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1 Baptism Self-Study Guide Our Salvation 1. Why am I here? a) God made me to love me! John 3:16 b) We were created to enjoy a personal relationship with God and to manage all of the rest of God s creation. This makes us very special! c) When we know and love God and live in harmony with His purpose for our lives, we receive tremendous benefits Clear conscience Romans 8:1 - We are able to live with ourselves because we know more about ourselves than any other living person. Life and Peace Romans 8:6 -We can experience peace deep within us that will be evident to everyone around us. Peaceful living is one of the toughest areas to have constant control over. Help with weakness Romans 8:26 - If any of us lacks wisdom we can ask and He will provide. Purpose Romans 8:28 - A larger purpose than just the here-and-now. Confidence Romans 8:31 God is there to help us and if we know that God is our help we can tackle things that, on our own, we would feel inadequate at. Security Romans 8: Security is knowing that God will NOT allow us to be overwhelmed with things around us that will separate us from HIM. Power and Strength Philippians 4:13 There is nothing that is beyond us if Christ is leading our daily lives. Fulfillment Philippians 4:19 God will meet our needs and from meeting those needs we will be fulfilled people. Freedom 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 2. What s the Problem? Man has a natural desire to be boss and to ignore God s principles for living. The Bible calls this attitude sin. Isaiah 53:6; 1 John 1:8 Sin breaks our close relationship with God. It causes us to fear God and try to live our lives outside of His will. When people have problems they often try many different ways of coping before turning to God. 3. What s the Solution? Jesus has already taken care of our sin problem. God, Himself, came to earth as a human being to bring us back to Himself. If any other way would have worked, Jesus Christ would not have had to take our sins on Himself and die in our place. God s solution is in the sacrifice of Christ in our place. John 14:6; Romans 6:23; 1 Peter 2:24; 2 Corinthians 5:21 God did this because He loves us and wants us to know Him. Romans 5:8; 1 Timothy 2:5

2 4. What does God want me to Do? 1) Admit that God has not been in first place in your life and ask Him to forgive your sins. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 2) Believe that Jesus died to pay for your sins and that He rose again on the third day and is alive today. Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. 3) Accept God s free gift of salvation. Don t try to earn it. Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. 4) Invite Jesus Christ to come into your life and be the Director of your life. John 1:12-13; Revelation 3:20 You can take these steps by praying a simple prayer of commitment to God. 5. What does God do when I put my faith in Christ and His sacrifice? a) He forgives my sins. Ephesians 1:7 b) He cleanses my guilt away. John 5:24; Romans 8:1 c) He places His Spirit in me. Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19 d) He gives me New Life. 2 Corinthians 5:17 e) He gives me eternal life. 1 John 5:11-12 f) He makes me His child. Galatians 4:5; 1 John 3:1 g) He places me in His Body (the Church). 1 Corinthians 12:13 h) He writes my name in the Book of Life. Revelation 21:27 i) He grants me continual access into His presence. Hebrews 4:16 The Importance of Being Baptized 1. Why should I be baptized? a) Because Christ commanded it. Matthew 28:19-20 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. b) Because you have embraced the meaning behind the act of believer baptism. Acts 8:36-37 As they travelled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, Look, here is water. Why shouldn t I be baptized? Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. The eunuch answered, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. c) Because the church, from the beginning, practiced it. Acts 19:3-5 So Paul asked, Then what baptism did you receive? John s baptism, they replied. Paul said. John s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, Jesus. On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of Jesus.

3 2. What is the meaning of Baptism? a) It is an act of obedience to Christ s command. Matthew 28:19-20 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. b) It is a public declaration of my personal faith in Jesus as my Saviour. Acts 18:8 Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized. c) It is an act of commitment to the Lordship of Jesus. Romans 6:4, 12 We were therefore baptized with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.... Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life, and offer the parts of your body to Him as instruments of righteousness. Ephesians 2:8-9. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. Baptism doesn t make you a believer; it shows that you already believe. Baptism doesn t save you; only your faith in Jesus does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring it s the outward symbol of an inward commitment of the heart. 3. Why be baptized by immersion? The word baptize means to immerse in water. The Greek word baptizo means to immerse or dip under water. The English word baptism is a transliteration of the word baptizo. Baptism best symbolizes a burial and resurrection. Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. Acts 8:38-39 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 4. Who should be baptized? Every person who is a believer in Christ. Acts 2:41 Those who accepted His message were baptized... Acts 8:13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. Acts 2:38 Repent and be baptized... At Beddington we wait until children are old enough to believe and understand the meaning of baptism before we baptize them. Some churches practice a baptism of confirmation for children. This ceremony was intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on behalf of the child. The parents promised to raise their child in the faith until he was old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed. This is different from the

4 baptism talked about in the Bible, which is only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ. At Beddington it is a membership requirement that every member must have been baptized the way Jesus demonstrated, even if we were confirmed as children. 5. When should I be baptized? As soon as you have believed! Acts 2:41 Those who believed were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. We should not delay being baptized. As soon as we have decided to receive Christ into our lives, we should be baptized. If we wait until we think we have become perfect or are good enough, we ll probably wait forever. (The question often asked is, Can my family be baptized together? Yes, if each family member fully understands the meaning of baptism and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation. Families can be baptized at the same time. It is a great expression of commitment. Young children who wish to be baptized will meet with our Children s Pastor for pre-baptism conversation.) 6. What will my baptism accomplish? It s important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith. It is not a family tradition. You should not get baptized because someone else has told you it s the thing to do. Rather, you should do It is an expression of your personal love and acceptance of Christ. But don t delay your baptism waiting for another person to be baptized, especially when it comes to children. This will put an undue pressure on others and it will delay your own obedience. When we obey God as we are baptized, it helps confirm our faith and is a time of great spiritual encouragement for us. Just as we see the Spirit came upon Jesus when He was baptized, God honours our obedience. It will be a great experience for you and a wonderful testimony. We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends. After you are baptized, we will mail you a Certificate of Baptism (or leave it in your church mailbox, if you have one). Helps For Preparing Your Personal Testimony Our highest privilege and goal in life is to honour Christ (Matthew 10:32-33). This should also be our purpose in sharing our testimony of what Christ has done for us. 1. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom and guidance as you write (James 1:5-6) 2. Answer the following questions: a) What events / people led you to Christ? b) What events / people caused you to be baptized? c) What does Christ mean to you today? 3. Do not include any biographical information and do not give the story of your life. 4. Please keep your testimony under 1½ minutes (90 seconds) when speaking. 5. Speak loudly and clearly in a natural, relaxed tone of voice. Remember to smile. Ask the Lord in advance to enable you to share with warmth and enthusiasm (Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 5:18)

5 Practically YOU MUST: Be at the church one hour before the start of the service. Come dressed in appropriate clothes ready to go into the baptismal tank. Ladies should not wear white clothing or short dresses. BRING: A towel A complete change of clothes to go home in. A plastic bag for your wet clothes Candidates will sit on the front two rows of the church during the service and will return to these rows after being baptized and changed into dry clothing.

6 Baptism Self-Study Guide Worksheet Fill out and hand in to pastor or main office Name Phone (Home) Address Study Questions 1. According to Revelation 3:20, if you - by faith - open the door of your heart and invite Jesus Christ to come into your life to be your Lord and Saviour, will He come in? Yes No Have you received Christ into your life in this way? Yes No 2. 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins..." What does the term 'confess' mean to you? Do you believe God has forgiven your sins? Why? 3. What are some of the practical evidences that a person is growing in Christ? John 15: Is there an area in your life where Christ is helping you change? 1 John 3:14-24; 1 Corinthians 6: How does God view a person who is half-hearted about his faith? Revelation 3: What is the evidence that Jesus Christ is our Lord? Luke 6:43-49

7 7. What is baptism? Romans 6: Why is a person baptized? Matthew 28:19-20 Reflection Questions 9. Have you come to the place in your spiritual life where you know for certain that if you were to die tonight, you would go to heaven? Yes No 10. Suppose you were to die tonight and stand before God and He were to say, "Why should I let you into my heaven?" What would you say? Read John 14:6 11. Why do you want to be baptized? Pastor, I desire to be baptized in water. Yes, I have read the scripture references given to me and understand the Bible teaching on water baptism. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour in I now wish to make a public confession of my faith in Jesus Christ, identifying myself with His death and resurrection, by being obedient to the command of Jesus to be baptized in water. This is a free will act of obedience, on my part, to my Lord. I fully understand that this is not salvation, nor does it equate to membership in this or in any other church. I will attempt to live blamelessly in the sight of my Lord and men. I dedicate myself to Jesus, to do His will, so long as I live. Signed: Date: PLEASE PRINT YOUR NAME ON THE LINE BELOW AS YOU WISH IT TO APPEAR ON YOUR CERTIFICATE OF BAPTISM: Information Privacy Notice: Beddington Church considers all personal information as confidential and will not release it to outside parties or organizations. However, by completing the following request you are providing consent for this information to be used within the church for ministry and other church-related activities.

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