ELEMENT  THREE

ELEMENT 3 IS OUR CREATIVE WAY OF EXPRESSING THE COMMAND GIVEN BY GOD TO THE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST TO BE BAPTIZED.

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?

BAPTISM ILLUSTRATES CHRIST'S BURIAL AND RESURRECTION.  "CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS...HE WAS BURIED... AND HE ROSE AGAIN!" 

1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-4

IT ILLUSTRATES NEWNESS AS A CHRISTIAN.  "WHEN SOMEONE BECOMES A CHRISTIAN HE BECOMES A BRAND NEW PERSON INSIDE.  THE OLD LIFE HAS PASSED AWAY AND A NEW LIFE HAS BEGUN!"

2 CORINTHIANS 5:17

WHAT IS BAPTISM?

THE WORD "BAPTIZE" MEANS TO IMMERSE UNDER WATER.  JESUS WAS BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION.  EVERY BAPTISM IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WAS BY IMMERSION.

ACTS 8:38-39

WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?

JESUS SAID, GO THEN, TO ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE AND MAKE THEM MY DISCIPLES, BAPTIZE THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND TEACH THEM TO OBEY EVERYTHING I HAVE COMMANDED YOU."

MATTHEW 28:19-20