Friday, May 29, 2015

Are you ready to be baptized?

Gal 3:26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Companion post: “Baptism in the New Testament: How, Who, and Why”
You’ve heard about baptism. You’ve seen others be baptized. You’ve asked yourself, “Am I ready to be baptized? What do I need to believe and understand first?” Good for you! One way to answer these questions is to study Acts 2. It describes the apostles’ preaching on the Day of Pentecost after Jesus returned to heaven. It tells how – and why – about 3,000 people were baptized that very day. You may consider this passage and answer the questions for yourself. See if you can answer “yes” to each of these.
Acts 2:22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—
Do you believe that Jesus performed miraculous deeds, and that these deeds prove His identity as the One attested by God?
23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.
Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross as part of God’s plan to save you?
Do you believe that you personally helped crucify Jesus, because of your sin?
Do you know what sin is? Do you know what YOUR sins are? Can you list the attitudes, words, and deeds in your life that the Bible describes as sin?
24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.
Do you believe that God raised Jesus physically and bodily from the dead?
25 For David says concerning him, “ ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. 27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ 29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
Do you believe that King David, 1000 years before Christ, predicted that Christ would rise?
32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.
Do you believe that Peter and the other apostles witnessed the truth of the resurrection?
33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, 35 until I make your enemies your footstool.” ’
Do you believe that Jesus ascended to heaven, and that He has been enthroned and exalted to the right hand of God?
Do you believe that all Jesus’ enemies will be overthrown and placed at His feet?
36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
Do you believe for certain that Jesus is Lord – God and Master of your life and all things?
Do you believe for certain that Jesus is Christ – the promised Messiah and Savior?
37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
Are you cut to the heart – convicted of your own sin and your part in crucifying Jesus?
Do you believe that you are lost because of your sin?
Do you believe, unless you respond to the gospel of Christ, you could die and spend eternity in hell?
Do you believe that it is urgent and absolutely essential for you to respond at once?
Are you asking, “What shall I do?”
Are you prepared to do whatever the Bible teaches you to do, at once?
38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
Do you understand that you must both repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins?
Do you believe that, unless you repent and are baptized, you have not been forgiven of your sins?
Do you understand that to repent is to turn away from sin and surrender your heart and life to the Lord?
Do you understand that to be baptized is to be immersed in water, “buried” and “raised?”
40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”
Do you understand why Peter kept exhorting and urging them to be saved?
Do you believe that God through His Word is exhorting and urging you to be saved?
41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
Have you received God’s Word as presented here?
Are you ready to do what they did, to be baptized?
Do you understand that, when you are baptized, God will add you to His church?
Do you realize that this is the church that belongs to Christ, that He said He would establish?
Do you understand that this is the church of Christ, as the New Testament describes it?
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Will you devote yourself to all the worship assemblies and teaching activities of the local congregation, emphasizing these same four matters?
43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Will you commit yourself to spiritual growth and active service in the local church?
Will you be a participant in the church, busy and productive in the church’s work?
Will you share with others, praise God, and seek to influence people for Him?
Do you believe that, through you, God wants to add others to the church day by day?
If, after completing this study, you are convicted of your need to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins, God bless you! Please comment below, and we will put you in touch with someone who can assist you.

1 comment:

Don Harriman said...

Cory, thank you for such a thoughtful dialog coupled with Acts 2. Your wisdom and insight comes through so clearly to help true seekers of salvation find the way of the Lord. God bless you as you continue proclaiming the truth of Jesus Christ.