Water Baptism

When we look at the scriptures, we see that repentance and faith in Jesus saves a person, and water baptism is a public declaration of our new faith in Jesus Christ, that follows closely after salvation.

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In the New Testament, the Greek word for baptism was a common every day word meaning dipping, plunging, or immersing in water.

Why Water Baptism?

It’s a Command

Jesus gave us an important job to do. What is it?

Under New Management (Ownership)

We used to belong to this world but now we belong to Jesus!

What was the old management like?

What is the new management like?

Our New Identity

Water baptism is a spiritual burial with Christ (going under the water), and resurrection with Christ (coming up out of the water). Our old life is left in the grave (water). What does a new life with Christ look like for you?

Switching Off the Sin Factory

What happens to sin when we are baptized?

Who Baptized? Who Was Baptized? Where? When?

Peter & Disciples
baptized 3,000 believers
in Jerusalem.
When: immediately.

Philip
baptized Ethiopian Eunuch
in the desert.
When: immediately.

Peter & other brothers
baptized Cornelius’ household
in Caesarea.
When: the same day.

Paul & Silas
baptized Philippian jailer
in Philippi.
When: the same hour.

Could Peter baptize 3,000 believers in one day? Who do you think helped him?

Who was baptized?

Where were people baptized?

When were people baptized?

Whose Name Was Used to Baptize?

Why is Jesus’ name so powerful?

Jesus is the fullness of God in bodily form. In Matthew 28:19, this fullness is described as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Ask

Why, where and when were you baptized?

Application

If you believe in Jesus and are not yet baptized, would you like to get baptized?

Prayer Model

Lord Jesus, thank You that baptism is an opportunity to make a public declaration of our faith in You. Help me to experience the power of baptism.

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