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Baptism at the Jordan River

Baptism at the Jordan River

BAPTISM

When someone that has placed faith in Jesus gets into the water, something super-natural happens in baptism that is undeniable.

Our first inclination might be to think that the water is special, or the minister, or the person, or the clothing, or the location. All of these are wrong.  If these were the catalyst for change, then an unbeliever could be baptized and they would magically be converted/saved.  2 Things happen when a new (shaky) believer get in the water:

1.   You’re Publicly Identifying with Jesus’ Death – “Going Public”

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin.

Colossians 2:11 In Christ also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

2.   You’re Faith is Taking Steps – Obedient to scripture – Acts 2:38            

Baptism in water is simply the first baby step you get the opportunity to be faithful in.  Will it work?  Is it necessary? Should I trust God? Is the Bible right?

1 Corinthians 10 says that baptism is similar to Moses going into the Red Sea. It was a test for him. Obedience. Trust. Do you?

2 Peter 2 says that Baptism now saves you like Noah and the ark.  Noah was given the opportunity to place his trust in God and build/get in the ark.

Now you are given the opportunity today.  Are you ready to place your trust fully in God and get into the waters of baptism?

At PromiseLand San Marcos, we believe in Baptism so much that we eliminate all the physical boundaries for you.

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About pastorrobin

Hello. I pastor PromiseLand Church in San Marcos, TX. I am married to Erica, and we have 3 kids: Kennady, Jude, and Avery. All little ones! Visit our church site at www.psmchurch.com

Posted on August 5, 2013, in Sermon Notes, theology and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Your sermon yesterday was a great “short” explanation of baptism and the Romans quote fit perfectly. I would like to propose a break down of verses 3-6 as follows:

    Romans 6:3-6

    3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

    When Jesus was crucified on the cross, He took all of our sins upon Himself. When He died, those sins died with Him. However, it is not until we are baptized into Christ Jesus and take on His family name, that we become heirs to this incredible event.

    4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

    It was the flesh of Jesus Christ that died on Calvary. His Spirit was the infinite God of creation and can never die. Since God, as Father of Creation can never die, nor can His Spirit that comes to us as Comforter ever die, we are buried with Jesus into death. Just like every baptism recorded in the New Testament, we are baptized in Jesus name.

    It is by the glory and power of the infinite Spirit of Almighty God that Jesus was raised from the dead. That same glory transforms us upon our baptism so that we can walk in a new type of life- life in the Kingdom of God.

    5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

    The transforming power of baptism will not occur unless our old self is put to death. No death, no resurrection. Sin must die and our old fallen human nature must die (“the body of sin must be brought to nothing”). As long as we hold on to any of the old self, death has not occurred. We call that death “repentance”.

  2. Yes. Living in this world builds thoughts of this world like a shield. I feel that thru babtism, the worldy shield is demolished so entrance of the Holy Spirit is allowed if invited in.

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