Some Things Baptism
Will Not Do
Jess W. Nutter
- 1. Baptism is a prominent Bible theme. Its many
facets are discussed.
- 2. Despite the claim of some that it is unimportant
and unnecessary, the Bible declares that when "obeyed from
the heart" (Rom. 6:17) many blessings accompany baptism.
- A. One's sins are remitted. Acts 2:38.
- B. One is saved. Mark 16:16.
- C. One is added to the church. Acts 2:47; 1 Cor.
- D. One enters Christ. Gal. 3:27.
- 3. But though very important and necessary, there
are some things baptism will not do. It was not designed by our
Lord to accomplish some things.
- 4. In this lesson we will focus on some of them.
- I. BAPTISM DOES NOT CHANGE THE HEART.
- 1. One man said, "I was baptized and it
didn't do me any good; I was just as bad afterward, as before."
He expected too much of baptism.
- 2. The "heart" must be changed before
baptism. The heart is..
- A. The intellect which BELIEVES (Rom. 10:10);
REASONS (MK. 2:8); THINKS (Gen. 6:5).
- B. The emotions with which we LOVE (MT. 22:37);
TRUST (Prov. 3:5); DESIRE (Rom. 10:1).
- C. The will with which we INTEND (Heb. 4:12);
PURPOSE (2 Cor. 9:7); OBEY (Rom. 6:17).
- 3. Baptism does not change these. Faith and repentance
change the heart.
- II. BAPTISM DOES NOT REMOVE TEMPTATION.
- 1. Jesus was tempted immediately following his
baptism. MT. 4:1-11.
- 2. All Christians suffer temptation. Jas. 1:
2, 3, 12-15; 1 Cor. 10:13.
- 3. Satan begins to tempt earnestly following
baptism. Eph. 6:11.
- III. BAPTISM DOES NOT MAKE ONE SINLESS.
- 1. No one is without sin. Rom. 3:23; 1 Jno. 1:8-10;
- 2. Holy Spirit baptism did not make recipient
- IV. BAPTISM DOES NOT GUARANTEE ETERNAL SALVATION.
- 1. Though some believe "Once saved, always
saved," the Bible does not teach it.
- After one becomes a Christian, he can:
- A. "Be overtaken in a fault and need restoring."
- B. "Sin and be in the gall of bitterness
and bond of iniquity, and perish." Acts 8:18-23.
- C. "Return to weak and beggarly elements
of world." Gal. 4:9.
- D. "Turn from the Holy Commandment...."
2 Pet. 2:20-22.
- E. "Look back and become unfit for kingdom."
- 2. While some do not believe it, they live as
though they did. Baptism is their last positive action.
- 3. Baptism is not the end of obedience, but the
beginning of "Walking a new life in Christ." Rom. 6:4;
- 4. The "Crown of life" is for the "Faithful
unto death." Rev. 2:10.
- Conclusion: Baptism is essential; you cannot
be saved without it! But baptism "alone" will not save
any more than faith "alone." -Preaching from the
Past, A Collection of Sermon Outlines by Jess W. Nutter,
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