Presentation on theme: "Should I Be Baptized? Many Under-Emphasize Baptism"— Presentation transcript:
1Should I Be Baptized? Many Under-Emphasize Baptism Many Over-Emphasize BaptismBaptism is Not an Optional Commandment
2Take This Test to see if Your Baptism was Acceptable to God Should I Be Baptized?Take This Test to see if YourBaptism was Acceptable to God
3Who Should Not Be Baptized? UnbelieversMar 16:16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.This excludes infants, and the mentally incompetent
4Who Should Not Be Baptized? UnbelieversThose Unwilling to Change Their LivesThis excludes many who will not give up their sinsAct 2:38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
5Who Should Not Be Baptized? UnbelieversThose Unwilling to Change Their LivesThose Improperly TaughtAct 19:2-5He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.This excludes all reasons other than God given ones
6eg. Mom and Dad, friends, boyfriend or girlfriend, wife or husband Who Should Not Be Baptized?UnbelieversThose Unwilling to Change Their LivesThose Improperly TaughtThose Pleasing OthersGalatians 1:10For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.eg. Mom and Dad, friends, boyfriend or girlfriend, wife or husband
7Who Should Not Be Baptized? UnbelieversThose Unwilling to Change Their LivesThose Improperly TaughtThose Pleasing OthersThose Ashamed of Jesus and Their FaithRomans 10:10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.This excludes the uncommitted
8Who Should Be Baptized? Those Who are Committed One must plan to be a disciple of JesusMatthew 28:19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
9Who Should Be Baptized? Those Who are Committed Lovers of Truth One must want to do the right thingJohn 8:32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
10Who Should Be Baptized? Those Who are Committed Lovers of Truth Humble PeopleMust be willing to submit to the Lordship of ChristAct 8:30-31And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
11Who Should Be Baptized? Those Who are Committed Lovers of Truth Humble PeopleThose Who Recognize Their Lost ConditionThis mindset should produce a sense of urgencyAct 8:36And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
12An age of responsibility and accountability has to be reached Who Should Be Baptized?Those Who are CommittedLovers of TruthHumble PeopleThose Who Recognize Their Lost ConditionThe MatureAn age of responsibility and accountability has to be reached
13Two Common Excuses for Procrastinating “I Don’t Know Enough Yet”What Is Enough?
14Two Common Excuses for Procrastinating “I Don’t Know Enough Yet”“I Am Afraid I Will Not Remain Faithful”What have you got to lose?