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Lesson 2: Baptism

The Bible is clear. Baptism is a very important part of our relationship with God and His son Jesus. It is a vital part of our salvation and a necessary ordinance if we want to enter the Kingdom of God (Mark 16:16; John 3:5).

The Pattern:

Jesus Himself set the pattern for us to be baptized (Matthew 3:13-15).
What are the two things that Peter instructed us to do? (Acts 2:37-38)
According to this scripture what should we expect to receive from God when we obey and are baptized?

Requirements to be Baptized:

Some religious leaders have instituted a list of several doctrinal questions that a baptismal candidate needs to answer successfully before he or she should be permitted to be baptized. This practice is not scriptural. READ the following passages of Scripture: Acts 8:26-38; 22:16.

What is the only Biblical requirement for being baptized?
How long should we wait?

True Meaning of Baptism:

Baptism is a symbolic picture of our old fleshly man/woman dying to our old way of life with Jesus on the cross. Being buried with Him in the water represents circumcision of our hearts or the cutting away of the flesh as seen in God’s covenant with Abraham (Colossian 2:11-12; Romans 2:28-29; Genesis 17:1-13). Now however, in the “New Covenant”, both male and female are circumcised or baptized as it were (Galatians 3:28-29). Our coming up out of the water represents our being raised or resurrected as new creatures in Christ, just as Jesus rose up out of the grave in His resurrection to new life (2 Corinthians 5:16-21). Baptism actually serves as a sign and a seal of our entering the “New Covenant” just as circumcision was a sign and a seal of the old Covenant (Hebrews 8:8, 10; Genesis 17:11). More is revealed in Hebrews chapter 8, as well as the “Law of Liberty” in James 2:10-12 which shows some of the terms of the covenant and is seen to be based in “Love God and Love Your Neighbor”. Colossians chapter 2 explains that baptism results in putting off the body of sin by the circumcision of Christ. The word repent means: to change one’s mind and turn away. Baptism tells others that we belong to Jesus now and forever. We no longer want to live a life of sin, and it no longer has any mastery over us. We are new creatures in Christ (Romans 6:1-14, 22-23).

Have you repented of your sins?
Have you been baptized?
If not, when would you like to be baptized? 

(After you are baptized, go back to Lesson 1, and complete your spiritual birth certificate.)

The Power:

As we learned from our previous study, we were all born sinners and none of us have the power in our flesh to overcome the sin in our lives and live the victorious life that Jesus died to give us.

Often, receiving the Holy Spirit comes in connection with water baptism, however, there are other examples and circumstances mentioned in the Bible. Name three other examples from the following scriptures and by what means it took place.

(Acts 2:1-4)
(Acts 10:44-48)
(Acts 19:1-6)

After receiving the Holy Spirit, we have the ability to understand the Bible, the power to overcome sin, and to share the gospel with others, all because of the Helper that God has sent to live in our hearts, the Holy Spirit. How does He help us?

(1 John 2:27)
(John 15:5)
(John 14:26)

To receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit you really only have to do two things:

  1. Ask – “’So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if [he asks] for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:9-13)
  2. Believe – “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive [them], and you will have [them].” (Mark 11:24)

Suggested prayer to receive baptism with the Holy Spirit.

Heavenly Father, I come to You. I thank You that Jesus has saved me. I pray that the Holy Spirit might come upon me. Baptize me now with the Holy Spirit. I receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit right now by faith in Your Word. May the anointing, the glory, and the power of God come upon me and into my life right now. Thank you, Father, for hearing my prayer and baptizing me in Your Holy Spirit in Jesus’s Name. Amen.