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There have always been many voices saying “This is the way to know God.” Today’s media explosion has created more voices and more confusion. Why then another? Personal connection with other believers cannot be replaced by the mass media. It is much more satisfying to have a deep spiritual relationship with ten believers than to be in a crowd of ten thousand. Every individual is important to God, and His plan involves each one in a very real way. There are things that are important to God that can only take place in close personal relationships. Our purpose is to share truth to help strengthen your relationship with God and with other believers in your locality. The goal of God is to build a family of His children together in love, walking in truth. Personal submission and obedience to Christ will bring conformity of each member to Christ, and a growing expression of the nature of God in a local gathering. The testimony going out to the world around will be as a “light set on a hill that cannot be hidden” and “the pillar and ground of the truth.”
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Feb 4, 2016

Episode 11: What is the place of water baptism in salvation?

Water baptism as we know it today was first introduced by John the Baptist when he was calling Israel to repentance. Jesus was introduced in this baptism in a very remarkable way. From that point on water baptism became an integral part of Christian initiation and the proclamation of the gospel. Yet controversy surrounds this subject to this day. Today we take a brief look at this subject with the desire that each believer may move in faith before God.

• The Baptism of Jesus
o Recorded in all four Gospels
o Jesus introduced in John’s baptism (Matt. 3:13-16)
o John connected water baptism and Spirit baptism on this occasion
• What can we learn from this account?
o Jesus verified that the baptism of John was of God by submitting to it
o Jesus identified with sin in John’s baptism as He would in reality at Calvary
o God’s plan of salvation was foretold in this event
o Water baptism is a symbol of Spirit baptism and leads to that
o The work of the triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is seen together
• Water baptism is seen as an act of obedience following repentance and faith in Christ
o Peter (Act 2:38)
o Samaria (Acts 8:12)
o Ethiopian eunuch  (Acts 8:36-38)
o Paul (Acts 9:18, 22:16)
• What happens in water baptism?
o My faith in Jesus as Savior is demonstrated in an act of obedience to Him.
o It is a burial ceremony (following Jesus into death of my old life)
o It is a “washing away of my past sins”
• Some important points
o Water baptism is always seen in scripture as “believer’s baptism”
o The very word “baptism” indicates submersion (typifying our union with Christ)
o Water baptism without spirit baptism is not complete
o Water baptism normally precedes Spirit baptism but not always (Acts 10)
o There is “one baptism” (Eph. 4:5)
o We must not give too much or too little importance to water baptism
o The value of water baptism to us is the faith that we bring to the event

• Additional resources at  http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com