BAPTISM BASICS

now that you believe

(Gospel │ Repentance | Baptism │ Next Steps)

AM I A CHRISTIAN?

  • What is God like?
    (God is Holy)

  • What is man like?

(Man is Sinful)

  • How can man ever be loved by God?

(Christ is Sufficient)

[Read through Ephesians 2:1-16 together.]

WHAT MUST I KNOW?

(God is HOLY │ Man is SINFUL │ Christ is SUFFICIENT)

WHAT IS THE [gospel] STORY?

(Where does MY story fit into THE story?)

  • CREATION: In the beginning, God created everything - good.

  • FALL: Sin broke everything, including our relationships.
  • RESCUE: Despite our best efforts, only Christ could rescue and restore us back to God.
  • RESTORATION: One day, all things will be restored.

HOW MUST I RESPOND?

  • REPENT OF SIN. Acknowledge yourself as sinful & in rebellion against God, and turn away from that rebellion by trusting Jesus to give you forgiveness of sin, and peace with God. (hate sin)

  • BELIEVE THE GOSPEL. Jesus is Lord, He raised from the dead, and his life, death, and resurrection give you eternal life with God and all who believe. (trust grace)

  • FOLLOW JESUS. “IF you love me, you will obey me.” (obedience)

“Jesus lived the life that we couldn’t live, he died the death that we deserved to die, and he raised to life to defeat death and secure eternal life for all who would call upon his name.”

It really is all about Jesus.

  • His LIFE Our RIGHTEOUSNESS before God.
  • His DEATH Our FORGIVENESS for sin.
  • His RESURRECTION Our VICTORY over sin.

I BELIEVE, WHAT NOW?

  • BE BAPTIZED → acknowledge your decision to trust Jesus by being baptized.

  • JOIN THE FAMILY → connect to God’s family through the normal rhythms of gathering and scattering within the Village.

  • JOIN THE MISSION → join God’s mission of making all things new by telling others the good news that Jesus saves sinners.

WHY BE BAPTIZED?

Follow the example of Jesus “he was baptized by John in the Jordan River.” (Mark 1:9)

Because Jesus commanded it → “therefore go & make disciples… baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, & Spirit.” (Matt 28:19)

Outward SIGN of inward change → this is the initial way that we let others know that we submit to the life, death, & resurrection of Jesus. Baptism is the SIGN of New Life in Christ!

WHAT DOES BAPTISM MEAN?

Illustrates Christ’s death & Resurrection: “...buried with Christ when you were baptized. And… were raised to new life because you trusted.” (Col. 1:9)

Illustrates your new life in Christ: “...that those who became Christians become new persons… old life is gone… new life has begun.” (2 Cor. 5:17)

WHY BAPTISM BY IMMERSION?

Because Jesus was Baptized that way “After His baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water…” (Matthew 3:16)

Because every Baptism in the New Testament was done this way → “John was baptizing at Aeon… because there was plenty of water there... ” (Jn. 3:23)

WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?

Every person who trusts Jesus “Then Simon himself believed and was baptized…” (1 Jn. 1:12, Acts. 8:12-13)

No person who doesn’t → while it is debated among the churches, we believe in “believers baptism,” which is only for those who believe in accordance with the consistency of the New Testament accounts of belief and baptism.

WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?

As soon as you have Trusted Christ to be your Savior “Those who believed what Peter had said were baptized and added to the church...” (Acts 2:41, Acts 18:8)

For a more robust consideration of baptism and our perspective at The Village, check out this BAPTISM CONSIDERATIONS doc.

For this reason, “being baptized does not make someone a Christian. Not being baptized does not cause someone to stop being a Christian. But a Christian should be baptized.

“Salvation is solely a gift given to people whose faith rests in the grace of God to forgive sins through the death, and resurrection of Jesus.”

-Breshears, VINTAGE CHURCH (p.119)

BAPTISM DAY LOGISTICS?

Video Testimony → We record your story in advance to tell God’s story through your life & in your words.

Arrive at 10 am → on the day of your baptism to go over the logistics of the gathering, where you will sit, when you will be baptized, etc.

Bring a change of clothes & towel → you will have time to change beforehand.

Invite your friends & family → It’s a great opportunity to share Jesus with those close to you.

JOIN THE FAMILY?

GATHER regularly with the Church to grow in the gospel, to care for one another, and to bring new people into God’s family:

  • Sunday Gatherings
  • Community Groups (click here for info)
  • Commit to a local church / membership (click here for info)
  • Live life together through relationships, shared meals, & sharing life with those in the Church.

JOIN THE MISSION?

SCATTER out by living Life on Mission:

  • Live life understanding that you are a missionary at all times & wherever you go. Tell Your Gospel Story (next slide)!

  • Serve the Church by giving of the resources God has given you.

(click here for info on serving on a VILLAGE / CITY ServeTeam)

  • Invite others into “new life” through relationships, shared meals, & sharing life with those outside the Church.

JOIN THE MISSION?

TELL YOUR Gospel-Story:

  • PAST. Who was I BEFORE Jesus saved me?
    (what did I live for? | what did I worship instead of God?)

  • RESCUE. Declare the GOSPEL & how I became aware of God’s Grace.

(what is the gospel of Jesus? | How did THAT change me?)

  • NEW LIFE. What does your NEW LIFE life look like in Christ?

(How has the gospel been TRANSFORMING you from OLD to NEW?)

> NOTE: Your story is NOT the Gospel, but it IS an opportunity to declare it!

We are His by GRACE ALONE, through FAITH ALONE, in CHRIST ALONE, according to God’s WORD ALONE, for our joy, & GOD’S GLORY ALONE.

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY

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