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Because where else would you be?

Ask me anything
O Lord that lends me life,
lend me a heart replete with
thankfulness!
— William Shakespeare

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Acts 22:16 [NIV] And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.

Acts 22:16 [NIV] And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.

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18 “What good is an idol carved by man,
or a cast image that deceives you?
How foolish to trust in your own creation—
a god that can’t even talk!
19 What sorrow awaits you who say to wooden idols,
‘Wake up and save us!’
To speechless stone images you say,
‘Rise up and teach us!’
Can an idol tell you what to do?
They may be overlaid with gold and silver,
but they are lifeless inside.
20 But the Lord is in his holy Temple.
Let all the earth be silent before him.”

Habakkuk 2 : 18 - 20

New Living Translation (NLT)

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What is CHURCH? It is not a building. It is not just a social gathering. It is not a political event. It is not just me. It is not a fashion show. It is not an event to show how great I am. It is an assembly of penitent, baptized believers in the only Son of Almighty God, come together to recognize the greatness, goodness and severity of God, to bow before Him in all our unworthiness, to worship Him in Spirit and truth, to leave with a brighter hope of Heaven through serving Him by walking in His truths. It is the institution that God ordained that we should live, walk and serve Him on a daily basis and that God will one day save eternally. See YOU in the assembly.
—  from Walker Whittle’s Facebook page

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2 Timothy 3:16 [NIV]

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

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Salvation is clearly a gift of God. There is nothing we can do to earn it. But there are some things we must do to receive that gift. Believing in Jesus is something we must do. Repenting is something we must do. And baptism is something that we must do. None of these earn salvation, but all are necessary in order to inherit salvation.

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Is Baptism a Work

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.” A big problem in the early church was that of Jewish legalism. There were those who were falsely teaching that Christians also had to obey the Old Testament Law in order to be saved (Galatians 4:10, 21; 5:2-6). In Galatians 2:16, Paul declared that we are not saved by works of the Law, but through faith in Jesus Christ. We are no longer under the OT law today (Deuteronomy 5:1ff; Hebrews 8:7-13). Paul said in Galatians 3:24-25, “The law was our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” In Romans 1-5, Paul argues that salvation is through faith in Christ, not in the Law. In 4:13, he states that the promise to Abraham or his descendants was “not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.”

Salvation is clearly a gift of God. There is nothing we can do to earn it. But there are some things we must do to receive that gift. Believing in Jesus is something we must do. Repenting is something we must do. And baptism is something that we must do. None of these earn salvation, but all are necessary in order to inherit salvation.

Many oppose baptism, calling it a work. But it is no more a work to earn salvation than is believing or repenting. In fact, faith itself is called a work in John 6:28-29: “They said therefore to Him, `What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them, `This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.’” So believing is doing something that God says we must do, but it’s not a work that earns our salvation.

And repenting is doing something that God says we must do, and so is baptism. All these are things God says we must do in order to receive His grace. But none of these are meritorious works to earn salvation. Baptism, like faith, is also called a work, but it is the work of God. Colossians 2:12-13 says, “Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions.”

In Titus 3:5, Paul said, “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.”

Baptism is actually the most passive act (or work) of faith required for salvation. Believing is something we must DO; repenting is something we must DO (and often a very hard thing to do); but baptism is something DONE TO US. It is merely submitting in faith to the working of God in our lives.

by Bob Williams

Copyright © 1998-2010. Bible Lessons Worldwide Ministry. Bob Williams. Mobile, Alabama.

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“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must of felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.
” Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.”
— Alexandre Dumas

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I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait.
— C.S. Lewis (via earthstranger)

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