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Lesson 2: Believer’s Baptism

Lesson 2: Believer’s Baptism

Homework for Lesson 2: Believer’s Baptism:

  • Read and meditate on: Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 8:26-39; 16:30-34; Luke 9:23-26; Romans 6:3-7
  • Meditate on: the importance of believer’s baptism, the pattern of believer’s baptism, and the picture illustrated by believer’s baptism.

Basic questions regarding believer’s baptism from these passages:

  • What does Matthew 28:19-20 command the apostles to do with those who embrace the gospel message after they were justified?
  • What does Acts 8:26-39 tell us Philip did with the eunuch after he believed the gospel?
  • What does Acts 16:30-34 tell us Paul and Silas did with the jailor’s family after they believed the gospel message?
  • According to Luke 9:23-26, how does Christ view disciples who are afraid to identify publicly with Him?
  • According to Romans 6:3-7, what aspects of Spirit baptism (being placed spiritually into or identified with the body of Christ at salvation) are illustrated by water baptism.
  • According too our last lesson on eternal security, do we need to be baptized in order to be eternal secure in Christ?
  • Is water baptism an important step for the new Christian who is eternally secure in Christ?

Basic questions answered from these passages:

  • Matthew 28:19-20 teaches us that the apostles were commanded by God to baptize those who embraced the gospel message after they were justified.
  • Acts 8:26-39 teaches us that Philip baptized the eunuch after he believed the gospel.
  • Acts 16:30-34 teaches us that Paul and Silas baptized the jailor’s family after they believed the gospel message.
  • Luke 9:23-26 teaches us that Christ is ashamed of disciples who are unwilling to publicly identify with Him.
  • Romans 6:3-7 teaches us that water baptism pictures a believer’s identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ; which also pictures that believer’s death of the old man and desire as a new creature to walk as Christ’s disciple.
  • According to our last lesson on eternal security, every believer is secure whether or not he has yet been scripturally baptized.
  • Water baptism is a believer’s first significant step of obedience to the Lord.

What is believer’s baptism? Believer’s baptism is a believer’s first step of obedience to God as an outward public expression of his internal faith in Christ and his desire to identify with Him as a disciple.

How should this be done?

  • It should be done by immersion. In every instance in the Bible, it was a full body immersion. This is also implied in the definition of the word, and it completes the picture.
  • Only after a man is born again by placing his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for his eternal salvation.
  • In public, because this is a public profession of one’s decision of the heart.
  • With an understanding that this does nothing to strengthen one’s position in Christ.
  • With a desire to follow the Lord as a disciple.
  • As a step of obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.
 

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