Life Lessons | Week 1 | Baptism
Series: Life Lessons, where the focus is on life in Christ! We want to Celebrate it, Certify it, Experience it, Live it…together.
Water Baptism Certifies Salvation and is for everyone who has believed in Christ!.
Outward symbol to attest to in inward change
The Bible teaches that:
1. Salvation is an individual knowledgeable decision to allow Christ to be Lord of your life and to be led by the indwelling person of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 10:9-10 (NIV) 9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. …then Immersion into Water or Water Baptism
That is why we don’t baptize or Christen children…”dedicate children” to the care and admiration of loving parents to lead them to salvation (then education) then water baptism that certifies that salvation experience!
2. Baptism certifies believing -
Acts 18:8 (NIV)
Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.
3. Immersion is emphasized
It’s the best symbol:
Colossians 2:12 (NIV)
having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
Jesus’ example -
Matthew 3:16 (NIV)
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 lighting on him.
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
Acts 8:38-39 (NIV)
And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.
The word “baptize” means “to immerse in water…Submarine-to go under” The Greek word baptize means “to immerse or dip under water”.
The founders of denominations agree:
Martin Luther “I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the word imports and the mystery signifies.” –Evangelical
John Calvin “The word ‘baptize’ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church.” –Reformed
John Wesley “Buried with Him, alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.” -Methodist
So if you are not sure, just ask yourself this question: Have I ever truly confessed Christ as Savior and then certified that decision with water baptism?
Water Baptism Certifies Salvation and is for everyone who has believed in Christ!
Acts 8:12 (NIV)
But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.