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The Importance of Baptism

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Baptism is one of the most common "religious" observances in existance. Of course it is also one of the most misunderstood teachings in all of the Bible. We will look at what the Bible teaches concerning baptsim and how this teaching differes from much of what is commonly taught.

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Matthew 28:19 KJV 1900
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Acts 2:41 KJV 1900
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

Introduction

Common Religious Observance
Baptism is one of the most common religious observances in all the world.
Virtually every major religion and cult practice it in some form.
One of the most misunderstood teachings in all the Bible
False Teaching in general
Usually a perversion of truth
The prevailing mentality of our day is acceptance!
The prevailing mentality of our day is acceptance! Most people believe that it does not matter what you believe as long as you are sincere. If you really take a moment to think about that philosophy you will find at its core the idea or relativism.
Just be sincere
If you really take a moment to think about that philosophy you will find at its core the idea or relativism.
Definition: Relativism- the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute. This is a supreme enemy of truth. If anything can be true then noting is true!
If you take further time to explore that you will find it is a supreme enemy of truth. If anything can be true then noting is true!
If anything can be true then noting is true!
False Teachings about Baptism
Context dictates meaning - the word baptize in the Bible does not always refer to “water baptism” False teaching always forces one definition on a Bible word regardless of the context.
It is part of or necessary for our Salvation
It is part of or necessary for our Salvation
How it is done does not matter - sprinkling, immersion
Who performs it is not significant -
God is the source of truth
God is the source of truth
He has revealed his truth through the pages of Scripture.
It is with this confidence in the Scripture that we approach it to find answers. It is our final authority for faith and practice!
It is part of or necessary for our Salvation
How it is done does not matter - sprinkling, immersion
Who performs it is not significant -
Declaration: We must understand what the Bible teaches about baptism in order to understand its significance
Preposition: Perhaps you have wondered why there is so much confusion in regards to this doctrine
Transition: I want us to take a look at three important aspects on what the Bible teaches about Baptism.

I. The Prescription of Baptism

The primary reason we are baptized is because the Lord commanded it
Matthew 28:19 KJV 1900
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Illustration:
“Teach all nations…baptizing them”
B.
If the doctor is prescribing medicine you should in most cases take it. However there are times you should get a second opinion!
We dont need a second opinion about what Jesus has commanded.
We need to understand it - but we dont need to question it!

II. The Purpose of Baptism

Everything God requires is for a purpose. We may not understand every aspect of every thing he asks this side of heaven but what is important is that we obey him.

A. It is a picture ( a figure of salvation)

1 Peter 3:21 KJV 1900
The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Illustration:
Someone has said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Being baptized is a picture and it’s worth more than a thousand words.
Romans 6:3–6 KJV 1900
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Romans 6:3–6 KJV 1900
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

B. It is a public testimony (an identification with Him)

Romans 6:3–6 KJV 1900
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Baptism always follows (belief - trust) salvation in the Bible
Example- Ethiopian Eunuch “what doeth hinder me?”
Illustration:
Asking people if they are saved and they testify of their baptism - happens all the time
It cost the 1st century Christian much to be baptized
We can lose sight of the significance of baptism when we consider what is has cost some

III. The Procedure of Baptism

Since baptism is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ it is important that we know how it is performed.
Again we just go to the Bible

A. The procedure is by proper mode

Acts 8:36–39 KJV 1900
And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 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.
Acts 8:
John 3:23 KJV 1900
And John also was baptizing in AEnon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
Matthew 3:16 KJV 1900
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

B. The procedure is by the proper subject

C. The procedure is by proper authority

Conclusion:

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