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LCF’s Baptism Course

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Baptism Course Outline

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objectives:

1- Understanding the meaning & reasons for baptism
1- Understanding the meaning & reasons for baptism
2- Developing a biblical understanding of the Doctrine of Salvation
3- Preparing for baptism’s spiritual challenges
4- Learning about living & growing as a baptized believer

I. Why should I be baptized?

I. Why should I be baptized?
A. I am not being baptized:
To please my friends, my parents or my pastor. No one should take this step on order to seek man’s approval.
Because my church believes in it and I want to fit in & feel I belong.
To fulfill a religious tradition.
Because I feel it’s the right thing to do.
To fit in & feel I belong somewhere.
B. I am being baptized:
Because Christ is my example.
Matthew 3:13–17 NIV
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Matthew 3:13–17 NIV
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
To identify with Christ as per
2. To identify with Christ as per
1 Peter 2:21 NIV
21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
1 Peter 2:21 NIV
21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
To identify with Christ as per 3. In obedience to the command of Christ. 4. As a confession of my faith in Christ. It signifies that I am now his and thus a member of the body of Christ.
In obedience to the command of Christ.
In obedience to the command of Christ.
3. In obedience to the command of Christ.
Mark 16:16 NIV
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Mark 16:16 NIV
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
As a confession of my faith in Christ. It signifies that I am now his and thus a member of the body of Christ.
As a confession of my faith in Christ. It signifies that I am now his and thus a member of the body of Christ.
4. As a confession of my faith in Christ. It signifies that I am now his and thus a member of the body of Christ.
Romans 6:3–6 NIV
3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—
Romans 6:3–6 NIV
3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—

II. When should I be baptized?

A. I should not be baptized:
Before receiving Christ as my Savior.
Mark 16:16 NIV
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
When I understand everything perfectly.
1 Corinthians 13:9 NIV
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
When I feel I am ready.
Acts 22:16 NIV
16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’
When I am a better Christian.
Philippians 3:13 NIV
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
When others think I should do it.
Galatians 1:10 NIV
10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
B. I should be baptized:
When I have repented of my sin and received Jesus as my Savior. This is the first step before water baptism makes any sense.
Acts 2:38 NIV
38 Peter replied, “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.
It is a testimony to the work of grace in my life.
Ephesians 2:8 NIV
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
As soon as possible after receiving Christ as Saviour.
Acts 9:17–18 NIV
17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,

III. How should I be baptized?

A. The most generally accepted meaning of the word “baptize” is “to immerse”. Jesus was baptized by immersion. . Immersion most clearly symbolizes the death of the old life and the beginning of the new in Christ.
Matthew 3:16 NIV
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
Romans 6:3–4 NIV
3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Matthew 3:16 NIV
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.

IV. By whose authority should I be baptized?

In the name of the Father – He was the One who voiced His approval at His Son’s baptism.
Matthew 3:17 NIV
17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
In the name of the Son – He is the One whose sacrifice for our sins made our new life possible.
Matthew 1:21 NIV
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
In the name of the Holy Spirit – He is the One whose power brings about the work of regeneration.
Titus 3:5 NIV
5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

V. What does baptism signify?

A. Baptism is not:
A conversion experience
The way of salvation
My ticket to heaven
B. Baptism is:
A step of faith –
1 Corinthians 15:1–4 NIV
1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
A step of obedience -
Acts 2:38–39 NIV
38 Peter replied, “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. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

2:38 Repent The Greek word used here, metanoeō, denotes a change of mind, will, or actions. Peter calls the people to believe that Jesus is the Messiah promised in the OT.

Peter’s exhortation involves two actions: repentance and baptism. These are connected with two promises: forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. In Acts, Luke presents saving faith, repentance, forgiveness, baptism, and the gift of the Spirit as interrelated aspects of embracing Jesus and coming to belong to the people of God in Christ.

A step of faith –
1 Corinthians 15:1–4 NIV
1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
A step of obedience -
A step of obedience -
Acts 2:38–39 NIV
38 Peter replied, “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. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

C. With baptism I am not:

Getting saved. Salvation comes before baptism.
Going to magically become perfect. Sanctification in the life of the believer is an ongoing process that continues throughout the believer’s life.
Philippians 2:12–13 NIV
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
3. Turning a new leaf while keeping my old life intact because the water in baptism symbolizes repentance through cleansing or purification, and signifies the death to self by giving way to the new birth in a new life that is lived through the power of Christ and for his glory.
Turning a new leaf while keeping my old life intact because the water in baptism symbolizes repentance through cleansing or purification, and signifies the death to self by giving way to the new birth in a new life that is lived through the power of Christ and for his glory. , , , ,
Philippians 3:10 NIV
10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
Romans 1:4–5 NIV
4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake.
1 Corinthians 6:9–11 NIV
9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Thessalonians 4:3–8 NIV
3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 1:2 NIV
2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

D. With baptism I am:

Expressing my faith in Christ. I am saying: “I believe Jesus, that you died for me. You took my sins on the cross. And in your resurrection I also was raised to newness of life”.
Obeying the Lord – Jesus received His Father’s approval when He was baptized in water. Likewise when we get baptized we are seeking God’s favor and not man’s. By obeying Christ’s command I am submitting to His authority and recognizing His right to be Lord of my life.
John 14:15 NIV
15 “If you love me, keep my commands.
Philippians 2:12–13 NIV
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
3. Committing myself to his church – I am saying before God, my fellow believers, and the whole world, that I have made my choice; that my life from this day forward is not mine but Christ’s and for his glory. 4. Making a public testimony. I am saying, “yes” to Christ and “no” to sin and the devil. I have decided to follow Jesus.
Committing myself to his church – I am saying before God, my fellow believers, and the whole world, that I have made my choice; that my life from this day forward is not mine but Christ’s and for his glory.
Acts 2:42 NIV
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Making a public testimony. I am saying, “yes” to Christ and “no” to sin and the devil. I have decided to follow Jesus.

VI. What will be achieved with my baptism?

A. Water baptism will not:
- Cleanse me from sin. - Make me a new person. - Give me eternal life.
Make me a new person.
Give me eternal life.
Example: The dying thief never got the chance to get baptized and yet the Lord promised him a place in paradise.

B. My baptism does:

Symbolize (or demonstrate) what Christ has done in me. . It is a divine “object lesson” picturing for me and for all who witness my baptism that the gospel is powerful and believing it changes us forever.
Romans 6:3–11 NIV
3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Symbolize (or demonstrate) what Christ has done in me. . It is a divine “object lesson” picturing for me and for all who witness my baptism that the gospel is powerful and believing it changes us forever.
Identify me with Christ in His death and resurrection. I am saying, in effect, “I am crucified with Christ…”
Galatians 3:20 NIV
20 A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.
Identify me with Christ in His death and resurrection. I am saying, in effect, “I am crucified with Christ…”
Remind me that I am a new creation. God’s Word says that all who are in Christ, can walk in newness of life. . If we let the reality of this truth grip us, our baptism can be an important step of victory for us.
Romans 8:9 NIV
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.
Remind me that I am a new creation. God’s Word says that all who are in Christ, can walk in newness of life. . If we let the reality of this truth grip us, our baptism can be an important step of victory for us.
Seal my victory . Often in the Old Testament we see God commanding his people to erect memorial stones whenever they experienced a victory. In this way they would not forget they God was their help and strength. In the same way, my baptism will be a spiritual milestone, sealing my commitment to Jesus Christ until the day of His return!
Jude 24–25 NIV
24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Seal my victory . Often in the Old Testament we see God commanding his people to erect memorial stones whenever they experienced a victory. In this way they would not forget they God was their help and strength. In the same way, my baptism will be a spiritual milestone, sealing my commitment to Jesus Christ until the day of His return!
Affirm my membership in a worldwide family called the church of Jesus Christ. I no longer stand alone. I recognize that as a Christian I am not an island. Now I can unashamedly confess that I belong to God’s family and I am united in faith with my brothers and sisters in God’s household.
Galatians 3:27–28 NIV
27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 16:3 NIV
3 I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Affirm my membership in a worldwide family called the church of Jesus Christ. I no longer stand alone. I recognize that as a Christian I am not an island. Now I can unashamedly confess that I belong to God’s family and I am united in faith with my brothers and sisters in God’s household.

VII. What to expect after Baptism?

Many Christians are often euphoric when they get baptized. However, shortly after baptism they are shocked to see how intense the spiritual battle can become. God’s word says that the enemy is like a “roaring lion” that goes about on a prowl to see who he can devour. Thankfully we are not left defenseless in our fight against him.
Temptation: Since the enemy will try his best to make God’s children fall into temptation or into doubt, it is important to be prepared for the battle. Never take the enemy or his tactics lightly. Therefore, faithful obedience to Christ is a decision that a believer must take on daily basis.
2 Corinthians 2:11 NIV
11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
2. Failure: You will fail but this does not mean that you are a failure but it does mean you are learning to walk by faith, as a newborn infant. Do not be hard on yourself but quickly dust yourself off and resume your walk with the Lord.
Failure: You will fail but this does not mean that you are a failure but it does mean you are learning to walk by faith, as a newborn infant. Do not be hard on yourself but quickly dust yourself off and resume your walk with the Lord.
1 John 2:1–2 NIV
1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
Discouragement: There will be moments that you will feel as though God’s promises are not real. Many great servants of the Lord have battled with these same thoughts. In time you will learn how to handle them, provided you will follow the steps outlined in the next segment.
3. Discouragement: There will be moments that you will feel as though God’s promises are not real. Many great servants of the Lord have battled with these same thoughts. In time you will learn how to handle them, provided you will follow the steps outlined in the next segment.
VIII. Below are important steps to follow in order to continue strong in your growth as a Christian.
Dress up: The most important thing to daily clothe yourself with the armor of God. This means acquainting yourself with the truth of the gospel every single day. Repeat God’s truth to yourself regularly. Remind yourself of what Christ has done for you and of your new identity in him. .
Ephesians 6:10–17 NIV
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Pray often: Besides having a regular prayer time every day, learn to pray impromptu prayers throughout your day. The weakest saint on his knees puts the enemy to flight. ;
2. Pray often: Besides having a regular prayer time every day, learn to pray impromptu prayers throughout your day. The weakest saint on his knees puts the enemy to flight. ;
1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV
17 pray continually,
Ephesians 6:18–20 NIV
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Read and meditate on God’s word: The Bible will either keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Bible. Read it often and it will become clearer with each passing day. You will learn to love it and cherish it because it alone is God’s word. ; ;
3. Read and meditate on God’s word: The Bible will either keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Bible. Read it often and it will become clearer with each passing day. You will learn to love it and cherish it because it alone is God’s word. ;
Psalm 119:11 NIV
11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
1 Peter 2:2 NIV
2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
Hebrews 4:12 NIV
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Never miss the gathering of God’s people: Avoid organizing events on Sunday or attending events while God’s people gather. Let your friends and family know that Christ comes before everyone else. Your presence matters on Sunday. When you miss, your absence is impacting someone. ;
4. Never miss the gathering of God’s people: Avoid organizing events on Sunday or attending events while God’s people gather. Let your friends and family know that Christ comes before everyone else. Your presence matters on Sunday. When you miss, your absence is impacting someone. ; ,
Hebrews 10:25 NIV
25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Matthew 10:37–38 NIV
37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Be part of a home group: The more often we meet as God’s people, the more that fire of God’s precious gift within will burn bright. If we neglect the fellowship we will find ourselves getting lukewarm. The enemy will play with our mind and draw us away from the fellowship.
5. Be part of a home group: The more often we meet as God’s people, the more that fire of God’s precious gift within will burn bright. If we neglect the fellowship we will find ourselves getting lukewarm. The enemy will play with our mind and draw us away from the fellowship.
Acts 2:42–47 NIV
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Confess your sins promptly: You will stumble as a believer. The enemy will do his best so that you do not confess your sins immediately. His lies are always the same but very effective. However, remember that God longs to restore you and forgive you when you fall.
Confess your sins promptly: You will stumble as a believer. The enemy will do his best so that you do not confess your sins immediately. His lies are always the same but very effective. However, remember that God longs to restore you and forgive you when you fall. ,
1 John 1:8–9 NIV
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Be diligent over your leisure activities: Don’t just watch everything that is available on TV or surf indiscriminately on the net. What you watch and open your mind to has a tremendous impact on your Christian walk. Remember the Holy Spirit resides within you. You don’t want to grieve Him by feeding your sinful nature. ; ;
7. Be diligent over your leisure activities: Don’t just watch everything that is available on TV or surf indiscriminately on the net. What you watch and open your mind to has a tremendous impact on your Christian walk. Remember the Holy Spirit resides within you. You don’t want to grieve Him by feeding your sinful nature. ; ;
Psalm 101:3 NIV
3 I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.
Ephesians 4:30 NIV
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Romans 13:14 NIV
14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
Share your faith: Not only are you encouraged to invite family and friends for your baptism, but look for opportunities to share Christ. If you see that in your life the opportunities are scarce, pray that God will open your eyes to see how ready the harvest truly is. ;
8. Share your faith: Not only are you encouraged to invite family and friends for your baptism, but look for opportunities to share Christ. If you see that in your life the opportunities are scarce, pray that God will open your eyes to see how ready the harvest truly is. ;
1 Peter 3:15 NIV
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
Luke 10:2 NIV
2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
Forgive without hesitation: People will fail you and you will fail others. It’s part of the family experience. Such moments help us grow. ;
9. Forgive without hesitation: People will fail you and you will fail others. It’s part of the family experience. Such moments help us grow.
Ephesians 4:31–32 NIV
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Colossians 3:13 NIV
13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
10. Remember it’s by grace alone: You represent the Lord. At times you will feel as a failure as a Christian. The reason this happens is because as God’s children you are learning to depend on his grace. We are saved by grace and we are kept by grace. When you fall it is in all likelihood because you are relying on self and not on God’s grace. In humility turn to God and he will teach you to depend on his grace.
Remember it’s by grace alone: You represent the Lord. At times you will feel as a failure as a Christian. The reason this happens is because as God’s children you are learning to depend on his grace. We are saved by grace and we are kept by grace. When you fall it is in all likelihood because you are relying on self and not on God’s grace. In humility turn to God and he will teach you to depend on his grace.
1 Corinthians 2:5 NIV
5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

IX. Re-write your testimony and include the message of the gospel. Please avoid centering your testimony on how you feel or on how the church makes you feel. This is all secondary. The gospel has the power to save and nothing else.

X. Stay tuned for our next 6 week course for those newly baptized: This course is a must. This course will deal with such subjects as:
How to deal with temptation
How to share your faith with your friends
b) How to share your faith with your friends
How to share your faith with your friends
How to overcome discouragement
c) How to overcome discouragement
How to get the most out of your Bible reading
d) How to get the most out of your Bible reading
e) How to pray effectively
How to pray effectively
f) What to do when God seems distant
What to do when God seems distant
What to wear for your baptism and pertinent instructions
What to bring: 2 towels- Flip flops- Dark clothes to wear underneath the gown
2 towels- Flip flops- Dark clothes to wear underneath the gown
Flip flops
Dark clothes to wear underneath the gown
Darlene will give some instructions.
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