Week 2 – Jeff Maness – October 1st, 2017
What’s The Big Deal About Baptism?
Baptism is a big deal but it’s not the biggest deal in our faith. While we believe it is significant, we do not believe that it is necessary for salvation. So if it’s not necessary, why should we be baptized after we believe?
Walk This Way: Baptism
Baptism is significant in our faith but it’s not necessary for salvation.
We were therefore buried with him (Christ) through baptism
into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through
the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Big Question: Why should we be baptized after belief?
Main Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19-20
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Matthew 3:13-17 13 Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?” 15 But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him. 16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”
1. It was modeled by Jesus
2. It was the message of Jesus
Luke 7:29-30 29 When they heard this, all the people—even the tax collectors—agreed that God’s way was right, for they had been baptized by John. 30 But the Pharisees and experts in religious law rejected God’s plan for them (Jesus), for they had refused John’s baptism.
3. It was the ministry of Jesus
John 4:1-3 Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). 3 So he left Judea and returned to Galilee.
4. It was a mandate from Jesus
Matthew 28:18-20 18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”