Our next baptism will be scheduled shortly. We will have a brief teaching then we will walk down to the ocean for the Baptism.  Please place your name and contact information on the Sign-up Sheet in the rear of the Sanctuary.  You may also send your contact information to Shorelinechurch@aol.com. Please put "Baptism" in the Subject Line.  We will contact you with further information.

 

 

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Water Baptism

  An Outward Sign of an Inward Decision:

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Matthew 3:13-16

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.  John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"  But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he consented.  And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."

 Ephesians 4:4-5

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith,

one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Romans 6:3-5

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

 

I Peter 3:21

This is a symbol of baptism, which now saves you also - not the removal of dirt from the body, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, it saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

Colossians 2:12

and you were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

 

John 3:1-5

Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.  This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him." Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God."  Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"  Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

 

Acts 8:26-40

And the angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, Get up, and go toward the south unto the way that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, which is desert. And he got up and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, Go near, and stay close to this chariot. And Philip ran up to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, Do you understand what you are reading? And he said, How can I, except someone should guide me? And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this,  “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.” And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I ask you, of whom is the prophet speaking? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached to him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came to some water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what keeps me from being baptized? And Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stop: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and Philip baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, and the eunuch saw him no more: but he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

 

Galatians 3:26-27

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for as many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

 

Mark 16:15-16

And he said unto them, Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved, and he that disbelieves shall be condemned.

 

Titus 3:5

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewal of the Holy Spirit

 

Matthew 28:19-20

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.

 

Acts 2:38-41

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 shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him." And he testified with many other words and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation." So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls

  

Acts 22:16

And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name.

 

 

 

CONVERSION STORIES IN THE BOOK OF ACTS

 

Acts 2:38-41….. the very first believers were Jews; the start of the church at Pentecost

Acts 8:5-12…….Philip preaches in Samaria. People respond in faith by being baptized

Acts 8:26-40…...Philip teaches the Ethiopian eunuch who responds by being baptized

Acts 9:18……….the conversion of Saul to Paul

Acts 10:47-48….the “Gentile Pentecost”-God shows Peter the Gospel message is not for Jews alone

Acts 16:15……...the conversion of Lydia and her household

Acts 16:16-33….Paul and Silas’ jailer (and his household) respond in faith and are immediately baptized

Acts 18:8 ………Crispus, the synagogue ruler 

Acts 19:3-5……..those that had not heard yet of Jesus are baptized

Acts 22:16……...Paul’s story revisited --his sins are washed away, calling on the name of the Lord in baptism

 

Baptism in the book of Acts and throughout the New Testament is always practiced by adults who have: 

a.) heard the message of the gospel (of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ ),

b.) believed that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and paid for their sins on the cross,

c.) turned away from their sins (repented) and

d.) turned to Christ in faith and then

e.) were fully immersed in water into Christ and into new life.

 

There are these five basic events, combined, that mark conversions in the New Testament:

1. Hear

2. Believe (faith)

3. Repent of our sins

4. Confess verbally faith in Jesus and

5. Be baptized (fully immersed) in water for the forgiveness of our sins.

6. Remain faithful

 

It’s that simple.

 

In the Book of Acts, these five “ingredients” all take place in a very short time period, almost as a singular event.

 

Baptism is…

Baptism is an outward sign of an inward decision.

Baptism is always accompanied by faith and repentance.

Baptism is God’s terms of surrender.

Baptism is our signal to God we have accepted Christ’s gospel.

Baptism is the external washing with water and the internal washing away of sin by God.

Baptism is “calling on the name of the Lord.”

Baptism is being unified with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection.

Baptism is “clothing” ourselves with Christ.

Baptism is “accepting” Christ (on His terms, not ours)

Baptism is an act of faith.

Baptism is the washing of regeneration, and renewal of the Holy Spirit.

Baptism is the starting gun of a race of a new life.

Baptism is proclaiming in Christ the resurrection of the dead.

Baptism is when we stop living for ourselves and start living for Jesus.

Baptism is the the end of the old and the birth of the new.

Baptism although very important is not an essential for salvation

 

 

When Jesus died on the cross, He, who had no sin, paid the death penalty for our sins. Through baptism we are united, or joined with Christ in paying the death penalty for sin. We are baptized into His death, into the death penalty for sin. We, who are unable to return from death because we have sin, are joined to Christ—and since Christ is sinless and was victorious over death, we, now being united with Him through baptism, are made victorious being united with Christ in His resurrection.

 

Now if God allows us to participate in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (an event which occurred 2000 years ago), through baptism, it can truly be said we are saved through faith and God’s grace!

 

Baptism can be likened to the Israelites coming up out of the land of slavery, passing through the Red Sea and entering the Promised Land. Baptism can be likened to passing through the flood of Noah. Baptism is about leaving our old sinful, worldly ways behind and taking upon our shoulders the yoke of Christ. It is about lifestyle change and dying to ourselves and doing God’s will instead of ours. Our reason and purpose for living changes after baptism. Afterward is a new way of life. Baptism is about heart, faith, total commitment, surrender, self-denial, death, resurrection, repentance, and seeking God’s mercy through Jesus Christ and the work He did on that cross on that day over 2000 years ago.

 

 

But I was baptized as an infant…

 

Faith and repentance are prerequisites to baptism

 

The concept of infant “baptism” is totally foreign to the Holy Scriptures. This practice stems from the erroneous teaching of “original sin.” The Bible does not give one single example or command of any baby being baptized anywhere.  The Bible does not teach babies are born separated from God. On the contrary, Jesus taught that the kingdom of heaven belongs to little children…

 

But Jesus said, "Allow the little children, and don't forbid them to come to me; for to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven."- Matthew 19:14

 

To explore the topic of infant baptism we must also look into the erroneous teaching of “original sin.” The idea behind baptizing a baby is to remove “original sin”, i.e., the sin of Adam and Eve.

 

But if humans are “born in sin” and separated from God, then Jesus would not have been sinless. Jesus was not 50% God and 50% man. He was 100% God and 100% man. And “He committed no sin…”

(1Peter 2:22; See also Hebrews 4:15) Sin is something we commit. Sin is not something we are born with or “in”.

 

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law:

for sin is the transgression of the law. - 1John 3:4

 

The process of falling is a step-by-step process in which we turn away from God and commit acts contrary to His will:

but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. James 1:14-15

 

Notice in the above verses nowhere does it even imply we are born in sin.

 

Paul taught that we fall short because we sinned-

 

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”- Romans 3:23

 

The word “sinned” is an active verb. It means we did something. We sinned. Although we have a disposition to sin, we are not born lost and separated from God. How can babies who can’t even yet speak, sin?

 

Paul reiterates this idea again:

 

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinnedRomans 5:12

 

Notice this does not say men were born into sin. It says death comes because we all sin.  The word “sinned” is an active verb. This means we have an active hand in our own demise. It is something we do to ourselves. Sin is an act. We commit sin; We are not born condemned. The act of Adam gave men the choice to sin because sin was now present. In Eden, Adam’s eyes were opened and he realized he had a choice in whether to obey God or not. He saw the two paths set before him: obedience or disobedience. God gives us free will.  The Bible says we all have chosen the wrong path at some point.

 

Adam’s act brings death. In choosing to follow Adam’s path we die.

Jesus Christ’s act brings life. In choosing to follow Jesus’ path we live.

But whether in Adam or in Christ (the Second Adam), we make a choice. And the end result is a result of that choice.

 

For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.-- Romans 5:19

 

Or in other words:

In Adam, we do not die until we choose to disobey.

In Christ we do not live until we choose to obey.

But the end result of either is from the choice we make to obey or disobey. Both choices we have exist in the world as a result brought about by the actions of these “Adams”.

 

Adam’s disobedience doesn’t make every baby born lost anymore than Christ’s death automatically makes every human being found. Through Adam, sin has been set before us. Through Christ, righteousness has been set before us. If every human was born separated from God because Adam sinned and died, then every human being would be spiritually alive (saved) because Jesus obeyed and lives. But we can’t be saved unless we make a decision and choose to follow Christ. Likewise, we don’t die spiritually until we choose to disobey God—and sin. When Adam’s “eyes were opened” he realized he had a choice—and we know what choice he made. Ultimately, whether we live or die, comes about by a choice we make.

 

Another problem with the doctrine of “original sin” is that it teaches people they don’t have to take responsibility for their own sins.

 

Paul explains that there was a time when he was alive once (probably meaning as a child), but when God’s Law came (and he broke it), he died—just as Adam and Eve died when they sinned.

 

“For I was alive apart from the law once: but when the commandment came, sin came to life, and I died.” Romans 7:9

 

Even in the Old Testament there is evidence to reason that babies are not born lost and separated from God:

 

"Why didn't I die from the womb? Why didn't I give up the spirit when my mother bore me? Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breast, that I should suck? For now should I have lain down and been quiet. I Should have slept, then I would  have been at rest

(Job 3:11-13)

 

The Bible often uses the term “sleep” and “rest” to describe a person who has died and gone to heaven.

 

The reasoning behind the error of baptizing babies and infants is to remove “original sin” so that if they die they will go to heaven. But the Bible teaches each man is accountable to God for his own sins, not the sins of others. Ask your Jewish friends. The concept of “original sin” is foreign to Judaism.

 

Yet say you, Why does not the son bear the iniquity of the father? when the son has done that which is lawful and right, and has kept all my statutes, and has done them, he shall surely live. The soul who sins, he shall die: the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be on him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be on him. –

Ezekiel 18:19-20

 and

 "Fathers shall not be put to death for their sons, nor shall sons be put to death for their fathers; everyone shall be put to death for his own sin," --Deuteronomy 24:16

 

We are not held responsible to God for Adam’s sin. Babies are not born separated from God. Therefore there is no need to remove “original sin.” Baptizing an infant is an attempt to remove sin that is not there. Sin is disobeying God’s commands. Sin is falling short of His laws. What command has a baby disobeyed? Babies are not lost.

 

This is why we only find believing, repentant adults, who have made conscious decisions to follow Christ, being baptized in the scriptures!

 #1.) an infant does not hear or understand the Gospel of Christ

#2.) an infant cannot therefore believe in Jesus

#3.) More importantly, an infant has no sin and therefore has nothing to repent of, and needs no forgiveness.

 Faith must always precede baptism.

 Once a child grows and matures and becomes disobedient (and therefore sins) baptism can then enter the equation along with faith and repentance. No one knows what this “age of accountability” is, however; each person is different.

One final statement on Baptism:

Although we do not believe that baptism is essential for Salvation, if a believer is able to be Baptised it should be done, in fact, it should be a desire of the believer to be baptised.  In  the end, however, it is your decision, and we are all saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.