Jesus Goes Public by Ernest Easley

Jesus Goes Public
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Mark 1:9-13
May 7, 2006

We are picking up where we left off last Sunday morning thinking about the bible and baptism. So take your Bible and join me in Mark 1.

There are a lot of ideas floating around today about baptism. For instance ... suppose you have repented of your sin and invited Jesus Christ into your life .. but you have not been baptized: are you going to heaven when you die? Have you been saved?

Or perhaps you were christened as a baby and now you are and older child or teenager or an adult: Are you going to heaven based on what happened to you when we were a few days old? Have you been baptized biblically?

What about those who were baptized as a child or a teenager and then afterward, you realized that you really were not saved? You've never had a life changing salvation experience .. so .. you decide to repent of your sin and pray to receive Jesus and today you know that you know that you know Jesus? Should you be baptized? Have you been baptized biblically? Is baptism something you should do?

I'll give you one more. You come from a denomination that sprinkles rather than submerges and calls that baptism, and to join a Baptist church you are required to be immersed ... is that biblical? Does the mode of baptism really matter?

Does the Bible teach that you must be baptized in order to have your sin forgiven and be saved? Some people think so. In fact .. last Sunday we saw a verse in Mark 1 that some say indicates that.

Mark 1.4, "John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission (putting a way) of sins." ".. a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins." Does that verse say that baptism puts a way sin? No. It says that because your sin has been put away through repentance that you should be baptized!

Suppose somebody says, "I'm going to the Doctor for a sore throat." Now is he going to the Doctor to receive a ...


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