Why Water Baptism is Important

Posted on 08/11/19 by John Lindell in Special Messages

In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares an insightful sermon titled, “Why Water Baptism is Important.” Join us as we read God’s Word and learn biblical truth about water baptism and why it is so essential in a Christian’s walk with the Lord. Our prayer is that this message would encourage you to step out in faith to be water baptized after salvation, and watch what God does in your life in response to your obedience!

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Why Water Baptism is Important

Matthew 28:19 ESV
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,

1. Failure to understand the importance of water baptism

2. More committed to tradition than to the Word of God

3. Pride

4. They haven’t truly been saved

1st What is baptism?

The word baptize means to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the early church.

~ John Calvin

Mark 1:4a, 5
John appeared, baptizing… And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan,

John 3:23 ESV
John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there…

Acts 8:36, 38 ESV
And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water…

2nd What is the purpose of baptism?

Mark 1:5 ESV
And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

Mark 1:9 ESV
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

Mark 1:9 ESV
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

Matthew 3:14a, 15
John would have prevented him… But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.

Luke 12:50 ESV
I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished!

Mark 10:38 ESV
Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”

Colossians 2:12 NLT
For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.

3rd Do you have to be baptized to be saved?

Mark 16:16 ESV
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Ephesians 4:5 ESV
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

4th When should I be baptized?

Acts 2:37-38, 41 NIV
Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins, turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to show that you have received forgiveness for your sins. Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

Acts 8:12 NIV
But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

Acts 8:36-38 NIV-84
As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

Acts 22:16 NIV-84
And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’

Acts 10:47-48 NIV-84
Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

Acts 16:14-15a
One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. She was baptized along with other members her household

Acts 16:30-31, 33 NLT
Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” Even at that hour of the night, the jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized.

Acts 18:8 NLT
Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and everyone in his household believed in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also heard Paul, became believers, and were baptized.

Acts 19:2-5 NLT
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked them. “No,” they replied, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” “Then what baptism did you experience?” he asked. And they replied, “The baptism of John.” Paul said, “John’s baptism called for repentance from sin. But John himself told the people to believe in the one who would come later, meaning Jesus.” As soon as they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Mark 1:9-11 ESV
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opening and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”