Posts Tagged ‘Baptism


The Baptism That Saves You

Noah and his family were saved by God from the floodwaters that overwhelmed the earth. Peter, in describing baptism, uses the flood imagery to show that God still saves us through water. Here’s what he wrote in 1 Peter 3:21 (NLT):

And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Notice that the water does not save us. The water is neither holy nor magical. We are saved by the power of God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is at the moment of baptism when we are saved, according to Peter. He said in Acts 2:38 (ESV):
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. When we are baptized, our sins are forgiven by God’s grace through faith and trust in Jesus Christ and we are filled with God’s Spirit. If you have never been baptized as a believer in Jesus, what are you waiting for? Let your pastor know that you want to be baptized. Let this powerful experience be a fresh start for you.


The Good News Of Grace

One of the major issues of the early church concerned the Gentiles and circumcision. There were false teachers who taught that they had to become Jews through being circumcised before they could become Christians. This problem was found in the Philippian church and Paul wrote:

Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. – Philippians 3:2-4a (NIV)

The good news of grace is that our forgiveness comes through Jesus Christ alone. It’s not Jesus plus anything. For the first-century Gentiles, it wasn’t Jesus plus circumcision. For 21st century people, it’s not Jesus plus legalistic rules regarding dress codes or avoiding certain types of music or movies. It’s simply saying, “Yes” to the wonderful grace of Jesus by believing in Him, turning away from sin in repentance, acknowledging your faith in Him and being baptized. It’s not about what you do. It’s about what Jesus did for you.

Jesus Frees Us To Receive The Promise

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 3:1-14.


Jesus Frees Us By Faith

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 2.


Saved By Christ’s Resurrection

Peter said in the first part of verse 21 in chapter 3 that we are saved when we get baptized. Baptism is the moment when God forgives our sins by grace through faith in Jesus. The water doesn’t save us. Peter says that we are saved by the resurrection of Jesus. He writes:

It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. – 1 Peter 3:21b-22 (NIV)

Jesus Christ was really dead when He was crucified by the Romans. God the Father raised Him back to life on the 3rd day by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus then appeared to hundreds of people and then ascended into Heaven where He rules and reigns at the right hand of the Father. Everything is in submission to Him. Until the day that He returns, His followers must share the message of His love with all who will listen so that they might believe, repent, confess and be baptized and live a faithful life.

The Purpose Of Baptism

I love the beauty of baptism. One of my favorite things to do as a pastor is to baptize someone. It’s the moment when God’s grace meets someone’s faith in Christ and sins are forgiven. Peter, when talking about Noah and the flood said this:
​…​and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God – 1 Peter 3:21 (NIV)
There is nothing special or magical about the water or the baptizer. Baptism is an act of submission to Jesus Christ. It’s not a good work because it isn’t something you do. It’s something that is done to you. It’s not an attempt to earn salvation. It’s the receiving of salvation. If you’ve never been baptized into the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, you need to do it. Talk with your pastor or reach out to me at my church’s website – Don’t put it off another day or week. Take the plunge and get a fresh start with God.

Jesus Is The Christ

When it comes to truth and lies, John says that the lie of the antichrist is to deny that Jesus is the Christ. To say that Jesus is not the Messiah, the Anointed One of God, is to lie. He wrote:

Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. – 1 John 2:22-23 (NIV)

When we come to saving faith in Christ by God’s grace, we are filled with the Holy Spirit of God. We believe in Jesus, repent from our sinful ways, confess and acknowledge our faith in Christ as the Messiah and are baptized for the forgiveness of our sins. It is at that moment when we call on the name of the Lord that we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Our sins are washed away by God’s grace and we begin a new life of faithful devotion to Jesus. We get all of the spiritual blessings of new life in Christ when we acknowledge the truth that Jesus is the Christ.

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