Welcome back to part three of our eight-week Bible study titled New Beginnings. This is a course that is taught to new believers but fear not, those that are already believers, it never hurts to have a refresher course.
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The first week we learned about creation, sins, and we learn how to accept Jesus. Last week, we learn how to be sure of your salvation.
This week we are going to publicly declare your faith. make sure of your salvation.
Jesus Wants New Believers to Declare Publicly Their Faith in Him
Jesus said, “whenever shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father in heaven. But whoever shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33)
Have you ever heard of a carpenter’s practice of clenching a nail? Clinching a nail is driving it into a board and bending the extended portion of it down on the other side. The nail cannot be pulled from the board.
Professing Jesus publicly is like clinching a nail. Faith and assurance of salvation are strengthened. Most Baptist churches provide opportunities, at the conclusion of the worship services, for people to make public their commitments to Jesus. If you have not declared publicly your faith, you should do so at the next public worship service you attend. Upon making this commitment, you should be baptized.
Baptism Is an Act of Obedience That Declares One’s Faith
A test of whether a person is a true follower of Jesus is his or her obedience to Jesus’ commands.
Write down 1 John 2:3
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
Jesus Commanded Baptism
Read Matthew 28:19-20
This was not a suggestion or an option for His followers. If we are not baptized, we are disobedient, Jesus set the example by being baptized. Read the account of Jesus being baptized in Matthew 3:13-17.
In the New Testament, New Believers Were Baptized
Read Acts 2:37-38, Acts 2:41, Acts 2:47
The verses clearly indicate that new believers followed Jesus by being baptized. Now read Acts 8:35-38After the Ethiopian believed, he was baptized.
Baptism Expresses your Love for Jesus
Read John 14:21, then summarize it in your own words.
My understanding of this is: “All of us that believe and obey God will be shine upon by our Savior in heaven”.
Baptism Pictures Two Things
- What Jesus did for you – He Died for your sins, was buried, and came back to life (1 Corinthians 15:46-58)
- What has happened to you – You die to an old way of life and have been raised to live a new life in Jesus (Romans 6:3-4)
The Bible teaches that the method of baptism was immersion (Completely placing a person under water and immediately bringing him or her back up). Immersion is the only form of baptism that adequately pictures this meaning.
Scripture reveals that baptism involves three things
The Right person – A believer
The right reason – obedience and declaration of your new faith
The right method – immersion
The essentials of baptism are
Believe in Jesus for salvation
Make your commitment public
Request to be baptized by immersion