Week 5: What is Baptism?

Baptism Sermon Notes


  • There are some things that we can dig into, but we still won’t fully understand. What we can always understand is GOD IS GOD.
  • Once we know God is God, we want to tell people about him: the Great Commission.
  • There are things that we know to do, that we do out of obedience. That is good, BUT why do we do them?
  • As we mature we get to start unpacking the why.
  • There is power in the why.
  • You can take the truth of God and apply it to all areas of your life.

Receive God —> Reveal His Glory

  • Baptism is correlated to revealing God to the world.
  • Exodus 33:13-18
  • Purpose in knowing and loving God
  • They know they are supposed to go to the Promised land but he says to God “without you I would rather stay here”
  • Is your prayer life the same? “God I don’t want to do anything in my life that you are not with me”
  • Psalm 139 There is not place that God does not go with us.
  • We must know God and then be representatives of His glory to the world.
  • Whatever we do in life should be to bring him glory

History of Baptism:

  • Exodus 30:18-21
  • A priestly ritual cleansing before doing what God had called them to do.
  • This idea of baptism was created to last
  • God calls himself our high Priest, we bring out sin to the altar and God says “I’ll take it from here” High Priest and our ultimate sacrifice.
  • The Priestly ritual NEVER removed sin. It had to be done over and over and over.
  • Still true today, baptism doesn’t take away sin.
  • After the temple was destroyed baptism was done in rivers because there was no longer an altar.
  • Another form of baptism CONVERSION.
  • It was believed that baptism could be used to initiate people into the family of Israel. Still, Israelites did not see these as the same. A true Israelite is only by blood.
  • Baptism is not a form of conversion, it cannot save people. Water cannot do that for you.

Jesus’ Baptism:

  • Matthew 3:5-6
  • Baptism used as a sign of confession. The Jewish people would trek to the Jordan River and admit their sin and be baptized. Baptism at that point was admitting the fact that you messed up. BUT it didn’t change anything. People still felt the guilt ad weight of their sin and had to make the trek over and over, repeating the cycle.
  • Confessing for the sake of confession DOES NOT work. It is the start of something, but not the end game.
  • John the baptist is getting people’s hearts ready to confess — for Jesus to forgive.
  • Matthew 3:13-17
  • Jesus fulfills each thing that John the Baptist spoke of him.
  • We don’t have to do anything to be cleansed of our sins, we simply confess. I know the moment I confess, God forgives that sin.
  • Sin can no longer tell me I don’t deserve to be in God’s presence. Jesus blood traded places with mine.

Why Do We Get Baptized?:

  • Acts 2:37-41
  • 3,000 people journey to the Jordan River to be baptized.
  • Not to be cleansed, to be part of his family, or to confess…but to reveal God’s glory to the world.
  • We do it as an outward expression of an inward faith.
  • I want the world to know that I am a follower of Christ, to proclaim that to myself, to other believers around me, and for the whole world to know who Jesus is.
  • The water doesn’t save, but going in the water shows the world that my life is to glorify God.
  • If you have been baptized you can look back and know that it glorified God, even if you didn’t know the purpose at the time.
  • Baptism should not be the only way or the only time we glorify God. Everything we do should reveal God’s glory and goodness to the world.
  • We do what we do in our walk with the Lord to BRING HIS NAME GLORY.

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