What is Baptism, and How Important Is It?

Desiring God is currently posting a helpful three-part series of sermons preached by John Piper at his church entitled, “Baptism and Church Membership.”

Today’s post (What is Baptism, and How Important Is It?) caught my attention when Piper stated, “…baptism gets its meaning and its importance from the death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in our place and for our sins, and from his triumph over death in the resurrection that guarantees our new and everlasting life. Baptism has meaning and importance only because the death and resurrection of Jesus are infinitely important for our rescue from the wrath of God and our everlasting joy in his glorious presence. That’s the note that must be struck first.”

In other words, baptism gets its meaning and importance from the Gospel. Regrettably, it is easy to become so accustom to the ordinary means of grace that God has given to the church that we lose focus of the significant role they play in directing us always to the Good News of Christ crucified and risen for us!

May we be diligent in guarding against the tendency of growing casual with the Gospel. Every instance in which God’s mercy and grace are brought to our remembrance, ought to be an opportunity for expressing great heart-felt thanksgiving and ascribing glory to our great God and Savior!

2 Responses to What is Baptism, and How Important Is It?

  1. Richard says:

    Hmmm. . . it’s a shame that Rev. Piper, whose works I have learned to love, limits the benefits of this to adult believers. I’m just saying.

  2. Thanks – baptism is a wonderful picture God has given us for the Good News he gives us, and we must never dull of the Gospel message. (Of course, I agree with credobaptism, but that is secondary to the primacy of the Gospel in our churches.)

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