We Are to Build Up the Church: Day 2

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     Day 2: Baptism – Commonly Asked Questions

  1. WHAT IS BAPTISM? 

Literally, the word means, “to dip, immerse, place into.”  Water baptism is a way of saying publicly that Jesus Christ is now your Lord.  You are stating that your life is under “new management”!  It is the first step of commitment to Jesus Christ after receiving Him as your personal Savior.  In ancient times, slaves were baptized into the name of the temple god to be a temple slave.  When a person gets baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 10:48), he is saying that he is considering himself a lifetime servant of Jesus Christ.

  1. WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED? 

All who have received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

“Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day…”(Acts 2:41a)

  1. WHY GET BAPTIZED? 

Because Christ commanded it.

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)

  1. WHEN SHOULD A PERSON BE BAPTIZED? 

As soon as possible after accepting Christ as Savior.  In Acts 16:33, the Philippian jailer was baptized quickly, sometime after midnight.  Even Paul was baptized before he ate, having gone without food or water for three days (Acts 9:9,18,19).  These and other examples show us that we should not put off getting baptized if we want to be obedient children of God.

  1. HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE BAPTIZED?     

The definition (“to place into”) and examples from Scripture show us that the method used was total submersion.  About Christ’s baptism, Mark says, “As Jesus was coming up out of the water” (Mark 1:10a).  In Acts 8:38,39 both Philip and the Ethiopian got out of the chariot and went into the water and came out.  It is recorded that John the Baptist baptized “at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water” (John 3:23).

  1. WHAT ABOUT INFANT BAPTISM?      

In the New Testament, baptism always involved individuals who had already made an independent decision to accept Christ (e.g. Acts 8:12, “both men and women”).  However, at SRC parents have the opportunity to participate in a ceremony to dedicate their children to bring them up in the ways of the Lord.

  1. IS BAPTISM A REQUIREMENT FOR SALVATION?        

No.  Baptism cannot save anyone (Ephesians 2:8,9).  However, it is a requirement for being an obedient follower of Jesus Christ.

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

  1. WHAT IF I HAVE NOT BEEN BAPTIZED?        

Take some time to re-read the Bible passages listed above and then ask God what He wants you to do.  At this point in the life of our church, baptisms are scheduled as needed.

READING:

1 CORINTHIANS 12:1-11

Did the Commonly Asked Questions from today’s reading answer any lingering questions you had about Baptism? 

What questions, if any, came to mind as you read through 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 over the past two days? Take the opportunity to refer to a good Study Bible or other resource to see if you can find answers to these questions.

Note: If you would like to talk with a pastor about any of our beliefs and values, please contact the church office.

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: 1 Kings 18 & 19

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

PRAYER: On your own, take the opportunity to pray for your spouse, or another loved one. The following outline may be helpful.

Four Prayers for Your Spouse or Another Loved One:

  1. Thank God for the miracle of your spouse and marriage or the loved one in your life.
  2. Thank God for any way in which your spouse or loved one has changed your life.
  3. Commit your spouse’s or loved one’s future to the Lord.
  4. Ask God for help in figuring out what your part in that future may be.

 

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