Message Notes 4.25.21 | Why Should I Be Baptized? | Mt. 28:19-20

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

(Matthew 28:19–20 ESV)

I. Baptism is an outward confession of the inward reality of your salvation.

A. It is a symbol of your salvation not the substance of it.

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

(Acts 2:38 ESV)

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,

(Acts 3:19 ESV)

Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

(Acts 16:30–34 ESV)

B. It is a symbol of cleaning from in not the capacity of it.

and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.

(Acts 15:9 ESV)

C. It is the confession of our identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

(Romans 6:3–4 ESV)

D. It is a symbol of our connection with the church.

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

(1 Corinthians 12:13 ESV)

E. It should be restricted to believers.

II. Baptism is an act of obedience to Christ’s command.

III. Every believer in Jesus should be baptized.

A. How long should we wait?

B. How old should believing children be?

C. Should a person be rebaptized?

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