The Four P’s of New Testament Baptism

After Jesus had been crucified, resurrected, and spent forty days instructing His apostles, and just before He ascended back into heaven, He gave them this charge, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  He who has believed and been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned,” Mark 16:15-16.  With this simple commission, they were sent forth and the world was forever changed.   The formula for salvation is put forth in its simplest terms: Belief + Baptism = Salvation.  However, although few argue for salvation without faith, many seem to doubt or understand the importance of baptism.  Let’s use the divine commentary of other NT passages to see if we can provide some clarity to half of what Jesus said produced salvation.  For the sake of simplicity and hopefully help us remember the prerequisites and purpose of baptism, let’s use four P’s…

 

Spiritual Growth

This Powerpoint presentation mostly regards "self-evaluation."  It points to four specific questions each should ask and answer for themselves, and conlcudes with two important keys to spiriutal growth.

 

Speaking Where, When, and How the Bible Speaks

The first part of 1Peter 4:11 reads, “Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were, the utterances of God…”  Though the preceding verse and the rest of this one focuses on stewardship- employing the special gift(s) given by God to be used to the benefit of others and to His glory, the portion quoted emphasizes the need for authority in our speech…

 

Fear and Faith

As Christians, how do we live "fearless" lives while living in a world (and even country) that is changing before our very eyes to seemingly produce a new terror every day?  There was a PowerPoint presentation to go with this lesson, but it was so basic (just the main points and passages), that the notes are being offered here instead. 

 

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Men’s One-Day Study: “How to Constructively Deal with Homosexuality”

This material was also presented as a part of our twice a year Men's One-Day Study.  As with previous efforts in this series, it was originally designed for preachers, but is open to any men interested in studying God's word in a more advanced way.  This particular study was specially written and delivered to help preachers, elders, deacons, and fathers deal with the subject of homosexuality in a constructive and productive way.  The session topics covered are: Thinking Through Homosexuality; Adolescent Motivations for Homosexuality; Homosexuality and the Bible; and Constructively Dealing with Homosexuality.  An Appendix of additional resource articles (both true and some that are included only for illustrative purposes) is also included.   After you download it, but BEFORE you decide to print it, please understand that this is a Word file consisting of 51 pages (over 24,500 words).

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““You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

- Matthew 5:14,16

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