Presentation on theme: "Believer’s Baptism: A Dramatization of the Gospel"— Presentation transcript:
1Believer’s Baptism: A Dramatization of the Gospel Matthew 28:19-20Romans 6:1-4
2Article of FaithWe believe that Christ instituted the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:19, 20) to be observed until He comes (I Cor. 11:23-26). We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 10:47; 19:5) in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior. It pictures our death to sin and resurrection to a new life and that it is a prerequisite to church membership (Acts 8:36-39; John 3:23; Matt. 3:16; Col. 2:12). We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the showing forth of His death until He comes again and should always be preceded always by self-examination (I Cor. 11:23-38).
3Our CovenantAs a bond of unity among us, Berean Baptist Church accepts for its members the following covenant:Having been led by the Holy Spirit to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and upon our profession of our faith in Him, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we do now solemnly and joyfully enter into this covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
4For 400 years, insistence upon baptism by immersion has been a clear distinctive of Baptist and Bible churches when a majority of “Christianity” still baptizes infants.
5Baptist Church History 1608/9 (Amsterdam, Holland)Separatist Pastor John SmythFormer Anglican PriestDetermines that NT churches Baptized BelieversRejects Infant Baptism as unscripturalForms a church made up of adults who have been baptized after salvation
6The Schleitheim Confession (1527) Baptism shall be given to all those who have learned repentance and amendment of life, and who believe truly that their sins are taken away by Christ, and to all those who walk in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and wish to be buried with Him in death, so that they may be resurrected with Him and to all those who with this significance request it (baptism) of us and demand it for themselves.
7The Schleitheim Confession (1527) This excludes all infant baptism, the highest and chief abomination of the Pope. In this you have the foundation and testimony of the apostles. Matt. 28, Mark 16, Acts 2, 8, 16, 19. This we wish to hold simply, yet firmly and with assurance.Swiss Brethren Conference
8Radical Reformers Anabaptists re-baptizers advocated the baptism and church membership of adult believers only
9Are these Anabaptists correct? What’s the big deal? QuestionAre these Anabaptists correct?What’s the big deal?
10What’s the big deal?Baptists insist upon believer’s baptism because of the example and commandment (ordnance) Christ gave the church.When done right, baptism is an incredible dramatization of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
12Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:The church has been given a task to teach people from all nations to be followers of Christ.
13Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Disciples of ChristCandidates for baptism must be disciples of Christ and be baptized in the name of the each member of the Trinity?
14Who do we baptize?the first act was to make disciples, then those disciples were to be baptized.Paul P. Enns,The Moody Handbook of Theology
15Acts 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.Repentance [a call to become disciples of Christ] always precedes baptism.
16Acts 8:36-37And 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? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
17Believer’s Baptism“Baptism for the entire NT community of believers became what circumcision had been for males in ancient Israel (Col 2:11-13).”baptisthistory.orgWilliam H. Brackney
18What’s the big deal?Baptists insist upon believer’s baptism because of the example and commandment (ordnance) Christ gave the church.When done right, baptism is an incredible dramatization of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
20DramatizationWhen a local church baptizes someone they are collectively celebrating the work the Holy Spirit has already done in the life of the convert by God’s grace through personal faith in the gospel.
21Romans 6:3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized [immersed] into Jesus ChristPaul is using a picture of baptism to describe a spiritual position already achieved.
22“In Christ” Romans 8:1 Romans 12:5 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,Romans 12:5So we, being many, are one body in Christ,
23Who places the believer in Christ? For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. (1 Cor. 12:13)
24What places the believer in Christ? Repentant faith in the gospel!
25Repent(ance) and Believe Repentant FaithRepentFaith (believe)Repent(ance) and BelieveFaithLuke 13:3Acts 2:38Romans 1:28John 3:16Mark 1:16Acts 20:21
26Biblical FactA person is NOT anymore saved, righteous or justified because he or she has been obedient to water baptism.However, a refusal to submit to full water baptism is something that cannot be ignored.
27Romans 6:3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?Look at verse 6
28Described baptism as entering a “watery grave.” Joseph Stennet (1700)Described baptism as entering a “watery grave.”
29Romans 6:4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
31Doing Right Candidate Matters Mode/Method Matters Disciple of Christ (Believers)Mode/Method MattersFull Immersion in WaterFather, Son and Holy SpiritThe Agent of Baptism MattersA Local Church
32Should the church be concerned with baptizing unconverted people? Application QuestionShould the church be concerned with baptizing unconverted people?
33What is at Stake?Baptizing a “convert” before there is legitimate credible evidence of conversion creates a possibility of false assurance of salvation.
34What about baptizing someone living with unrepentant sin? QuestionsSomeone walks in off the street and says, “I want to be baptized”—do we just dunk him?What about baptizing someone living with unrepentant sin?
35QuestionsShould the church baptize a person who demonstrates NO intention of growing as a disciple of Christ?Should the church run contests and giveaways to increase the number of people it baptizes?
36But won’t this lead to someone judging someone else? Yes—the person who conducts the baptism leads the assessment.
37?s that could be asked What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ? How does one become a disciple of Christ?When did you become a disciple of Christ?What is the gospel?What does it mean to repent?What Bible verses can you point to that show you are converted?
38Application Questions If the church does not examine candidates for baptism, can it really use baptism numbers as a sign of its effectiveness in making disciples?If person is not willing to participate in instruction from the Bible to be baptized is there any reason to think of him or her as a follower of Christ?
39AnalogyUsing baptisms to measure discipleship WITHOUT examining the candidate is like grading your own PT test or playing basketball without keeping score.
40Doing Right Candidate Matters Mode/Method Matters Disciple of Christ (Believers)Mode/Method MattersFull Immersion in WaterFather, Son and Holy SpiritThe Agent of Baptism MattersA Local Church
41Acts 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.Repentance [a call to become disciples of Christ] always precedes baptism.
42What about pre-salvation baptism? Acts 19John’s Baptism