Baptism

Baptism of the Lord Sunday

The Baptism of the Lord (or the Baptism of Christ) is the feast day commemorating and celebrating the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. Originally the baptism of Christ was celebrated on Epiphany, which commemorates the coming of the Magi, the baptism of Christ, and the wedding at Cana. Over time in the West, the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord became a distinct celebration separate from Epiphany. In most parts of the Church, the feast is now observed on the first Sunday after Epiphany (6 January).

Baptism of the Lord Sunday is the Sunday we remember to whom do we belong? We belong to God. We are the adopted children of God.

Baptism of the Lord Sunday is the Sunday we remember to whom do we belong? We belong to God. We are the adopted children of God
(Ephesians 1:4-6). Baptism of the Lord Sunday is the Sunday we Affirm, Renew, and we are Reminded of our Baptism.



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The Baptism of Jesus Christ

As soon as Jesus was baptized,
he went up out of the water.
At that moment heaven was opened,
and he saw the Spirit of God
descending like a dove and lighting on him.

Matthew 3:16




Baptism comes from the Greek word baptize/baptisma meaning immersion or washing.

Baptism is an outward visible sign of an inward invisible grace.

Baptism and the Eucharist (The Lord’s Supper) are the Sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ.



The Baptism Of Jesus.

Matthew 3:13-17;
Mark 1:9-11;
Luke 3:21-22

One of the most significant differneces in the Baptism of Christ:
* In the Gospel of Matthew John the Baptist undoutfully baptized Jesus.

* In the Gospel of Luke John the Baptist has been imprisoned and beheaded by Herod and Jesus is baptized afterwards.




The Baptism of Jesus
13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"

15Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented.

16As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.

17And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
Matthew 3:13-17



The Baptism of Jesus
9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

11And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
Mark 1:9-11



The Baptism of Jesus
21When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."

Luke 3:21-22



Baptism - Entrance into Ministry

· Jesus was “about thirty years old” Luke 3:23 when Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

· Thirty was the prescribed age for priests to begin their ministry
Numbers 4:3.

· Joseph was 30 years old when he began serving the king of Egypt. Genesis 41:46

· David was 30 years old when he began to reign over Judah. 2 Samuel 5:4

· Age 30, in the Jewish culture, this was a good time to begin an important task.

Baptism:
Entrance Into Ministry

21When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Luke 3:21-22

This passage shows us the revealing of God in Jesus Christ. It is an affirmation: God says, “This is my Son.” Likewise, in our baptisms God says, “You are my child.”*

Just as for Jesus baptism was his entrance into ministry, our baptisms call us to enter into the ministry of the church: to love, care for, and seek justice for others. Baptism is the door through which we enter into the community of faith called the church. In confirmation, when we claim for ourselves what was done for us in our baptism, we also claim our entrance into the ministry of the church.*



Where does Baptism Comes From?

Baptism has its roots in the Old Testament; however, we celebrate it as a sacrament because of Jesus. As with Holy Communion, our other sacrament, Jesus participated in it and commanded his followers to continue the practice.*

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age."

Matthew 28:19-20




Different Types of Baptism

Purification by Sprinkling Water


25 I will sprinkle clean water on you,
and you will be clean;
I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.

26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you;
I will remove from you your heart of stone
and give you a heart of flesh.

27 And I will put my Spirit in you
and move you to follow my decrees
and be careful to keep my laws.

Ezekiel 36:25-27



18 Then a man who is ceremonially clean is to take some hyssop, dip it in the water and sprinkle the tent and all the furnishings and the people who were there. He must also sprinkle anyone who has touched a human bone or a grave or someone who has been killed or someone who has died a natural death. 19 The man who is clean is to sprinkle the unclean person on the third and seventh days, and on the seventh day he is to purify him. The person being cleansed must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and that evening he will be clean.
Numbers 19:18-19


Immersion

The symbolism is that of dying [under the water] and rising [out of the water] with Christ.


Pouring

The pouring out of the Holy Spirit that John the Baptist referred to when he baptized Christ.

32Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.'
John 1:32-33



In our United Methodist and Presbyterian traditions, we practice infant baptism. As long as churches have existed, those within the church have disagreed on whether or not infants and children should be baptized, or if individuals should wait until they are old enough to be baptized at their own request before receiving the sacrament. Our belief, though, is that baptism is primarily a symbol of what God is doing for us, not what we are doing for God. Baptism, as we understand it, is an outward symbol of God’s grace working within us.



United Methodists do all three forms of baptism.
But some denominations only Baptize one way:
Baptists – immersion;
Catholics – sprinkling;
Lutherans – pouring
Presbyterian – sprinkling
From the Book of Order W-2.3004



Symbolism

The water that is used symbolizes three accounts from the Bible's Old Testament: the waters of creation, the flood described in the story of Noah, and the Hebrews' escape from slavery in Egypt by crossing the Red Sea. All three stories link humanity to God's goodness through water.

Baptism signifies:

· the faithfulness of God,

· the washing away of sin,

· rebirth,

· putting on the fresh garment of Christ,

· being sealed by God's Spirit,

· adoption into the covenant family of the Church,

· resurrection and illumination in Christ.
**



Unlike some denominations, Presbyterians do not require a person to be entirely immersed in water during baptism. Baptism is received only once. Its effect is not tied to the moment when it is administered, for it signifies the beginning of life in Christ, not its completion. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) believes that persons of other denominations are part of one body of Christian believers; therefore, it recognizes and accepts baptisms by other Christian churches.**



Commentary/Opinion
Some Christian churches DO NOT recognize the baptisms of other churches! They believe that only their tradition of baptism is legitimate. I strongly disagree with this! How can the amount of water make that much difference to God? Does God really care about how much water is used at our baptism? God cares about what is deep in our hearts; not on the amount of water!

I believe that churches that separate seekers coming to God, creating obstacles, roadblocks, and hoops to jump through are placing limits on God’s Grace! Jesus said,

29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Matthew 11:29-30

Churches should be searching for ways to get people into their churches; NOT searching for ways to keep people out of their churches!




The Baptism of Jesus Christ

21When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." Luke 3:21-22

This passage shows us the revealing of God in Jesus Christ.
It is an affirmation: God says, "This is my Son."
Likewise, in our baptisms God says, "You are my child."

The Baptism of Jesus Christ
By Bible Basics
Window Media Video




The Baptism of Our Lord

We usually celebrate the baptism of our Lord on the second Sunday of January. This service celebrates Christ's baptism and reminds all Christians of our baptism. United Methodists believe that baptism is a special means of God's grace. God is present to us in a wonder-filled way. Although a pastor actually poured (or sprinkled) the water, baptism is something God does. Baptism assures us of Gods love for us and acceptance of us.*

Along with Holy Communion, baptism is a sacrament. Baptism is our entrance or initiation into the community of faith, the church. Because baptism is what God initiates, we never need to be baptized again.
God does things right the first time!*

Means of Grace:
The Sacraments

A sacrament is a means or vehicle for God's grace in our lives. As United Methodists we celebrate two sacraments: Holy Communion and baptism. When we participate in the sacraments, we remember what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Through the sacrament we experience something in our relationship with God. Participating in the sacraments is a spiritual discipline because it is an ordered way of acting that puts us in God's presence in a special way. The sacraments remind us who we are and Whose we are.*



Types of baptism
1) Baptism of repentance
2) Baptism into the body of Christ
3) Baptism in water
4) Baptism into the Holy Spirit
5) Baptism with fire




Why was Jesus Baptized?

· Jesus was baptized “to fulfill all righteousness.”
Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John (the baptizer) consented.
Matthew 3:15

· Jesus was baptized to identify Himself as the Son of God. God officially announced that Jesus is His Son. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
Mark 1:11
Matthew 3:17
Luke 3:22

· Jesus was baptized to identify Himself with sinful man. We share in Christ’s life and Christ shares in our lives.



Why should we be baptized?

· Receive forgiveness of our sins.
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”
Acts 2:38

“And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on His name.”
Acts 22:16

· Enter into the Kingdom of God. Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
John 3:3

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water of the Spirit.
John 3:5

· Live a new life.
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Romans 6:4

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Mark 16:16

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 2:38



Repentance

Repentance is NOT about punishing yourself,
opening up old wounds,
and beating yourself up again and again!
Repentance is about removing all obstacles of sin
that are separating you from God!

Repentance is repositioning ourselves,
turning from sin and facing toward God.

When we face God,
we leave our shadow of sin behind.


Inspired from an Ash Wednesday Service by Reverend Jack Soper of Arapaho United Methodist Church, Richardson, Texas




“Remembering Our Baptisms”

“Remembering Our Baptisms” and “Repentance” are so much more than remorse and penitence! Repentance is so much more than regret, making yourself feel bad for past wrong doings/(sin)!

· Repentance is NOT derogation; continually belittling yourself and putting yourself down.

· Repentance is not humiliating yourself and debasing yourself.

· Repentance means to change position: To change your mind, your way of thinking, your attitude, your behavior, and to change your life.

· Repentance is to open your heart and mind; to open your heart and mind to God.

· When you repent – The Process Begins;
YOU become a “Kingdom (of Heaven) Builder!”

God is telling you:
“I Love YOU!
I Forgive YOU!
Now Get Back to Work!”






Down to the River to Pray by Bible Basics (extended version)
"Let's Go Down to the River to Pray" Music by Alison Krauss
Celebration of the Baptism of Jesus Christ, Baptism Sunday, and Remembering Our Baptism. Beautiful gospel spiritual by Alison Krauss with vintage pictures of baptisms... Down to the River. This is a warm reflective and meditative video by Bible Basics... Layers of Understanding.

Down to the River to Pray
By Bible Basics
Windows Movie Video




Examples of Baptisms:

Jesus was baptized: Matthew 3:16-17

The people at Pentecost were baptized: Acts 2:38-41

Simon in Samaria was baptized: Acts 8:12-13

Ethiopian Eunuch was baptized: Acts 8:38-39

Paul was baptized: Acts 9:18;

Cornelius and his household were baptized: Acts 10:46-48

Lydia and her household were baptized: Acts 16:14-15

The Jailer and his family believed... and were baptized: Acts 16:31-33



Baptism in Water

Baptism From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In Christianity, baptism (from Greek baptizo: "immersing", "performing ablutions", i.e., "washing")

[2] is the ritual act, with the use of water, by which one is admitted to membership of the Christian Church and as a member of the particular Christian tradition in which the baptism is administered.[3] [4]

Jesus himself was baptized.[5] The usual form of baptism among the earliest Christians was for the candidate (or "baptizand") to be immersed totally or partially.[6][7][8][9][10]

While John the Baptist's use of a deep river for his baptism suggests immersion,[11] pictorial and archaeological evidence of Christian baptism from the 3rd century onwards indicates that the normal form was to have the candidate stand in water while water was poured over the upper body.[12][13][14][15] Other common forms of baptism now in use include pouring water three times on the forehead.

Baptism was seen as in some sense necessary for salvation, until Huldrych Zwingli in the sixteenth century denied its necessity.

[16] Martyrdom was identified early in church history as "baptism by blood", enabling martyrs who had not been baptized by water to be saved. Later, the Catholic Church identified a baptism of desire, by which those preparing for baptism who die before actually receiving the sacrament are considered saved.[17]

Some Christians, particularly Quakers and the Salvation Army, do not see baptism as necessary. Among those that do, differences can be found in the manner and mode of baptizing and in the understanding of the significance of the rite. Most Christians baptize "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" (following the Great Commission), but some baptize in Jesus' name only. Most Christians baptize infants,[18] many others do not. Some insist on submersion or at least partial immersion of the person who is baptized, others consider that any form of washing by water is sufficient.

The English word "baptism" has been used in reference to any ceremony, trial, or experience by which one is initiated, purified, or given a name.[19] See Other initiation ceremonies below.

1. ^ Warfield, Benjamin Breckinridge. "The Archæology of the Mode of Baptism". http://www.lgmarshall.org/Warfield/warfield_modebaptism.html. "We may, then, probably, assume that normal patristic baptism was by a trine immersion upon a standing catechumen, and that this immersion was completed either by lowering the candidate's head beneath the water, or (possibly more commonly) by raising the water over his head and pouring it upon it"

2. ^ While in some places and in certain circumstances total immersion very likely was practiced, all the evidence (and there is much more!) points to baptism in most cases by partial immersion or affusion (dunking of the head or pouring water over the head, typically when the baptizand was standing in the baptismal pool). Here the words of St. John Chrysostom might be noted: "It is as in a tomb that we immerse our heads in the water… then when we lift our heads back the new man comes forth"

(On John 25.2, PG 59:151). In a word, while early Christians were very attentive to symbolism relating to baptism (cf. the funerary shape of the baptistry building; the steps, typically three, for descending and rising from the font; the iconography relating to regeneration, etc.), they show few signs of preoccupation with total immersion. (Father John Erickson in St Vladimir's Theological Quarterly, 41, 77 (1997), quoted in The Byzantine Forum)

3. ^ McGuckin, John Anthony (2004). "Baptism". The Westminster handbook to patristic theology. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press. pp. 41–44. ISBN 0-664-22396-6. OCLC 52858567. http://books.google.com/books?id=u4i8jv0b7IkC&pg=PA41. "Eastern tradition strongly defended the practice of threefold immersion under the waters, but Latin practice increasingly came to use a sprinkling of water on the head (also mentioned in Didache 7 if there was not sufficient water for immersion.)"

4. ^ a b c d e f g h Bowker, John (1999). The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-866242-4. OCLC 60181672.[page needed]




First comes the Baptism of Repentance, the sincere repentance of our sins before God. Baptism of Repentance precedes Baptism in Water.

Repentance is for forgiveness.
Baptism follows forgiveness (does not cause forgiveness.) Baptism is a public sign or symbol of what has taken place on the inside, an important step for Believers and closely follows conversion.

Salvation comes solely by Faith!
Not on the amount of water!



7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:7-9



17For Christ did not send me to baptize,
but to preach the gospel—
not with words of human wisdom,
lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

1 Corinthians 1:17




Yet to all who received him,
to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God—

John 1:12




16"For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish
but have eternal life.

17For God did not send his Son into the world
to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.

John 3:16-17


"Whoever BELIEVES in him (Jesus Christ)
shall not perish but have eternal life.(Salvation)




30He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

31They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household."

(They were saved by "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household." NOT by the baptism.)

32Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.
Acts 16:30-33



We are Saved by Faith Alone
Righteousness Through Faith

21But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

27Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. 28For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. 29Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.

Romans 3:21-30



4 When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. 5 But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.
Romans 4:4-5 New Living Translation



9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
Romans 10:9-10



8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him.

I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.
Philippians 3:8-9



16 Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.”
Galatians 2:16



Jesus after condemning the ritualistic religion of the scribes and Pharisees, Our Lord would hardly have instituted on of His own.

Forgiveness is Linked to Repentance NOT Baptism.



Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…
Acts 3:19

God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.
Acts 5:31

First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.
Acts 26:20




Some who were Baptized and NOT Saved:

Simon (the Sorcerer) himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
Acts 8:13

Simon the Sorcerer

9Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, "This man is the divine power known as the Great Power." 11They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic. 12But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

14When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into[a] the name of the Lord Jesus. 17Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

18When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money 19and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."

20Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."
Acts 8:9-23



Saved and NO mention of Baptism:

37When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, 38and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner."

40Jesus answered him, "Simon,(The Pharisee) I have something to tell you."

"Tell me, teacher," he said. 41"Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[a] and the other fifty. 42Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?"

43Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled."
"You have judged correctly," Jesus said.

44Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."

48Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." 49The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"

50Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
Luke 7:37-50



Saved and NO mention of Baptism:

2Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven."
Matthew 9:2



10"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood up and prayed about[a] himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'

13"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'

14"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Luke 18:10-14



44While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46For they heard them speaking in tongues (or languages) and praising God.

Then Peter said, 47"Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have." 48So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
Acts 10:44-48



Baptism follows Salvation

Baptism does not cause Salvation

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
1 Corinthians 1:17



Baptism follows forgiveness and belief.
(Baptism does not cause forgiveness or faith.)

Repentance
43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

Acts 10:43



Gift of the Holy Spirit
44While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46For they heard them speaking in tongues (or other languages) and praising God.

Acts 10:44-46



Acts 10:34-48

34Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right. 36You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

39"We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, 40but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

44While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46For they heard them speaking in tongues (or languages) and praising God.

Then Peter said, 47"Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have." 48So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
Acts 16:31-33



Baptism is a public sign or symbol of what has taken place on the inside, an important step for Believers and closely follows conversion.

But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Acts 8:12



34The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?" 35Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

36As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?" 38And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.
Acts 8:34-39



The Gift of the Holy Spirit does not come through water baptism. Baptism does NOT bring to us The Holy Spirit. Only through God’s calling us through His Prevenient Grace, we are Saved when we repent of our sins and Believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior – The Messiah.

Then Peter said, 47"Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have."
Acts 10:47



The Holy Spirit is given to those
who God calls to Himself!

Everyone who calls on the name
of the Lord shall be Saved.
Acts 2:21

Those who received the Word were Baptized in New Testament times did so at a high personal cost (not so much like today in the Western world.) These new converts to Jesus Christ, these Christians became outcast from family and Jewish society. This was to accept Jesus as messiah, the very One their leaders had rejected and crucified.



In order that in the coming ages he might show
the incomparable riches of his grace,
expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith—
and this not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God—
not by works,
so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:7-9





About Love

I have been a professional clown for over twenty years! Many people have said, “You must really love children!” I would always kind of nod and smile because the real answer was that I loved entertaining and making good money doing it. Only through God do I now truly love children. (I’ve always loved my children and grandchildren but now truly all children.) Think of what I was missing for over twenty years!!! A child’s baptism is a tender moment where I really do take responsibility with the congregation and have great compassion for that child. When a child is baptized (or adult) you renounce sin and the entire congregation collectively responds the Affirmation of Faith: the Apostle’s Creed. There is the Thanksgiving Over the Water, The Act of Baptizing and Blessing, the Giving of the Baptismal Candle (To be lighted every year on your Baptism.) Then the congregation responds:

With joy and thanksgiving we welcome you into Christ’s Church; for we are all one in Christ. We promise to love, encourage, and support you, to share the good news of the gospel with you, and to help you know and follow Christ.



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