Sermon 8: Baptism
By Bro. Steven R.
Bro. James Wilson and I are both filling in for Rev. Grimes this week, so I have a short sermon that will serve as a companion to Bro. James' about proper administration of the church. Check his out here
Let's start with the Greek word "βαπτίζω," or "baptizō," which is a verb meaning "to immerse." This is the verb used to describe baptism in the New Testament. "The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:" 1 Peter 3:21. So we are to be immersed, and baptism does not forgive sins. It is supposed to be a symbol of us dying and being buried with Christ, and you simply cannot have that symbolic ordinance with sprinkling or pouring! We are to be baptized by immersion in clean water, and there is no grace in the act itself, but in the ultimate Sacrifice and Resurrection of Christ! This is according to Colossians 2:12, "Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead."
For instance, we often talk on here about different entertainers that are leading susceptible youth to sins. Many were raised in Roman Catholic or Protestant backgrounds, and being sprinkled as babies will not save their soul since YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN! They are going to be sent to Hell with their false idols if they keep believing in false idols in the modern form of Baal! This is why we are Baptist, and not Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, or Presbyterian! We are Baptists because we have the fullness of truth and strong doctrines! Mark 16:16 says that "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." It does NOT say that baptism causes one to be saved! You MUST believe first! Believeth and not be damned! Not baptized and not be damned! You CANNOT believe if you are an infant, so infant "baptism" is a SHAM! Believer's baptism with immersion after believing and being saved and born again is the ONLY WAY and it is plainly stated in the trustworthy KJV!