How Important Is Baptism to the Christian Life?

Episode 528 Show Notes 

From the Show

Baptism is this sign, this sacrament, this means of grace that really conveys to us, that exhibits to us in a powerful way, the gospel, the washing away of our sins. It’s more than just an outward sign of my inward faith—it’s actually God speaking his promises to his people. I’m going to be a God to you and to your children. I think that’s why we can’t downplay this. We need this visible word, this visible gospel that is given to us [in Baptism].

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. I am concerned about my repentance and whether it is genuine. I have attended church all my life, but only truly understood the gospel and received Christ last year. I know I should hate sin, but there are many instances when I find myself loving the sin that I struggle with. Often, I just instinctively run to my sin, especially the ones I have been committing most of my life. Sometimes I also wonder to myself, “If I am truly born again, would I be committing so much sin?”

2. I’m reading through the books of the Chronicles and am once again struck with all the names that are recorded. Knowing that all Scripture is God-breathed and edifying, what can I can take away from these lists of names as I read them?

3. Just how important is baptism? Must it be done immediately after repentance? Do I have to be baptized in order to be saved?

4. If repentance is necessary for Christians, and repentance means to turn from sin, then does that make repentance a work that is necessary for our salvation?

Resources

True vs. False Repentance: What’s the Difference? by Adriel Sanchez

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