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What is the point of baptism and what does it do?

Spirit Baptism
This is the baptism that regards to you believing that Christ is Lord and your savior. That Christ died for your sins.
Spirit Baptism, which you will see in scripture is when you are saved, sealed with the spirit, and now you join as part of our family.
Go through the circles of the Gospel. Our brokenness separates us from the God.
Without Christ, we are Dead
Romans 3:23 ESV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
This word brokenness in the circle basically means that we are dead. We are broken and cannot save ourselves.
Romans 6:23 ESV
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Through Jesus, We Are Made Alive
But through what Jesus has done, he has made a way, the only way. He is the way, the truth, and the life.
John 3:16–17 ESV
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Romans 6:11 ESV
11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:5 ESV
5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
Water Baptism
Water baptism is a beautiful act of obedience and represents this process.
You are buried under water as Jesus was buried in the ground and then raised up. You once were dead in your sins and now you as you get out of the water, you are made alive in Christ.
Water Baptism is a public display of our faith
It’s the idea of why I wear my wedding ring. It showcases that I am married
Water Baptism is so important for new believes:
A new believer in Jesus Christ should desire to be baptized as soon as possible. In Acts 8 Philip speaks “the good news about Jesus” to the Ethiopian eunuch, and, “as they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?’” (verses 35–36). Right away, they stopped the chariot, and Philip baptized the man.

How did the Bible come to be? (The Bible’s history)
**Old Testament:**
1. Combination of historical books, prophecies, and poetry.
2. Pentateuch (e.g., Genesis) written between 15th and 13th centuries BC.
3. Book of Malachi (5th century BC) marks the Old Testament's end.
4. Developed under Holy Spirit's inspiration, with various sources referenced.
5. Considered a complete canon around Malachi; later translated into other languages.
**New Testament:**
1. Apostles wrote letters to early Christian churches, bearing authority.
2. Gospels recorded Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, becoming the four canonical books.
3. Apostle John's revelation in the book of Revelation closed the New Testament canon.
4. Church received books with apostolic authority, including Gospels and Paul's writings.
5. Apostolic writings served as inspired and authoritative teachings for the early church.
**Bible's Journey:**
1. Early church regarded the Old Testament and apostolic writings as divine revelation.
2. Christians copied and circulated apostolic works, striving to identify authentic books.
3. Books were initially maintained separately in Greek and later compiled into codices.
4. The Bible was translated into various languages, including English.
5. Modern English Bibles rely on ancient Hebrew Old Testament and Greek New Testament manuscripts.
- The Old Testament was originally in Hebrew, and the New Testament in Greek.
- Both were carefully copied and translated by scribes.
- Scriptures are available today, capable of making individuals wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

How does predestination work?

Romans 8:28–30 ESV
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
What is forknoeledge? WHat is predestination? WHat is free will?
Predestination is this Biblical concept that God is sovereign. God knows and is in control of everything. He has created the world
God has a will and that plan, will be done
Predestination and Free will go hand in hand
Predestination is a

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