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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

11In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (KJV)

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