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  • Writer's pictureW. Austin Gardner


  1. Bible Examples of Baptism

  2. John the Baptist

  3. No one could be baptized of John who was not making a firm decision Matthew 3:6

  4. Baptized where there was much water John 3:23

  5. Jesus was baptized Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22

  6. In the Jordan River Mark 1:9, Matthew 3:13

  7. He did it to fulfill all righteousness Matthew 3:15

  8. He came up straightway out of the water Matthew 3:16

  9. God was pleased with Him Matthew 3:16-17

  10. The day of Pentecost

  11. They that gladly received His word were baptized—obviously adults Acts 2:41

  12. They were added that same day Acts 2:41

  13. The Ethiopian Eunuch Acts 8:36-39

  14. They came to a body of water Acts 8:36

  15. He had to believe with all his heart before he could be baptized Acts 8:37

  16. They both went down into the water Acts 8:38

  17. The jailer Acts 16:25-33

  18. Got saved Acts 16:30-31

  19. Was baptized in the same hour Acts 16:33

  20. Principles to be learned from the examples

  21. Jesus was baptized as an example for us

  22. They were all adults

  23. They all were baptized after making a decision to follow Christ

  24. They were baptized in water not with water

  25. They were baptized very soon after salvation

  26. What is Baptism?

  27. An ordinance of the church—a tradition, precept, teaching that God has commanded us to do

  28. The church was commanded to go, teach, and baptize in the name of the God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost Matthew 28:18-20

  29. The early church immediately baptized the new converts Acts 2:41

  30. Philip baptized those that had believed after they heard the gospel preached Acts 8:12

  31. Peter commanded those of the house of Cornelius to be baptized after it was obvious that God had saved them Acts 10:48

  32. Baptism is often called the first step of obedience because it happened so soon after and was so closely associated with receiving salvation

  33. In every instance of salvation that we find in the Bible when they got saved they were immediately baptized

  34. Mark 16:16 links salvation and baptism very close together—though not a part of salvation it is completely linked

  35. An external revelation of an internal reality—our public confession and testimony that we have been saved by the grace of God

  36. I have been saved by the grace of God

  37. I love Him more than I love anything else

  38. I have died to my old way of life, repented of my sin, and believe that Jesus is the Lord Romans 10:9-10

  39. Is a picture of the gospel which is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ I Corinthians 15:1-4

  40. These same truths are illustrated in Romans 6:1-6

  41. Our death with Christ Jesus to sin and our old life Romans 6:1-3

  42. Our burial with Him Romans 6:4

  43. Our being raised to walk in newness of life Romans 6:5

  44. Why should a person get baptized

  45. Because Jesus gave us this example Luke 3:21-22 and Gdo the Father was pleased

  46. Because it is the example that we see from those who got saved in the New Testament Acts 2:41; 8:38; 9:17,18; 10:48; 16:15, 33; 18:8; 19:4,5

  47. Because the Great Commission gives the church the command to go, teach, baptize and then teach more Matthew 28:18-20

  48. It is a means of public testimony and identifying ourselves with Jesus Christ II Corinthians 5:17, in Christ Romans 6:3

  49. Who should get baptized

  50. The Bible teaches that baptism is for Believers—everyone who gets baptized in the Bible does so after they have believed Acts 8:36-37

  51. People who have been born again by faith and are sure of their decision to place their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour

  52. People who wish to be identified with Jesus Christ and His teachings

  53. People who want to give testimony of their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross

  54. When should a person get baptized

  55. Only when you are old enough to make your own decision—only those old enough to make a decision were baptized

  56. After salvation—it is very important that you realize that salvation is by grace and that you will receive no merit, no points, no good works by getting baptized Ephesians 2:8-9

  57. What if a person got baptized and later realized that they weren’t saved what should they do—following the Biblical pattern they would have to be baptized after salvation as a profession of their faith

  58. How should a person be baptized

  59. By immersion in much water Acts 8:38-39—they went down into and came up out of the water

  60. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost Matthew 28:19-20

  61. In a way that adequately portrays the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, and Romans 6:1-6

  62. Precautions to take into account

  63. Baptism does not wash away our sins Ephesians 2:8,9; Galatians 3:11

  64. What actually cleanses a sinner from his sin is the blood of Jesus Christ? Ephesians 1:7; 1John 1:7; Colossians 1:20

  65. We gain no “points” with God by being baptized or having done this “religious work”

  66. Baptism is not the principal work rather the preaching of the gospel. Paul said that he was sent to preach the gospel not baptize I Corinthians 1:13-18

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