Blog Bites: The Gospel and a Baptism

I was talking with friend Frank today as we normally do when we get to actually talk. We touched on all kinds of subjects and I thought of something that I would really like to see. I explained to Frank that what I would really like to see if only once in my life time is the Gospel command followed immediately by repentance and baptism in front of the whole congregation.

I could just imagine the Gospel going out from the pulpit in a Whitefield, Edwards or Spurgeon-like style. What an awesome sight just thinking of it in terms of Peter at Pentecost.

“This Jesus God raised up …. “Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.
“For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says:
‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD,
“SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND,
UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET.”‘

“Therefore let all…..know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ–this Jesus whom you crucified.” “Repent, and each of you be baptized 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 your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” (Quotes taken from Acts 2)

And then watching as folks go forward before the congregation believing, repenting and being baptized on the spot! How awesome that would be.

I told my wife about this conversation and she said she has “never seen anything like that” and neither have I.

Just once…

Ps. “Blog Bites” are going to be short blog entries of things that I think about during the day or from time to time. They probably won’t be very in depth, but will most likely just be some of my thoughts that I may have as I sit and drink a sweet tea.

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1 Howard Fisher August 10, 2006 at 2:10 pm

jm,

I have often wondered that myself. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see a church full of people or even a person desire that. But what would be the correlation?

Jesus was coming after John the Baptist and the both of them had been practicing baptism. Therefore baptism would have been very well understood.

To desire that today in a world that has no idea what the meaning of baptism would be in a Biblical sense I think would be to expect too much. Just today I was listening to a preacher lament that the methods of evangelism often call people to a Jesus they know nothing about. I would fear the same for the meaning of baptism.

Just a counter thought.

🙂

2 Russ August 10, 2006 at 1:31 pm

Mark,

Man, I see this all the time at Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s flames “dramas”. Oh, you meant the *real* gospel, the one is the Bible…nevermind.

3 P W Hatcher August 13, 2006 at 9:08 am

Brother John Mark,
I thought I would leave a thank you over here at your post just in case you didn’t check back in at Pastor Cole’s post. Thanks for the tip on Dr. Stein. That is what I was looking for.

You write a good post. It sure is refreshing to read something positive for a change. After all, 1 Cor. 2:2 is what it is all about, isn’t it? Thanks, again.
In Christ,
Wayne Hatcher

4 johnMark August 14, 2006 at 10:37 pm

russ: Every eye closed, every head bowed…no seriously. I hope to visit you all soon.

howard: I understand your concern, but we both know God’s grace can overcome any of those problems.

Wayne: You’re welcome and thanks for visiting my little blog. I appreciate the kind words.

Blessings,
Mark

5 Howard Fisher August 22, 2006 at 10:36 pm

“howard: I understand your concern, but we both know God’s grace can overcome any of those problems.”

Oh come on now, I expect more than that from jM. A culture that is raised in baptisms verses a culture that knows absolutley nothing about baptism is not one we can just wish away. It would take work and some great preaching.

Perhaps you’re the man?

🙂

It would be a delight to see though.

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