Basic Christian Values: Water Baptism | 2021-01-17
First Things First: January 3rd
1. First of the Day- seek God
2. First of the Week- worship together
3. First of the month- tithe
4. First of the year- fast and pray
The Promises of God: January 10th
1. God makes the promises
2. God uses people to fulfill His promises
3. The promise is just the beginning
4 Remember what God has done
The purpose of the church:
1. Glorify God
2. Share the gospel
3. Grow up in salvation
The great commission:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
Sacramentalism: this is not Biblical Christianity— we don’t believe that “if I do this, then this will happen.” (Quid pro pro)
Ordinances of the church: the Bible tells us what we need to do and really there are 2 ordinances of the church
2. Water Baptism
Why don’t people get water baptized?
1. People don’t know that they should be water baptized, the importance thereof.
A. I am saved! You miss the service, you are serving and living out your walk— and now time has passed and so…. no longer comfortable in being baptized, “what will people think?”
B. I don’t want to be seen all wet.
3. Indifference- “does not apply to me”
4. Rebellion- I don’t want to do it because you told me to do it
5. Unbelief- not a Christian
What is water baptism? Ceremony that symbolizes start of public life with Christ. Baptizo “to be baptized, to be put under the water, to be immersed”
Mark 1:9, John 3:23, Matthew 3:15, Acts 8:36-39
(The Bible is silent on infant baptism. Closest thing is Matthew 9:13-15 where he gathers the children and prays for them. MillCity does baby/children dedication based on this modeling by Jesus.)
Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12
There is no requirement other than be saved! Acts 16:22-34
1. What is the purpose: Obedience! Matthew 28:19-20
a. Unsubmissive= hostile, rebellious
b. Romans 13:1
2. Symbolic of a spiritual reality: Outward sign of an inward change.
I Corinthians 15:1-4
3. Do I have to be baptized to be saved: No. It does though show our obedience to His commands and shows others our desire to be obedient and to show them the outward sign of the internal change.
I Samuel 15:22
Message Based Questions:
1. Which of the following best describes your response to your participation in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)?
a. guilt (wait? There is a great commission in the Bible? Oy vey!),
b. apathy (“whatever”), or
c. privileged participation (I am there! I feel good about how I am making disciples of all
2. I Samuel 15. Pastor ended with this scripture. Read the chapter, how did Samuel point out Saul’s inconsistency in carrying out God’s command (15:14). Should the Lord overlook a few minor things if we largely accomplished what He wanted? Why or why not? How can God’s view be so different than Saul’s? Does God think of us this way? How can we prevent such delusion on our part?
Obedience to God and others: easy or difficult. Why?
What does the Bible say about water baptism? Should we be baptized in water? Why? Is this a command? Have you been water baptized? Why or why not?