The Beauty of Baptism
by Steve Klein

Intro: Baptism is a much maligned and misunderstood Bible doctrine.  Many do not understand its purpose or why it is so important.  Sermons can and have been preached showing the necessity of baptism; sometimes even those who understand the importance of baptism view it has merely a necessary technical step that must be taken. Today, we would like to take a different approach and consider the beauty of baptism.  Baptism involves&ldots;

I. Receiving a Long Awaited Promise Acts 2:38-39  Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  (39)  For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call."

II. Connection to the Crucifixion 

III. A Unifying Experience for Everyone in the Body Of Christ

V. A simple act of faith

Conclusion: The beauty of baptism -- in which we receive the promise of salvation, are united together in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, submit ourselves to God's will through this simple act of faith - brings great joy (Acts 8:39)


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