Water Baptism

Water Baptism

 

Water Baptism is a spiritual sign authorized by the Word of God. It manifests by outward act and symbol the inward experience of the believer in his/her repentance and regeneration, which are the works of God’s grace. Frequently, the word “sacrament” is used to describe this act; the word “ordinance” is also used.

 

As we are a part of the Church of God, we believe “In water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.”

 

We note that the word used above is SHOULD in order to represent the action necessary to obey God, however, this word is also used in order to avoid the implication that salvation is dependent upon the act of water baptism.

 

It is God’s will that the believer be baptized in water. If we are to obey God, we must be baptized; but water baptism does not save. Neither does it supplement faith in order to save in combination with faith.

 

We baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.

  • FATHER: This is the name of the first person of the Trinity. He is the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus, who is the eternal and only begotten Son.
  • SON: This is the name of the second person of the Trinity. He is the eternal Son of the Father, begotten of the Father from everlasting to everlasting.
  • HOLY GHOST/SPIRIT: This is the name of the third person of the Trinity. He is the eternal Spirit of both the Father and the Son, proceeding from them from everlasting to everlasting.

 

Spiritual Affirmation:

Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV) ~ Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

Jesus gives us the Great Commission that we as Christians are to follow. As we look this morning to the Baptism portion of these verses, we see that this means more than just saying a formula as one is baptized. It means …

  • A statement of faith: of believe in God as the true Father of Jesus Christ; of believe in Christ as the true Son of God, the Savior of the world; of belief in the Holy Spirit as the Comforter of the believer.
  • A commitment to follow God: to follow Him as revealed in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
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