Date: May 6, 2018
Speaker: John Fonville
Series: Two Keys To Spiritual Growth
Scripture: Matthew 28:18–28:20
Tags: abrahamic covenant, baptism, sacraments, means of grace, Great Commission, Visible Church, Circumcision, Trinity, Church Membership, Visible Gospel, Discipleship, disciple, covenant sign and seal, covenant initiation, infant baptism, irregular baptism, regular baptism, ordinary discipleship, individualism, baptismal font, sign of the cross, prayer gesture, covenant of grace
Baptism is to play a central role in the life of a disciple (i.e., a life-long learner). Baptism is very important for the growth of your faith—as long as you use baptism the way God intended for you to use it. So, we are currently examining five vital truths about baptism. These five truths underscore the central role that baptism serves in the believer’s spiritual growth. In addition, these five truths will help you understand how to use baptism the way God intends.
Thus far, we have seen that baptism doesn't save. Jesus saves. Therefore, in order to use baptism the way God intended, we must guard against trusting in it rather than Christ for salvation. Second, we learned that baptism is a visible gospel. In order to use baptism correctly, we must avoid remodeling it into a legal work. Baptism is pure gospel and by no means a legal rite.
Today, we will examine a third truth concerning baptism, namely, that baptism is initiation into the visible church. No one is baptized into isolation. Rather, by virtue of baptism the individual is destined for membership, for integration into a community. This means that the individual renounces his isolated existence and is joined to the body of Christ, the covenant community.