JANUARY 14, 2018

How Much Water is Enough?
Questions About Baptism
Matthew 3:13-17


Matthew 3:13-17 (NIV)
The Baptism of Jesus
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Introduction:

  1. Cannonball Baptism
  1.  What is Baptism
  2. Sacrament
  3. An EXPRESSION of God’s Great Grace to us. 

Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

  1. The ENTRANCE rite into the family of God.

Galatians 3:25-29, Colossians 2:11-12

Galatians 3:25-29 (NIV)

25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Colossians 2:11-12 (NIV)

11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh[a] was put off when you were circumcised by[b] Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism,in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

 

  1.  The Empowerment for HOLY LIVING and CHRISTIAN SERVICE

II.   Why Be Baptized?

  1.  Because of Jesus’ EXAMPLE and TEACHING.
  2.  Because of our TRADITIONS.
  3. Because of Visible WITNESS to our Faith.

III.  What is the correct amount of water:

  1.  SPRINKLINGPOURING  ,  IMMERSION

IV.  Is Baptism  NECESSARY for my salvation?

V.  Can I be baptized more than ONCE ?

Conclusion:  Invitation to Remember Your Baptism.