Small steps in faith

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Why do we practice baptism?

Well that's a nice controversial title :)

These are my notes from Rob's sermon at Apex last night/this morning
We are going through a series with the title Subversive Mandate..being a revolutionary
Matthew 28:16-20
Apex is getting ready to mobilize into missions.
They have developed leadership teams to lead domestic reached,domestic unreached,international reached, and international unreached.

Baptism: Why do we practice baptism..Why? How? and Who?

It is an oxymoron theologically to be a follower of Christ and not be baptized


1 It is commanded "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
This point is not usually debated...the next one is

2 It commemorates symbolizes
There are denominations who believe in "regeneration baptism" They believe that when you are baptized...there is an actual regeneration of the water that you are baptized in.
Verses used
Titus 3:5
John 3:5
1 Peter 3:21

Apex believes:
Those verses, however, can't be taken out of context. It is baptism of the Holy Spirit which comes with the belief and acceptance of Christ. John 3:16 1 Corinthians 1:17
Mark 16:16 talks about being condemned if you don't believe ..not if you aren't baptized.
Titus 3:5 Talks about renewing and regeneration by the Holy Spirit not water
Baptism symbolizes the death,burial,and resurrection of Jesus.


There are denominations who believe in infant baptism..sprinking to wash away "original sin"

However, no place in scripture does it talk about infant baptism
The word baptism is from "baptiso" which means immerse or submerge
The full body of Jesus died, was buried, and was resurrected
John 3:23
Mark 1:5
Mark 1:10
Acts 8: 36-39

These verses talk about going into the water.
Apex believes in full body immersion with baptism


Individuals who have come to a point that they understand that it's not their's the power of the cross..Christ died for us and rose on the 3rd day so that we may be saved.
Baptism is tangible and symbolizes the act of:
1 Identifying with death/burial/resurrection of Christ
2 Identifying with the community of the crucified

At Apex:
Infants are dedicated and prayed over but not baptized.

If you are a follower of Christ and you are not baptized...there is a problem
You are not being obedient. You need to examine your heart and your belief.

The simple bottom line why we need to be baptized...Jesus was baptized


  • At 2:30 AM, Blogger Adam said…

    Wow, I didn't realize that Apex was that strong on baptism.

  • At 7:14 AM, Blogger Rochelle said…

    Yeah. He made some pretty bold statements. Apex is nondenominational but has strong baptist roots.
    They don't believe baptism is part of the steps of salvation like Church of Christ and Southwest.
    The baptisms are one of my favorite things there because people clap,cheer,and it's a true celebration.


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