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:

  1. By the example of Christ
  2. By the encouragement of New Testament believers (Acts 8:26-38; 10:47-48; and 16:25-34)
  3. By the explanation of Scripture (Romans 6:4-5)

The Method of Baptism: How Should You Be Baptized?

  1. Baptism is a public declaration of the believer’s personal faith in Christ
  2. Baptism is a perfect illustration of what Christ did for sinners on the cross through His death, burial, and resurrection
  3. 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

  1. Membership means identity
  2. Membership means involvement (Romans 12:4-5)
  3. Membership means influence

Obligations of Membership

  1. Accountability (1 Corinthians 12:20-27)
  2. Testimony (Ephesians 4:1-32)
  3. Generosity (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)