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11/07/2010 / Test All Things

Bible Doctrine Drill – Lesson 14 – Water Baptism

Baptism is a very important ordinance that God has given to His church. John the Baptist was the first man that God sent to baptize (See John 1:33). John was prophesied of in the Old Testament (See Matthew 3:1-3). John baptized the first followers of Jesus and he actually baptized Jesus (Matthew 3:13).

When Jesus was raised from the dead and went to be with the Father, He gave to His church the authority to baptize (Matthew 28:18-20.)

To show how important baptism is, when Jesus was baptized all of the Persons of the Trinity witnessed the importance of this baptism—Jesus was baptized; the Holy Spirit came down like a dove; and God the Father spoke from heaven (Matthew 3:13-17). Yes, baptism is very important.

John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River.

People have had different ideas on what it means to “baptize.” Some people think that if you pour water or sprinkle water on a person that you have baptized him. But that is not true. The word translated “baptize” means to “dip, plunge, or immerse.” That means that the person who is baptized is placed completely under the water and then raised up out of the water.

The Scriptures make plain that there was always plenty of water where people were baptized (See John 3:23; Acts 8:36).

Baptism is by immersion because it is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (See 1 Corinthians 15:3-5). Baptism is also a public witness to the world that the one baptized has a hope that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again for him (Romans 6:3-5).

When we are baptized we are saying that we believe Jesus saved us from our sins, and that we want to follow Him.

Who is supposed to be baptized?

Only those who love Jesus, who believe in Jesus, and who follow Him (Acts 8:37).

This means that only those who are old enough to understand what they are doing should be baptized. Babies should not be baptized. People who show by their lives that they have not repented of their sins should not be baptized. John the Baptist refused to baptize those who had not shown repentance (Matthew 3:7-8).

Does baptism save you from your sins?

Some people say that it does, but they are wrong. Baptism does not save anyone from his or her sins. Only the blood of Christ does this (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 1:7).

Baptism is an act of obedience to Christ. Those who believe they are saved are commanded to be baptized and follow Jesus.

Drill Questions:

1. Who was the first man that God sent to baptize? John the Baptist.

2. Who baptized Jesus? John the Baptist.

3. Where was Jesus baptized? In the Jordan River.

4. Who has the authority today to baptize? The church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

5. When Jesus was baptized, who witnessed it? The Trinity.

6. What does “baptize” mean? To put completely under water and to bring up out of the water.

7. Is sprinkling or pouring baptism? No.

8. What two things does baptism picture?

1) The death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

2) A public witness that the one baptized believes that Jesus saved him and that he must follow Jesus all his life.

9. Who is supposed to be baptized? Those who truly believe in Jesus and want to follow Him.

10. Should babies be baptized? No, they are not old enough to know what they are doing.

11. Should unrepentant people be baptized? No, only those who desire to repent of their sins and follow Jesus.

12. Does baptism save a person from his sins? No, only the blood of Christ does this.

13. When should a person be baptized? When he believes that Jesus has died for his sins and he wants to follow Jesus in obedience.

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