Presentation on theme: "What To Do After Baptism We have discussed the need for baptism, but that is just one step in the plan of salvation."— Presentation transcript:
What To Do After Baptism We have discussed the need for baptism, but that is just one step in the plan of salvation.
Introduction Before one may be properly baptized he should have first learned the gospel, believed in Christ, confessed Christ, and repented of sin. Now, what is required of a person who has been baptized? We will notice several things that are just as necessary as baptism itself.
One Should Rejoice Acts 8:35-39; 16:32-34 The Ethiopian eunuch and the Philippian jailor are examples of those who rejoiced following baptism. Baptism must have some serious significance in salvation to result in such joy. Luke 15:4-10 When lost souls are found, heaven rejoices! Philippians 4:4 Constant joy is to be found “in the Lord”, and baptism is how one gets there (Galatians 3:27).
ONE SHOULD KEEP COMPANY WITH OTHER DISCIPLES Acts 9:18-19; 10:48; 16:15; 16:33-34; 18:8, 11 In case after case of conversion, those saved made a point to enjoy the company of other Christians, usually those who converted them. Acts 2:46 Frequently sharing meals with fellow Christians is a worthwhile use of time. Romans 12:5 Disciples are dependent on one another. 1 Corinthians 5:11 If the company of other Christians is not made use of, then its loss during discipline is meaningless.
ONE SHOULD KEEP LEARNING Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus said that those taught and baptized should still be taught. Acts 2:41-42 Baptized people “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine”. 2 Peter 3:18 Growth in grace and knowledge is commanded. 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show yourself approved to God--handling the word of God properly.
ONE SHOULD EAT THE LORD’S SUPPER REGULARLY Acts 2:41-42 Among the post-baptism actions specified is the breaking of bread. Acts 20:7 Bread should be broken on the first day of the week. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 17-20, 33 This breaking of bread is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. It is called “the Lord’s Supper” and should be done with the church.
ONE SHOULD PRAY OFTEN Acts 2:41-42 Another post-baptism action specified is prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Luke 18:1 Prayer should be a constant in the life of a Christian. Proverbs 28:9; Isaiah 59:1-2 Since the prayers of sinners are unheard, speaking to God is a unique privilege of the saved.
ONE SHOULD LEAD OTHERS TO CHRIST Acts 9:18, 20 Saul wasted no time between his baptism and his efforts to persuade others. Matthew 5:14-16 The Lord’s people are meant to influence others. Proverbs 11:30 It is wise to win souls! 1 Thessalonians 1:3,8 The Thessalonians were commended for doing this.
ONE SHOULD REMAIN MORALLY UPRIGHT Romans 6:3-23; Colossians 2:12; 3:1-10 Baptism is presented as death to sin and resurrection to righteousness. Once baptized, the disciple should live accordingly. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Washing, sanctification, and justification demands that sin be quit. 1 John 2:1; Acts 8:22; James 5:16 The Christian should not sin, but if he does, the remedy is through prayer, repentance, and confession. This is what will separate us from the world.
Conclusion 1 Corinthians 15:58 The saved person is called to steadfastness and work. Revelation 2:10 Faithfulness is required until death. This is a life-long journey of growth. You need to help others get to heaven, otherwise you may not go. You now know your duty to God, will you do it?