Archive for Baptism

09-29-19 Kevin Goins - Saved Through Water

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Baptism, Bible by facatl on October 1st, 2019

“Saved Through Water”
1 Peter 3:18-21

We can learn by listening to words, but mental pictures can be far more enlightening. That is why the Bible not only tells us about baptism, it gives us some unforgettable pictures. Today we are looking at the picture of baptism found in the first letter of Peter.

I Most Christians consider this a ____________ text for two reasons:

A. First, it’s a difficult text because we are not sure ________ Jesus went and to _______ he preached.

1. Some believe Jesus preached to all who _______________ God before the flood and he gave them a ________ to hear the Gospel.

2. Others believe he was announcing his ___________ over sin to the spirit- beings, or angels, who had rebelled against God.

B. Second, it’s a difficult text because of Peter’s words, “this water symbolizes baptism that now _______ you also.”

1. Peter begins the passage, vs 18, talking about the __________________, and he ends the passage, vs 21, talking about the __________________.

2. Then, in the middle he talks about ___________. What does a person do at baptism? They _____________ the Gospel by acting it out.

3. So, when Peter says baptism saves, he means that what baptism r___________ – the death and resurrection of Jesus – that is what saves.

II After Peter refers to Noah, he then tells us that what happened to Noah is a __________ of baptism

A. Peter says that Noah and his family were saved, not by the ________, but by the ____________.

B. Why would Peter say that Noah and his family were saved “through water?” There are ______ reason for saying this:

1. First, Noah and his family were saved through water because the flood s____________ them from the overwhelming evil in their day.

2. Second, Noah and his family were saved through water because the very thing which brought j_____________ and d_________ to earth, brought d_______________ to them.

04-28-19 Kevin Goins - Why be baptized?

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Baptism, Bible by facatl on April 30th, 2019

“Why?”

Today we have the pleasure of baptizing two believers in Jesus and we want to consider the question of why they have made this choice. But instead of asking why for the purpose of determining the cause of their decision, we want to ask why as a means of opening up a window into what the Christian life is really about. Why do we get baptized?

I First, we get baptized because the church has been ______________ by Jesus to baptize those who become his followers

A. But not only did Jesus give us a command, he also gave us an ____________.

B. It is hard to be f_________ with someone if we don’t do any of the same things – friends have a__________ in common.

C. We get baptized, not just to obey Jesus, as important as that is, but we get baptized because it helps us to i__________ with Jesus.

II Second, we get baptized to l______ u____ the name of Jesus.

-You cannot be baptized without d________ a___________ to Jesus.

III Third, we get baptized as a way of saying that Jesus has w______ a_______ our guilt and shame.

A. The word baptize means to i__________ in water, or to _________.

B. The Bible says in ___________ __:___ that “The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin.”

IV Lastly, we get baptized as a way of publicly professing that we are not ____________ of Jesus.

A. Baptism has always been a ___________ act; there is no account of __________ baptism in the Bible.

B. When we are not ashamed of Jesus, other people __________.

C. Baptism is hard, but it is probably the ________ opportunity we will ever have to be a witness for Jesus.

07-01-18 Kevin Goins - The Perils of Baptism

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Baptism, Bible by facatl on July 3rd, 2018

“The Perils of Baptism”   John 7:1-14

Here in the U.S. we do not think of baptism as dangerous. Aside from the occasional slip or fall in the baptismal tank, baptisms usually proceed without anyone being harmed in any way. But in some countries baptism may expose the believer to persecution, or worse. And even in the U.S. baptism can be perilous, because some are offended by the claims of Jesus and they may have less than positive things to say about the decision of a person to be baptized. Jesus reminds us of these dangers in our text today. Why is baptism dangerous?

I First, baptism is dangerous because it can offend p________ in p________ (7:1-2).
A. The text we are looking at today is about how d_________ it was for Jesus to go to J________.

B. What does the Feast of T____________ have to do with baptism?

1. Both are c____________ by God.

2. Both recall the h_______ of God’s s_____________.

3. Both highlight w________.

4. Both are very p_________.

II Second, baptism is dangerous because it can create misunderstanding among our f_________ m___________ (7:3-9).

III Third, baptism is dangerous because it can d__________ our f_________ (7:10-13).

IV Baptism is dangerous, but there is also a very p_________ side to all this (7:14).

-Jesus set aside the danger because:

1. He wanted to be o__________ to _______.

2. He wanted to t__________ people about ______.

03-25-18 Dunked on Palm Sunday

“Dunked on Palm Sunday!”   Luke 19:35-40

Today is Palm Sunday, but it is also the day for several believers in Jesus to obey the Lord by being baptized. So, should we talk about Palm Sunday and the triumphal entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem? Or, should we talk about baptism and what being baptized means for believers in Jesus? Why not do both? This is really not as strange as it sounds because Palm Sunday and baptism actually have a lot in common:

I First, both Palm Sunday and baptism involve people who b__________ in ________.

A. At the triumphal entry no one had to m________ up; no one had to meet any q_____________.

B. “In Acts no one who decided to follow Jesus a___ or s_______ before being baptized.”

C. The Bible says we can never measure up; we can never p_______ we are w________ of being baptized, because baptism is not for worthy people.

II Second, both Palm Sunday and baptism attract people who claim that Jesus is the ________ of their l______.

A. When you take off your j______ and place it on a dirty road so someone can walk on it without getting their shoes dirty, you are saying that that person means e________ to you.

B. The disciples of Jesus took off their c_________ and made out of them a s_________ for Jesus to ride on.

III Third, both Palm Sunday and baptism can stir up c____________.

IV Lastly, both Palm Sunday and baptism are meant for c____________ v____________.

 

06-18-17 Kevin Goins - Being Baptized on Father’s Day

“Being Baptized on Father’s Day” Matthew 6:9-13

There is a text of Scripture which not only helps us better understand baptism, but which also reminds us fathers what we should value. This text is Matthew 6:9-13 and it tells us six things about our Father in Heaven:

I Our Heavenly Father is the kind of father who cares about being r____________ (6:9).

II Our Heavenly Father is the kind of father who wants to see his K_________ a________ (6:10a).

III Our Heavenly Father is the kind of father who has a p_______ for us and he wants us to f__________ his plan (6:10b).

IV Our Heavenly Father is the kind of father who wants us to see him as our p___________ (6:11).

V Our Heavenly Father is the kind of father who wants to m__________ f____________ (6:12).

VI Our Heavenly Father is the kind of father who gives us victory over e_________ (6: 13).

02-12-17 Why Baptism? Paul Gieschen

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Baptism by facatl on February 14th, 2017

Baptism Sunday! Elder Paul Gieschen speaks to why it's important to follow Jesus' example by being baptized. The testimonies of those being baptized are not available online because of the sensitivity of their content. 

 


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