How to Walk in Christian Obedience
Baptism: Identifying with Christ and His Church
The Motive for Baptism: Why Should You be Baptized?
Baptism is necessary for Christian obedience, and is vital to growth in your Christian walk. We are encouraged to keep Christ’s commandments through baptism:
- By the example of Christ
- By the encouragement of New Testament believers (Acts 8:26-38; 10:47-48; and 16:25-34)
- By the explanation of Scripture (Romans 6:4-5)
The Method of Baptism: How Should You Be Baptized?
- Baptism is a public declaration of the believer’s personal faith in Christ
- Baptism is a perfect illustration of what Christ did for sinners on the cross through His death, burial, and resurrection
- Baptism is a personal identification between Christ and His church
The Moment of Baptism: When Should You Be Baptized?
You should be baptized immediately following your salvation experience as a new believer. This is according to the pattern found in Acts 2:41.
Church Membership: Strengthening Your Faith with Other Believers
The church is not a building or organization but it is a body of believers with Christ as the head. The Bible illustrates the church as a body, bride, branch, and a building of God. Your membership within a local church is a significant part of your Christian growth and walk with the Lord.
Opportunities of Membership
- Membership means identity
- Membership means involvement (Romans 12:4-5)
- Membership means influence
Obligations of Membership
- Accountability (1 Corinthians 12:20-27)
- Testimony (Ephesians 4:1-32)
- Generosity (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)