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Water Baptism

Memory Verse:

“…and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (NAS) – Colossians 2:11, 12

I. Introduction ­ Biblical Picture of Baptism

  • Sacrament—An outward sign and seal of what has already happened in the heart.
  • There are two sacraments in the Bible: Communion and Water Baptism
  • Water Baptism is done once, AFTER conversion.

II. Definition of Baptism—baptizo (Greek). Our word is a transliteration. The word means “to wholly immerse or to dip in a fluid”

III. Four Types of Baptisms

  • John the Baptist’s baptism (Matt. 3:1-­12) ­ repentance and preparation
  • Baptism of suffering and martyrdom (Luke 12:50)
  • Christian (water) baptism
  • Holy Spirit baptism

IV. Christian Water Baptism

  • Baptized after salvation
  • Three conditions to fulfill before baptism
    • Matt. 28:18-­20 – The Great Commission
      • Baptism needs to done with understanding/teaching
    • Acts 2:37-38 – need to repent
    • Mark 16:15-16 – need to believe (personal faith)
  • What about infant baptism? Not found in the Bible. They cannot meet the three conditions found in Scripture.
  • Infant Dedication – Luke 2:22 – the parents offer child back to God while promising to raise him/her in the Christian faith.
  • How soon did baptism occur after salvation?
    • Acts 8:35­-39—Philip and the Ethiopian—immediate
    • Acts 2:41 and Acts 9:17-18 (Paul was 3 days later)
    • Final answer—as soon as possible after conditions are met

V. Importance of Christian Water Baptism

  • Matt. 3:13­-17—baptism of Jesus—We are baptized because Jesus gave us an example when He didn’t need it Himself.
  • Rom. 6:1­7—Baptism is a landmark, a signpost. A sign and symbol of what has happened to us spiritually—the old life gone, and new life begun. Reminds us that the power of sin has been broken!
  • New Testament circumcision. The Old Testament sign of circumcision in the physical body was a sign that the person belonged to God. The New Testament sign of belonging to Christ is baptism. Col. 2:11-­12 directly likens it to OT circumcision, compared to death and resurrection.

VI. Concluding remarks

  • Acts 2:38—baptized for the remission of sins. Sins are “rolled back.” Baptism is the entry point to the visible Body of Christ.