Episode Notes

What Is Baptism? – Kerrin Wallis [28/10/2018 AM]

Kerrin talks about the meaning of water baptism

Key Scripture

Matthew 3:1-12 (NIV)

3 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’

John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

  • When Kerrin was young, he used to go fishing with his brothers who were 6 and 8 years older than he was. As they waded through the river water, Kerrin had to hold his fishing rod above his head.
  • When he was about 18yrs old, he had grown taller than his brothers, but one day he realised that he was still in the habit of holding his fishing rod above his head although he was now taller than his brothers. He did this out of habit.
  • Kerrin liked a Breville for lunch, but didn’t realise that they were actually toasted sandwiches. It was a habit of calling something by the brand name instead of what it really was.
  • Baptism is not some dry religious ceremony. It is the principles of baptism and the pride behind it.
  • We find baptism in the Old Testament, as well as the New Testament.
  • In the New Testament John the Baptist came to point the world to Jesus.
  • Baptism is a foundational truth, it is part of what we know.
  • Baptism was around prior to John the Baptist and Jesus. It was a Jewish ceremony for people to signal their identity in the culture.
  • People knew what it meant. It was like a Footy jumper that identitifies with a specific group.
  • John the Baptist was part of the custom which symbolised a ‘New Thing’ coming. Foretelling the transition to God’s Kingdom.
  • (Kerrin thought John the Baptist was a combination between Bear Grylls and Brian Houston).
  • The Natural demonstrated the Spiritual showing that every person can have their sins forgiven. God is available to everyone.
  • Baptism is the outward showing of the inward change.
  • Don’t rely on religion any more, we need a spiritual awakening
  • Baptism done in line with repentance of sins.
  • It is not infant baptism, it is an external expression.
  • It is just as significant today as it was in the past as it identifies your stance – what you believe.
  • Christianity means followers of Christ

Matthew 3:1-12 (NIV)

3 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”

John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Vs 17  (NIV)

17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

  • Baptism is a powerful life engaging experience.
  • When Jesus was baptised it was invited the Holy Spirit and power of God into our lives.

Romans 6:3-4 (NIV)

Or 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 the Father, we too may live a new life.

Vs 6 (NIV)

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—

  • Baptism is a picture of coming to life in Jesus, not just death to the old life.
  • When you go through the waters of baptism, it shows a total dedication to God. He takes ALL of your life.
  • It is full immersion – totally under the water. When you come through the waters you will be filled with the Holy Spirit being empowered by God.
  • We understand what we do, but we need to understand why.
  • That is the power of baptism. It is shows that you are committed to seeing God.
  • After Jesus was baptised THEN He stepped into the 3 years of ministry that He came to this world to fulfil. It showed the life and purpose that He had. The Spirit of God descended on Jesus, THEN the Holy Spirit led him into the wilderness. THEN the devil tempted him.
  • Baptism opens up the heavens over our lives.
  • We don’t believe in closet Christianity, baptism is a public statement of commitment to follow Jesus.

Matthew 3:16-17 (NIV)

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

  • It does something that opens us up to the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
  • It says to the world – I belong to Jesus. It shows that we have surrendered our hearts to Jesus. God is well pleased.
  • Baptism helps identify us as a follower of Jesus Christ.
  • It demonstrates the awesome plan of God for you and me.
  • It represents what is to come in our lives.

Luke 7:29-30 (NIV)

29 (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John. 30 But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.)

  • Experts in religious law rejected the new message, they chose to hold on to their religious ways. They refused to embrace what God was doing in their lives and it robbed them of their future with God.
  • In Acts it shows that believers had courage and new believers were added to the Church daily.

Acts 2:37-41

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

  • Peter delivered the first sermon. It signified the beginning of the Church
  • and showed the people the need to REPENT – understand their sins.
  • God is not an option, he is a need.
  • Kerrin’s son Boston wants Coco Pops, but what he really needs is breakfast.
  • We cannot make it on our own, we need God.
  • Be BAPTISED and tell the world of your love for God – it is a demonstration of your feeling.
  • Receive the HOLY SPIRIT – serve God in your outward work.
  • What are you stepping into today?
  • There ought to be the demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit on your lives. It comes as a result of understanding the need for God in your lives.
  • The people were first baptised – then thousands were ADDED to their number.
  • We need to join the family of God, not live in isolation. We need to become members of God’s family
  • Our response to Christ in Baptism is a public demonstration .
  • Don’t believe it when our culture says that we are okay, we need a change of heart to encounter God.
  • We need to look to Jesus for a new identity, to understand the need to know Jesus. Baptism shows it publicly.
  • Step into the fullness of God. Faith is a very public thing.
  • We need to receive a fresh fire of the power of God.
  • Baptism is fundamental to our following God.
  • We don’t just need to know about God, we need to KNOW
  • We need to understand that He is a NEED in your life.
  • He is essential to who we are.

Suggestions for Discussion Questions

  1. Have you been through the waters of Baptism?
  2. Discuss why we need to do this.
  3. Discuss what Baptism identifies in our lives.
  4. Have you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in your lives?