First Baptist Church, Nixon
Sunday, May 26, 2019
A Church Changing the World


1.       To follow the example set by Jesus Christ.
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John
in the Jordan. 
Mark 1:9 
2.       Because Christ commands it.
Jesus said:  "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."  - Matthew 28:19-20
3.       It is a message that you preach to the world.
We can be sure that we know God if we obey his commands.  - 1 John 2:3 

1.       It illustrates Jesus'  Death & Resurrection.
…having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.  - Colossians 2:12  (New Century Version)
2.       It illustrates my New Life as a Christ-follower!
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see,
everything has become new! 
2 Corinthians 5:17 (New Revised Standard Version)
Baptism doesn't make you a believer.  It's an OUTWARD symbol of an INWARD commitment. It shows that you already believe.  Baptism doesn't get you into heaven.  Only a personal faith in Jesus Christ does that.  Baptism is the "wedding band" of the Christian faith -- it's the outward symbol of the commitment you've already made in your heart.

1.       That was the method John used to baptize Jesus.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.   - Matthew 3:16
2.       Every baptism in the bible was by immersion. 
3.       It is the best symbol of death and resurrection! 

Every person who has accepted Jesus Christ!
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.    - Acts 2:41
But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and
the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.   
- Acts 8:12
Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.    - Acts 18:8

Since we believe that baptism is for those who have personally committed their lives to Jesus Christ, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
Some churches practice a "baptism of confirmation" for infants. This ceremony and practice is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God the behalf of their child.  The parents promise to raise their child in the faith and tradition of the Christian faith until the child is old enough to make his/her own personal confession of Jesus Christ.  This custom began about 300 years after the New Testament was written.
This practice is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible which was only for those old enough to believe.  The purpose of baptism is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Jesus Christ.
At FBC Nixon, it is a requirement of membership that every member be baptized the way Jesus demonstrated, even though many of us were "confirmed" as infants.

As soon as you have believed!
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.  - Acts 2:41
There is NO REASON to delay.  As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized.