You Have to Die to Live!
Baptism symbolizes death to our old sinful life, and rising into the new life we receive from Christ which we now live through His indwelling Spirit.
What baptism is not…
-It is not a means of Grace (Infant baptism)
-Baptism does not save you - Titus 3:4-5 > I Peter 3:21
It is part of our discipleship.
#1. The Command of Baptism: Acts 2:38
This statement came is response to…
Matt. 28:19 Make disciples by ‘going, baptizing, teaching…’ Apostles were following thru w/ Jesus’ command/commission
Matt. 3:13-17 Jesus was baptized - gave us a pattern to follow.
#2. The Significance of Baptism: Romans 6:1-4
P – Picture - of our union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection
I - Identification - we are identified publicly as a disciple/follower of Jesus Christ, and as a member of His Body
C – Commitment - we are committing, consecrating ourselves to follow Jesus Christ for the rest of our lives
*It is the outward sign of the inner work X has done!