Baptism: The New (and Improved) Circumcision (Colossians 2:11-15)

Jason Roddy, December 8, 2013
Part of the The Sacrament of Baptism series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

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Perhaps the greatest division among Evangelical Christians is over baptism. Some believe that baptism is only for those who profess faith in Christ (Credo baptists). Other churches, like ours, hold to Covenantal Baptism which affirms the former view, but also recognizes children of believers as legitimate recipients of the sign and seal of baptism. Who is right? In this sermon, pastor Jason explores Paul's connection from Colossians 2:11-15 between the Old Testament sign of circumcision and the New Testament sign of baptism. We will see that God has given the Church a way to bridge this great divide - the great Circumcision and Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross.

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Colossians 2:11-15

11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. (ESV)

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