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Summary: Salvation, Baptism, and the Lord's Supper are all closely related and part of a Christians confession of our Lord.

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Romans 10:9-10

Romans 6:1-11

Matthew 26:26-30

Intro: Illustration “Kings Baptism”

I. Salvation (Romans 10:9-17)

A. A genuine faith (Romans 4:13-25)

B. An example of genuine faith

- (Job 2:9-10)

- (Luke 23:42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.)

- Story of Charles Templeton losing his faith over the evil in the world.

- A genuine faith stands the test of trials

C. Requires a public confession of our relationship with Christ

- (Romans 10:9-10)

II. Baptism (Romans 6:1-11)

A. Dual reference here

- Physical Baptism

- Baptism HG

B. Baptism symbolizes

- Death of sin or old man (v.4)

- This death unites us with Christ (v.5)

- Old man crucified with Christ (v.6)

1. So that we may be free from sin

2. Live with Christ

- Dying with Christ means living for God (vs. 10-11)

C. Is a public testimony of our relationship with Christ

- Baptism in the HG occurred in public Acts 2

- John the Baptist baptized in the river in public

- Jesus was baptized in public

III. The Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:26-30)

A. The bread

- Must be unleavened

- (I Cor 5:5-8)

- Leaven symbolizes sin

- (Mat 16:6 Then Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”)

- Unleavened bread symbolizes the perfection of Christ

B. The Juice

- Covenants were ratified by the blood of a sacrifice

- (Gen 8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD; and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.)

- (Genesis 15: 9 So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. In the same manner Jesus was the very thing all those sacrifices symbolized)

- In the same way the New Covenant (salvation) was ratified by the blood of Jesus

- (Hebrews 13:11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.)

C. Is a public testimony of Jesus Christ

- It is saying we identify with the broken body

- It is saying we identify with the shed blood

- It is saying we understand the gravity of His sacrifice (I Cor 11)

Conclusion:

A. Who should take part in church ordinances?

- Those who believe in and have faith in the finished word of Jesus on the cross

- Jesus had supper with His disciples who believed on Him

- Paul wrote to the church in Corinth about how to conduct themselves in these ordinances of the church

B. When should these ordinances of the church occur?

1. Baptism should be done as close to the realization of faith in our hearts as possible

- (Acts 8:27-39)

- It need only be done once in concert with salvation

2. The Lord’s Supper should be done regularly

- (“This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.”)

- There is no set date or amount of time

3. Salvation need only be done once

- (Eph 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,)

C. Live Life at the cross.


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