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Lesson 14

God's Authorized Baptism


1. The baptism of John the Baptizer was ministered only to the nation of Israel. "...John had first ________ before his (Christ) coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of _______" (Acts 13:24). Whereas, in scope, the Great Commission Baptism is different. It is to be preached to the whole world, and be done in the name of the ______, and of the ______, and of the _____ _______ (Mat.28:18-20).

2. Jesus' baptism is essential for one's salvation. Jesus authorized the apostles with these words, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that _________ and is _________ shall be ______..." (Mark 16:15-16). These two verses teach us that one's hearing and believing of the Gospel of Christ are to precede before his submission to New Testament Baptism. Therefore, one cannot be baptized scripturally unless he has been taught correctly.

3. Repentance is a prerequisite of baptism (Acts 2:38), and the confession of Jesus Christ to be the _____ of _______ must be made before baptism (Acts 8:36-38).

4. The element of baptism is water (Acts 8:36; 10:47), and its only mode is immersion. "... and they went _____ both ____ the water, both Philp and the eunuch; and he _________ him. And when they came ____ _____ of the water..." (Acts 8:38-39).

5. The purpose of baptism is for the remission of ______ (Acts 2:38). Ananias commanded Saul of Tarsus (later the apostle Paul) saying, "And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be ________, and wash away thy _____, calling upon the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16).

6. "...baptism doth also now ________ us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward _______) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 3:21). Therefore, baptism saves men from spiritual death. One's conscience will condemn him if he refuses to obey God in baptism.

7. Baptism is the means of entrance into the church. "For by one Spirit are we all ________ into one body (the church, Eph.1:22-23) ..." (1 Cor. 12:13). In about 64 A.D., the apostle Paul wrote that there was only _____ baptism (Eph. 4:4-6).

Conclusion: Baptism is the culminating act in God's plan of salvation (Mark 16:16). One must submit to Christ's baptism in order to be saved (Mat. 7:21-23).


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Author: Howard Cheung

Updated July 1, 1999