Baptism Basics (2 of 6) by Steve Wagers

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Baptism Basics (2 of 6)
Basics for Believers
Steve Wagers
Matthew 28:18-20
March 11, 2007

Sermon Outline
1. The Mandate for Baptism!
A) An Important Act of Obedience
B) An Immediate Act of Obedience
2. The Method of Baptism!
A) Historical Examples
B) Biblical Examples
3. The Message from Baptism!
A) A New Life in Christ
B) A New Loyalty to Christ

I love the story of the old drunk who came to a revival meeting and got saved. Immediately after the service, the pastor took the candidates out to the river to be baptized.

The man, who had just been saved, was still pretty well "sauced." The pastor took his head, shoved him down into the water, brought him up and asked, "Did you see Jesus down there?" The old boy said, "No." The pastor took his head, shoved him down into the water, brought him up and asked, "Did you see Jesus down there?" Again, the old drunk said, "No."

The pastor took his head, shoved him down into the water, brought him up and asked, "Did you see Jesus down there?" The old drunk said, "No, preacher, are you sure he fell in here?"

As a conservative SBC church we hold to, and affirm the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message as our statement of faith. In regards to baptism, the Baptist Faith & Message states:

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer, in water, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper. [1]

Baptism is one of the most important steps on the Christian ladder. It is one of the most important, meaningful and exciting experiences of the Christian life. Baptism is not incidental doctrin ...


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