Instructions on Salvation and Baptism

INSTRUCTIONS ON SALVATION AND BAPTISM

(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

WHY SHOULD YOU WANT TO BE BAPTIZED? WHY DO WE PRACTICE BAPTISM?

·         JOHN BAPTIST / FORERUNNER / VOICE – MATT 3:1-11

  • JESUS BAPTIZED BY JOHN – MATT 3:13-17, MARK 1:9-11, LUKE  3:21-22
  • JESUS DISCIPLES BAPTIZED JOHN 3:22 & JOHN 4:1 & 2
  • CHRIST’S COMMISSION – MATT 28:18 – 20, MARK 16:14-17
  • PETER’S SERMON – ACTS 2:38-42
  • PHILLIP BAPTIZES THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH – ACTS 8:26-39

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BAPTISM?  (ROMANS 6:3-5)

  • WATER BAPTISM IS A PUBLIC TESTIMONY (CONFESSION)
  • GOING UNDER WATER – YOU DIE (SYMBOLICALLY) WITH CHRIST
  • YOU RECON YOURSELF DEAD TO YOUR OLD WAY OF LIFE
  • COMING OUT OF WATER – YOU ARE (SYMBOLICALLY) RAISED WITH CHRIST
  • YOU ARE BEING RESURRECTED TO A NEW LIFE IN CHRIST – THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST LIVES IN YOU JESUS WAS BAPTIZED
  • JESUS COMMANDED US TO BE BAPTIZED

WHAT BAPTISM IS NOT:

  • WILL NOT BRING SALVATION IN AND OF ITSELF
  • WILL NOT BRING FORGIVENESS OF SIN BY ITSELF
  • WILL NOT GET YOU INTO HEAVEN BY ITSELF
  • IN ORDER FOR WATER BAPTISIM TO BE MEANINGFUL YOU MUST FIRST BE BORN AGAIN INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD

HOW CAN I BE BORN AGAIN (BE SAVED)? (JOHN 3:3-8)

YOU RECOGNIZE AND CONFESS THAT: (ROMANS 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; JOHN 3:16)

  • YOU ARE A SINNER (YOU HAVE MISSED THE MARK)
  • YOU CAN NOT SATISIFY THE DEMANDS OF A HOLY GOD
  • THE WAGES (CONSEQUENCES) OF SIN IS SPIRITUAL DEATH
  • YOU CAN NOT SAVE YOURSELF – MAKE YOUR SELF RIGHT WITH GOD
  • GOD LOVES YOU AS YOUR ARE (EVEN IN YOUR SINFUL CONDITION)
  • CHRIST, THE PERFECT LAMB OF GOD, DIED FOR YOUR SINS AND TOOK YOUR PLACE IN DYING FOR YOUR SINS

REPENT OF YOUR SINS AND ASK GOD’S FORGIVENESS (1 JOHN 1:7-9)

  • YOU WERE GOING THE WRONG DIRECTION (AWAY FROM GOD)
  • YOU DETERMINE WITH CHRIST’S HELP TO TURN AROUND AND GO THE RIGHT DIRECTION (TOWARD GOD)

YOU ACCEPT CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR (SUBSTITUTE) (ROMANS 10:9-10)

  • JESUS (WHO WAS PERFECT) TOOK YOUR SIN UPON HIMSELF AND WAS PUT TO DEATH AS YOUR SUBSTITUTE (ATONEMENT)
  • GOD FORGIVES YOU OF YOUR SIN BECAUSE OF WHAT HIS SON JESUS DID IN YOUR BEHALF.  (HE TOOK YOUR PLACE, DYING FOR YOUR SINS.)

YOU  MUST PUBLICALLY CONFESS JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR AND LORD. (ROMANS 10:9)

WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS TRANSACTION?

  • YOU HAVE ACCEPTED CHRIST AS YOUR SUBSTITUTE
  • THE PENALITY FOR YOUR SIN HAS BEEN PAID AND ACCEPTED BY GOD
  • YOU HAVE BECOME A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST (BORN AGAIN)
  • THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST TAKES UP RESIDENCE IN YOUR HEART.  (LIVES IN YOU)
  • YOU BECOME A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY OF GOD. (HIS SON OR DAUGHTERS)
  • YOU HAVE A NEW BEGINNING, A NEW NATURE, A FATHER, A NEW HOME,
  • A NEW HOPE, A NEW REASON TO LIVE
  • HE IS PREPARING A PLACE FOR YOU SO THAT YOU MAY LIVE WITH HIM FOREVER.

IF YOU HAVE NOT ACCEPTED CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR YOU SHOULD NOT BE BAPTIZED (IT WOULD NOT HAVE ANY MEANING / SIGNIFICANCE)

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT YOU CAN ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR RIGHT NOW AND BE BAPTIZED (ACTS 10:34, 2 CORINTHIANS 6:2)

  • GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS
  • GOD WILL ACCEPT YOU AS YOU ARE
  • THERE IS NO BETTER TIME THAN RIGHT NOW
  • YOU DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND THIS CHURCH BUT YOU SHOULD ATTEND A BIBLE BELIEVING CHURCH; CHURCH IS BODY OF CHRIST IN THE EARTH AND IS HERE TO HELP YOU TO GROW IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND CONTINUE HIS WORK.
  • YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MATTER LIGHTLY

IF YOU ARE TOO YOUNG TO UNDERSTAND THIS YOU SHOULD NOT BE BAPTIZED – GOD DOES NOT HOLD LITTLE CHILDREN SPIRITUALLY ACCOUNTABLE.  (WE DO BELIEVE IN DEDICATING CHILDREN TO THE LORD.)

WHAT DO I DO NEXT? (ROMANS 6:11, GALATIANS 2:20)

  • YOU STUDY YOUR BIBLE AND PRAY (TALK TO GOD) EVERY DAY.
  • GOD WILL BEGIN TO RENEW (CHANGE) HOW YOU THINK (ROM 12:1&2); HOW YOU TALK; HOW YOU ACT; HOW YOU TREAT YOUR PARENTS AND YOUR CHILDREN, HOW YOU TREAT YOUR NEIGHBORS, HOW YOU VIEW YOUR EMPLOYER, ETC.
  • HE WILL GIVE YOU DIRECTION AND INSTRUCTION TO WORK OUT HIS WILL AND PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE.
  • YOU SHOULD FIND A GOOD, BIBLE BELIEVING CHURCH (LIKE THIS ONE) AND ATTEND REGULARLY TO RECEIVE INSTRUCTION AND ENCOURAGEMENT, FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER CHRISTIANS, DISCOVER YOUR GIFTS 31) AND FIND YOUR PLACE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST.  (1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 12)

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