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The Meaning of Baptism (Romans 6:1-5)

Jason Roddy, June 23, 2013
Part of the The Sacrament of Baptism series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

What does baptism mean? Christians have debated and battled over this question for centuries. Even more tragic, Evangelical Christianity has divided over the sacrament of baptism. In this sermon, pastor Jason Roddy attempts to answer the simple question of the meaning of baptism from one of the clearest texts in the New Testament, Romans 6:1-5. Understanding the precise meaning of baptism helps us to understand how we are to think about, profit spiritually from, and administer correctly this important sacrament.

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Romans 6:1-5

6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. (ESV)

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