baptism definedDefinition—(Gr: baptizo)“A rite of washing with water as a signof religious purification and consecration.”
baptism defined“To many, baptizo means a ceremonial cleansingwith water, carrying on the Old Testanent practiceof sprinkling. It is regarded as a sign & seal ofthe baptism of the Spirit, who is shed forth orpoured out on believers. Many passages associatebaptism with water & by the Spirit (Luke 3:16).”
baptism defined“Textual support that shows baptism was doneby pouring or sprinkling can be found in thefollowing verses (Mark 7:4; Luke 11:38; Acts 2:41;10:47). To others who believe that baptizo meansto dip, the ritual is a symbolic burial & resurrectionof believers by the use of water as a testimony thatthey died in Christ…”
baptism defined“Textual support for immersion include believersbeing “buried with Him by baptism into death,”“buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye arerisen with Him,” & that Jesus was baptized byJohn “in the Jordan” (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12;Matthew 3:6).”
baptism defined“Infant baptism is based on a parallel withcircumcision, & the belief that a normal New Testament household would include children(Colossians 2:11-12, Acts 16:15 ,33; 1 Cor 1:16).”-William Evans, The Great Doctrines of The Bible
what is baptism?1 – SIGN or SYMBOL Outward sign of an internal reality2 – CONFESSION Public declaration of our core belief in Jesus & our need for God’s grace3 – SACRAMENT A “Sacred Mystery” of the real presence & power of God
Luke 3:2-3 (niv)…The word of God came to John son of Zechariahin the wilderness. He went into all the countryaround the Jordan, preaching a baptismof repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
what does baptismconfess?1 – Repentance for the forgiveness of sin
ephesians 2:1-2As for you, you were dead in your transgressions& sins, in which you used to live when youfollowed the ways of this world…
eph 2:1-2, 4-5, 8-9aAs for you, you were dead in your transgressions& sins, in which you used to live when youfollowed the ways of this world, but becauseof his great love for us, God, who is richin mercy, made us alive with Christ evenwhen we were dead in transgressions—it is bygrace you have been saved….through faith—& this is not from yourselves, it is the giftof God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
luke 3:15-18The people were waiting expectantly & were allwondering in their hearts if John might possiblybe the Messiah. John answered them all, “I baptizeyou with water. But one who is more powerfulthan I will come, the straps of whose sandals I amnot worthy to untie. He will baptize you withthe Holy Spirit & fire….And with many otherwords John exhorted the people & proclaimedthe good news to them…”
luke 3:21-22When all the people were being baptized,Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying,heaven was opened & the Holy Spirit descendedon Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voicecame from heaven: “You are My Son, whom I love;with You I am well pleased…”
what does baptismconfess?1 – Repentance for the forgiveness of sin2 – Recognition of belief in the Good News of Jesus
rom 6:2-5, 8-11, 14bWe are those who have died to sin; how can welive in it any longer? Don‟t you know that all of uswho were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptizedinto his death? We were therefore buried with Himthrough baptism into death in order that,just as Christ was raised from the dead throughthe glory of the Father, we too may live a new life…
rom 6:2-5, 8-11, 14bNow if we died with Christ, we believe that we willalso live with Him. For we know that since Christwas raised from the dead, He cannot die again;death no longer has mastery over Him.The death He died, He died to sin once for all;but the life He lives, He lives to God.Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to Godin Christ Jesus…because you are not underthe law, but under grace.
what does baptismconfess?1 – Repentance for the forgiveness of sin2 – Recognition of belief in the Good News of Jesus3 – Public Declaration of our “line in the sand” Faith in Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior
matthew 28:18-19“Then Jesus came to them & said,„All authority in heaven & on earth has beengiven to me. Therefore go & make disciplesof all nations, baptizing them in the nameof the Father & of the Son & of the Holy Spirit…‟ ”
“What is irrefutable is that the story of Travis drawinga line with his sword - be it truth or legend - gaveTexas, America & eventually, the world, one of itsmost enduring metaphors…It is a story equal toHomer or Shakespeare, as compelling as almostanything in the Bible or from the best Hollywoodscreen writer. It is a line that not all the piety norwit of research will ever blot out…”
“It is a grand canyon cut into the bedrock of humanemotions and historical impulses. The line-in-the-sand metaphor gets its power because it representssomething that is absolutely true: making acourageous decision often comes with a high price.”-Mike Cox, TexasEscapes.com