An ordinance is defined as, “an authoritative decree or direction”. Jesus Christ instituted two while on earth; baptism and communion. Both are significant illustrations that Jesus Christ participated in and commanded all who have a personal relationship with Him participate as well. There are three areas illustrated by baptism that are a “living testimony” from those participating…
Baptizo – “dip under or immerse”
Verses on Jesus’ baptism (Matt. 3:13-16; Mk. 1:9-11; Lk. 3:21-22; Jn. 3:32-34)
Verses on Believer’s baptism (Rom. 6:3-4; Col. 2:12; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:41; 8:35-37)
Immersion or Sprinkling controversy
Sprinkling – babies after death to babies soon after birth & aged and infirm
Immersion – accurate picture of God’s covering of sin
Christ’s baptism changed its purpose (repentance to salvation)
Christ’s baptism demonstrated obedience (Mk. 1:11cf. Jn. 17:4)
Christ’s baptism fulfilled prophecy (Matt. 3:15 cf. Isa. 40:3,5,9)
Christ’s baptism was proof of the Trinity (Lk. 3:21-22 cf. 1 Jn. 5:8)
Physical (Heb. 9:27)
Spiritual (Rev. 21:8)
Conquerable (1 Cor. 15:55-57)
Sin (past, present, future) (Heb. 10:10)
Service (self, satan, sinners) (Rom. 6:6; 7:25)
Strategies (His will not ours) (Jn. 5:30)
New life (Jn. 3:3)
New purpose (Jn. 10:10)
New destiny (1 Thess. 4:16-17)
B – believers only
A – all about obedience
P – purity thru the picture
T – testimony to others
I – immersed on purpose
S – sin and death conquered
M – memorial forever
Verses for Baptism Message
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. 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 alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When 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.
And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.
Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God…And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”… You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and 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.”
1 John 5:8
There are three that testify in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. And there are three that testify on earth: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin
Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
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. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.