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BAPTISM

ACTS 2:37-42

INTRODUCTION:

            A.        Paul describes baptism; Romans 6:3-6

            B.         The religious world tells us:

                        1.         “Baptism is just an act of submission to fulfill righteousness”

                        2.         “One is saved by grace and faith, baptism is not necessary for salvation”

            C.         The role of baptism in the 1st Century church:

                        1.         Paul stated; Acts 2:38

                        2.         Luke wrote; Acts 22:16

                        3.         Peter recorded; I Peter 3:21

            D.        Our lesson looks at what the Bible says about “Baptism”

 

I.          WHAT IS BAPTISM? Colossians 2:11-12

            A.        Baptism is a burial in water; Romans 6:3-4

            B.         Three Greek words:

                        1.         “Baptizo” – means “to immerse; to bury”

                        2.         “Rantizo” – is defined “to sprinkle; to render to be sprinkled”

                        3.         “Ekchuno” – means “to pour; to pour out”

            C.         Baptism is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ; Romans 6:4

            D.        Baptism provides entrance into Christ and His church; Galatians 3:27

                        1.         Paul wrote; I Corinthians 12:13

                        2.         Luke recorded; Acts 2:41          

            E.         Baptism is commanded by the Lord; Matthew 28:18-20

                        1.         Paul was told; Acts 22:16

                        2.         Mark recorded; Mark 16:16

 

II.         WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF BAPTISM?

            A.        To have ones’ sin remitted; Acts 2:38

            B.         Washes away sin; Acts 22:16

            C.         Baptism puts one under the blood of Christ; Romans 6:4

            D.        Baptism saves man putting him in Christ; I Peter 3:21

 

III.       WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

            A.        Hear the message of Christ;  Romans 10:17

            B.         Believe in Christ; Romans 10:10; Hebrews 11:6

            C.         Repent (turning from) of sin; Romans 3:23; 6:23; Luke 13:3

            D.        Confess faith in Christ as God’s Son; Romans 10:10; Matthew 10:32-33

            E.         Submit to being immersed into the death of Christ; Romans 6:4

            F.         Live a faithful, Christ-like, life; Revelation 2:10; I John 1:7; James 1:22

 

CONCLUSION:

            A.        Baptism was very important to the 1st Century church life: Acts 2:41

            B.         Christ commands it; I must obey!

            C.         Do you want to enjoy a home in heaven?