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Baptism (2 of 4)
Romans 6:1-11; John 3:13-17
6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
This is God's word.
We continue our series today called Basic by talking about one of the strangest things that we do in the church. If you think about a church service most of the activity translates pretty well to the culture at large. So for example even if you have never been to church before, you have seen people singing songs you have heard a guy give a speech or stand to teach like a sermon, and even prayer, you have probably experienced something like people contemplating, or meditating on something.
But if you have never been to church or around church culture Baptism is one of those things that does not really translate. Why when someone becomes a follower of Jesus, When someone is converted to Christianity do they stand in a small swimming pool in the church ...
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