One Baptism

TEXTEph. 4:4-6

INTRODUCTION:

A.      PASSAGE SPEAKS OF UNITY - LITTLE UNITY.

B.      BAPTISM DIVISIVE, YET SIMPLE. - IGNORANCE AND PREJUDICE.

C.      ONE BAPTISM UNITING GOD'S PEOPLE NEEDS STUDY.

I.      WHAT IS BAPTISM?

A.      WORDS USED IN THE ORIGINAL TEXT:

          1.       baptidzo,  "dip, immerse"( A & G ).

          2.       baptisma,  "Consisting of the processes of immersion, submersion, and

                   emergence ( from bapto, to dip )" ( Vine ).

B.      THE CONTEXT CONFIRMS THIS.

          IMMERSION REQUIRES                               SPRINKLING REQUIRES

                   1.       Water( Acts 8:36 ).                                    1.       Water.

                   2.       Much Water( John 3:23 ).                          2.       Little water

                   3.       Going down( Acts 8: 38 ).                          3.       Bring water up.

                    4.       Coming up( Mark 1:10 ).                           4.       No coming up.

                   5.       Burial( Rom. 6:4-5; Col. 1:12 ).                 5.       No burial.

                   6.       Resurrection( Rom. 6:4 ).                           6.       No resurrection.

                   7.       Washing( Acts 22:16; Heb. 10:22 ).          7.       Perhaps in a figure.

C.      HISTORY OF SPRINKLING:

          1.       First practiced in 250 AD - only for those on their deathbed.

          2.       First legalized in 753 AD - infants and sick.

          3.       First acceptance by a Catholic Council at Revenna, 1311 AD.

D.      WHAT MUST WE CONCLUDE?

II.     WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF BAPTISM?

A.      IT IS THE COMMAND OF JESUS( Mark 16:16;  Acts 10:48 ).

B.      IT PUTS ONE "IN CHRIST" ( Rom . 6:3;  Gal. 3:27 ).

C.      IT PUTS ONE IN A SPECIFIC FELLOWSHIP - THE CHURCH.

          1.       Eph. 4:4-5;  1 Cor. 12:13;  Eph. 5:25-26.

          2.       Cults and false denominations practice baptism.

                   a.       Incorrectly sometimes, i. e., Catholic, Methodist, Baptist.

                   b.       Sometimes correctly, but baptism is not the only measure.

                             Mormons, Jews, First Christian Church ( Acts 19:1-7;  Luke 3:3 ).

MUST BE BAPTIZED AGAIN!

D.      REMISSION OF SINS( Acts 2:38;  Acts 22:16 ).

E.      IT SAVES( 1 Pet. 3:21 ).

F.      Romans 6:3-5.

III.    WHO IS TO BE BAPTIZED?

A.      NOT INFANTS.  FIRST PRACTICED IN 370 AD.  NO NEED( Ez. 18:20 ).

B.      NOTICE THESE STATEMENTS OF JESUS( Mat. 28:19-20; Mk. 15:15-16 ).

          1.       We must be believers( Acts 8:12 ).

          2.       We must repent( Acts 2:38 ).

          3.       We must confess his name( Rom. 10:10 ).

CONCLUSION:

A.      HAVE YOU BEEN BAPTIZED?

B.      HAVE YOU BEEN BAPTIZED CORRECTLY?

          1.       Voluntarily for the right reason?

          2.       Did you know what you were doing?

          3.       Into God's fellowship?