Baptism Displayed (Matthew 3:13-16)Dennis R. Wiles, August 19, 2012
Part of the Deepening Our Roots series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
August 19, 2012
FASTING AND PRAYER FOCUS
FOCAL PASSAGE: Romans 6:1-4
FASTING AND PRAYER GUIDE: In this passage Paul connects believer’s baptism with the death and resurrection of Christ. He also paints an image of our own death and resurrection in the spiritual sense. Do you recall your baptism? Take some time to reflect upon it. Have you taken the time to study and reflect upon its meaning? Do that now! Read this passage – and others in the New Testament that address the topic of baptism. Take some time to record your impressions.
Baptism is controversial!
We believe BAPTISM IS A SIGN OF DISCIPLESHIP! Baptism is for believers only. Each believer is to be immersed in water as an act of obedience and humility. It symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It also is a sign of the new life each believer has discovered in Jesus. It is a requirement to be a member of our church.
-Core Beliefs, FBC Arlington
John the Baptist – a baptism of repentance and a ministry of messianic preparation
The Baptism of Jesus – acknowledgment, example, inauguration
Jesus commands His followers to make disciples and baptize them (Matthew 28:16-20).
The early church baptized converts: Acts 2:38-41; 8:12, 38; 9:18; 10:48; 16:15, 33; 18:8; 19:1-7
Baptism is displayed in the New Testament:
-commanded by Jesus
-only for believers
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; (ESV)