There are several baptisms
mentioned in the Bible. The baptism of John the Baptist Baptism with fire, spiritual baptism, and Water baptism .
Spiritual baptism is
the one baptism that unites all believers. When a sinner believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God baptizes
him into Christ, into His body, making him a new creature: (Gal.3:27)(2 Cort.5:17) (1Cort12:13)
Many churches practice baptism, but not all of them practice scriptural
or believer's baptism. You may have been baptized in some shape or form, but I want you to consider tonight, have
you been scriputrally baptized?
Please consider this.
I. THE MANDATE FOR BELIEVER'S BAPTISM
A mandate is an authoritative command This commission was never rescinded. Even after the gospel of the grace of God was revealed to Paul, the command to teach
unsaved people about Jesus, baptize them, and instruct
them how to be obedient disciples of the Lord, was
1. It was pronounced by Jesus Christ
A. This was a pre-crucifixion
This is a post-crucifixion proclamation. (Mat. 28:18-20)
2. It was performed by His Apostles
A. They preached the
word to the lost.
B. They baptized
C. They taught their
converts to win the lost and to baptize
3. It was practiced by the early church
A. Throughout the history
of the church
4. It should be a priority in
A. Is is here at Our
Lord And Savior Church.
B. A mandate! Not just
a nice thing to do; it is a
to be obeyed!
C. New converts need to be baptized in order to be
II. THE MESSAGE OF BAPTISM - (Jh.1:29-31)
1. Baptism identifies Christ
A. His death for our
sins according to the scriptures.
B. His burial.
1. This is portrayed when the convert is immersed,
covered in the water them. So baptism is done by
complete immersion in water.
C. His resurrection.
is pictured when the convert is brought up out of
2. Baptism identifies the convert
A. As one who has placed
his faith in Jesus Christ
B. As one
who has died to self.
C. As one who has spiritually
died to self, buried, and has
from the dead.
D. As one who testifies to
III. THE MANNER OF BAPTISM (Acts 8:35-39)
1. Who should be baptized?
A. Only a believer.That is why we sometimes call water
B. Only those
who trust in Jesus Christ for salvation
C. Only those who want to
profess Jesus by baptism.
D. Only those who want to
be in obedience.
2. When to be baptized
A. A. S. A. P. after
1. Notice the Eunuch in Acts 8
2. Notice Cornelius and his family in Acts10
3. Notice Philipian jailer in Acts 16
3. How to be baptized
A. Submersion, competely under
B. With joy
C. With witnesses
4. Every believer must be baptized,
not in order
to become a Christian, but in order to be an
IV. THE MERIT OF BAPTISM (Acts 8:39)
Water baptism does not save, However, it does
1. A good conscience
A. You know you did
what you should.
2. A grand fellowship
A. God will be pleased
with your obedience. Your
fellowship with Him will then be sweet.
B. Likewise, it brings
you into fellowship with believers of
the last 2,000 years, who have been baptized
3. A glowing testimony
A. Every baptism is a sermon.
It preaches Jesus.
It preaches salvation through Christ's work.
B. It is also an encouragement
to new believers to publicly
themselves with Christ.
4. A glorious reward
A. There will be a reward
at the Judgment Seat of Christ
B. God will bless you
greater in this life, as you obey Him.
You have probably seen such signs many times. When a company
takes over another company, there is often a sign placed outside the premises announcing, “Under New Management.
No sign so accurately summarizes what takes place in Christian
conversion. When Christ takes over a life, that life is literally “under new management.” How hard it is to learn
this lesson, and to acknowledge the new authority in our lives!
Now hard it is for those who have obeyed the flesh, to obey
the Lord Jesus Christ! But that is required in being a Christian.