Painting Pictures
Part 2

Sermon Summary

This is the second part of a three part series on the two ordinances our church practices: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper (Communion). In this message we talk about additional pictures painted through water baptism. Baptism is a symbolic re-enactment of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is also an outward picture of the inward decision of a person to crucify their old selfish nature, allowing Jesus to give them a new nature so they can begin living a new life in Christ! Baptism also beautifully portrays resurrection. First, the resurrection of Jesus from the grave and then our resurrection from a life of sin and hopelessness! When you sum it up, Baptism is really a big picture of God's Grace!

Community Group Discussion Guide

1. If baptism doesn't save a person, why is it so important? (Hints: obedience, witness, testimony, conversation starter, remembrance)

2. Baptism paints a picture of Jesus' death for us on the cross. It also paints a picture of our willingness to die to our old self, our old nature, and our old ways. Put this in your own words. God's Word might help you...
Rom 7:5  For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death.
Rom 7:6  But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

3. Baptism also paints a picture of Jesus' resurrection and victory over death and the grave. It also pictures our resurrection from the pit of sin into a new life. We are no longer slaves to sin or held captive by it's power. Describe some of the characteristics of a new life in Christ.

Rom 6:4  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Rom 6:5  If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.
Rom 6:6  For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin--
Rom 6:7  because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
Rom 6:8  Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

4. Baptism is a picture with many beautiful details. Below is a list of some of the details found in Colossians 2:9-15. Discuss one or more of the details and state the beauty you see in a particular detail.

-In Christ all the fullness of the deity lives in bodily form!
-You have been given fullness in Christ!
-Christ is the head over every power and authority!
-In Christ the sinful nature has been circumcised, cut away, put off!
-We've been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through our faith in the power of God!
-We were dead in our sins and sinful nature but we've been made alive in Christ and forgiven of all our sins!
-The written code with its regulations that we couldn't live up to was taken away when Jesus was nailed to the Cross!
-Jesus disarmed the powers and authorities that were opposed to us by overcoming them on the Cross and the law was changed to grace!

 

Full Sermon Notes

Baptism paints a lot of pictures, but every picture it paints is because of God's Amazing Grace! Amen? Unmerited, undeserved mercy that is poured out upon every person who is willing to repent of their sin and call upon the Name of The Lord! How could we ever thank God enough for all He's been willing to do on our behalf? Well, we're going to talk about another picture Baptism paints and it's going to show us how can thank God by painting pictures everyday we live! Let's pray and we'll find out how.

Precious Lord Jesus I humbly bow before You today asking for Your strength, Your peace, Your wisdom and Your anointing so I can bring the truth of this message effectively! We do thank You for Your amazing grace and for the way you apply it to our lives in such an amazing way! We want to show You our gratitude and we want to show the world what You've done in our lives so they can see Your love, mercy and amazing grace! Teach us today by Your Holy Spirit through Your precious Word and we'll give you all the glory! In Jesus Name I pray and believe, Amen!

Last week we saw that John the Baptist came baptizing people before Jesus began His ministry. Through this John was using the physical act of baptism to paint pictures of very important spiritual principles such as a person’s decision to repent, God’s initiative in salvation, the cleansing power of God’s forgiveness, the filling of the Holy Spirit and the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus! Today we're going to look a little more into the picture Baptism paints of Jesus's death, burial and resurrection and the impact that has on the lives we live! Go ahead and open your Bibles to Romans  6:1-14. While you're doing that, let me say this. Some people think that once they've accepted Jesus, and been baptized, they're done. Well, yes and no! Yes your soul's salvation is secure! Yes your salvation is a gift from God you don't work for, you don't earn, and you don't deserve, but when you sincerely ask for it you get it! That's God's amazing grace to you through what Jesus did for you on the Cross. But no, salvation is not just about your soul and your eternity and what a tragic mistake you make if you believe that! Salvation is also about the here and now, this world, and how you live your life, and what you do with your life and how you touch God and others with your life!

Some think since they are saved by grace then it doesn't matter what they do because they're covered by grace so they use that as an excuse to live in the ways of the world like it doesn't matter! But the truth is a person like that may end up in heaven because of God's grace and mercy, but if you look back on their life you'll see the tragic consequences of terrible choices. Our sin cost God so much and Jesus suffered so much because of it, and we suffer when we stay in it, so the question is why would anyone want to? Let's see what our text has to say about this subject, Romans 6:1-14...

Romans 6:1-3 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

Baptism Pictures
Two Deaths

The Death of Jesus

When a person stands in the waters of Baptism they are painting a picture of the death of Jesus upon the Cross. They are acknowledging the sacrifice He paid to make their forgiveness and salvation possible.

Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

Jesus tasted death for everyone, but only those who are willing to receive the grace He died to give them will experience the benefits of that gift! Those who do, come to understand that when Jesus died, He took their place and because of this they understand they deserved the death He died. In other words, they realize the debt Jesus paid was not his debt but theirs. I could preach the rest of the sermon right here, but we will remember the death of Jesus in a very special way next week when we observe Communion, The Lord's Supper. The overwhelming gratitude a saved person feels towards Christ is why they want to paint the picture of His death through baptism, but it is also why they want to paint a second picture of being baptized into His death!

The Death of Me

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

I was crucified with Christ! When Jesus died for me, He died so that I could die to the old ways, the old man, the old code, the old law, and allow the very nature and Spirit of Christ Jesus to live in me. When a person accepts the grace of God through Jesus' death on the cross they begin living by faith in the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them! And how do we stay consistent in this new life? How do we let Christ truly live through us? How do we overcome the old selfish nature that wants to be in control? The secret is found in this picture that Baptism paints. We die to our old ways and we bury them. We know the Blood of Jesus has washed away the guilt, shame and penalty of our sin. We paint that picture in baptism. But how do we stay faithful and consistent in our walk with God? Good question!! Jesus gave us the answer in Luke's gospel...

Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

We don't just wear a cross, we take up the cross daily! How do we take up the cross daily? We remember that Jesus died for us, we were crucified with Him and that we've buried the old man, the old ways. In fact our text in Romans goes on to say it beautifully in verse 4 and 5...

Romans 6:4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Baptism Pictures
New Life

Talk about exciting! When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and allowed Him to begin the process of becoming Lord of my life, things began to change. Oh, don't think for a moment I became perfect in my actions and no longer sinned, but the penalty of my sins was gone and I knew I had been given a second chance at life. A chance to live a life worth living! A life I could be excited about! And slowly but surely my actions began to change! My attitudes began to change! My desires began to change! My goals, my purpose, what I treasured, all of this began to take on new meaning!! You see, Jesus took care of the penalty of my sin, but He also overcame the power of my sin! And if you were looking for a passage of scripture that clearly speaks of this aspect of the picture baptism paints, I've got it for you, and please excuse me if I get a little excited when I read it... Colossians 2:9-15

Colossians 2:9-15 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

If that doesn't get you excited, then my heart breaks for you! Look at the details in the picture. Have you ever seen a piece of art or a picture and been amazed at the detail. Baptism is a picture with lots of really amazing and cool details. According to this passage of Scripture we find these awesome details.

In Christ all the fullness of the deity lives in bodily form!

You have been given fullness in Christ!

Christ is the head over every power and authority!

In Christ the sinful nature has been circumcised, cut away, put off!

We've been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through our faith in the power of God!

We were dead in our sins and sinful nature but we've been made alive in Christ and forgiven of all our sins!

The written code with its regulations that we couldn't live up to was taken away when Jesus was nailed to the Cross!

Jesus disarmed the powers and authorities that were opposed to us by overcoming them on the Cross and the law was changed to grace!

These details are so beautiful that Paul said this in Galatians 6:14...

Galatians 6:14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Water baptism paints a picture of our baptism into Christ's death, burial and listen to what our text says next…
Get ready because these are words to get excited about...

Romans 6:5 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.

Baptism Pictures
Resurrection

Not only does baptism paint a picture of the resurrection of Jesus, it also paints a picture of our resurrection from the death pit of sin! We are no longer held captive or entombed by the power of sin! In fact, let's read on in our text...

Romans 6:6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin — because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

Baptism Pictures
Amazing Grace

Okay, just two more scriptures and a song and I hope you will have seen the beautiful picture baptism paints. Hebrews 13:20-21...

Hebrews 13:20-21 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

And Colossians 3:1-3

Colossians 3:1-3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. A very dear friend of mine, Kirk Henderson, wrote a song about the picture Baptism paints and how a person who has accepted the Amazing Grace of our Lord has been made brand new in Christ! Listen to these words and when I finish, if anyone wants to come and pray at the alter, please feel free to do so!

I owe everything to You

Written by Kirk Henderson

I owe everything to You

'cause everything You do, You do for love sake only'

And I owe everything to You,

'Cause everything You do, You do because You love me!

You buried me with water, but You raised me with a song,

God you've made me what I am, and I could never understand, how You could make me brand new, I owe everything to You,

Well I owe everything to You,

'cause everything You do, You do for love sake only'

And I owe everything to You,

'Cause everything You do, You do because You love me!

You buried me with Your love, and You raised me with a song,

God you've made me what I am, and I could never understand, how You could make me brand new, I owe everything to You, everything to You...

Well I give everything to You,

'Cause everything You do, You do for love sake only

And I give everything to You, 'Cause everything you do, You do because You love me

And I love You!!