthians. The Gospel Of Christ Is That Word Of Reconciliation. Our Sins Make Us God s Enemies Who Deserve Punishment

Introduction. 2 Corinthians. The Gospel Of Christ Is That Word Of Reconciliation. Our Sins Make Us God s Enemies Who Deserve Punishment 2 Corinthians Lesson 5 God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 2 Cor. 5:18 Introduction In 2 Cor. 5:18-21, Paul writes of the word of reconciliation

More information

Law. And. Gospel By Ron Smith

Law. And. Gospel By Ron Smith Law And Gospel By Ron Smith Max Lucado and others teach that keeping the law saved people in the Old Testament, but now we are saved by faith alone. However, they fail to see that it has always been impossible

More information

Holy Spirit THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN

Holy Spirit THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN Holy Spirit THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN Lesson 5 When Jesus poured out the Spirit on all flesh on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit started His ministry in the life of the Christians.

More information

Divine Couplets. Mark 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

Divine Couplets. Mark 16:15 And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Divine Couplets A couplet has various meanings, but the main idea it conveys is that something is grouped or arranged in twos. For our lesson, we are going to be looking at divine commands that are linked

More information

What Do the Scriptures Teach About Baptism?

What Do the Scriptures Teach About Baptism? What Do the Scriptures Teach About Baptism? David Sain The church of our Lord is the grandest, most glorious institution on this earth. Yet, in my personal judgment, she is also the most misunderstood

More information

The Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit? How does He speak then and today?

The Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit? How does He speak then and today? The Holy Spirit Who is the Holy Spirit? How does He speak then and today? Why Study the Spirit When studying the Holy Spirit, Christians look back on the study and want to know more. Avoid this by taking

More information

Baptism by Martyn Lloyd Jones

Baptism by Martyn Lloyd Jones Baptism by Martyn Lloyd Jones We are considering the means of grace that are available in the Church, and are administered by the Church for the upbuilding and the strengthening of the Christian believer,

More information

BAPTISM. The Significance of Believer s Baptism

BAPTISM. The Significance of Believer s Baptism BAPTISM The Significance of Believer s Baptism When someone is studying Baptist history you would think that a scriptural understanding of Baptism would help a person grasp what our God given title means.

More information

Baptism in the New Testament

Baptism in the New Testament Baptism in the New Testament Randy Broberg 6/14/2011 Theme Verse Hebrews 6:1-3 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the

More information

Baptism in the Moravian Church

Baptism in the Moravian Church Baptism in the Moravian Church Baptism is the sacrament of initiation. It is through baptism that believers and their children are embodied in the covenant of grace and become a part of the fellowship

More information

Lesson 27 The Ordinances of the New Testament Church

Lesson 27 The Ordinances of the New Testament Church The Lord Jesus, during His personal ministry on earth, established two ordinances that we are to observe in the New Testament church. We do not observe these ordinances to be saved; we observe them because

More information

HOW TO SHARE THE GOSPEL

HOW TO SHARE THE GOSPEL How a Sinner becomes a Saint 1. must see self as a sinner, totally incapable of saving yourself (Jeremiah 3:13) 2.must believe that reconciliation is provided through Christ s death (Rom 5:8-11; Col 1:19-23)

More information

GALATIANS 2. Jerusalem Conference. Defending the Gospel (cf. Acts 15:1-21)

GALATIANS 2. Jerusalem Conference. Defending the Gospel (cf. Acts 15:1-21) Jerusalem Conference GALATIANS 2 Defending the Gospel (cf. Acts 15:1-21) Galatians 2:1-2 Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. 2

More information

And now, why delay? Get up and be baptized, and have your sins washed away, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:15-16 (NLT)

And now, why delay? Get up and be baptized, and have your sins washed away, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:15-16 (NLT) And now, why delay? Get up and be baptized, and have your sins washed away, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:15-16 (NLT) Elora Road Christian Fellowship www.ercf.ca INTRODUCTION Whenever people

More information

The Importance of Scriptural Baptism

The Importance of Scriptural Baptism The Importance of Scriptural Baptism By Elder Herb Hatfield Baptism is a very important Bible subject. The word baptize occurs nine times in the New Testament and baptism twenty times. Jesus Christ demonstrated

More information

DON T MISS OUT! There are a lot of things people don t want to miss out on in life, but

DON T MISS OUT! There are a lot of things people don t want to miss out on in life, but DON T MISS OUT! There are a lot of things people don t want to miss out on in life, but IF YOU MISS THIS, YOU VE MISSED ETERNAL LIFE ITSELF! It s Humbling It s Important It s Mandatory What is it? Read

More information

Baptism Of Jesus Matt. 3:13-17

Baptism Of Jesus Matt. 3:13-17 "Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission." (www.lockman.org) Baptism Of Jesus

More information

BAPTISM IN JESUS NAME. International Apostolic Churches, Inc. Find More Articles at:

BAPTISM IN JESUS NAME. International Apostolic Churches, Inc. Find More Articles at: BAPTISM IN JESUS NAME International Apostolic Churches, Inc. Find More Articles at: http://www.iachurches.org/downloads/downloads.htm Website: www.iachurches.org Email: info@iachurches.org BAPTISM IN JESUS

More information

The Purpose of Water Baptism By Tim Warner Copyright

The Purpose of Water Baptism By Tim Warner Copyright The Purpose of Water Baptism By Tim Warner Copyright www.oasischristianchurch.org As many as are persuaded and believe that what we teach and say is true, and undertake to be able to live accordingly,

More information

Deuteronomy 6:4. the LORD is one!

Deuteronomy 6:4. the LORD is one! Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! Genesis 2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 1:1-2

More information

IS IMMERSION NECESSARY FOR BAPTISM? Rev. William Shishko 1

IS IMMERSION NECESSARY FOR BAPTISM? Rev. William Shishko 1 IIIM Magazine Online, Volume 4, Number 28, July 17 to July 24, 2002 IS IMMERSION NECESSARY FOR BAPTISM? Rev. William Shishko 1 You have finally gotten your Baptist friends to join you for worship. Now

More information

For whom did Christ die?

For whom did Christ die? For whom did Christ die? Arminianism: Christ died for all the sins of all people Christ died to remove the barrier of sin No certainty that anyone will be saved Deliverance from sin depends upon the will

More information

BAPTISM Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

BAPTISM Good Shepherd Lutheran Church BAPTISM Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Application included) Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 425 Patchen Dr. Lexington KY (859)-269-6517 gslclexington.org God s Gift of Baptism The Sacrament of Baptism Jesus

More information

~ Jaco Kruger ~ ~

~ Jaco Kruger ~  ~ I am justified by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; there is no condemnation and I am free from the law of sin and death. I am sanctified, called out of the world and given wisdom

More information

Does The Bible Teach That...

Does The Bible Teach That... Does The Bible Teach That... My Salvation... Is All Of God... From sin and it s punishment He is the only active participant in my salvation And None of Me? I have no role or part - no obedience or cooperation

More information

Jesus Baptism Matthew 3:13-17

Jesus Baptism Matthew 3:13-17 Jesus Baptism Matthew 3:13-17 Baxter T. Exum (#947) Four Lakes Church of Christ Madison, Wisconsin November 11, 2007 Introduction: I will have to admit that I have not always been very smooth in every

More information

Reconciled, Justified, Sanctified

Reconciled, Justified, Sanctified Reconciled, Justified, Sanctified by Ellis P. Forsman Reconciled, Justified, Sanctified 1 Reconciled, Justified, Sanctified by Ellis P. Forsman October 14, 2011 Reconciled, Justified, Sanctified 2 Reconciled,

More information

Understanding the Holy Spirit

Understanding the Holy Spirit Understanding the Holy Spirit (3) Know the Grace: The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Lives of NT Saints Know the Person The Motherhood of the Holy Spirit He Is a Full Person (Mind, Heart, Will) He Is Divine

More information

God's Full Salvation - Lesson Book 1

God's Full Salvation - Lesson Book 1 God's Full Salvation - Lesson Book 1 Lesson Outline Titles and/or Lesson Book Chapters 1 God's Eternal Purpose and His Economy (Ch. 1-2) 2 God s Creation of Man as a Three-part Vessel to Contain God as

More information

and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are

and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are THE SEED OF ABRAHAM Part of the our form for the Baptism of Infants states: In the new dispensation no less than the old, the seed of the faithful, born within the church, have, by virtue of their birth,

More information

The Sacraments. A position paper by Justin Dean

The Sacraments. A position paper by Justin Dean The Sacraments A position paper by Justin Dean What is a sacrament? The Latin word Sacramentum was first used by the Romans in the first Century to describe the oath of loyalty soldiers would make to the

More information

Arabic Version. The rite of circumcision:

Arabic Version. The rite of circumcision: Arabic Version The feast of circumcision is one of the seven minor feasts for the Master. It comes on the eighth day of the birth of Christ, i.e. Toubah 6 th / January 14 th. The rite of circumcision:

More information

Understanding The Bible

Understanding The Bible Understanding The Bible Ephesians 5:17 If We Are To Understand The Bible We Must: Have the desire to understand! John 7:17; Psalm 119:10, 97 Read it! Ephesians 3:2, 4; 2 Timothy 2:15 Apply the teaching

More information

John the Baptist. Preparing a People for the LORD. By: Tim Kelley. amiyisrael.org

John the Baptist. Preparing a People for the LORD. By: Tim Kelley. amiyisrael.org John the Baptist Preparing a People for the LORD By: Tim Kelley amiyisrael.org Review 1. John s Purpose: Turn Israel to YHVH Give knowledge of salvation (Yeshua) to Israel o He was a Shaliah a sent one

More information

Introduction. Issue 3, 13 November 2013 page 1

Introduction. Issue 3, 13 November 2013 page 1 Introduction Bethel Baptist Church was founded in 1895. It is a member of the Old Baptist Union, a group of wholly evangelical baptist churches founded in 1880. It is the policy of the church to co-operate

More information

Baptism: The Purposes it Fulfills and Changes it Effects

Baptism: The Purposes it Fulfills and Changes it Effects Baptism: The Purposes it Fulfills and Changes it Effects By John Anderson Langley Mill: W. Barker, Printer and Publisher, 1949 PAUL, the prisoner at Rome, sent for the Jews who lived in that city and sought

More information

Baptism by Comparison Comparing the New Testament model of baptism to baptism methods & forms used today

Baptism by Comparison Comparing the New Testament model of baptism to baptism methods & forms used today Baptism by Comparison Comparing the New Testament model of baptism to baptism methods & forms used today By: R. Chip Denief There are few topics in the religious world that are more debated than the topic

More information

Baptism Of Infants? By Sprinkling?, by Donald A. Dunkerley

Baptism Of Infants? By Sprinkling?, by Donald A. Dunkerley BAPTISM Report of a Sermon preached by Donald A. Dunkerley Mcllwain Presbyterian Church Pensacola, Florida [originally delivered on 26 November 1972, 8:30 A.M.] I don't believe that I have ever before

More information

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

More information

Our Core Beliefs Cornerstone Church of Ames

Our Core Beliefs Cornerstone Church of Ames Our Core Beliefs Cornerstone Church of Ames The Scriptures The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction.

More information

Should I Have My Baby Baptized? A Study of Infant Baptism Pastor Glenn Schwanke, Peace Ev. Lutheran Church, Houghton, MI

Should I Have My Baby Baptized? A Study of Infant Baptism Pastor Glenn Schwanke, Peace Ev. Lutheran Church, Houghton, MI Should I have my baby baptized? Lutherans, Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodists and others say Yes. Baptists, Seventh Day Adventists, and many Bible and non-denominational churches say, No. Sadly, this

More information

12/10/2017 Be Baptized 1

12/10/2017 Be Baptized 1 "Be Baptized" Is baptism necessary for the forgiveness of sins? We re asking what does the Bible say. Hello, I m Phil Sanders, and this is a Bible study In Search of the Lord s Way. Stay with us, and we

More information

Through Repentance to Faith

Through Repentance to Faith PROOF Lesson 3 Through Repentance to Faith I. Introduction A. Laying the Foundation i. Confrontation ii. Revelation iii. Acknowledgment iv. Confession Through Repentance to Faith B. To build on a foundation,

More information

- New City Catechism 5 - The New Covenant Confession of Faith 6 - The 1644/1646 First London Baptist

- New City Catechism 5 - The New Covenant Confession of Faith 6 - The 1644/1646 First London Baptist SOURCES AND INSPIRATION: - Catechism for Babes 1 - First Catechism 2 - A Puritan Catechism 3 - A New Covenant Theology Catechism 4 - New City Catechism 5 - The New Covenant Confession of Faith 6 - The

More information

Believer s Water Baptism

Believer s Water Baptism Believer s Water Baptism Being baptized is an essential part of following Christ. Take some time right now to find out what the Bible says baptism is all about. What is baptism? The word, baptize, means

More information

UNDERSTANDING SALVATION Part 2 Titus 3:3-7 By Andy Manning July 31, 2017

UNDERSTANDING SALVATION Part 2 Titus 3:3-7 By Andy Manning July 31, 2017 UNDERSTANDING SALVATION Part 2 Titus 3:3-7 By Andy Manning July 31, 2017 The title of this sermon is Understanding Salvation. This is a two part sermon that we began last week. Last week we learned that

More information

The Book of Romans A RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM GOD!

The Book of Romans A RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM GOD! The Book of Romans A RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM GOD! Trinity Lutheran Church Norman, OK. www.tlcnorman.org Pastor David R. Nehrenz Date: 6-14-09 Text: Chapter 6: 15-23 Lesson: 9b TEXT: Slaves to Righteousness

More information

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST The Baptism of the Holy Spirit BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST The word ghost means the spirit of the departed. The Holy Ghost is the Holy Spirit of God that dwelled in the body of Jesus Christ, left that physical

More information

Introduction. 2 Corinthians. Paul's Warning. Paul's Warning. Paul Does Not Mean That We Should Isolate Ourselves From The World

Introduction. 2 Corinthians. Paul's Warning. Paul's Warning. Paul Does Not Mean That We Should Isolate Ourselves From The World Introduction 2 Corinthians Lesson 6 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1 Paul warns the Corinthians not to be bound together with unbelievers In other translations, the warning is

More information

Series: Baptism - What Does the Bible Really Teach? Tonight's Lesson: "Common Misconceptions About the Baptism of Jesus"

Series: Baptism - What Does the Bible Really Teach? Tonight's Lesson: Common Misconceptions About the Baptism of Jesus Series: Baptism - What Does the Bible Really Teach? Tonight's Lesson: "Common Misconceptions About the Baptism of Jesus" Introduction: 1. There is probably not a more debated issue in Christendom today

More information

Why Do We Baptize by Immersion?

Why Do We Baptize by Immersion? Why Do We Baptize by Immersion? "It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He was the heavens

More information

Romans 3 From Sin to Salvation

Romans 3 From Sin to Salvation Romans 3 From Sin to Salvation Introduction It has been noted that within Romans 3, Paul establishes the foundation for teachings upon which he is going to later greatly expand upon: 3:1 4 deals with Israel

More information

*April Holy Spirit

*April Holy Spirit L ESSON 4 *April 15-21 The Promise of the Holy Spirit 30 SABBATH AFTERNOON Read for This Week s Study: Exod. 31:3; Num. 11:25; Isa. 6:1-7; 48:10; Ezek. 36:25-27; Mal. 3:2, 3; Matt. 3:11; Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor.

More information

12. Arise and Be Baptized

12. Arise and Be Baptized 12. Arise and Be Baptized AND NOW why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22: 16. Baptism is an ordinance of the new dispensation. It is

More information

Love and Unity / The doctrine of Salvation Water Baptism

Love and Unity / The doctrine of Salvation Water Baptism 96 Love and Unity / The doctrine of Salvation Water Baptism When we consider the doctrine of salvation, it is important to focus on the subject of water baptism. What is the purpose of baptism? Is baptism

More information

Berten A. Waggoner National Director The Vineyard USA A Community of Churches Sugar Land, Texas January 2006

Berten A. Waggoner National Director The Vineyard USA A Community of Churches Sugar Land, Texas January 2006 The need for a statement of faith arose shortly after the beginning of the Vineyard movement in 1983. We were growing quite rapidly and people were coming into the movement from a variety of theological

More information

Baptised into Christ Galatians 3:23-29

Baptised into Christ Galatians 3:23-29 1 Baptised into Christ Galatians 3:23-29 In last week s message, we studied Galatians 3:19-26; and as we read through this passage, we saw that the Apostle Paul compared the Law of Moses to a schoolmaster.

More information

2006 Homer Kizer Ministries

2006 Homer Kizer Ministries The Second Passover 2006 Homer Kizer Ministries "Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission.

More information

THE HOLY SPIRIT PART 3: THE PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Acts 2:38, you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit

THE HOLY SPIRIT PART 3: THE PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Acts 2:38, you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit THE HOLY SPIRIT PART 3: THE PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Acts 2:38, you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit Ezekiel 11:19, And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will

More information

Baptism What It Does and Does not Do

Baptism What It Does and Does not Do Baptism What It Does and Does not Do Introduction 1. Baptism is a prominent New Testament Theme. 2. Baptism is one subject that has been much abused: A. Called "outward ceremony"; "non-essential"; "water

More information

Frequently Asked Questions......about Baptism

Frequently Asked Questions......about Baptism Frequently Asked Questions......about Baptism Frequently Asked Questions About Baptism You are about to embark on a study of one of the most precious and important aspects of the Christian life: baptism.

More information

Session 6 God s Superior Love: How God Feels about Us (Song 1:2)

Session 6 God s Superior Love: How God Feels about Us (Song 1:2) INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PRAYER MIKE BICKLE THE SONG OF SONGS I. REVIEW: THE SUPERIOR PLEASURES IN THE GRACE OF GOD A. The Bride referred to the superior pleasures of the Word. This reveals her theology

More information

Naaman was a brave, rich, and famous commander for the armies of Syria who contracted leprosy, the most

Naaman was a brave, rich, and famous commander for the armies of Syria who contracted leprosy, the most Storacles o f Prophecy A River of Life 2 Kings 5:1-14 Naaman was a brave, rich, and famous commander for the armies of Syria who contracted leprosy, the most dreaded disease of Bible times. Leprosy meant

More information

Apostles Baptized With The Holy Spirit Acts 2:1-4 Part 2

Apostles Baptized With The Holy Spirit Acts 2:1-4 Part 2 "Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission." (www.lockman.org) Apostles Baptized

More information

The Commandment to Be Baptized For teachers:

The Commandment to Be Baptized For teachers: Baptism Chapter 20 The Commandment to Be Baptized Why must we be baptized? Today, as in the days of Jesus, there are certain principles and ordinances of the gospel that we must learn and obey. A gospel

More information

Sermon : The Thief On The Cross Page 1

Sermon : The Thief On The Cross Page 1 Sermon : The Thief On The Cross Page 1 The Thief On The Cross Text : Luke 23: 32-43 S#1. A. The cross of Christ is the center-point of all human history. S#2. 1. Everything before it points toward it.

More information

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. by David Robinson. Jesus Our Lord

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. by David Robinson. Jesus Our Lord HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT by David Robinson Jesus Our Lord Building a Strong Relationship with Christ Lesson 1 Preparation for Christ... 3 Lesson 2 The Birth of Christ... 8 Lesson 3 Jesus as a Boy...13 Lesson

More information

There are two ordinances which Jesus Christ has instituted and established for His Church. An

There are two ordinances which Jesus Christ has instituted and established for His Church. An Page -67- Name There are two ordinances which Jesus Christ has instituted and established for His Church. An ordinance is a "prescribed practice." It is something that has been prescribed and ordered by

More information