It is important to tell the children that a Christian is like an open book to those who are around them every day. We are as “living letters known and read by all men.” (2 Corinthians 3:2-3) Baptism in water is our public confession. God holds each of us accountable for what we know. When we “go public” with an outward action of our commitment to Jesus, we are entering into a new level of our walk and expression of Christianity. Remember what happened after Jesus was baptized? He was honored by His Father as the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him. It was like God was saying, “That’s My Boy! He gives Me such pleasure.” Then Jesus had a wilderness time of temptation and testing which He passed with an A+. Jesus was obedient to His Father in all things, even baptism.
Water Baptism through Scripture:
BAPTISM IS A COMMAND OF THE SCRIPTURE
BAPTISM IS NOT A MEANS OF SALVATION
Ephesians 2:4-5, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)…” (NKJV)
BAPTISM IS FOR BELIEVERS IN CHRIST
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.” (NIV)
BAPTISM IS GOING PUBLIC WITHOUT SHAME OR FEAR
Acts 9:18, “Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.” (NKJV)
Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (KJV)
JESUS IS OUR EXAMPLE
BAPTISM IS A STEP OF OBEDIENCE IN OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE
BAPTISM SHOWS WHAT HAPPENS TO THE OLD NATURE
Romans 6:4, “Your old sin-loving nature was buried with him by baptism when he died; and when God the Father, with glorious power, brought him back to life again, you were given his wonderful new life to enjoy.” (TLB)
Galatians 3:26-27 “For yor are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (KJV)
BAPTISM IS SYMBOLIC OF THE RESURRECTION LIFE
II Kings 5:14, “So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.” (NKJV)
Matthew 28:18-20, “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.’” (NIV)
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