Baptism

Baptism
Acts 2:38

37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. Acts 2:37-41

1. The Word

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. Matthew 3:13

2. The Practice

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ because of or in order to the forgiveness of your sins . . .” Acts 2:38a

3. The Application

And Peter said to them, “Repent [turn away] and be baptized [dipped] every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for [because of] the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. Acts 2:41

Simple Application of Baptism

1. Baptism is Vivid in Symbolism

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 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. Romans 6:1–4

2. Essential for Obedience

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18–20

42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:42–43

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15

3. Individual in Application

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:27

4. Necessary for Membership

 

Conclusion

Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins . . . Acts 2:38

 

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