July 23, 2000
Volume 10, Number 30

Is Baptism Necessary to Wash AwaySins?

I asked a man who formerly preached for a denomination, "What does the Bible teach that one is to do to be saved?" He replied, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ." I asked, "What role does baptism have in God's plan?" I gathered from what he said that it has no role. He quoted Eph. 2:8,9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith...." I asked him for a biblical example of a person who was saved by simply believing. He answered that the Philippian jailer was told to "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).

I suppose that a person could draw the conclusion that faith is all that is necessary for salvation if Eph. 2:8,9 and the statement to the Philippian jailer in Acts 16:30 were all that the Bible had to say on the subject. But the fact of the matter is that the Bible has much to say on the subject of salvation, and it should be clear that baptism is necessary for salvation as we look at God's plan as it is set forth in the New Testament.

It should be obvious and logical that the writers of the New Testament, in order to conserve space and to avoid redundancy, did not include every detail in every account of conversion. Consider the conversion of the apostle Paul (or Saul of Tarsus) in Acts 9:1-20. Paul was baptized (Acts 9:18), like the Philippian Jailer (Acts 16:33), but many people believe that it was because he was saved. However, additional details of Paul's conversion are given in Acts 22:6-16 which forbid a "faith only" doctrine.

If one is saved by faith alone (i.e., he believes on the Lord Jesus Christ and prays to God for the forgiveness of his sins), then we must conclude that all, including the apostle Paul, are/were saved in this way. But let us look closely at Paul's conversion in all of the accounts. In Acts 9, Paul encountered our risen Lord and was blinded in the process (pretty solid grounds for believing); he went three days without sight and neither ate nor drank (Jesus said Paul was praying during that time, v.11); and then he was visited by Ananias who restored his sight and who probably was the one to baptize him. With Acts 9 standing alone, we might conclude that Paul was saved, forgiven of sins, before he was baptized, but not when we look at his account of Acts 22. Ananias said to Saul, "Arise,and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16).

Did Ananias, who was sent by the Lord, misunderstand God's plan of salvation? I think not! If Paul was saved, forgiven of his sins, when he believed in Jesus (and there is no doubt in my mind that he believed), then why did he need to have his sins washed away? Should not his sins have been removed in order for him to have been saved?Baptism is the way prescribed by the Lord to rid ourselves of those past sins. 1 Peter 3:21 says that "baptism doth also now save us--not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God by the resurrection of Jesus Christ."

Baptism is only a part, though a necessary part, of our submission to God's way of salvation. And we NEVER earn or merit that salvation; it is BY GOD'S GRACE that we are saved (we do not deserve it, but He offers it to us) THROUGH FAITH. God says, "Repent, be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins," (Acts 2:38). We believe it; We do it; and then GOD saves us BY HIS GRACE through the precious shed blood of His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Michael Tallent

Michael Tallent

"Ghana Campaign 2000"

July 18 - August 6

Ted will be finishing up a weekend of evangelistic work in the Eastern Region today.

Tomorrow he will be joining Bill Dillon, Johnny Polk and Bob Bauer in Takoradi (Western Region) to conduct a seminar for preachers and church leaders.

Please remember the campaign in your prayers.

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Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Youth - News & Notes

Bible Bowl 2000 - September 9, 2000

Bible Bowl study cards will passed out Sunday, July 2

Remember in Prayers:

Betty Dougan - Robin Vowell - Cathy Jenson - Naomi Morton - Iva Turner

Everette Riggenbach - Leslie Johnson - Henrietta VanNatter

Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Virginia Law - Viola Morinier - Ersel Riggenbach



Building Program: Note: Next Sunday, July 30th, is a 5th Sunday. All of our contribution over our budget will be placed into our building fund. - click here.

Guest Speaker : Jim Belts from the Kissimmee church of Christ. Jim is a good friend of Kerry & Linda Keathley.
Sunday Adult Bible Class: "A Visual Study of the Missionary Journeys of Paul" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapter 17. (6:30 pm)

Sundayís Lessons:

"My Church " (Matthew 16:13-19)

"Prove It" (1 Thessalonians 5:21)


During a Bible class the teacher asked the children what "Amen" means.

A little boy raised his hand and said, "Tha-tha-tha-thatís all, folks!"


A mother of two children sons was sorting out the details of a fight between them.

As the brother and sister tried to simultaneously tell their sides of the story,
their mother called for quiet and asked them to take turns.

"It all started", explained Andrew, "when she hit me back."

Loving the lost ... is the first step ... in leading them to Christ.

Service Opportunities

Time of Services


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Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Kerry Keathley

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Delbert Leavens



Jim Belts

Ladies Bible Class:

Will resume in the Fall

Closing Prayer:

Jim Dougan


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Jim Treece


Delbert Leavens

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Jim Belts

Closing Prayer:

Kerry Keathley



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