Adult immersion baptism - meaning and significance

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What is really the ritual of baptism stand for? What is the valid baptism? Is child baptism biblical and acceptable by God? Is Baptism essential for Salvation? Read through along with the Bible and come to the fuller and mature understanding of this Foundation Doctrine. Feel free to download and use. Please also listen to the Youtube message on the same subject by Pr David Pawson, UK.

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Adult immersion baptism - meaning and significance

  1. 1. INSTRUCTION ABOUT ‘BAPTISMS’ HEB 6:1
  2. 2. by the Holy spirit Universal Church of Believers (Ephesians 4:4-6).
  3. 3. • I STAGE DISCIPLE “INTO” WATER • BY AN ORDAINED SERVANT OF GOD • OR IN HIS ABSENCE BY ANY BORN AGAIN BELIEVER
  4. 4. • BY JESUS CHRIST • FOR THE DISCIPLE • FOR COMPLETION OF MAKING A PERSON 100% BORN AGAIN - A CHRISTIAN • A Child delivered, washed, laid hands on till the sound of cry emanates & is fully born. • FOR AN “EFFECTIVE” CHRISTIAN LIFE
  5. 5. DEATH, BURIAL, RESURRECTION & NEW LIFE IN CHRIST Romans 6:1-10, Freedom from sin – life on earth. Galatians 2:20, Christ lives in us Ephesians 2:5 Alive in Christ 2 Corinthians 5:17 – New life in the Spirit.
  6. 6. I. LORD’S SUPPER-JESUS CHRIST ONCE DIED & RESURRECTED- OBSERVED ON EVERY OCCASION II. BAPTISM – ONLY ONCE ADMINISTERED / UNDERGONE
  7. 7. NOAH & FAMILY MEMBERS BY FAITH IN GOD THEY ENTERED THE “ARK” GOD CLOSED THE DOOR.  LEFT BEHIND CORRUPT WORLD SYSTEM. ENTERED A NEW LIFE/ NEW WORLD IN A NEW WORLD (I PETER 3:20-21).
  8. 8. HEBREWS IN EGYPT (I CORINTHIANS. 10:14 & EXODUS.14:10-20) Egypt = BONDAGE TO “sin” & “the worldly sinful system” PHARAOH= BONDAGE TO SATAN REDEEMER-MOSES – type of Christ Egyptians chase. BUT GOD STOOD BETWEEN THEM & THE ISRAELITES Red sea escape - a type of Baptism
  9. 9. DARK ON ONE SIDE & BRIGHT ON OTHER SIDE FIRE ON ONE SIDE & LIGHT ON OTHER SIDE EGYPT ON ONE SIDE – CANAAN ON OTHER SIDE SLAVERY ON ONE SIDE – FREEDOM ON OTHER SIDE SORROW ON ONE SIDE – JOY ON OTHER SIDE DEATH ON ONE SIDE – LIFE ON OTHER SIDE DOMINION OF ‘EGYPT’ BLOTTED OUT
  10. 10. I John 3:9  THE CHILD OF GOD WILL NO MORE ‘CONTINUE’ IN SIN.  HOLY HATRED AGAINST SIN  TOTAL SURRENDER IS THE KEY.  PROGRESS IN HOLINESS IS NOT A FORCED MARCH.  THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS THE GUARANTEE (1 JOHN 1:7-9).  However, DON’T MISUSE GRACE.  SALVATION IS FREEDOM FROM SIN & NO MORE BONDAGE (For He shall save His people from sins)  Baptism helps a Christian to overcome Sin. Romans 5,6,7 talks upon constant reckoning of our death to sin in Baptism. However, without true repentance Baptism by itself cannot achieve anything
  11. 11. • REPENTANCE • John the Baptist demanded proof of repentance • Baptism with Holy Spirit generally follows later, but like in Cornelius case may precede water baptism.
  12. 12. GREEK – ‘BAPTISO’= FULLY IMMERSED Jewish Baptisms in the rabbinical practices before and during Jesus Christ’s ministry were only Immersion Baptism in living water (running water).
  13. 13. ‘Gnanasnanam’=‘GNANAM’-’SNANAM’ SEQUENCE IN: Matthew 28:18-20: 1st step: ‘Go’ 2nd step: ‘Make disciples’, 3rd step: ‘Baptize them’ ‘teach them to obey what all I have commanded you’ • Acts 8:27-38, 9:17-18 &
  14. 14. 1. Repentance 2. Faith 3. Baptisms (Ref. 3 different baptisms in earlier points 1,2 & 3) 4. Receiving the Holy Spirit ‘by laying on of hands’ on the chosen person ( Ex Samaritans & Ephesian believers. Exception 120 & Cornelius household) 5. Resurrection 6. Judgment
  15. 15. Commanded US to take Baptism, Himself took “immersion” baptism only when He was an adult So that all righteousness of God would be fulfilled.
  16. 16.  JESUS CHRIST  3000 new believers on the Pentecost day,  Cornelius and his family,  Apostle Paul,  the Ethiopian minister  The disciples at Ephesus were all adults when they took baptism.
  17. 17. • Frauds: ANANIAHS & SAPPHIRA (Acts 5:1-10) & SIMON THE MAGICIAN (ACTS 8:9-24) • ONCE A YEAR - RESURRECTION DAY BAPTISM • KING CONSTANTINE TIME –CHRISTIAN NATION • DARK AGE- BIBLE HIDDEN • St. AUGUSTIN - Introduces concept of ORIGINAL SIN (PS 51)- LIMBO - Wrong teaching • CHILD DELIVERY PROBLEM – many infants death. • MIDWIVES SOLUTION – baptise before death. • CHILD BAPTISM became A STANDARD PRACTICE
  18. 18. • EXPLAINS ‘THE MYSTERY’ OF FORMING OF THE ‘UNIVERSAL CHURCH OF GOD’ • ONE CHURCH • HOLY SPIRIT UNITING A BELIEVER INTO THIS IS CALLED THE “ONE BAPTISM” • ACTS19:1-5- JOHN’S BAPTISM -INADEQUATE SAID APOSTLE PAUL • CHILD BAPTISM IS OF NO VALUE
  19. 19. • Jesus Christ our Lord told us to! (Matt 28:-20). • He set an example (Matthew 3:13-17). • After His baptism, the Father God commended Jesus “Here is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” • Unless a man is born out of water and out of Spirit, he shall not see the Kingdom of God. Baptism is a pre-requisite for entering the Kingdom. (Treat this literal unless Jesus indicated it as a ‘Simile / metaphor’) • What do you want to hear from God?
  20. 20. EVERY PERSON WHO BECAME A DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST IN ACTS OF APOSTLES TOOK ADULT BAPTISM.  ACTS 2:40-42;  Acts 8:12;  Acts 8:38;  9:17-18;  10:45-48;  16:32-33;  19:1-5.
  21. 21.  John 3:5  Mark 16:15-16,  Acts2:37-38 (It “saves”)  Romans 6:2-10, (way to new life in Christ)  I Peter 3:20-21, (It “saves”)  Hebrews 6:1-2,  Galatians 3:27-29 &  I Corinthians 10:1-4,11.
  22. 22.  If one does not obey the Lord in undergoing Adult Immersion Water Baptism, how can he / she serve the Lord in anything else?
  23. 23. MT 3:7 PHARISEES AND THE SADDUCEES “WHO TAUGHT YOU THE WAY (THROUGH BAPTISM) TO ESCAPE FROM THE WRATH OF GOD?” This means that it is essential as per God’s demand.
  24. 24. 1 PET3:20-21 CLEAN GOOD CONSCIENCE TOWARDS GOD, SAYS APOSTLE PETER
  25. 25. LUKE 7:30 TO IGNORE OBEYING THE COMMAND OF BAPTISM IS TO IGNORE THE COUNSEL OF GOD MEANT FOR OUR GOOD
  26. 26. BOLD STAND AGAINST THE DEVIL, SIN & THE WORLD THAT IS OPPOSED TO GOD
  27. 27. Yes, Acts 2:37-40, 1 Peter 3:21, Titus 3:5 Ephesians 2:7-8 is quoted that we are not saved by “what we did”? It is not what we do on our own. It is obedience to the command of Jesus Christ – expression of trust in Him.
  28. 28.  The thief on the cross could not take baptism but in his heart he trusted Jesus. In a way he underwent all the essentials of baptism physically. He was crucified with Christ physically and risen again with Christ in paradise.  We are not on the cross or death bed.  Hence, our faith must be complete by obedience
  29. 29. 1. EVIDENCE THAT JESUS IS YOUR THE LORD, IF THERE IS NO OBEDIENCE TO HIS COMMAND? 2. HAVE YOU TRULY AND COMPLETELY REPENTED? 3. HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT THEY ARE DISCIPLES? 4. HAVE YOU TRULY & FULLY TRUSTED THE LORD? 5. IF THESE ARE ALL DOUBTFUL QUESTIONS, ARE YOU TRULY A CHRISTIAN?

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