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The Testimony of Baptism

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Believers Baptism is an ordinance of testimony.

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INTRODUCTION:
A- Baptism is one of the most misunderstood things that we do as a church.
1- Baptism does not save.
2- Baptism does not secure the Holy Spirit baptism into the body of Christ.
3- Baptism is not sacramental, but is an ordinance.
4- Baptism (according to the scriptures) is for believers only, by total immersion only.
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Only believers were baptized throughout the book of Acts.
TS: To put the whole biblical teaching about baptism in capsule form, baptism is a testimony and an act of obedience.
I- Baptism gives testimony of the timeless gospel of Christ ().
Romans 6:3–5 NLT
3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. 5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.
A- The gospel defined ().
1 Corinthians 15:1–4 NLT
1 Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. 2 It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place. 3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.
1- The person of the gospel ().
a- Christ is the only way
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Acts 4:12 NLT
12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
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John 14:6 NLT
6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
There is only one serum to treat each snake venom.
The only antidote for sin is Jesus Christ.
B- The gospel declared pictorially ().
Romans 6:3–5 NLT
3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. 5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.
1- Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures.
a- His death was foretold by the Old Testament prophets (: ).
Isaiah 53 NLT
1 Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm? 2 My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. 3 He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. 4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. 6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. 7 He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. 8 Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. 9 He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave. 10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. 11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. 12 I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.
b- He was “Lamb who was slaughtered before the world was made.” ().
Revelation 13:8 NLT
8 And all the people who belong to this world worshiped the beast. They are the ones whose names were not written in the Book of Life that belongs to the Lamb who was slaughtered before the world was made.
2- Jesus was buried.
a- His burial was foretold. ().
Isaiah 53:9 NLT
9 He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.
3- Jesus arose the 3rd day according to the Scriptures.
a- The psalmist said, ().
Psalm 16:10 NLT
10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
b- His resurrection was typified by Jonah ().
4- Jesus finished salvation’s plan ().
Romans 6:10 NLT
10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God.
a- On Calvary he declared “it is finished.”
II- Baptism gives testimony to the experience of the believer (; ).
Colossians 2:12–14 NLT
12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
Romans 6:6–8 NLT
6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him.
Romans 6:6–8 NLT
6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him.
Colossians 2:12–14 NLT
12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
A- Baptism testifies that the old man has died.
1- When we chose to repent of our old way of life and receive the life that Christ has to offer, the old man ceased to exist.
2- When the believer is placed under the water, it pictures the fact that the old man of sin has died with Christ on the cross and been buried with Christ. The old man no longer exists, the believer is now in the person.
3- Death of the old life means that the believer is now free from slavery to sin ().
Romans 6:6–7 NLT
6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.
a- Without Christ you can only be a slave to sin ().
John 8:34 NLT
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin.
b- With Christ you can be free ().
John 8:36 NLT
36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
B- Baptism testifies of a resurrected person ().
Colossians 2:11–14 NLT
11 When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
1- The former condition of the believer ().
Colossians 2:13 NLT
13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.
a- Dead in rebellion and sin ()
Ephesians 2:1 NLT
1 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.
2- the forgiven state of the Christian ().
Colossians 2:13–14 NLT
13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
a- The certificate of debt for our sins has been canceled ().
Colossians 2:14 NLT
14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
It is like having a debt that you cannot pay forgiven and erased from the record books!
Conclusion:
what about you today, a friend? Have you experienced what this baptismal service is pictured?
Hymn lyrics:
“sinners Jesus will receive: sound this word of Christ to all
who the heavenly pathway leave, all who linger all who fall.
sing it o’er and o’er again;; Christ receives sinful men;
make the message clear and plain; Christ receives sinful men.”
He stands with his arms outstretched to you. Ready to receive you. Will not you say yes to him right now?
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