Eleven Ways to be Baptized
Presented by Evangelist Wendell Stover
Turn with me in your Bibles please, to Revelation chapter 22. Youíve read this text before, youíve heard this text before, but I hope it will take on a new meaning, even this evening. Revelation 22, beginning with verses 10 and 11: "And he saith unto me, ĎSeal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.í" Never before in the history of Protestantism have we been able to teach what weíre able to teach today from prophecy. In times past people have been able to look ahead at things that were prophesied to take place, but now we can stand and say, "Look, it is already happening."
The messages of Revelation 14 were not designed to be given with full measure, a 100 years ago, or 75 years ago. They were given for us living in the last days. No wonder he was counseled here, "for the time is at hand." Notice the next verse. We do not know when this special announcement will be given: "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still." Isnít that a serious verse of consequence? God himself making the proclamation that someone is lost. No second chance. And to make sure that we get the idea, he says: "And he which is filthy, let him be filthy still." When the trumpet call of God sounds and the heavens open wide as we discovered the other evening. How that when Jesus returns to the earth it is a literal coming, an audible appearing, a visible representation of God himself, every eye being able to see Him coming, the righteous caught up with those who have died in Christ to meet the Lord in the air. What a wonderful, special opportunity! But when that happens, there will be those who have been so close to making a decision for God, but they never made it. God wants to save people, but there is also a choice that we must make in that great endeavor. A time appointed shall come, and at a time God will make the announcement, "This is it. He that is unjust, shall be unjust forever." But I like the last part of this verse, God also declares, "But he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still."
What does the book of Revelation declare makes a person holy? What a question! Now you stay with me tonight and weíre going to arrive at our destination of baptism. There are those who believe that the absence of sinful behavior in a personís life would qualify them for that definition of being righteous. Now that certainly has itís place, but thatís not the right definition. To be holy we have to be made holy. To be converted, to have a changed mind, means that God has to do something for us, in us. God wants to place His law within our mind. Not just the knowledge of the law, not just information, but in that new birth comes the inward desire to do the things that would make Him happy, not because we have to, but because we want to. I would suggest to you this evening that we are judged righteous because He is righteous first of all. Thatís the true definition of righteousness. But not to exclude the fact, that if we are truly converted then we will begin to do the things that he would want us to do. We will adopt the things that are right, and we will reject the things that are wrong.
The book of Revelation makes it so clear that in the last days, God will have a people! A people so distinct from the rest of the world, that it raises up a red flag in the army of Satan, because Satan hates Godís people. There is one explanation that lets us understand why he hates Godís people so much. That which stands between Godís people and Satanís people is one miraculous gift thatís come to mankind, and thatís Jesus Christ. Of course, Jesus Christ has given us the "Moral Law" or the "Ten Commandment Law" so that we might know Him better and how to serve Him better. The older I get I am beginning to have "senior moments." Am I the only one here? Sometimes instead of any self-justification, I just simply say, "I donít know, I forgot." Itís nice to write things down, if you can remember where you put it! Now God wrote this down a long time ago. And He says, "This is the Covenant that I want to make with my people." But when Jesus came, he expounded on that Covenant, didnít he? He lived that Covenant. He did not change the Ten Commandment Law, but he amplified it so graciously. As we go to the book of Matthew the last chapter, letís read together what Jesus admonished his disciples to do that would help the church of God to grow, Matthew chapter 28. This was not to change the Commandments at all, but this would certainly give a visible ceremony to those who would take a stand and say, "Yes, I want to be on Godís side. I want to be one hundred percent on Godís side, and Iím willing to take a public stand. That is my commitment."
Matthew chapter 28, beginning with verses 19 and 20, Jesus now giving this commandment. He says, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." This commandment that Christ gave to those desciples, and for the desciples who would come later on, and for the ministry even in our day comes as a commitment to be obedient to what Jesus is asking. He says, "Go and tell my story all over the world, and then when people believe, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost." Tonight, if you have never been baptized, I wish you would think seriously about this wonderful, joyful opportunity. In a couple of weeks, weíre going to have a baptism here, and if you have never been baptized, certainly consider being in this baptism. If youíve never been baptized the Bible way, after this meeting tonight I wish you would speak to any one of the pastoral staff here, Pastor Herold or myself. We would like to see that you get all the information, and that you are prepared for that baptism. It is a wonderful experience!
What does it mean to be baptized "the Bible way"? Well, certainly not the way some people might think. Some have been baptized over the telephone. Is there anyone here that would fit into that category? Some have received certificates through the mail. Some have been baptized through the pouring of salt, or the sprinkling of salt. Some have been baptized three times forward. Once in the name of the Father, once in the name of the Son, and once in the name of the Holy Spirit. Others have said, "No, thatís not the way to do it!" And so they have been baptized backward, once in the name of the Holy Spirit, once in the name of the Son, and once in the name of the Father. Some have been baptized by the pouring of oil, or the sprinkling of oil. And since some have supposed that it doesnít really matter the method of your baptism they use such things as rose petals. Some have been baptized by the pouring of water. But I suppose we are really not interested how every one else has been baptized. We are interested in the Biblical teaching of baptism. Am I right? Notice this experience in the life of Jesus. Turn with me in the book of Matthew 3. I would hope that those who are studying from the book of Revelation and realizing that we are living at the very end of time, and for those who have not been baptized the Bible way, there would come this calling, this invitation, to follow the words of Jesus and to be baptized the Bible way.
In Matthew 3, John the Baptist is preaching. I wish we could have seen this man preach. He must have been a healthy individual. Certainly his message gained the attention of a lot of folks, because as they came to listen to him, he said to those people, "You need to be baptized." And his message also, was a very distinct message. To my knowledge no one in Israel could give the message of John the Baptist. You see, his message was sort of like that of Elijah. And sometimes we refer to the "Elijah Message." Which hints of a very distinctive message of preparation. And John the Baptist was called to give a message of preparation for Jesusí coming.
Likewise, we today are called to give a message for Jesusí second coming. Here in Matthew chapter 3 John is preaching. I wish I had one of his sermons in manuscript form. I know on one occasion when he saw Jesus coming, he pointed upward and said to that congregation, "Behold the Lamb of God!" A new idea in theology. Why, they were still making animal sacrifices for the sins of one person. But here he says, "Behold the Lamb of God!" In other words, "That is Godís Lamb! That will be His sacrifice!" The same person, or the same God, if you please, that John said would become the true Lamb of God, was standing here in person, recorded in Matthew chapter 3. He walks out into the water, where John the Baptist is, and as we read from verse 13, "Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordon unto John, to be baptized of him." Maybe Jesus could have done this a week earlier or a week later, I donít have that information, but I know this much for sure, when the Holy Spirit begins to work on someoneís heart, that now is the time! If that person will respond they will receive a tremendous blessing from God.
This is the dangerous part about ministry, to be able to present the message in such an alluring way that the blessings of God are amplified more than the curses that are taught in the book of Revelation. And hold out the blessing of God, not as the reward of being righteous, but as the natural response of Godís heart toward manís heart redeemed. They stand out in the water, Jesus and John the Baptist. We have two verses here, verse 13 Iíve already read. The purpose of Jesusí coming was to be baptized. But verse 14 reminds us that when Jesus came out toward John, John says, "I need you to baptize me. And you are coming to me."
John realized the authority of Jesus Christ who was standing before him. Here was the One who could speak and create the Jordan River, and yet He was asking this man to baptize Him. Now verse 15, you should underline this. Place a star beside it or something, because in verse 15 Jesus admits that for His own salvation He does not need to be baptized. Everything he did was for the good of other people. And in verse 15 Jesus said to John, "Suffer it to be so." Now we donít use that word today, it really means "John, now letís allow this to take place. Donít argue with me. Iím here for a purpose. This is part of the divine plan of salvation and redemption." Jesus says, "If you do this, it will allow us to fulfill all righteousness."
Verse 16, Iím not exactly sure what John said as he baptized Jesus. Itís such an important, wonderful occasion. It demands some careful thought what we would say. Unseen angels hovering around the place of baptism. The recording angels in Heaven made glad. But most of all we are told that there is joy in Heaven over one person who will repent. It reaches the heart of Jesus, thatís what I like to think about. Maybe John raised his hand and said something like this, "Under the divine authority as a man called of God it is my privilege today to baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."
Actually the word baptism does not lean itself toward many variations. The word baptize simply means "to dunk." Thatís the common term, more appropriately in correct English, I guess we could say immerse. There is no idea given in the word baptize or baptism that refers to sprinkling of salt or of it being able to come through the mail or over the telephone or any of those methods. Jesus was baptized through the teaching of scripture here, as John taking Him all the way down into the water, and then bringing Him up out of the water again. Now if John was privileged to use rose petals or salt or oil or any other method of baptism, well, then certainly that would destroy our study for this evening but it did not happen that way. The Jewish nation was well acquainted with the idea of baptism. It was only later on and especially during a very special time of apostasy, that different forms of baptism were introduced. I appreciate verse 16, "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water." That means that when John brought him up, immediately He came out of the water. Now he could not come up out of the water if he had not been down in the water. You get the picture donít you? And if you choose to be baptized Jesusí way, I promise you, thatís the way these pastors here will baptize you, in a beautiful ceremony. God saw fit that He would make something special out of this. A special bird was seen, a voice was heard, letís read of it in the next verse. It says He saw, "The heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." So we have the record of Jesusí baptism. And if I were going to be baptized, I would want to be baptized just like Jesus.
Turn with me again to Matthew 28. I suppose when someone begins to think seriously about baptism they want to be assured they have the preparation necessary for that very special and unique event. I would like to suggest that a person should be taught before they are baptized. Matthew 28:20, part of the gospel commission, Jesus said that they should go and teach all nations and then baptize them. And then in verse 20 He clarifies what they are supposed to teach. "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." Now Iím ashamed to admit it this evening, but I have worked in the company of those who wanted things taught that Jesus did not command to be taught before a person is baptized. What about this idea, teaching someone before theyíre baptized? What is the ministry obligated out of the scripture to teach? Well, first of all, I think a person should be aware of the Ten Commandments that Jesus gave. To me thatís just a very basic place to start. Would you agree? That we could stay just with the Ten Commandments, adding nothing to the Ten Commandments, and taking nothing away from the Ten Commandments. It does not mean that someone understands everything about the Bible. You are not required to. You are not required to repeat the prophecies that we place up here on the board that appear so easy. You are not required to know all those Bible texts and explanations. The natural response is this, when someone comes to Jesus Christ as a sinner, the Holy Spirit changes the heart. There is to be a motivating desire inwardly coming from Jesus as a gift to that person, that motivates him to do the things that would make Jesus happy. And that would include the keeping of all the Commandments of God.
I think Jesus also amplified the idea that we are a very special part of Creation, designed in the image of God Almighty. I suggest very strongly to people before they are baptized that their body is the temple of God. They really to do not own the body themselves, therefore itís special to treat the body as a temple. And if there are things that defile the body, such as the use of alcohol, or tobacco, or anything that the Bible teaches is unclean, it would certainly be worth our while to study that out and ask Him to give us the victory over those things. Would this be a part of the preparation for baptism? I think so.
Turn with me to the book of Mark, chapter 16. All of this would really be ineffective, if this verse was not in effect. Mark chapter 16 and verse 16. "He that believeth and is baptized that be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." Now if someone is to be taught and if someone is to believe, in preparation for baptism, this really tells the truth about infant baptism. People with good intention have been baptized as infants and then later on as they begin to grow and mature in their convictions of baptism they really should be baptized again. If you were baptized as a child, either through the sprinkling of water or the pouring of oil, as is so common, I would gently suggest to you, think about being rebaptized the Bible way. Because now you have been taught, now you can believe, I know the opposite would also be true. Iíve met those who said to me, "Pastor I was baptized when I was 10, 12 years old, and I really did not know what I was doing. Now I fully believe and I want to be rebaptized." God has provided a way whereby all of us can respond to baptism. Each time someone is baptized, I think it is appropriate to summarize some of the teachings of Scripture, and for everyone listening, as they observe someone being baptized, each person present can make a renewed commitment in their own lives. Thatís what they believe, because the truth does not change.
What do you think about young people being baptized, and the preparation thatís necessary for them? I was down in South Georgia having some meetings, and two young ladies, about 12 and 13 responded on the decision part one evening to be baptized. We sat down with Mother and Daddy in their home. I knew it was a wonderful decision for these kids to be making, and I casually made the statement to the father, "You must be so happy. Your children are interested in the Scripture and in giving their lives to Jesus and they want to be baptized." That dear man was ready for me. He simply blurted out like a verbal shotgun, in a very huffy way that I feel very uncomfortable trying to mimic, "They are not ready to be baptized!"
Now you know me and my inquisitive nature. I said, "Why?" Here again came the machine gun, ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba.
He said, with his finger shaking, "When those girls stop arguing with their Mother, when they wash the dishes, when they pick up their clothes and put them in the dirty clothes basket, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah . . ." He had a long list of requirements in his mind that had to be met before those kids could be ready to be baptized. I tried to persuade him that some of the things he was interested in were normal for teenagers. Because someoneís baptized does not automatically create a burning desire in someone to go wash the supper dishes. Or to do laundry. Now we would hope that it would help. But I tried to persuade him that through natural maturity and growth God would give those girls victory in those areas but those were really not requirements taught in Scripture. Still they refused to let the kids be baptized because they were too young and did not fully understand.
The best illustration I saw was with cups. A small cup filled water and a larger cup filled with water. A young person has a little cup, an older person has a larger cup. All God requires is for the cup to be filled. Thatís all. You cannot expect a young person to have the spiritual maturity of someone who has been studying the Scriptures for many, many years. And as a family I am so happy that we have the ability of letting people grow after they are baptized.
Turn with me to this text in the book of Acts, the second chapter. Oh, what a sermon they must have had on this day. Peter is preaching. I visualize Peter as being a very aggressive, colorful preacher. He preaches with full authority of the Holy Spiritís blessing. When he finishes that sermon, the Bible tells us that some of his listeners came to him and in verse 37 I would like to read: "Now when they heard this," speaking about Peterís sermon, "They were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? We have never heard the message that we have heard today." I would be so bold as to declare that some of you here have never heard what youíre hearing at this meeting, maybe youíve never been taught who Jesus really is as the Son of God. Maybe no one ever cared if you knew that Jesus was going to come back in a literal way in a blaze of glory. Perhaps no on ever spoke to you about all the Commandments of God including the Sabbath day. And attending these meetings you are hearing these very special truths and something is welling up in your heart, and you know that it is right for you and you want to respond, you want to please God. So was the occasion here with these people. And the Bible uses that Old English phrase, "pricked in their hearts." They were under conviction. They came to the speaker and to his associates and say, "We want to do something!" You will appreciate the answer, I know you will, verse 38, "Then Peter said unto them, ĎRepent and be baptized every one of you in the name Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.í "
Now here Peter suggested that they should repent. After tonight you will never forget what it means to repent. I would like to give you a visual lesson of repentance. Everyone look at the end of that pew. When I reach that pew Iím going to repent. This is a true Biblical description. Here is someone who is very mean. He is grouchy to his wife. He slams the door. Everything she cooks he gripes about it. He doesnít even like to love on the little dog. He steals candy from little babies. Heís a bad person. Heís walking this direction but when he repents . . . did you see that? Repentance brings with it a change of direction. So if he is mean and grumpy and gripey, to his wife, to his children, to the people he works with, when he comes to Jesus, then he presents her with flowers and roses and Russell Stover candy. He buys his little dog Dog Biscuits. He becomes a changed person.
Repentance also brings something else with it. Have you heard the story of two bank robbers who knelt beside their bed to pray one evening? They had a religious background. They had been taught as young people to have worship in the evening. And so, staying in the motel that night, one knelt on one side of the bed and the other brother knelt on the other side of the bed. As they folded their hands as they were kneeling, one brother said, "Dear Lord, Thank you today for keeping us safe as we robbed the First National Bank. Give us your safety, protection, and guidance tomorrow as we rob the SunTrust Bank. Amen." Did they pray? Did they pray? Well, we have a mixed response tonight. Then donít answer that question, let me ask another one. Did they confess their sin? Well, again, some of you say "Yes" and some of you say "No". Let me ask a third question. By the way, these are trick questions. Did those two men repent? Oh, weíre all in agreement now! Why not? He did admit to God they had robbed a bank. So verbally it was expressed. Did they repent? Something must be missing then, in that prayer. When our children were born, dedicated to God, all three of them, and I watched their little chubby hands grow and develop, so precious was that experience of parenting. I knew they were perfect kids. No one else might know that, but I did. And I knew with the right training and loving relationship they would never do anything wrong! But occasionally the Stover side of the family came out. And this would begin to take place. You ever had that happen between two of your children? And Debbie would say, "Now, apologize." They would sit there, the little hands folded, faces so pure and innocent looking, "Iím sorry!" "Iím sorry!" Somethingís wrong, right? Sort of like the two bank robbers. "Ohhh, we robbed the bank." Thereís nothing from the heart. Not a sorrowfulness for the sin. Now in these meetings over and over again, Iím trying to bring this point out so clearly, that part of true conversion is learning to love the things that Jesus would love and hate sin as He would hate it. Most of us just want to stop doing the sin, but by the grace of God, I want to hate the sin. What he said right here, "Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ," that was tremendous advice. He was suggesting to those people a change of lifestyle, in harmony with the total complete teaching of Scripture. Notice verse 39. And even for all of their children. "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."
I could tell you stories this evening of people who have come through the doors of the places weíve been having meetings. A man not very far from here came to the meetings for the very first time. I donít even remember the Bible study that night, but afterwards he came up and shook my hand and said that he really enjoyed the meeting and he was thankful to be here at the meeting. As we visited I sensed in this dear man a burning desire to be right with God. And I just asked him, calling him by name, and I said, "Is your life right with Jesus Christ? Are you living the life that you believe Jesus wants you to live?" Tears began to flow, and he said, "Pastor, I think the time is right for me to change." Now I donít take this lightly. Eternal destiny is at stake. For someone to be called of God, that is special. The Pastor and I visited with that man. We prayed with him and I believe he truly accepted Christ as his substitute and as his Savior. He stood up and said, "I came in as a drug dealer. Iím leaving a changed man." In the last letter I had from him, he was on the West Coast, entered a school taking theology, preparing for the ministry. Something about God calling a person, sometimes no one else knows when God is calling, but the person being called, if heís honest, he knows that. Verse 41 says this: "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls."
I would refuse to baptize someone who did not gladly receive the Word. I was down in Alabama, and I was pastoring a church, having some revival meetings, just like this one. One night a young lady, she appeared to be in her early twenties, approached me asking if I were the pastor, and I said "Yes."
She said, "Will you baptize me?" I like to hear that. So as we visited, the other Pastor and I with this young lady. I asked her name and she told me. I asked her where she lived and she told me. But then she said, "I donít have a church home. I donít attend church, and I wonít ever be back to this church again. But will you please baptize me tonight? I want to be baptized tonight."
I think we have a wonderful privilege, under the grace of God, to explain what it means to be a Christian. And so, knowing that God can bless in every situation I asked her, "Have you given your life to Jesus?" She said, "What do you mean?" I said, "Are you saved?" Now generally here in the South most of us understand what that means. She looked puzzled so I said, "Have you ever prayed the sinnerís prayer of faith? Is Jesus you Savior? If you should die tonight do you have the assurance in your heart that you are ready to meet Jesus?" And I noticed a long pause.
She said, "No." Now I refuse to talk people into making a decision for Christ. I want to invite them, but I refuse to talk somebody into it.
I said, "Wouldnít you like to?" Explaining how eternal destiny is at stake and what it means to be a Christian and what it means to have your name written in the book of life?
And almost angrily she said, shaking her head, "No, I donít want to! But please baptize me tonight." If you had been a pastor, Bible teacher, evangelist, would you have baptized her? No. Confession . . . turn with me to 1 John. You see, there was no gladness in her mind or in her heart of receiving the Word, 1 John 1:9.
This sort of reminds me about a very special lady who began to be called of God to change some habits and bring some lifestyle changes into her life. She sat in the Pastorís office with me and she said, "Why did you have to tell me about Saturday being the Sabbath? If Iíd never heard that I would have never known it and I would not be responsible for it."
Now thatís what I call the martyr complex. "Why me, God? Poor little pitiful me?" 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Part of this story is so beautiful realizing what Jesus has done for us. Nothing more can He do for our redemption than He has already accomplished. What he refuses to do and what He is incapable of doing is forcing you to love Him. He wants you to have the very best in this life and in the life to come. But He will never force you to love Him. I think thatís beautiful. What He does is send messages to us through the spoken word, like in this Bible study, through the songs that are being presented here, through visits that you have with people on the job or with Mom and Dad or whoever is a spiritual guardian in your life. God wants to bless you in so many different ways. But He will never force Himself upon you. He wants His blessings to be presented to you. And I think itís appropriate and proper to explain to someone all the benefits of living for Jesus.
I saw a bumper sticker the other day. It said something like this . . . (My, Iím having a senior moment again.) I DONíT MAKE MUCH MONEY AS A CHRSITIAN, BUT THE REWARD IS OUT OF THIS WORLD. I like that, donít you? If we confess our sins it means if we verbally confess them before God, He will do something that we cannot do, He will forgive us of that sin, taking the record away from the books of Heaven. He gives us a brand new start. With that confession should also come a willing sorrowfulness to turn away from that sin.
I suppose Debbie and I had not been married a few months. I was putting on my boots one morning and she came and stood directly in front of me. I knew by her tone of voice that something was really wrong. She said, "Wendell," sort of like my mother used to say it, "Wendell, do you always," (now, thatís one of those words that makes us nervous), "Do you always smell your socks before you put them on? Do you not believe that your socks are clean that are in the drawer?" I sat there and listened to that interrogation. I learned very quickly one of the rules of a happy marriage, just shut-up. Donít argue. Listen. (I got an "Amen"!) But while she was expressing herself of something that I had not even known I was doing, I was making a willful, conscientious decision in my mind that as long as God would give me two hands to dress myself, that I would never, ever again (do what?) smell my socks. Here was the one that I love the most, that God had put me with for a lifetime, and even though it was such a little thing that I was not even aware of it , when I learned that it was a big thing to her, I would have been very foolish to have said, "I donít care what you say, IĎve always done it this way, and Iím always going to do it this way." No, because I love her, I want to do the things that make her happy. Thatís indicative of spiritual growth.
Thereís a text in the book of John that we shall close with tonight. John chapter 14. This verse does not speak to rebaptism, but while youíre turning there, Godís grace to us is so wonderfully present, we have a record in Scripture of those who did not know some very special truths and especially when they learned about the Holy Spirit they were rebaptized again. I donít believe that rebaptism should ever be offered in a wholesale manner. But I know from my own experience that rebaptism for someone who even has been baptized by emersion, but whoís life may not always have been what it should have been, sometimes when we really begin to grow in Christ it can be most appropriate to be rebaptized again. As a matter of fact I happened to be with a group of pastors and we were at the Jordan River. I was baptized when I was about 12 years old and it was very special to me. But a conviction had been coming to me through the years, even in ministry that I would appreciate being rebaptized. What more appropriate time to do that than in the fellowship of other pastors and at the Jordan River. And as I shared this with Debbie we both agreed it would be a special opportunity. So a pastor friend baptized me and another one baptized Debbie and I gave the invitation. Being the only evangelist in that group, as such, as we gave the invitation there were several other pastors who said, "You know, I could really benefit from this." It was the most wonderful, beautiful, joyful celebration and I praise God for that. And I donít know about youíre walk with the Lord, but if rebaptism is something you would like to talk about certainly speak to the pastors here or me and we would certainly like to discuss that with you.
Now hereís a text in John 14. Back to this idea that if we love someone we will do the things that make them happy, even though it might be something small that weíve never even known before. And I bring this up because of the Sabbath. Verse 15, read it out loud with me please, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." The condition is, if you really love Him.
Letís pray tonight. Father God, thank you for our Bible class, for the integrity of these people sitting before me tonight trusting to receive a message of truth from Scripture. I believe, Lord, tonight that you have revealed to us the truth about baptism, its significance and importance. For those present tonight, Lord, who need just an extra measure, maybe just a gentle nudge from the Holy Spirit to follow through their convictions with baptism, I pray that even before this prayer is finished that decisions will be made for the kingdom of God for baptism. With every head bowed and every eye closed, in this very special moment, provide the answer to this prayer. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
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