Saved by Baptism? (Acts 2:37-41)
April 23, 2017 Speaker: Rev. Dave Dorst Series: The Most Misused & Misunderstood Verses of the Bible
Topic: Sermons Passage: Acts 2:37–41
Well I hope your Easter break was a wonderful time. We enjoyed some great family time looking at colleges, took in a baseball game, and enjoyed all the worship services (especially the sunrise service). I hope you had time to contemplate the last week of Jesus’ life, His suffering, His crucifixion, and His resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15 reminds us that if Christ was not raised from the dead, then our faith is futile and we are to be pitied. I don’t want to follow a pitiful, futile faith, and I cling to the historical evidence and truth that God raised Jesus from the dead.
This Sunday I’ll be preaching on part of Peter’s Pentecost sermon where one of his statements makes it sounds like you must be baptized to be saved. And further complicating that is 1 Peter 3:21, which says, “Baptism… now saves you.” I knew that baptism was important, but every time I baptize someone I say that we don’t believe that this confers salvation. Have I been wrong all these years? Have we been underselling baptism? We just had a whole mess of kids born in the past couple weeks, so we need to figure this out before their parents ask us to baptize them! See you Sunday.