PART 9. RECOGNITION – BEING BAPTIZED

 

 

“For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism.  And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”  Romans 6:4 (NLT)

 

What is baptism?

 

An __________________ sign of an __________________ change.

 

“Those who become Christians become new persons.  They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone.  A new life has begun!”   2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

 

 

An act of _______________________.

 

“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.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

 

 

A _______________________ of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

 

“…Christ died for our sins…was buried…and He was raised from the dead….” 1 Corinthians 5:3-4 (NLT)

 

What is the biblical pattern of baptism?

 

 

It always follows __________________.

 

 

The early church pattern: 

 

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“Those who believed what Peter said were baptized….”  Acts 2:41 (NLT)

 

“But now the people believed Philip’s message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ.  As a result, many men and women were baptized.”  Acts 8:12 (NLT)

 

“As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying.  She was baptized….”  Acts 16:14b-15 (NLT)

 

“Then they shared the word of the Lord with him and all who lived in his household.  That same hour the jailer washed their wounds, and he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized.”  Acts 16:32-33 (NLT)

 

 

It always is by ______________________.

 

“…they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.  When they came up out of the water….”  Acts 8:38-39 (NLT)

 

 

 

Baptize literally means to:

 

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Why should I be baptized?

 

As a demonstration that I will ___________________ the example of Jesus.

 

“One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and he was baptized by John in the Jordan River.” Mark 1:9 (NLT)

 

 

As a ____________________ of my new life in Christ.

 

“For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized.  And with Him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.  You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away.  Then God made you alive with Christ.  He forgave all our sins.  He canceled the record that contained the charges against us.  He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross.” Colossians 2:12-14 (NLT)

 

 

It’s the _____________________ step after believing.

 

As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water.  Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”  Acts 8:36 (NIV)