Baptism Can & Cannot…

by Michael Gilbert

2-10-08

Baptism Cannot…

Save A Person Who Believes They Are Already Saved

*This would go against the purpose of baptism (Mk. 16:16; 1 Pet. 3:21)

*You can’t be baptized properly if you were taught wrong (Acts 19:1-5)

Save A Person Who Remains In Sin

*This truth is seen in the ministry of John the Baptizer (Luke 3:3-14)

*Repentance of all sin has always preceded a relationship with God the Father
(Jn. 4:18; Mt. 19:16-22; Acts 26:24-28)

Save A Person Who Knows Nothing Of The Kingdom

*B/C of the existence of many counterfeit Christians (Luke 6:46; Mt. 7:21-23)

*We must know, at our baptism, what group teaches truth & who teaches error

*The apostles & prophets preached 2 things: the kingdom & authority of Christ (Acts 8:12)

*Paul preached the kingdom & authority of Christ (Eph. 1:20-23)

*James preached the kingdom & authority of Christ (Jms. 2:5; 1:22)

Remove Temptation From Your Life

*There are too many warnings against apostasy that are directed toward baptized believers in the NT.
(2 Tm. 4:1-4; 2 Pt. 2:1-2; Heb. 12:1-2)

*You & I, as Christians, have a responsibility to overcome temptation (Titus 2:11-13)

Replace A Faithful Life

*We have been created in Christ for good works (Eph. 2:10)

*We must worship God (Heb. 10:24-25)

*Baptism is only the beginning of our walk with Christ (2 Cor. 5:17)

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However, Baptism Can…

Take Us From a Sinful World to a Righteous World (1 Pt. 3:21)

*This is a noble lifestyle (1 Cor. 6:11)

*Christians practice noble treatment of fellow citizens (Mt. 25:40)

*It is a noble calling (Phil. 3:14)

Save Us (Mk. 16:16)

*It washes away our sin (Acts 22:16)

*In baptism, we contact Jesus’ cleansing blood (Rom. 6:3-4)

Baptism is the point at which we are united with Christ ( 2 Tm. 2:10; Gal. 3:27)

*It places us into the church of the Bible (1 Cor. 12:13)

*It is a Christ promised church (Mt. 16:18)

*It is a Christ built church (Acts 2:37, 47; Eph. 2:19-21)

*It is a Christ promoting church (1 Cor. 2:2)

 

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About dekalbcoc

Local preacher for the DeKalb Church of Christ
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