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Why baptism? (Baptism Service)

Matthew 3:1-17, Andrew Love, November 25, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • Welcome
  • 'Do you want to be made well?'
    • This might seem a silly question
    • When the man obeyed Jesus' word he was made well
  • Example of stripping wallpaper to decorate - more work done in the preparation
    • It is sometimes like this when you become a Christian
    • Are you really interested in the thing of God?
  • Why Baptism?
    • Is does not wash away sin - it is purely symbolic
    • Look at the Baptism of Jesus
  • The person of John the Baptist
    • People were drawn to him and his plain message
    • Sin abounded in society - e.g. greed, corruption
    • There needs to be a change in your life
    • He spoke to all sections of society
    • He called people to repent and have faith in God

Why Baptism?

  • Jesus comes to be baptised by John - why?
    • Jesus knew no sin
    • John recognised that Jesus was greater than he

Jesus was identifying with sinners - He was to fulfill all righteousness

  • Do you know that Jesus if the friend of sinners?
  • Example of John Goldstein and a Mormon man
  • These both found Jesus Christ for themselves, as Lord
  • Baptism is a symbol of death, burial and resurrection

His baptism was prophetic

  • Christianity is not about being good
  • Christianity is first a recognition that we cannot be good - it is about a Holy God who sent a Saviour into the world to save sinners
  • Christianity is about believing in God and having everlasting life

A picture of cleansing a new life

  • The water symbolises cleansing and the giving of new life
  • Example of Nicodemus - you must be born of the water and the spirit
  • Jesus was speaking of the washing of the word of God
  • Example of the adulterous woman - living water springing up to everlasting life

An act of humble obedience

  • He humbled Himself under God the Father
  • An act of obedience
    • Josh is being obedient to baptism
    • Have you humbled yourself
  • Josh will be strengthened through this
    • It is a means of grace (baptism and communion)

Closing Remarks

  • When Jesus was baptised the very Spirit of God alighted on Him
  • A glorious baptism like no other
  • God was well pleased with Jesus' baptism
  • Our prayer is that all who are baptised they continue in the faith trusting in Jesus
  • For those not yet believers - trust in God

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Matthew 3:1-17

1In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 5Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. 7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 11I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. 13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (KJV)

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