Guest Post: Baptism

As a new Christian, many begin to wonder, “What’s Next, after the A, B, C’s?” There are a few things we will cover over the next few days but the following is a post from a very dear friend and Brother in Christ concerning the very important topic of Baptism, a step in Faith. It is written by Pastor Harry Connor who has his Masters in Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary.

Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins . Acts 2:38 Perhaps forgiveness is not one of your felt needs. You may have so completely immersed yourself in the relativism and self-justification of your culture that you have numbed yourself to the sting of your own guilty conscience. If so, then Peter’s command will fall on your willingly insensitive ears. However, if the guilt of your sin has invaded your carefully protected peace of mind and you see yourself as being in opposition to a holy and good God, then this admonition will be a welcome relief to your soul. If you, like Peter’s audience, have been stumbling over the question, “What can I do? What should I do?” then here is the answer: Repent, and be baptized in then name of Jesus Christ. Only in Christ is forgiveness of sins to be found; there is no way to clean your record up on your own, by yourself. But through Jesus Christ you can find remission of your sins. Repent, everyone of you. No one is guiltless before God and so there is a universal command to repentance and each one who does repent and confess their sins is called to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, publicly professing their faith in him. Forgiveness of sins without repentance through Christ is not an option. Repentance and faith without a public witness, through baptism, should not be a consideration. Those who long for their sins to be pardoned are commanded to repent of their sins and publicly acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior by submitting to baptism. Have you obeyed?

Breaking Down the A, B, C’s: Confess

My first post In the Beginning: the A, B, C’s was a quick overview of the steps to salvation and beyond. I want to take a few minutes to break each down in a little more detail.

Confess your sins to Him and ask for forgiveness, allowing Him into your heart through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will begin to guide and direct you as you grow from a “newborn” to adult in Christ. Studying the Word, praying and accepting discipleship from an “adult” believer will grow your relationship with Him.

Rom 10:10 for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 

Rom 10:12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek: for the same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich unto all that call upon him: 
Rom 10:13  for, Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

Acts 17:30 The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent: 

1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of all who call upon His name. He is our only intercessor to God the Father. God can not look upon sin, but through the prism of Jesus Christ our sin is turned away from God’s eyes and we can be looked upon by the Father as Holy and Righteous.

As our Father sees us righteous He will open up to hear and answer our prayers, whether prayers of forgiveness, prayers of help, prayers of healing, no matter, we can righteously stand before him with our requests. We will talk much more about prayer in future posts.

Accept that we are all sinners, Believe that Jesus Christ is the true Lord and Savior, leads us to our confession-not to any person or priest but to Jesus Christ Himself-Our only intercessor to God the Father.

If you have come this far and are ready to take the next step let me pray with you:

Dear Lord, Thank you for being the great and forgiving God that you are. Lord I know I am a sinner as you told us in Your Word, and I come to you now asking forgiveness of those sins. I know that You sent Your Son to take my sins upon the cross, washing me clean in His blood. I ask that You Lord take control of this life through the Holy Spirit, and make me anew. I have not always made the best decisions but in this one I am sure that it is the right decision and through the Holy Spirit, this life will be changed forever. Giving you Lord all the Praise and Glory You deserve forever. In Jesus Name I ask, Amen.

Congratulations to you if you just said that prayer with me. Please just take one second to let me know in the comments and I will immediately pray for you again. Be sure to follow and subscribe as I will be posting many new articles about how to grow closer in your relationship with Him.

Breaking Down the A, B, C’s: Believe

My first post: “In the beginning: The A, B, C’s”, was a quick overview of the steps to salvation and beyond. I want to take a few minutes to break each down in a little more detail.

Believe in Jesus Christ as your one and only Savior from the sins of this world. None other can replace or compare to Him.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. 
Joh 3:17  For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him. 
Joh 3:18  He that believeth on him is not judged: he that believeth not hath been judged already, because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

2Cor 5:21 Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him. 

1Th 4:14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 

There is no question that one must believe that Jesus is Lord, and came to this earth as man to bare the burdens of all of man’s sin upon the crucifixion cross. Believing this as the true fact it is will move one to the second step to the only truth that matters. Salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Accept that we are all sinners, Believe that Jesus Christ is the true Lord and Savior, leads us to our confession-not to any person or priest but to Jesus Christ Himself-Our only intercessor to God the Father.

Breaking Down the A, B, C’s: Accept

Our first post: A, B, C’s of Salvation, was a quick overview of the steps to salvation, which I would like to expand on each step a little more in the next few posts. . Accept that you are a sinner and living solely in the world. Sin separates you from God and keeps you from attaining everlasting life with Him in Heaven

Rom 3:10 as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one; 

Rom 3:23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; 

Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 
Gal 5:20  idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties, 
Gal 5:21  envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practise such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 

Rom 6:23) For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

As it is written, one can see that we are all born into sin, therefore we are all sinners from the day of conception. Living in the world as a youngster, depending on moral training from those who brought one into the world: the earthly parents.

If these parents are not God-fearing(high respect and reverence for the Lordship of Jesus Christ) they are only able to teach the ways of the world. Unfortunately, even if they are very good people and teach the children to be very kind and loving children; their way is lost. For only through Christ can mans sins be forgiven unto salvation.

Only through Jesus Christ can one be granted Mercy for their sins. If one accepts that they are a sinner as we are told from the beginning we are, and looks to Christ, one can be saved.

Usually the first question is that “Are you telling me children that die as a baby or young child are automatically going to hell?” That is a resounding, “NO!” Only those that have attained the age of accountability. Ok, but what age is that?

I think John MacArthur said it best:

There is no “age of accountability” identified in Scripture as such. There is nothing in the Bible that says, “Here is the age and from here on you are responsible!” I think the reason for that is because children mature at different paces. That would be true from culture to culture, and from age to age in history.

So the Lord in His wisdom didn’t identify a specific moment. God knows when each soul is accountable. God knows when real rejection has taken place; when the love of sin exists in the heart. When enmity with God is conscious and willful. God alone knows when that occurs.

Basically, once that child can easily discern right from wrong, and is able to make a conscious decision to do that which is right or wrong has reached the age of accountability. If the child has been offered the Gospel with full explanation and understanding and rejects the offer of salvation, they could die into eternal hell. But only God knows the true heart and understanding of each child, so I will not offer conjecture of age or accountability until they reach what we consider adult age.

Accept that we are all sinners, Believe that Jesus Christ is the true Lord and Savior, leads us to our confession-not to any person or priest but to Jesus Christ Himself-Our only intercessor to God the Father.

In the beginning: The A, B, C’s

It is always best to start at the beginning, with the very basic of concepts. So with the first post start with the A, B, C’s:

  1. Accept that you are a sinner and living solely in the world. Sin separates you from God and keeps you from attaining everlasting life with Him in Heaven (Rom 3:10, Rom 3:23, Gal 5:19-21, Rom 6:23)
  2. Believe in Jesus Christ as your one and only Savior from the sins of this world(John 3:16-17, 2Cor 5:21)
  3. Confess your sins to Him and ask for forgiveness, allowing Him into your heart through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will begin to guide and direct you as you grow from a “newborn” to adult in Christ. Studying the Word, praying and accepting mentorship from an “adult” believer will grow your relationship with Him. .(Rom 10:10, Rom 10:13, Acts 17:30-31).
  4. Discipleship is key to growth into an adult believer. We are called to lead others to Christ and disciple them in them walk with Christ, ( 1Peter 3:15, Matt 10:32-33, 2Tim 2:1-4)
  5. Evangelize in your family, your neighborhood, your community and beyond (Mrk 16:15, Matt 28:19-20, 2Tim 2:15)

Simplistic….maybe, but take the time to look up the referenced verses, digest them, understand them. These few verse will allow you to make a huge leap in walk with Christ. If you have not yet accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, spend some time in the verses in “C”. I would love to answer any questions concerning these. Feel free to comment and ask questions.