November 29, 2020

Baptism Service

Passage: Acts 2:36-42, Romans 6:3-4
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What is baptism about?

It asks questions of us
It is a means of grace

Baptism does not:

Make someone a Christian
Change someones heart – Example of Simon Magus
It does strengthen the Christian


A straight forward command
A symbol of our union with Christ
A statement of commitment

A straight forward command

Jesus gave His disciples the command – “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:19-20)

Not optional

It is an ordinance – baptism and the Lord’s supper
Baptism at the feast of Pentecost was a big thing

It seemed like a renunciation of the Jewish faith
People from non-Christian families can find things difficult

Repent, believe and be baptised
The Christians continued in biblical teaching, the Lord’s supper, fellowship and prayer
There were a lot of baptisms in the early church – examples

The pattern is the same – first they believe and then they are baptised
Example of Ethiopian Enuch
Example of the Philippian Jailer (and his household)

A symbol of our union with Christ

Water baptism is an outward sign of spiritual baptism
When we are converted we come into union with Jesus Christ

“In Christ”
“In Him”

Baptism signifies you died to sin and are raised to life

Rom 6:3-4
A transformation has taken place
You are no longer a slave to sin
You have been placed in a new Kingdom

Burial is a final act – baptism signifies that we died to sin
We are raised to newness of life – a new heart, a new life, we are new creations
Baptism symbolises our union with Christ

Conversion is a not a decision to become religious
Conversion is a transformation

All Christians have a personal testimony

Personal example

A statement of commitment

Dan is publicly stating he belongs to Jesus Christ

Not to be taken lightly but an important step in our discipleship

It is an important step in our being disciples

We are to learn and obey the commandments
We are not to be conformed to this world, but transformed

It is a pledge of our commitment to Christ

Closing Remarks
Followed by Personal Testimony of Dan Foxhall