This past Sunday Pastor Dennis led us in a special service focused on water baptism where we baptized 13 people in the Garden. Baptism is a response to becoming a born-again Christian.

Opening Scripture

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18, 26-31

Baptism is a response to becoming a born-again Christian.

But being baptized goes beyond…
– forgiveness of sin
– new life through the Holy Spirit
– adoption into the family of God

1 Corinthians 1:30  But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,

You are “in Christ Jesus.” When the Father looks at you, He sees you through what Jesus did for you. He doesn’t see what you were or how you’ve failed. And, He certainly doesn’t compare you with anyone else.

He became to us… Wisdom from God

Now that you are a Christian, you can ask God anything and He will give you wisdom in His time and in His way, but He promises to give us wisdom everyday. Read His Word; it is the primary source of wisdom for life.
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Righteousness

Perfect righteousness is not possible for man to attain on his own; the standard is too high.

Christians possess the righteousness of Christ, because “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21).

On the cross, Jesus exchanged our sin for His perfect righteousness so that we can one day stand before God and He will see not our sin, but the holy righteousness of the Lord Jesus.
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Sanctification

In John 17, verse 16, the Lord says, “They are not of the world, even as I am not of it,” and this is before His request: “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (vs. 17).

Sanctification is a state of separation unto God; all believers enter into this state when they are born of God; “You are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30).

The sanctification mentioned in this verse is a once-for-ever separation of believers unto God. It is a work God performs, an intricate part of our salvation and our connection with Christ. (Heb. 10:10).
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Redemption

The word redeem means “to buy out.” The term was used specifically in reference to the purchase of a slave’s freedom. The application of this term to Christ’s death on the cross is quite telling.

If we are “redeemed,” then our prior condition was one of slavery. God has purchased our freedom, and we are no longer in bondage to sin or to the Old Testament law.

The benefits of redemption include eternal life, forgiveness of sins, righteousness, freedom from the law’s curse, adoption into God’s family, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
(Rev. 5:9-10; Eph. 1:7; Rom. 5:17; Gal. 3:13; Gal. 4:5; 1 Cor. 6:19-20)
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Baptism is the physical representation of all that God has done.

This is the public illustration, the profession of faith to the world that says, “I confess faith in Jesus. He has cleansed my soul and given me new life. I am now sanctified and set apart for God’s purposes.”

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