The Ordinance of Baptism


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This study, collated and instructed by Prophet Joy Allen, outlines the command, importance and meaning of water baptism for the believer.

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The Ordinance of Baptism

  1. 1. The Ordinance of Baptism<br />Breath of Life International Church<br />25 May 2011<br />
  2. 2. What is an ordinance?<br />An authoritative rule or law<br />Something believed to have been ordained; ordered or demonstrated by one who is divine (i.e. marriage)<br />There are two “required” ordinances, by command, that should be observed by every believer:<br />The Lord’s Supper<br />Water Baptism<br />
  3. 3. Why is baptism important?<br />Matthew 28:18-20<br />Go<br />Teach<br />Baptize<br />Acts 2:37-39,41<br />Repent<br />Be baptized<br />As an ordinance, baptism is an act of covenant. It is the natural fulfillment of a spiritual vow.<br />
  4. 4. What does it mean?<br />Gr. “baptizo”<br />to plunge, immerse<br />to wash<br />Baptism, by definition, is carried out by full immersion<br />
  5. 5. What does baptism signify?<br />Acts 19:1-7<br />Baptism in Christ (being born again), makes one a new creature, spiritually. Baptism is the natural (flesh) representative of this rebirth.<br />A sign of faith and belief in salvation<br />Water baptism demonstrates obedience to the command of Jesus and gives evidence of saving faith (James 2:22).<br />
  6. 6. Who is baptism for?<br />Born-again believers<br />Believers “of age” who are able to make a clear covenant decision<br />One who is repentant<br />Those who hear the Word of God<br />Those who have received the Holy Ghost<br />Hebrews 6:1-3<br />Acts 2:41; 8:36-38; 10:47; 16:15,33; 18:8; 19:5<br />Mark 16:16<br />
  7. 7. Baptism is an Act of FAITH<br />Hebrews 4:12; 10:22<br />Acts 2:41<br />Hebrews 11:1<br />Romans 10:17<br />Faith is activated when we agree with God’s word. Obedience to Christ’s command to be baptized demonstrates this faith.<br />
  8. 8. Is baptism required for salvation?<br />Being baptized in Christ (being born again) is required for salvation. <br />Galatians 3:27<br />Colossians 2:12<br />Luke 23:43<br />Acts 15:11<br />Ephesians 5:26<br />John 15:3<br />
  9. 9. The Importance of Water Baptism<br />OBEDIENCE<br />Matthew 3:8<br />Acts 26:20<br />Salvation is by faith. Water baptism is the testimony of that salvation, through obedience.<br />
  10. 10. Baptism Protocol<br />By immersion (Gr. “baptizo”)<br />Matthew 3:16<br />Acts 8:38<br />What name?<br />In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost<br />Matthew 28:18-19<br />In the name of Jesus<br />Acts 2:38; 19:5<br />Jesus was given “all power” in heaven and earth, so His name is sufficient. Neither is “wrong.”<br />
  11. 11. Key Ingredients for Baptism<br />Water<br />Candidate<br />A seasoned believer of authority, minister<br />Jesus commanded ALL disciples to go, teach and baptize (Matthew 28:20)<br />While the Word of God does not require “licensing” to carry out ordinances, the implication is that all those who baptized were sent messengers (ordained).<br />The local church is given the authority to regulate and govern ordinances.<br />In some cases, ordinances are also regulated by law (i.e. marriages).<br />
  12. 12. Can baptism be repeated?<br />Acts 19:1-7<br />YES<br />A more “mature” decision or walk with Christ; previous ignorance<br />A repentant backslider (prodigal son) <br />
  13. 13. Baptism Identifies Us with Christ<br />Believers follow the example of Jesus Christ<br />Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19-20<br />1 John 2:6<br />We identify with His death<br />Romans 6:3-6, 11<br />Galatians 2:20<br />We identify with His resurrection<br />Romans 6:4-6<br />
  14. 14. The Ordinance of Baptism<br />“See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? “<br />Acts 8:36<br />BREATH OF LIFE INTERNATIONAL CHURCH<br />Prophet Joy Allen, Pastor<br />3763 Junction Boulevard, Raleigh NC 27603<br /><br />