Pentecost Sunday 2016
Baptism | Sermon Notes
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.
We are focusing on baptisms this week at PromiseLand San Marcos and expect many to be baptized. We are praying.
Why and for what reason are we lifting up prayers?