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The Meaning of Baptism

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Sermon shared by George Bannister

October 2002
Summary: This message deals with the meaning of Believer’s Baptism.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
1. The believer is a new creature in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).
2. The key to living the Christian life is to let Jesus live through you (Gal. 2:20).
C. Baptism shows that the believer will one day live with Christ (v.8).
1. When we are saved, we are guaranteed a home in heaven. (1 Thess. 4:13-17).

IV. BAPTISM DEMONSTRATES THE SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST’S SACRIFICE
(VSS. 9-10).
A. The resurrection demonstrates that Jesus is eternally victorious over death and the grave (v. 9).
1. Jesus defeated death and the grave forever. (Re 1:18) “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
(Heb 2:14) “ Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”
B. Jesus’ one death was eternally sufficient for our sins (v.10).
1. Some believe that Jesus must be ceremonially slain repeatedly, the scriptures say that he died once for all. His death paid the penalty for sin in full.(Heb 10:12-14) But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

V. BAPTISM IS A CALL TO COMMITMENT FOR THE BELIEVER (VSS. 11-14).
A. It is a call to commitment for us to forsake the ways of the world (v. 11a, 12-13a).
1. You must commit to see yourself as “dead” to sin .
(Ga 2:20) “ I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
2. The choice must be made not to let sin have dominion over you.
a. Living like the rest of the world should be an unconscienable choice.
(Ro 6:2) God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
B. It is a call to commitment to completely live for Christ (vss. 11b, 13b-14).
1. You must commit to live for Jesus. (Col 3:5-10)
2. You must commit to surrender your members to serve Christ.(Rom. 12:1-2)
(1 Pe 2:24) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness

Conclusion:

Baptism is a beautiful picture. It is a witness. It is Powerful. Today we have seen what baptism really means. Are you a Christian? Have you followed the Lord in this beautiful ordinance? If not, why not come and request baptism? Take your stand openly with Jesus in the waters of Believer’s Baptism.

Christian, are you living what you professed at the time of your baptism? Why not commit to living in the newness of life that you have received in Christ?
Comments and Shared Ideas
you say: Baptism shows that the believer has died to the old life of sin and has been raised to walk in a different life. but it never says that baptism shows this. It says this is where this takes place and scripture never says it takes place anywhere else but in the watery grave (yup thats where the burial part comes in)

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