Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 2/3/2013

Yesterday’s message in the Why Do We …? series was on Baptism, taken from Matthew 28:16-20 and other scriptures. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Why should you be baptized?
   A. You should be baptized because Christ commands it. (Matthew 28:19; John 14:15)
   B. You should be baptized to demonstrate that you are a believer in Christ. (1 John 2:3; Acts 18:8)

II. Why do we baptize by immersion?
   A. The word baptize means “to immerse.” (2 Kings 5:14)
   B. Every baptism described in the Bible was by immersion. (Matthew 3:16; John 3:23; Acts 8:38-39)
   C. Immersion best symbolizes death, burial and resurrection. (Romans 6:3-4)

III. Why dedicate instead of baptize infants?
   A. There are no examples of infant baptism in the Bible.
   B. Repentance and faith are necessary before baptism. (Acts 2:38, 8:12, 10:47-48, 18:8)
   C. To guard against false assurance of salvation. (Titus 3:5)

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