Baptized into Christ

Baptized into Christ

 "The elementary teaching of Christ... instruction about baptisms..." -- ~Heb 6:1,2~

Yet there are so many questions about the basics. We must Master the Fundamentals.

 John's Baptism -- ~Mk 1:1-5~ / ~Lk 3:3-14~

  • Preparation      for Kingdom: Make way in your hearts & lives for the Savior
  • Radical      Repentance: "Flee from the wrath to come!" "Produce good fruit."
  • "God's      salvation!" = Forgiveness of Sins. Spiritual nature of the new way.

 Jesus was Baptized -- ~Mt 3:13-17~

  • Supreme      Example of following God's Design > "To fulfill all Rightness."
  • Inauguration      into His work -- by Spirit power (~Psa 2:7~ / ~Isa 42:1~)
  • Testimony      of Heaven: "This is My Loved Son!"

 Commission Command -- ~Mt 28:18-20~ / ~Mk 16:16~

  • Make      Disciples by Baptizing them. Faith & Immersion provide Forgiveness.
  • Who      said so?! By Authority of Deity: Father, Son, & Spirit.
  • Further      Grounded by the Discipline of Continuing Education.

 Baptism & the Church

  • Preceded      by Faith and Repentance -- ~Acts 2:36-38~.
  • Into      the Name / Power / Authority / Glory of Jesus -- ~Acts 8:16~ / ~Acts 10:48~ / ~Acts 19:5~.
  • Effect?      A Restored Life! -- Forgiveness & HS -- ~Acts 2:38~ / ~Acts 22:16~ / ~Tit 3:5-8~

 The Form of Baptism

  • Expected      of Mature Believers / NOT infants and children (see ~Mt 19:14~)
  • Immersion      / in Water: By Definition (baptizo) & Practice (~Jn 3:23~ / ~Acts 8:38~)
  • Administered      by Gospel Preacher, who leads a disciple to obey Jesus properly.

 Getting it Right - ~Acts 19:1-5~

  • Apollos      knew only the baptism of John (~Acts 18:25~), so instructed others.
  • Paul      corrected disciples with incomplete obedience -- to be baptized properly.
  • Working      Definition of Gospel Obedience: Do the right thing for the right reason!

 The Mighty Work of Baptism

  • Buried      & Resurrected with Christ (~Rom 6:3,4~) / Clothed in Him: ~Gal 3:26,27~
  • Circumcised      of Heart -- ~Col 2:11,12~ "thru      your faith in the power of God."
  • Delivered      from this Present Evil World -- God's Way! (~1 Pet 3:19-21~)

 Q: "Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water?" (Acts10:47)

Q: "Why shouldn't I be baptized?!" (Acts8:36)

 Notes by David Teel 14May2005

  


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