In my work of discipling fellow Baptists and evangelicals, I have the joy of often introducing them to the concept of sacramental grace. I am currently writing up a little lesson on baptism for some friends, and so I thought I would share it here. For further reading, see here and here.
Here are my notes:
- The NT speaks of baptism as an event by which God gives a kind of grace where we are bound to Him.
- – Acts 2:37-38 baptized for the remission of sins
- – Matthew 28:18-20 baptism as entrance into the life of discipleship
- – Romans 6:1-4 baptism as incorporation into the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ
- – Colossians 2:11-14 baptism as circumcision (which was both a symbol and a reality of what it symbolized EVEN IF ADMINISTERED AFTER THE REALITY BEGAN – see Romans 4) & (notice how baptism and the gospel blend right into each other)
- – Ephesians 4:5 one baptism
- – Ephesians 5:26-27 washing of water with the word (cf. Titus 3:5)
- – 1 Peter 3:21 baptism now saves you