Pastor Ken preached on baptisim this morning and I wanted to share with you! The first command after being reborn and saved is to get baptized. If we can not follow Gods first command how can we follow the 2nd,3rd,4th etc? Shower yourself in baptism to wash all of you so that you might be clean!
Reasons why to get baptized
1. Jesus did!
2. Commanded by God to be baptized
3. Mark 16:16 whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
4. Acts 2:41 Those who accepted his message were baptized
5. Our way of witnessing our commitment to the world
6. Gal 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed
7. Acts 22:15-16You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. And now what are you waiting for? get up, be baptized and wash away your sins calling on his name.
8. Symbolism of baptism
9. Baptism in Greek means to dip, put under. All the way under!
10.Romans 6:2-4 By no means! We died to sin how can we live in it any longer? Or
don't you know that all of us who were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him thorough baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was
raised from the dead through the glory of the Father we too may live a new life.
11.Colossians 2:9-12For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity (<~~The Lord)lives
in bodily (<~~Us)form and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head
over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised in the putting
off of the sinful nature not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but
with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and
raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
Baptism is NOT a option it is a COMMAND form the Lord!