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What is baptism?
Mathew 3: 1-12

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What is the origin of baptism?


Proselytes went through a three stage ceremony 1.Circumcision- soul cleansing 2.Baptism- water burial 3.Animal sacrifice- need for forgiveness of sins

Johns baptism is for repentance and forgiveness of sins.

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What is baptism?
A service in which someone is immersed or submerged into water
Matt 3: 16 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. Mark 1:5 5 Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.

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Why do we baptise people?


Jesus commanded us to do so.

Matt 28: 19
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen

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What is the meaning of baptism?


Visual representation of a spiritual reality Roman 6:3
3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 5-6

For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away

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What is the meaning of baptism?


Visual representation of a spiritual reality
Galatians 2: 20 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Colossians 2: 12

12 Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

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What is the relationship between immersion and salvation ?


Immersion is not a saving ceremony. There is no saving virtue in H2O

1 Corinthians 1:14
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius

Acts 2:38
38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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What is the relationship between immersion and salvation ?


Immersion is an open, public confession of faith in Jesus Christ

To refuse baptise is to refuse to repent


Matt 10: 32-33 Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. Initial evidence of true conversion

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What is the immediate benefit of baptism?


Produces the blessing of obedience
Does not make you more holy
Does not save you Does not make you more secure Shows in simple form the reality of every believers identification with his Lord and saviour

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Repent and do the first works

REVELATIONS 2: 1-7 To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 I know your works, your labour, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have laboured for My names sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place unless you repent. 6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.

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Repent and do the first works


Matt 22:37
37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.

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Repent and do the first works


1 John 4:20-21

20 If someone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

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Repent and do the first works


1 Cor 13: 1-3
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

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Why is love the greatest?


1. Knowledge puffs up 1 Cor 13:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

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Why is love the greatest?


2. Love enables you to abide in God Psalm 91

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Why is love the greatest?


3. When you love God with all your heart He gives you what you need Psalm 34:10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.