Back to the Basics: Baptism (Matthew 28:19-20)
Delivered By
Pastor Michael Daugherty
Delivered On
June 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Matthew 28:29-19-20

VII. Baptism and the Lord's Supper (From the Baptist Faith and Message document)

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper. 

Matthew 28:18-20, 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

WHO of baptism: a born again follower of Jesus, a person who has repented of their sin and confessed Jesus as LORD and Savior.

WHAT of baptism: Baptism is a symbol and testimony of your salvation (Romans 6:4-6).

WHY of baptism: We baptize to obey Christ (Matt. 28:18-20) to follow Christ’s example (Matt. 3:13-17), and to unite to Christ’s body, the Church (Eph. 4:4-6).

HOW of baptism: Immersion. Jesus was immersed (Matt. 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, . This is where we as Baptists get the practice of baptizing by immersion. The Greek word Baptizo means to make overwhelmed where as when applied to water would mean to immerse. 

WHEN of baptism: ASAP. As soon as possible. After someone has repented of their sins and placed their faith in Jesus as LORD and Savior and it has been determined/clarified by a more mature Christian then a person should get baptized as soon as possible (Acts 8:26-40).