Article XIV: Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper 

Matthew 3:1-6

We come, in our study of what we believe and why we believe it, tonight to the subject of "Baptism" and the "Lord's Supper". I will focus my attention tonight on the subject of "Baptism". We have covered the purpose and observance of the Lord's Supper quite extensively in the past. However, I believe that it is very important that we understand this matter of baptism. We will consider four areas this evening: The history, purpose, results, and authority.

The Holy Spirit places great emphasis upon baptism in the New Testament. The words: baptist, baptism, baptize, and baptized are used a total of 113 times. For some it seems that baptism is a non-essential doctrine and practice, but I believe that God's Word makes it clear that it is not unimportant!

I. History of Baptism.

II. The Purpose of Baptism.

III. The Results of Baptism.

IV. The Authority to Baptize.

Conclusion: Your baptism is important! It means so much more than just a religious ritual. Tonight if you are saved, you should be Scripturally baptized! It is not an option to you! It is a command! Not just any authority will do when it comes to baptism. Only the local N.T. church that teaches the truth about baptism can administer Scriptural baptism. One of the great distinctives of baptists is our position on baptism. The most important question for you tonight is this, "Are you saved?" The next question is "Have you been obedient in this matter of Scriptural baptism?"