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Baptismal Training Class
Review of the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ
1.) God: The Creator designed us for relationship with Him and each other  
Genesis 1:1  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
1 Corinthians 8:6 …yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist
2.) People, Sin and Judgment: We Rebelled Against our Creator 
Genesis 3:6  So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
Romans 3:23   for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…
Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death…
3.) Jesus: God’s Son who came to earth to pay the penalty for our sins and to purchase our pardon and to reconcile sinners back to God
John 3:14-17  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life." "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
2 Corinthians 5:21   For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God..
4.) Our Response: Repentance and Trust 
Romans 6:23   For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 1:12-13  But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Romans 10:9-11 …because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame."


1.) What is it?
Baptism is a public and visible ceremony that signifies our prior turning from sin(repentance) and turning to Christ (faith). In Baptism the believer is immersed in water in the presence of other believers in obedience to the command (ordinance) of Jesus and it marks that believer’s union with Christ and their entrance into the church.
Baptism does not save us. The Grace of God through faith on account of Jesus alone saves us and baptism is the portrait of that great salvation.
2.) Why do we do it? The Example of Jesus, the Example of other Believers, and in Obedience to Jesus direct command (That’s why we call it an ordinance)
a.)    Jesus was baptized- “baptizo” to immerse, to drown, to sink in a shipwreck
 Mark 1:8-18 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." 9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.   And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opening and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." 12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him. 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men." 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
 b.) The Normal practice for New Believers Was and Is to be Baptized
We believe in and practice believer’s baptism
(You must have personal faith-not the faith of your parents or of the church)
All Believers: Men and Women
Acts 8:12    But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Ethiopian Eunuch:
 Acts 8:35-38  35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?" 37   38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
The Jailer:
Acts 16:30-33  "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" 31 And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.    
 W.B. Johnson (polity, 184) “The materials of which a church of Christ should be formed are penitent, believing sinners, immersed in water upon a profession of faith in Christ; conscious subjects, willing to observe his commands.” 
                c.) Jesus Commanded It as a Public and Initial Declaration of Faith
                   Baptism identifies us with other Christians as obedient followers of Jesus
(It marks the beginning of our life in Christ. It is how we become members of the church body )
Matthew 28:18-20  And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
“…Baptism, which is a symbol of beginning the Christian life, should only be given to those who have in fact begun the Christian life.” Grudem, Systematic Theology, 969, 970
3.) Mode (Immersion) and Meaning (Death, Burial and Resurrection):
1.)    Being United with Christ in His Death, Burial and Resurrection
Romans 6:4-7   We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin.
Colossians 2:12   having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.
2.)    Passing safely through the waters of judgment
1 Peter 3:20-22  when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
3.)    Washing away of Sins
Acts 22:16  And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.'
Acts 2:38   And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
4.)    Pouring out of the Holy Spirit
Mark 1:8  I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
Acts 2:38  And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Titus 3:4-7  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Acts 10:44-48  While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, "Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?" And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.
5.)  Christian and Baptist History, Statements about Baptism
In early Christian history, the Confession of Faith that has come to us as the Apostle’s Creed was posed to baptismal candidates in a series of three questions.
Q- Do you believe in God the Father Almighty?
R- I believe! (“Pistueo” in Greek)
Q- Do you believe in Christ Jesus, the Son of God, who was born of the Holy Ghost and of Mary the Virgin, who was crucified under Pontus Pilate, and died, and rose again at the third day, living among the dead, and ascended unto heaven and sat at the right hand of the Father, and will come to judge the quick and the dead?
R- I believe!
Q- Do you believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Church, and the resurrection of the flesh?
R- I believe!
Quote from Baptist History:
“The earliest Baptist church is traced back to 1609 in Amsterdam, with John Smyth as pastor.  The group's embracing of "believer's baptism" became the defining moment which led to the establishment of this first Baptist church.

Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church fellowship, and to participation in the Lord's Supper.

The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and wine (fruit of the vine), and to be Observed by his churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate his death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with him, and of their church fellowship.
Final Encouragement
Hebrews 10:22-25  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful24 And let us consider how to stir up one

another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near

Baptismal Questions
The Bible says that God will save all who turn from their sin and trust in Jesus Christ.
Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your only Savior and turn from your sin to treasure and follow him?
Baptism is a public statement of obedience to Jesus Christ.
Do you desire to be obedient to Jesus Christ in all things?
The Church is the body of Christ on earth.
Do you today willingly and joyfully join the body of Christ as a visible member?

Feeding on Jesus:
The Meaning of the Lord’s Supper
Scripture Text: John 6:47-69
Title: Feeding on Jesus: The Meaning of the Lord’s Supper
Introduction: Early Christians were accused of being cannibals. Here is one such rumor that was circulated in the early centuries after Christ.
“An infant is covered with dough, to deceive the innocent. The infant is placed before the
 person who is to be stained with their rites. The young pupil slays
 the infant. Thirstily, the lick up its blood! Eagerly, they tear apart its limbs. After
much feasting, they extinguish (the lights). Then, the connections of depraved lust involve
them in an uncertain fate.(Quoted by Minucius Felix, Octavius 9.)
Remember the Horror and the Gore that took place in order to give us eternal life
John 6:51 “… And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."
1.) Christ is the one essential food group- church shrinkage seminar ( one way, no genie, but Lord, sinners needing a substitute as their biggest problem, not needing food or better politics)
John 6:53   53 So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you
2.)    Christ is likened to food because He nourishes us (builds us up)
John 6:54-55 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 
I Am the Bread of Life
I Am the Light of the world
I Am the door of the sheep
I Am the Resurrection and the Life
I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life
I Am the true Vine
3.) Christ is food that must be continually eaten in order to live and grow (feeding- everyday, come to him)
John 6:56-57   Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.
John 6:40  For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day."
John 6:47  Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
4.) Christ is the food that in order to be eaten and enjoyed the Father must give you the arms to receive it and the taste buds to enjoy it. ( death to human pride, God does it all- Christ-centered)
John 6:65-66  And he said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father." 66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.
John 6:37  37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.
John 6:44  44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
Psalm 34:8  Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
1 Peter 2:2-5  2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation- 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house,
John 6:35  Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.