Guide to Baptism
I thought because I had been baptised as a child that I was all sorted. I was wrong and didn't properly understand.
After believing in my heart and saying with my mouth that "Jesus was Lord over my life", I thought that was enough and I was done. You know, in the new club! But something was in the back of my mind that was compelling me to get baptised. When I told my parents (bearing in mind by this time I was forty six!) they both said I didn't need to!
I went ahead anyway, we both did. It was a great day, the Church laid on a great BBQ and everyone turned up. so far so good.
The trouble was, we were not given any teaching or direction as to why we "had" to get baptised. All the Churchy people accepted that we need to but we didn't really understand.
We both now know that God was directing us because without getting baptised in water and later being baptised by the Holy Spirit, only then can we call ourselves Christians as it specifically states in the Bible. It might come as a surprise to some people, but that's what it says in the Bible, take a look at the following verses:
- Believe in your heart and say with your mouth - (Romans 10:9)
- Baptised in Water - (John 3:3)
- Baptised by the Holy Spirit - (Romans 8:9)
Once we make a commitment to Jesus, we are demonstrating to satan that we belong to Jesus and that's final. It doesn't stop satan trying to have a go though! And don't I know it. It took me nearly eighteen months to realise what was going on and none of the people I was connected with at Church were any the wiser!
I began to search on-line and finally came across Rev Dr Chang. He had delivered a number of sermons which I started reading at number six. I then realised there were ten of them. So I started at the beginning. By the end it was as if he was speaking directly to me, including the different circumstances I was, and had been in.
After I'd finished, I copied and paste all the sermons in to one document and saved it as a PDF. It is well worth a read, trust me, I speak from experience.
It's probably the best teaching you could get about baptism - Enjoy