Feb 012013

Last week I started to look at the important subject of baptism. I said that if we are followers of Jesus and He was baptised (even though he didn’t need to) then we should do the same. I also said that baptism is for believers.

I just want to very briefly say what baptism is and end with a few quotes.

The Greek word for baptism means to dip, submerge or cleanse by washing. It is the same idea as the old fashioned way to dye clothes by completely immersing and plunging them into the dyeing liquid. That is the reason why we don’t just sprinkle people!

As a believer you only need to be baptised once as it is a sign of washing your old sinful life away. The price Christ paid for you on the cross was sufficient to deal with every sin; past present and future and so once is sufficient.

You can be baptised just about anywhere there is enough water. People have been baptised in lakes, rivers and the sea as well as a church baptistery. There is nothing special about the water.

Just because you were baptised in one church, doesn’t mean that if you move congregations you need to be baptised again. You were baptised into Jesus not into a particular church.

“Baptism separates the tire kickers from the car buyers.”  Max Lucado

“We may never be martyrs but we can die to self, to sin, to the world, to our plans and ambitions. That is the significance of baptism; we died with Christ and rose to new life”         Vance Haver

“Baptism is faith in action.”  Watchman Nee

“God’s people should be baptized because God commanded it, not because some church requires it.”          John R. Rice

I had an interesting discussion with somebody the other day as to why people (especially in the West in the 21st Century) wait so long between becoming a Christian and getting baptised. Baptism is such an important step and deserves to be considered carefully but I don’t think it should be put off for too long.

Are you ready to take the Plunge? (pun intended!)

Here are some verses if you want to study this subject further;

Matthew 28:19-20      Mark 16:16           Acts 2:38

Acts 8:35-38                 Acts 16:31-33      Romans 6:3-6

1 Corinthians 12:13     Galatians 3:27    1 Peter 3:21

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Jan 242013

If you have been around churches for any length of time you will know that there has been a lot of confusion through the years over water baptism. This week we are going to look at what the bible says about this very important subject which could be described as one of the first steps of discipleship.

Jesus was baptised

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. 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.  And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:13-17)

Water baptism must be important because Jesus was baptised Himself. He was the last person who needed to be baptised because He was sinless. There are various reasons for why Jesus chose to be baptised but principally it was to identify with us as sinners and as an example for us to follow. As He was baptised He was looking ahead to His own crucifixion and resurrection.

Jesus will not ask you to do anything He was not prepared to do himself and asks all his followers to be baptised as we see in His command in Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Baptism is for believers.

It does not make you a Christian, it is for those who have already committed their lives to Him and decided to follow Him.

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:16)

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. (Acts 2:38)

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”  Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.(Acts 16:31–33)

Baptism is a public declaration that you belong to Jesus and have submitted your life to Him. When Jesus was baptised He was identifying with you. When you are baptised you are identifying with Him. There is a wonderful connection, what happened to Jesus happened to you as well. As you get into the water you are showing everybody that your old life is dead. As you are submerged under the water you are declaring that your old sinful life is being buried. It is a funeral for your old life! As you come up out of the water you are being raised from your old life by God’s power (the same power that raised Jesus from the dead) raised into a new life with Him.

Next week I will be looking more into what baptism actually is. If you haven’t been baptised, why not seek God this week about what He wants you to do. If you have any questions or anything you want covered next week, please put a comment in the box below and I will do my best to answer it.

 January 24, 2013  Posted by at 7:11 pm Baptism, Confession, Discipleship, Repentance, Resurrection, Salvation No Responses »