What about Baptism?
1 John 5:7; John 3:22
Would you take God's Word if you would and find the gospel of Mark. We're beginning a brand new series today in the gospel of Mark) It is a very exciting gospel because it is the gospel of action. You know God has given us four portraits of His son the Lord Jesus, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. And all of them are important. But God gave us four that we might see our Lord from different perspectives, from a different viewpoint. Ah, it is like looking at a mountain. You can look at a mountain from one side or the other side. But you look at a mountain and you see different things. And that's the reason we have four gospels and not just one gospel, that we might see the fullness, the richness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now the gospel of Mark that we are going to be studying is an action gospel, an action gospel. If you were to think of Matthew and Luke you would kind of think of them as color slides of the life of Christ. If you think of John you think of that as a beautiful portrait of the life of Christ. But the gospel of Mark is like an action packed moving picture. I mean you find the words like immediately, and straightway, and forthwith. It is just packed with action. Now it begins with the baptism of Jesus. And I want to begin with our study in the gospel of Mark with the baptism of Jesus. And I really want to talk to you today about Bible baptism.
There is so much discussion today about baptism, and in my estimation it is all good and all wanted because baptism is vitally important. Let me say that again, baptism is vitally important. We're going to see in just a moment how Jesus commenced his public ministry by being baptized. Okay? That's the way he started. Jesus began his ministry by being baptized. And how did Jesus concluded his ministry? He commanded us to go into all the world and baptize people in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. He commenced and concluded his minist ...
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