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You Asked for It - Baptism and Eternity

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How important is baptism and the mode?

3 ways to baptize
Immersion - dunking or going under water (most commonly practiced in the first few centuries in the early church)
Affusion - pouring (generally practiced when there wasn’t enough water to immerse)
Aspersion - sprinkling (usually reserved for those to sick or unable to do the first two)
Reasons why baptism is important:
Jesus was baptized and he is our example
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Jesus commands us to baptize those who accept Him
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The Apostles taught baptism during Pentecost
Baptism is the first step in obedience after believing in Jesus
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Baptism symbolizes starting our new life in Jesus
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Immersion - death, burial and resurrection of Jesus
Pouring - pouring out of the Holy Spirit
Baptism moves everyone towards Biblical unity
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If you lacked understanding of why to be baptized, do you need to be re-baptized?

It depends on what you mean by “lack of understanding?”
Reason to be saved: I’m a sinner and only Jesus can save me
Reason to be baptized: It is my “signing on the dotted line”
If you mean a general understanding of God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, etc then it’s not necessary
Some people will re-baptize if they accepted Jesus but then went other ways and are finally coming back to Him

Where does a person go at death, both saved and unsaved?

“Scriptures seem to indicate that all go to the grave and are raised on the last day.”
John 6:40 NIV
For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
John 6:54 NIV
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
John 11:24 NIV
Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
1 Corinthians 15:51–52 NIV
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
First places to start is to establish heaven and hell are places to go
Jesus on a few occasions says he goes to a place to prepare for us
Moses and Elijah join Jesus and the three apostles on the Mount of Transfiguration
Parable of Lazarus and the rich man in
Two places a soul goes after death:
God’s presence for believers
2 Corinthians 5:8 NIV
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
Philippians 1:23 NIV
I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;
Luke 23:43 NIV
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
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Luke 23:43 NIV
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
2. Eternal punishment for unbelievers
Hebrews 9:27 NIV
Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
John 3:18 NIV
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
Story of sheep and goats in
Dealing with the resurrection talk:
Resurrection of believers before the 1000 year reign of Christ
Daniel 12:2 NIV
Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 NIV
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
1 Corinthians 15:51–52 NIV
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
Romans 8:23–24 NIV
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?
2. Resurrection of the Unbelievers after the 1000 year reign of Christ
John 5:29 NIV
and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.
Acts 24:15 NIV
and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
Revelation 20:5 NIV
(The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.
Revelation 20:14–15 NIV
Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:14–15 NIV
Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Colossians 1:18 NIV
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
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