Testimony and Baptism

Testimony and Baptism

Text:
Title: Testimony and Baptism
Speaker: Pastor Greg Pollak

Introduction:

  • The greatest evangelistic tool that a follower of Christ has is their personal testimony.
  • This morning we will hear 5 testimonies of God’s work in their lives to bring them to salvation in Jesus Christ alone.
    • These individuals needed rescuing
    • Only one person could do the rescuing… Jesus Christ
    • Jesus rescues us from hell, a real place where people who do not know Jesus go.
  • We are drowning in our sin and unbelief, without Jesus there is no hope for us.
  • Biblical pattern is that people are saved (rescued) and then baptized to declare what Christ has done for them.
  • Baptism is an identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is making our dead life… alive.
  • Do you have a story of being rescued by Jesus?  If you do not, you are drowning.
  • Jesus had to die. –

Sermon Notes:

  • We are called to rescue those who are being delivered over to death.
  • – Paul was an example to us to do all things for the sake of the gospel to play his part in sharing the good news that can save those who are perishing.

Application:

  • On Memorial Day we celebrate those who have gone and died for us so we may live free in this country.
  • – Christ has died for us to set us free.
  • Today can be a “Memorial Day” for you as well.  A day that you die to self and are saved and made alive by Christ.  Do you need rescuing?

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11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
and will he not repay man according to his work? (ESV)

15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, (ESV)

You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. (ESV)

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” (ESV)

22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. (ESV)

11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. (ESV)

19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. (ESV)

5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (ESV)