Summary: A look at the foundational truths of the Christian faith which must be wholly understood before believers can move on to maturity in Christ. This one focuses on "Water Baptism" and "Holy Spirit baptism".
Dakota Community Church
October 26, 2008
Foundational Truth 2
Introduction & Review:
Christians are to grow up spiritually.
Repentance from acts that lead to death.
Faith in God.
Let’s resume our study of foundational truth by reading Hebrews 5:11 - 6:3
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.
This week we are going to focus on gaining a solid understanding of:
I am going to skim over water baptism because we studied it in detail recently in a sermon entitled "Open Heaven".
A.) Water baptism
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"
Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
Romans 6: 1-7
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Nobody slipped into the early Church without knowing what he was doing. Nobody was born Christian. There was no "better life bait and switch" evangelism.
God still has no grandchildren!
B.) Spirit and fire baptism
Let me begin by saying that I received the baptism in the Spirit the same night I was born again.
I was more open to the idea because of an event which occurred a few months earlier and which involved my then 12 year old brother Chris. I heard him speaking in another language loudly in his sleep.
I believe in this, I pray in tongues fairly regularly but intensely when I am in trouble.
I have seen many abuses of the Holy Spirit and His gifts, I have seen counterfeits and I have fought a naturally skeptical view of life where any of the supernatural is concerned.