Sermons on Baptism & Church Membership
The way God constituted his people under the old covenant is different than how he does it today.
Baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Jesus (Matthew 28:19, 20). And for that very reason it should never divert our attention away from Christ onto a man. It should express our desire to rely on Christ alone for salvation and to boast only in him.
The drama of baptism gets its meaning from the gospel.
All believers should join a church if possible, because the local church is an expression of the universal church.
The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. Let's follow him.
When we make disciples, we bid people to come and die to their old, destructive ways and to live for Jesus, who loved them and gave himself for them.
What was significant about John's baptism, and how does it relate to the way we baptize today?
What counts in the new people is not who your parents are but whom you live for; and therefore a new symbol for the new covenant people is given, baptism.
Baptism gives expression to our faith that we are God's from head to toe.