SHINING LIGHT    7 MINISTRIES
SHINING LIGHT    7 MINISTRIES
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WATER BAPTISM
We believe that being baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is an essential response
to Jesus' command, testifying to His Lordship as Christ and King.

Romans 6:4
We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was
raised  from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and
behave in newness of life.

This ordinance is a personal statement of faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ on
our behalf, and is a commitment to lay down our lives to be one with His death, burial and resurrection.

Romans 6:1-3
WHAT SHALL we say [to all this]? Are we to remain in sin in order that God's grace (favor
and mercy) may multiply and overflow? 2 Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it
any longer? 3 Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ
Jesus were baptized into His death?

Colossians  2:12-13
[Thus you were circumcised when] you were buried with Him in [your] baptism, in which you were
also raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God [as displayed] when
He raised Him up from the dead. 13 And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision
of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ],
having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions,

Colossians 3:1-3
3:1 IF THEN you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from
the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the
right hand of God. 2 And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things),
not on the things that are on the earth. 3 For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and
your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.

1 Peter 3:21
And baptism, which is a figure [of their deliverance], does now also save you [from inward questionings
and fears], not by the removing of outward body filth [bathing], but by [providing you with] the answer of
a good and clear conscience (inward cleanness and peace) before God [because you are
demonstrating what you believe to be yours] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Baptism and the Lord's Supper (communion, fellowship) are the two symbolical ordinances of the New
Testament. The Supper represents the work of Christ, and Baptism the work of the Spirit of God.  As in
the Supper a small amount of bread and wine used in this ordinance exhibits in symbol the great work
of Christ, and so as in Baptism, the work of the Holy Spirit is fully seen in the immersion in the water,  in
the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.  That which is essential in baptism is only "washing with
water".

John's "baptism of repentance for the remission of sins"
(Luke 3:3) was the pledge his followers took
of their determination to separate themselves from the dominant and ever-present pollutions, as the
needful preparation for receiving the coming messiah, who remits (forgives) the sins of His believing
people.

The "remission" was not present but expected, looked for through Messiah, not through John
(Acts
10:43).
 John's baptism was accompanied with confession (Matthew 3:6), and was an act of obedience
to the call to renounce all sin and believe in the coming Redeemer from sin.

The outward sign of an inward sorrow for sin was in John's baptism; but there was not the inward
spiritual grace bestowed or given, as in our Christian baptism. Those of the twelve who had been
baptized by John, probably received no further baptism, until the extraordinary one by the Holy Spirit on
Pentecost.

Christian baptism implies grafting into fellowship or union with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
the book of Matthew express this in
Matthew 28:19: "Go ye, make disciples of all the nations, baptizing
them into the name (the revealed person) of the Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit"
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baptism is the seal of gospel doctrine (Truth) and spiritual renewal.

Jesus' own baptism by John was, as Jesus Himself said, in order to
"fulfill all righteousness" (Matthew
3:15).  
Others in being baptized confessed their sins; Jesus professed "all righteousness".

Jesus submitted, as part of the righteousness He undertook t fulfill, to be consecrated to His ministry in
His 30th year, (the age at which the Levites began their ministry) (Luke 3:23), and by the last of the Old
Testament prophets and the forerunner of the New Testament, His own forerunner.

Now having a little biblical history on the symbolic importance of Baptism, we can see that in order for
this baptism to be effective and meaningful, we must understand that salvation and the forgiveness of
sins come freely as a gift through faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior.
 Apostle Paul in the book of Acts
10:43 declares:
"All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives
forgiveness of sins through His Name".
 Salvation comes through faith; that is, trust and reliance upon
Jesus and His shed blood to give you a right standing before God.  In Acts 10:44-48, The Holy Spirit was
given to the believers (confirming their salvation) before they were baptised.

Even though this is true, at other times it seems that the forgiveness of sins happened at the time of
baptism
(Acts 2:38).  This is because baptism is an expression, or an act of faith that was carried out at
the time that a person turned to Jesus in repentance and faith. Mark 16:16 says,  He who believes [who
adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] and is baptized will be
saved [from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who does not believe [who does not adhere to and
trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] will be condemned.  This was also a way of
calling on the Lord for a clear conscience
(Acts 22:16 and 1 Peter 3:21).

If you truly have turned to Jesus from your heart no matter if you were even baptised at a very early age
of say, seven years old, God has accepted your childlike faith in this symbolic act.  Baptism does have
requirements.  One requirement is repentance.  Did you have a change of heart and a change of mind
that resulted in turning from sin to Jesus and His forgiveness
(Acts 2:38, 20:21, and 17:30)?  Did you
exercise faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior (Mark 16:16; John 3:16; and Romans 10:9-10)?
Have you
been practicing the knowledge of the truth, as you have learned it, in the Word of God as commanded in
this new way of Life.  If you have not been expressing your faith in these ways, then turn to Jesus now,
and repent from your sins, turn to His grace to forgive you, and seal that decision to follow Him through
water baptism.

Baptism is an act that expresses one's faith in Jesus.  Without that faith, the act means nothing. This is
not something you decide to do because everybody else is doing it. It is not a herd mentality decision,
but a personal commitment for life. People who turned to Jesus as Lord and Savior were willing to
express that faith and openly confess Jesus way.  People who say "no" to Jesus' command are
showing, to some extent, a dead faith.  Faith is dead when people are unwilling to express it.  
(James
2:18-19)

Faith alone saves, but saving faith is never alone.  It is always willing to express itself.  Baptism was a
way of expressing that faith.  Baptism in not what saves; it is Jesus only Who saves us.  Water doesn't
wash away sins; it is the blood of Jesus only.  But faith applies His blood to you, and sometimes that
faith was expressed at the time a person was baptized (Acts 22:16).  The question is, have you truly
repented?  Do you believe in Him (Jesus)?
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Questions To Ask In Your
Growing Relationship As A Disciple Of Jesus Christ
1.  According to Acts 10:43, salvation comes to us how? ______________________________________

2.  Baptism is an expression of faith that usually takes place at the time of salvation. How does
Acts
2:38
express this truth?
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3.  How does
Mark 16:16 express this truth?________________________________________________

4.  Baptism is a way of calling upon the Lord.  How does
Acts 22:16 express this truth?
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5.  Baptism is a way to call upon the Lord for a clear conscience.  
Does 1 Peter 3:21 confirm this truth?
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6.  What are the requirements for baptism, according to
Acts 2:38? ____________________________

7.  What are the requirements for baptism, according to
Mark 16:16? ___________________________

8.  According to (
Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16) for these requirements to be of understanding and
commitment, can an infant repent? _________________________

9.  Can an infant believe? ______________________

10.  
Read Acts 10:43-48.  What is the next step, after faith in Christ, that a believer should take?
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It should be noted here as well, that Jesus made every provision possible for salvation and the
requirements necessary for every believer and their circumstances.  The question for many  is, "Well,
what about the thief on the cross, he was never baptised"?  
But Jesus told him in Luke 23:43  "I tell
you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise ."   Or what about stillborn born babies or even
infants who die prematurely?  

Again let us be reminded, that baptism does not save us, Jesus does!  The scripture tells us that
children are sanctified by their believing parents  
(Mark 10:14).  This means then too, even the
stillborn infants, and children who die prematurely are covered by their believing parents faith in
Jesus.  The thief on the cross believed that Jesus was the Son of God, and the Messiah, so it was his
belief and faith in Jesus that saved him.  We who are able to be immersed in the waters of baptism
ought to do so in the fulfillment of scripture and the statement of our faith in its symbolic expression
which declares,
"I was buried with Christ through baptism into death" (Romans 6:4).  And also, "I was
buried with Him (Jesus) in baptism
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Scriptures Provided To Use With Questions
Acts 10:43
To Him all the prophets testify (bear witness) that everyone who believes in Him
[who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him, giving himself up to Him] receives
forgiveness of sins through His name.

Acts 2:38
And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of
God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the
name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Mark 16:16
He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it
sets forth] and is baptized will be saved [from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who
does not believe [who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him
Whom it sets forth] will be condemned.

Acts 22:16
And now, why do you delay? Rise and be baptized, and by calling upon
His name, wash away your sins.

1 Peter 3:21
And baptism, which is a figure [of their deliverance], does now also save you [from
inward questionings and fears], not by the removing of outward body filth [bathing],
but by [providing you with] the answer of a good and clear conscience (inward
cleanness and peace) before God [because you are demonstrating what you believe
to be yours] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Acts 10:44-48
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all who were listening to
the message. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised [the Jews] who came with
Peter were surprised and amazed, because the free gift of the Holy Spirit had been
bestowed and poured out largely even on the Gentiles. 46 For they heard them talking in
[unknown] tongues (languages) and extolling and magnifying God. Then Peter asked,
47 Can anyone forbid or refuse water for baptizing these people, seeing that they have
received the Holy Spirit just as we have? 48 And he ordered that they be baptized in the
name of Jesus Christ (the Messiah). Then they begged him to stay on there for some days.
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Answers to Questions
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1.  According to Acts 10:43, salvation comes to us how? Freely, as a gift through faith in Jesus Christ.

2.  Baptism is an expression of faith that usually takes place at the time of salvation. How does Acts 2:38
express this truth?  Peter said to "repent and be baptized."

3.  How does Mark 16:16 express this truth? Jesus said, "He that believes and is baptized shall be
saved", implying that it can happen at the same time.

4.  Baptism is a way of calling upon the Lord.  How does
Acts 22:16 express this truth?  This scripture
says that as a person calls upon the name of the Lord, their sins will be washed away.  It appears that
calling on the name of the Lord can be vocal
(Luke 18:13) or through the act of baptism, as it appears to
be in this scripture.

5.  Baptism is a way to call upon the Lord for a clear conscience.  
Does 1 Peter 3:21 confirm this truth?
Yes

6.  What are the requirements for baptism, according to
Acts 2:38?  Repentance.

7.  What are the requirements for baptism, according to
Mark 16:16?  A person must believe.

8.  According to
(Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16) for these requirements to be of understanding and commitment,
can an infant repent?  No

9.  Can an infant believe?  No

10.  
Read Acts 10:43-48.  What is the next step, after faith in Christ, that a believer should take?   Water
baptism.
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