An Introduction to Baptism – An Outline

I'm preparing to counsel another family before the Baptism of their children, and so I figured I'd share on here the three documents I give every family I counsel. Baptism is one of 2 sacraments (The Lord's Supper is the other). For something to be a sacrament, it must have been instituted and commanded by Jesus in the Scriptures. Many other practices are beneficial, but these two actions are special, and visualize the gospel in a unique way. 

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An Intro to Baptism – An Outline of Scripture

This document traces what the Scriptures say about Baptism and boils it down to three main points about water. 

1.) We use water for washing - so in baptism we celebrate that all our sin has been washed away by the blood of Jesus. 
2.) We use water for burial (either to prepare or burial at sea) - so in baptism we celebrate that we have died with Christ and been raised to new life. We are new creatures, the old is gone and the new has come. 
3.) Water breaks during childbirth - We are reborn or born again when we put our faith in Jesus, and when a baby is born they become part of a new family connected to people they did not choose. So too in baptism we are made part of God's family the church, called to love these people as family. 

Baptism – An Intro

Baptism by Francis Schaeffer

This document helps explain and reproof mainly commonly held misconceptions about infant baptism. Francis Schaeffer, one of the leading evangelical preachers of the last 100 years, argues that Infant Baptism is Biblical.  I find it especially important for families who grew up in churches that believe baptism is only for believing adults and by total immersion. 

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The Baptism Service Outline

Lastly, I give each family a copy of a Baptism Service, so they can see the questions they will be asked and answered. 

Baptism of __________

SERMON – Matthew 3:13-17 – The Snow Globe Kingdom (Part 6) – Baptism vs. Baptism

 

Matthew 3:12-17 - The Snow Globe Kingdom (Part 6)

Baptism vs. Baptism

Preached by Andrew Ruth
Matthew 3:13-17

(Wonder why we call this "The Snow Globe Kingdom?" We explain it here.)

 God promises us 6 things visualized in Baptism.
3 Promises are pictured as we God into the Water.

In Baptism, God promises to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We are so cleansed as God washes us in the blood of Jesus. 

Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy,cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:26

In Baptism, we are promised that we died to sin, when Christ died on the Cross, and we were raised to new life as Jesus was raised from the dead.

having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins. Col 2:12

In Baptism, God promises that we are credited with Christ's righteousness. We are given all the holiness and perfection Jesus achieved on our behalf. 

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Cor 5:21

Jesus received 3 gifts on the way out of the water, and because of Jesus, believers are promised the same 3 promises.

We are promised an OPEN HEAVEN. 

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22

We are promised the HOLY SPIRIT.

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:3-5

We are promised the FATHER'S DELIGHT.

Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” Gal 4:6

Weekly Bible Reading Plan – May 24 – May 31

Snow Globe Kingdom Week 6 Reading Plan - 5.24 - 5.31

 Questions to Guide You:
  1. Why do you think Jesus was baptized, even though he was sinless? Who is he surrounded by in the river? What kind of attitude is this?
  2. What happens when Jesus comes out of the water? Who are the active parties? How is this similar to “baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit?”
  3. What does God the Father say to his Son? What does the Father give his Son? These are the same things said to us and given to us by faith?
  4. In Acts, who is invited to be baptized?
  5. According to Colossians, what does baptism represent? How is baptism like a funeral? Like a birth?
  6. Colossians also mentions circumcision, as the old sign of the covenant. What did circumcision do? How is baptism the “new circumcision?”
  7. When you are baptized and trust in Jesus, God says to you, “This is my child, my beloved, who pleases me greatly.” How does that make you feel? How would you live, if you believed that?

For a printer-friendly copy of this reading plan, including sample questions to augment your study of Scripture, Download the PDF.