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The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

January 12, 2014 Speaker: The Very Rev. Dr. Henry Baldwin

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Discipleship = “allowing Jesus to live his life through us as we seek to walk in obedience to him.”

Regeneration is the Starting Point of Discipleship

How does the Bible define Regeneration?

John 3 - “being born again”

Titus 3:5 - washing away of sin

Romans 6:4-6 - freed from absolute control of the old nature – implanting new nature

Ephesians 1:13, 4:30 – being given the indwelling Holy Spirit

Regeneration … Walking in Newness of life … Salvation

Romans 8:24 - Were saved

1 Corinthians 15:2 - Are being saved

Acts 11:14 - Will be saved

Baptism = ??

Acts 22:16“Rise, be baptized and wash away your sins.”

Colossians 2:12-14 - Release from sin’s total grip over us

Acts 2:38 - "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ … you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Mark 16:16 - “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.”

Intimate Connections:

• Regeneration & Discipleship

• Baptism & Regeneration

• Baptism & Discipleship

Matthew 3:13-17 – Jesus our Model of Discipleship

• Note his Baptism as our model

¿¿¿What is the Relationship of Baptism and Regeneration – surely they are not identical, are they???

The Process of Regeneration – Ephesians 2:1-10

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience-- among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-- by grace you have been saved-- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Neither Regeneration nor Baptism has their origins in this world

• Regeneration - “Before the Foundations of the World!”

Matthew 13:35, 25:34; Luke 11:50; John 17:24; Ephesians 1:4; Hebrews 4:3, 9:26; 1 Peter 1:20; Revelation 13:8; 17:8

Luke 3:16 - Baptism not from men, but from God

What then is Baptism? It is __________________________

Implications:

• Recall the fact of your baptism daily

• Non-necessity vs. neglect of this great Sacrament

• “Why do you wait”?

1 Peter 3:21-22 - “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.”