First Principles: The Doctrine of Baptisms

6 March 2011


1. Introduction

Heb. 6:1-3 “Let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundations …”


(i) Repentance from dead works - turn away from activities that have not the

life or love of God.

(ii) Faith towards God - trust in the word and character of God, expressed in words and obedience.


2. Doctrine of Baptisms


3. Different Baptisms (4x)

(i)   Baptism by Holy Spirit into Christ

1 Cor 12:13 “For by one Spirit we were all baptised into one Body…”

(ii) Baptism in Water

            Rom. 6:3 “…as many of us were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his



(iii) Baptism in Holy Ghost

Lk. 3:16 “…He will baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.”

(iv) Baptism in Fire

Lk. 3:16 “…He will baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.”


4. Baptized into Christ

(i) The Spirit of Christ Himself is imparted into you. (Jn 20:21)

(ii) You become ‘joined’, one spirit with Jesus Christ (1 Cor 6:17)

(iii) You become a new creation, no longer a sinner but a child of God


(iv) You are placed by the Spirit of God into a Body of People

      (1Cor 12:13-18,27)

·         Instead of living your life independent, alone, your own way, you are connected to Jesus Christ and placed in a Body of People with a destiny to fulfil.

·         God has made you in a unique way so He can live His life through you and extend His Kingdom through you in a unique way.

·         Embracing and living out these truths lays a foundation for growth.

·         Embracing this truth you become connected to a local church or expression of Body of Christ.


5. Baptism in Water


(1) The example of Jesus

Mt. 3:13-15 “Jesus came from Galilee to John and the Jordan to be baptised by him”


(2) The Conditions for Water Baptism

(i) Repent Act. 2:37-38 Repent and let everyone of you be baptized in the

name of Jesus Christ.

(ii) Believe Mk 16:15-16 He who believes and is baptized shall be saved.


(3) The Spiritual Significance of Water Baptism

(i) The old corrupt sinful nature has been crucified and is dead        (Rom. 6:6)

(ii) You have died with Christ when He died on the Cross                 (Rom. 6:6)

(iii) You are freed from the power of sin                                             (Rom. 6:7)

(iv) Sin has no more dominion over your life (old you is dead)   (Rom. 6:11,14)

(v) The resurrection power of the Holy Spirit is within you giving you

     spiritual life                                                                                     (Rom. 8:10)

(vi) You are stating and declaring by water baptism that reality to spiritual


·         Old Life under power of sin is dead and buried (Col.2:12)

·         New resurrection life of power and victory has begun.

·         Embracing and living these truths lays a foundation for growth.

·         Embracing these truths – you refuse condemnation and embrace grace and life of God.