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Baptism must be significant to at least one group of Christians because they call themselves Baptists. What do Baptists believe about baptism?
I. The Only Example of Biblical Baptism
A. It excludes Christ’s which was different from ours in several ways.
B. Trace the story of the Ethiopian official.
1. Notice the stress (vv. 36–37).
2. Notice the sequence:
a. Salvation then baptism.
b. Consistent where baptism is mentioned.
3. Notice the statements:
a. “See here is [a] water” (v. 36).
b. “And they went down both into the water” (v. 38).
c. “And he baptized him” (obviously in the water) (v. 38).
d. “And when they were come up out of the water” (v. 39).
4. Notice the symbolism:
a. A picture of death, burial, resurrection of Christ.
b. A picture of washing away of sins.
II. The Language of Biblical Baptism
A. Notice the meaning of the word.
1. Baptism is not an English word.
2. It means to immerse.
3. It can mean so in entire New Testament.
B. Notice the clear teaching of Scripture (Rom. 6:3–5).
1. Its symbolism is very obvious.
2. It is totally lost on any other form of baptism.
C. It is derived versus direct teaching.
1. There is a case for other positions.
2. All other kinds of baptism are based on derived arguments.
3. Immersion is based on direct teaching.
4. Always prefer direct teaching when it is available.
III. The Clarity of the Baptism Commandment (Matt. 28:18–20)
A. Notice the sequence:
1. “Teach”—make disciples of.
B. Notice the clear intention:
1. If we are commanded to baptize those of whom we make disciples, then those who are discipled are obviously intended to be baptized.
2. “Teaching to observe all things which I have commanded” also includes the commandment to baptize.
C. Notice the importance of obedience:
1. It has nothing to do with actual salvation.
2. It is a clear commandment.
3. As a commandment, you should either obey or have a clear reason for not doing so (other than upbringing, etc.).
Have you ever been biblically baptized? Have you ever been converted?