Dr. Ernest L. Easley
August 14, 2011
Baptism is for believers only and only believers should be baptized. Baptism does not save but the saved should be baptized! Water baptism isn't essential for salvation .. but it's essential because of salvation.
What about infant baptism? Does being baptized as a baby insure heaven as your home? What about those who were baptized at a young age but didn't really come to Christ until they were adults? Have they experienced believer's baptism?
And then there are those who say if baptism is not required for salvation .. then why go to all the trouble and be baptized? Well .. there's a lot of confusion when it comes to baptism and it's my hope today than God will use His word and clear up some of that confusion.
Hey folks .. God never meant for baptism to be confusing .. He meant for it to be celebrated! And we're going to find today that believer's baptism was important to Jesus .. and therefore it ought to be important to us. What He emphasized who are we to de-emphasize?
That's what I want to talk to you about today beginning in Mark 1 ….
"4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. ?6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, "There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. 8 I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." 9 It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him l ...
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