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Approaching Sunday: Baptism & Lord's Supper

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Since this Sunday we'll be observing the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper, I thought it would be beneficial to remind us of Coastal's belief on baptism.  The following is from the What We Believe section of our website:

Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death?  For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism.  And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Romans 6:3-4 (NLT)

Baptism is for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ's atoning work and become His disciple.  In obedience to Christ's command and as a testimony of faith, a believer should be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Water baptism symbolizes a person's union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection.  It signifies that a former way of life has been put to death and depicts a release from the mastery of sin. Coastal practices and teaches believer's baptism.

At Coastal, we celebrate baptism.  In fact, we dedicate our entire services to celebrate what God is doing in the lives of His children.  Our lead Pastor Shaun often teaches, "baptism is an outward sign of an inward commitment to Christ."

If you have been saved by the gospel of Jesus Christ and desire to be obedient through baptism we would love to hear from you about what God is doing in your life.  Whether you are a new Christian who desires to be baptized or you have been a Christian for a while and have yet to be baptized, we would be honored to play a part in what God is doing in your life.

Baptism Packet

WHAT IS BAPTISM?

As a symbol, baptism illustrates a number of significant realities:

  1.  Christ’s death and resurrection
  2.  The disciple’s union with Christ in His death and resurrection
  3.  The new life in which a disciple walks
  4.  Cleansing and washing away of sin
BAPTISM DOES NOT SAVE.

Though grace is mysteriously mediated through the ordinance, it is not saving grace but rather sanctifying grace. We are more conformed to the image of Christ as we obey Him in the call to be baptized.

BAPTISM IS NOT “NECESSARY” FOR SALVATION.

Without in any way diminishing the duty and delight of baptism for a believer, we must also warn against thinking which suggests that salvation is dependent upon baptism. The gospel is one of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone.

WHY SHOULD ONE BE BAPTIZED?
  1. To obey the commands of Christ
  2. To evidence that a person is a disciple of Christ
  3. To follow the example of Christ

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)

Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. Acts 2:37–41 (ESV)

“And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.” Acts 22:16 (ESV)

WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18–20 (ESV)

We practice what is called “believer’s” or “confessor’s” baptism, which means we only baptize those who believe and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Reading through Acts, we find baptism explicitly related to repentance, receiving the Word, believing and receiving the Holy Spirit. There is no explicit evidence to suggest that nonbelievers were baptized.

So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.  Acts 2:41 (ESV)

But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Acts 8:12 (ESV)

 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:27 (ESV)

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:3-4 (ESV)

SHOULD A PERSON BE RE-BAPTIZED?

For those who were sprinkled or immersed at an earlier age, it is important to understand that we should only be baptized once. If you trusted in Christ at that time, your baptism is valid and need not, indeed should not, be repeated. If, however, you experienced sprinkling  or immersion in water before being born again and trusting Christ, your experience was not baptism, and thus you need to be baptized. The question is therefore, “Was I truly trusting in Christ when I was baptized?” There should always be seasons of growth and greater periods of maturity in the life of those who have trusted in the gospel. Believers must not be re-baptized each time they experience greater joy and sanctification. However, if you believe that your original experience was prior to truly trusting in Christ as Lord and Savior, you should pursue obedience in this area by being baptized now.

 

Order of Service

The Solid Rock (Matthew 7:24-27)
Welcome and Annoucements
Hosanna (Praise is Rising) (Matthew 21:9)
Baptisms (Acts 22:16)
Blessed Assurance (1 Peter 1:8)
By Thy Mercy (Psalm 71:2)
Unashamed (Psalm 51:17)
Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26-29)
Man of Sorrows (Isaiah 53:3-6)
Offertory: How Deep the Father's Love For Us (Ephesians 3:16-19)
Closing Song: The Solid Rock

 

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Prayer Makes a Difference

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:14-16 (ESV)

The prayer of faith is a powerful prayer. Faith is our believing response to the Word of God. It is a reaction to God and His Word and not an action (Rom. 10:17; Eph. 2:8-9). It is God who makes us righteous through His Son, Jesus Christ (His death on the cross and bodily resurrection: 1 Cor. 15:3-4), and as a result all Christian’s prayers are powerful and effective. We just need to pray. We need to pray for our nation, our families, our community, and our church. The prayer of faith saves, it heals, and brings forgiveness of sins because it is God working through the power of the Holy Spirit because of His Son, Jesus Christ. One God, working through His three Persons, the Trinity. So we must set a time to pray and talk to God.

Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees. -Corrie Ten Boom

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