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Summary: A 3 point sermon on the subject of baptism and what it says about those who are being baptized.

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What a Baptism Says

* The example- Jn. 1:29-34

* The explanation- 1st Cor 15:1-4 & Rom 6:1-4

* The expectation- Matt 28:19 & Acts 2:38,47 & Acts 9:18

I. Someone has been saved

* “saved” = approx 50 times in N.T. in relation to being rescued.

* rescued from what? Sins power, punishment, presence ( eventually)

* They have:

A. Believed

Heb. 6:11.…Mark 1:15.…John 1:12.…2nd Tim. 1:12

B. Born again

Jn. 3:3.…1st Pet. 1:23.….1st John 3:1

II. Someone is being submissive

* willfully acknowledging baptism as a command to be followed

A. Obedience

Baptism is an early step in a life of ordered steps to follow

You can be in rebellion to God early on if you resist

Obedience is the way to a joyful and successful Christian life

B. Open Testimony

Philippian Jailor Acts 16:31- Believed

16:33- Baptized

16: 33-34 Began a new life (openly) in Christ

III. Someone is being sent

* Baptism is just the beginning

A. Learn the Word

Observe whatsoever He has commanded us (Matt 28)

In keeping the Word we will find great reward (Ps.19)

Meditate on it day and night ( Ps. 1)

B. Live the witness

Walk in the newness of the life of Christ ( Rom 6)

Walk in the Joy of the life of Christ (Acts 8:39)


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