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The Importance of Baptism


Matthew 28:18-20

Not all that long ago, a young preacher for another group here in Brady, came in to my office and asked, “Why does the church of Christ emphasize baptism so much? Why do you all think it is so important?”

This morning I hope to answer his question and in doing so explain to you why baptism is not only important, but why it is essential when it comes to salvation.

Let’s begin here in Matt. 28: 18-20.

Look starting in vs. 18:  And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. ” 

The thing I want you to notice in this verse are the 4 commands given.

And, when it comes to “making disciples” Jesus says that baptism is indispensable.

In this passage Jesus is not teaching “righteousness by works.”

As far as “righteousness by works” is concerned….no where is baptism ever connected with the word “works”….or listed in a list of works as though it were a work also.

Now let me say something else about this passage.

Now, this passage is what is known as the “Great Commission”; these are the last words of Christ here on this earth; this is the instructions that He left for His disciples; He wants His disciples to do this until He comes back again.

One more thing from this passage that I want you to see. Jesus says, ““Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

And this idea is supported by the Apostle Paul in Titus 2: 14 when Paul speaking of Christ says, Christ Jesus; 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

Let’s look at MARK 16:15  And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16  “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

 Notice in this passage what baptism is associated with?

Faith and baptism go hand in hand.

Now, let me mention something else here. Jesus says, ““He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved.”

Now, look at ACTS 2:38.

Peter had been preaching about Jesus and telling the people that when they crucified Him they crucified the Messiah…and the people cry out, “What shall we do?; vs. 37. And look at Peter’s response:

38 “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Notice how Peter said, “Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins.”?

Well let me share with you three thoughts concerning this passage.

You are baptized “for the forgiveness of sin; see Acts 22:16.

Another thing I want you to think about here.

Another thought….

This passage says what it says.

It says, “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 No one is saved…no one comes into the presence of God…no one enters into the kingdom of heaven still bearing their sins.

The only way you can go to heaven is to have your sins forgiven…and that forgiveness takes place at baptism.

Now let me close with this.

Someone might say, “Well, what’s the big deal.” “What difference does it make?”

I will tell you.

First of all, that is less scriptural than baptism will ever be…and yet people believe that.

But the reason I am so concerned about this…and the reason you should be so concerned about this…is because people by the thousands and thousands…are believing they are saved…when in reality….they are not.

This is a horrible deception!

 What this dangerous doctrine should do is it should break our hearts and motivate us to oppose it like we would any other false teaching that leads people astray.

What about you this morning?

Were you “baptized for the forgiveness of your sins?”

Or were you forgiven separate and apart from baptism.

Were you saved when you were baptized?

Or were you saved even without baptism?

Were you baptized as an infant?

Think about how and when you were saved?

If you were not baptized in accordance with what the Bible says…it may be that you were never saved at all.

Please, give it some serious, prayerful thought.

Don’t take a chance with this.

WE are talking about an eternity in heaven or an eternity in hell.

Don’t you want to make sure you have it right?

Right according to what Jesus says:

“He who has believed and has been baptized, shall be saved.”

If you want to study about this more…please come see me.

If you want to just get it right this morning…we are here to assist you.

If you want to give your life to Christ…and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins…what ever your need is….



A Talk About Baptism


Romans 6: 1-11

When it comes to religious doctrine, no Biblical teaching seems to be denied and minimized to the extent that baptism is.

So this morning I want to talk to you about baptism.

So let’s look at the passage that was read…let’s begin in verse 7, and let’s talk about baptism.  Paul says in verse 7:

For he who has died is free…or acquitted…from sin.”

And Romans 3: 23 says that “all of us have sinned”…every one of us is guilty.

But notice verse 7 here again.

Well, don’t misunderstand.

In fact, if you will notice, he used the past tense.

When Paul speaks of dying in this passage he is talking about 2 things.

 And number two: He is talking about dying in order to be made alive in Christ.

Now, if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.”

 So, Paul is talking about dying to be freed from sin…and dying to be made alive in Christ.

 3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

 When do you die to sin?

 Now, look at this slide. This is the most common idea today of baptism.

Look know at this slide: You are dead in your sins; you bury the dead man; and you raise him up alive!

At baptism we die to sin, no longer slaves to sin; at baptism we “bury the old man of sin and are raised up alive in Christ.”

But now, look at this slide again: Many will say, “I have been baptized.”

At baptism we die to sin, at baptism we bury the old man of sin, and we are raised to be made alive in Christ.”

 Look at verse 11: “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

At baptism you are going through, in human form, the event of redemption that Christ went through for us.

Many today would eliminate this (baptism) altogether.

Look at the passage again. Notice in verses 3-4…all the “into”s.

And in verse 3 where it says that we have been “baptized into His death”?

By the way, did you notice that Paul doesn’t say that you “believe into Christ?”

And notice this too: Paul says that you are “baptized into Christ”; vs. 3.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

 We do not believe that salvation is in the water.

One more thing, here in Romans 6 Paul tells us that we “are to be baptized…that the old man of sin might be done away with…and that we might be made alive in Christ.”

Many people want to use their baptism as though it is an exemption card.

Some of us have taught our kids that.

That kind of thinking is similar to what these people here in Romans were thinking. Look at verse 1:

What shall we say then? Are we to continue to sin that grace might increase?”

May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?”

Look with  me at Acts 2 and look at verse 38. Peter says:


Baptism is not an “exemption card.”

There is so much more to be said about baptism.

Well,  religious unity should be based on what the scriptures teach and not on compromise.

And let me add this: Don’t give in for the sake of your children.

Baptism is essential.

For the sake of salvation won’t you be baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of your sins? If so, come now as we stand.