'Baptism' Tagged Posts

'Baptism' Tagged Posts

DEATH & RESURRECTION IN BAPTISM

On this second Sunday of Easter (for every Sunday is a celebration of Easter), our epistle lesson from Romans 6 talks about death and resurrection in the gospel waters of Baptism.  This is what Paul says: “What shall we say then? Shall we keep on sinning so that grace may increase?  Absolutely not! We died to sin. How can we go on living in it any longer?  Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus…

YOU CAN LEARN A LOT FROM A RAINBOW

“I have set My rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember My covenant…never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” Over and over, God repeats this to Noah:  “Never again…never again…never again” will He destroy the entire earth with the waters of a flood.  From the New Testament…

WHERE IS THIS WRITTEN?

In the second chapter of his second letter, Peter releases a blistering attack on false teachers.  We know that false doctrine is poisonous. We know that true doctrine is the only antidote.   In the Small Catechism Luther was accustomed to ask:  “Where is this written?”  He then set down the Bible passages where a given doctrine or teaching was found.  By way of review and for your personal Bible study at home, here are some of the main teachings of…

“DO NOT HINDER THEM” – A REVIEW OF INFANT BAPTISM

“Baptism now saves you,” says Peter  in his first epistle (1 Peter 3:21).  Baptism is never spoken of as something we do for God, but as something God does for us – an expression of the gospel.  In The Gospel According To St. Mark, we are introduced to John’s “baptism for the forgiveness of sins,” and then to our sinless Savior who comes to Jordan’s bank for baptism as our Substitute to fulfill all righteousness. Understandably, as people were first…

BURIED AND RAISED WITH CHRIST

No matter how you cut it, the passages in the Bible which talk about Baptism always speak of Baptism not as something we do for God, not as some commitment or decision on our part, not as some ordinance or 11th commandment tacked on to the gospel of God’s grace, but rather as something which God does for us – washing us, clothing us, giving birth to us, adopting us, saving us.  Baptism is a means of grace, a visible…

IMMERSE? DUNK? DIP? POUR? SPRINKLE? SPLASH?

Sam and John argued over how baptism should be done.  Sam held out for immersion.  He said the person must be dunked all the way under the water. John argued that any method of applying the water was OK as long as it was a Christian baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   John said:  “So you would say that the water has to cover you even up to the ankles to make the baptism…

WHERE IS THIS WRITTEN?

From time to time, it is helpful to list some of the main teachings of the Bible along with some of the main passages where these teachings are found: The one, true God is the Triune God – one God in three Persons Deuteronomy 6:4;  Matthew 3:16-17;  Matthew 28:19;  2 Corinthians 13:15 The Scriptures are the verbally inspired and inerrant Word of God John 10:35;  2 Timothy 3:15-17;  2 Peter 1:21 The Law shows us our sin and the Gospel…

AN INTERESTING AND CHALLENGING PASSAGE

A scribe once asked Jesus:  “Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”   Jesus replied:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…” (Matthew 22:37)   Sometimes we run across passages in God’s book which require us to wrestle a bit.  A case in point is the opening portion of today’s text from Acts 19.  So here goes:    When Paul returns to Ephesus, he meets some “disciples.”  He quizzes…

IMMERSE? DUNK? DIP? POUR? SPRINKLE? SPLASH?

Sam and John argued over how baptism should be done.  Sam held out for immersion.  He said the person must be dunked all the way under the water. John argued that any method of applying the water was OK as long as it was a Christian baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. So John challenged Sam:  “So you would say that the water has to cover you even up the ankles to make the baptism…

A REVIEW OF THE BASICS

Sometimes it is good to review the basics – for our own understanding of what we believe, and to help others understand also.  The message of the Bible can be summed up in the three-fold motto of the Lutheran Reformation: By Grace Alone By Faith Alone By Scripture Alone GRACE ALONE We believe that all people are by birth and nature sinful, alienated from God.   We believe that God saves us by His free grace, His undeserved love. God showed…

EASTER & THE NEW LIFE

Of all the pictures the Bible uses to teach us about the blessings of the gospel in the sacrament of Baptism, surely the picture Paul uses in Romans 6 is the strangest to our ears. He says:  “Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?  We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of…