BAP-08 - After Baptism, Then What?
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Jesus said, “Unless one is born of water and the spirit he cannot enter the
kingdom of God,” John 3:5.
What about when a person obeys the gospel and becomes a
After baptism then what?
That's what we're going to discuss today in our study.
We encourage you to get your Bible as we want to think about this
wonderful subject together.
It is absolutely right and biblical to stress the essentiality of baptism
because the Scripture does. Jesus said, “He that believes and is baptized
will be saved.” Peter said, “Repent and be baptized for the remission of
sins,” Acts 2:38. The Lord said, “Unless one is born of water and the spirit
he can't enter the kingdom of God.” Paul said, “We're baptized into Christ.”
Peter said, “Baptism does now save us,” Romans 6:1-4, 1 Peter 3:21. A
multitude of Scriptures teach the absolute essentiality of baptism. We
stress the essentiality of it. We teach people that's what you've got to do.
Have we prepared ourselves to tell somebody now that you've
accepted that, now that you have obeyed the gospel and become a
Christian, here's what's necessary after baptism? A new babe in Christ
shouldn't be left just to fend for themselves. We've got to help them
understand after baptism, now what's expected? You taught all this about
plan of salvation about baptism, how to get in the church, that's wonderful.
I've obeyed the gospel. Now what?
Today we consider after baptism
Number one after you obey the gospel, after you become a child of
God, have submitted to God's teaching concerning salvation: Never ever
After you've been baptized, never stop growing. There is no
retirement plan in the church. There is no retirement age. There isn't a
point where you can say, ‘I've done enough. I'm going to sit back and take
it easy.’ The Christian goal is to grow continually. “As newborn babes
desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby grow in the
grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior,” 1 Peter 2:2 and 2 Peter 3:19.
The writer the book of Kings said in 2 Kings 19:30, “Take root downward
and bear fruit upward.” That's what we're to do. We're to be rooted in the
truth and bear spiritual fruit to Almighty God, according to John 15.
When we think about this idea of growing, sometimes it's sad that
people obey the gospel, are baptized for the remission of sins, and their
starting point was the stopping point. That happened in the Bible. Hebrews
4:12 Paul said or the Hebrew writer said, “By this time you ought to be
teachers. You need someone to teach again the first principles oracles of
God. You come to need milk not solid food.” They had obeyed the gospel
to become Christians, but they just kind of sat down and didn't grow. Paul
said, ‘you need to get up.’ Hebrew writer said, ‘You need to get up. You
need to grow. You need to be taught again.’ Thus, implying that a Christian
should never ever stop growing.
What can I grow in? I can grow in love. Hebrews 13:1 “Let brotherly
love continue.” John 13:34-35 Jesus said, “A new commandment I give you
that you love one another as I have loved you that you should also love one
another.” I can grow in my love for as a new Christian for God. “Love the
Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.” That's the first
and greatest commandment, Mark 12:30.
I can grow in love for others. The second commandment, love your
neighbor as yourself, Mark 12:30 and following. I can grow in my love for
Christ by having the mind of Christ, Philippians 2:5, by walking in the
footsteps of Jesus Christ 1 Peter 2:21 and I can grow in my love for the
Lord's church. Acts 20:28, Paul said to Shepherd the church of God, which
He purchased with His own blood. It is that beautiful bride of Christ,
Ephesians 5:28. And it is that kingdom and that family which is going to be
received by the Father, 1 Corinthians 15:24. I need to grow in my love of
the word of God.
There's a multitude of things one can grow in in, and the list today
could go on and on. But the basic point is: you've got to never ever stop
growing as a Christian. Read your Bible and pray to God every day. Do the
things that are necessary to spiritually reach toward that goal of heaven
Secondly as a child of God, after baptism what can you do? Make a
determination that you will always be faithful to the Lord. You see to be
pleasing to God, I've got a live faithful all the days my life. Revelation 2:10
says, “Be faithful unto death, and then I'll give you the crown of life.”
Matthew 7:21, “Is not just everybody that looks up into the sky or everybody
that just mouths the words ‘Lord, Lord’ is going to go to heaven, but he who
does and that word is continual he who does the will of my Father in
heaven.” Jesus said to the Jews, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do
not do the things which I say?”
When we talk about being faithful, we're talking about really what
Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “If any man desires to come after me, let him deny
himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” It's a daily desire. Every
day I'm going to do my best to be faithful to the Lord.
Now let's mention some specific areas that we want to determine to
be faithful in.
I want to determine that I will be faithful in studying my Bible every
day. “Study to show yourself approved unto God, 2 Timothy 2:15. “These
were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica in that they searched the
Scriptures daily,” Acts 17:11. We want to do what Peter said in 1 Peter
3:15, “Be ready always to give an answer for the hope that is within us with
meekness and fear.” And we want to hide God's word in our heart. “Your
word I've hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you,” Psalm
I love the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:6. Jesus said this, ‘Blessed
are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” Here's the example of
that in Scripture. Jeremiah said, “Your words were found and I did eat
them,” there's that hungry, “I did eat them and they were to me the joy and
rejoicing of my heart,” Jeremiah 15:16.
And so when I make a determination, I'm going do my best to always
be faithful. I'm making a determination to faithfully study my Bible every
I make it a determination I will be faithful to God in prayer. “Pray
without ceasing,” 1 Thessalonians 5:17. “Let us come boldly to the throne
of grace.” Who wouldn't want to go to the throne of grace? “Let us come
boldly to the throne of grace that we might find grace and mercy to help in
time of need,” Hebrews 4:16.
Speaking of that help, James says in James 5:16, “The effective
fervent prayer of a righteous man overcomes much.” We want to do as
Jesus said in Luke 18:1, “Men ought to pray always and never lose heart.”
Follow the example of Christ in Mark 1:35 where, “In the morning a great
while before daylight, Jesus went out to a solitary place and there prayed.”
He got away from the rat race of life, got by himself, and started every day
in prayer to God.
But you know friend as we think about making a determination, be
faithful now that you've obeyed the gospel and become a Christian. We
want to determine to be faithful in evangelism.
Grow so that you can tell somebody else about God's saving plan of
salvation. Jesus in Matthew 9, as He's teaching the people, He looked out
across on the multitudes and He said these words, “Truly the harvest is
plentiful,” but there's a problem, “the laborers are few. Pray the Lord of
harvest that He'll send out laborers into His harvest,” Matthew 9:36-38.
Those laborers are me and you. We've been commissioned to go into all
the world and take the gospel unto every creature.
As we think about making that determination to grow and to always
be faithful, let's realize this as well, one of the things I need to do after
baptism and this is always a challenge: I need to learn to shun evil
companions and evil places.
The Bible teaches Christians ought to shun the ungodly. I'm not
saying we live in a closet. I'm not saying we live on an island by ourselves.
But we're saying that you don't want to bring those people into the influence
circle in your life. “Blessed is the man walks not in the counsel of the
ungodly nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the
scornful, but blessed is the man whose delight is in the law of the Lord,”
Psalm 1:1-3. I want you listen to 1 Corinthians 15:33. The Bible says a very
powerful statement here, “Evil companions corrupt good morals.” If you run
with people of the world, who are evil and those are your closest friend,
your closest acquaintances, those who you spend the most time with, it's
very likely the case that that can rub off on you. So let's realize: I've got to
shun evil companions.
Maybe before you became a child of God you had friends who were
not the best friends, who said things, who did things, who were involved in
things that are not right. Friend although we may have an emotional
attachment to them, let's realize if they're going to lead me down the wrong
path, I can't be their friend anymore. You've got to be aware of worldly
minded friends who can bring you down.
Sodom and Gomorrah was a threat to Lot and his family. And it vexed
his righteous soul. God eventually said, ‘I want you to get out of the city.
Get away from that. It's doing you more harm than good.’ Think about
Balaam over and over again he resisted, but finally because of the
pressure and the temptation and the immorality, Balaam succumbed to the
temptation to curse God's people.
Here are some things that you got to be careful about. Don't let evil
acquaintances talk you into doing things you know you ought not to do.
You've got to shun the immorality of this world.
God says in Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honorable the bed undefiled,
whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” Don't run with people who
are going to be involved in immorality of any type- whether it is sexual or
whatever it may be- don't run with people who are involved in things like
drugs and alcohol. The Bible says, “Wine's a mocker, strong drink is a
brawler, whoever is lead astray by it is not wise.” Don't consume yourself or
be so close with people who are always using filthy language and talk.
Ephesians 5:29 says, “Let no filthy communication come out of your
You know if I'm around people who talk dirty and who use dirty
language, and I may have had a problem with that in the past, it can be so
hard for that not to be entering my mind all the time of me thinking about it.
You've got to learn you can't be around people like that anymore. Don't let
ungodly companions rub off on you. Learn after baptism, ‘I'm going to shun
those types of people.’
Then friend we suggest that after baptism you've got to learn to avoid
questionable places. Not just the people, but the environment as well can
sometimes wreak havoc on a new Christian's life if they're not careful.
The Bible teaches that we are not to be friends with the world or the
worldly. 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 the Scripture says, “Come out from among
them,” listen now, “and be ye separate says Lord, ‘I'll be your God you shall
be my people.’” Probably some of the strongest language in Scripture, the
half-brother of the Lord, James says in James 4:4, “Adulterers and
adulteresses do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with
God? Whoever therefore desires to be a friend of the world makes himself
God's enemy.” God says in 1 John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world or all
that is in the world. Lust of flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not
of the Father. It's of the evil one and the world and all that's in it is passing
I've got to learn this old world and the people who are friends with
her, we're talking about sin. We're talking about immorality. We're talking
about letting Satan rule their life. This world and the people of it like that. I
cannot let them affect my life. We've got to draw-you know- you've got to
draw a line somewhere. The old saying is: You got a stand for something or
you'll fall for everything. How true that is! The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians
5:21, “Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.”
Now let me mention some places specifically you will need to be
careful about. You've got to be careful; avoid these places at all cost.
Don't find yourself in the gambling casinos. No good's going to come
from that. The immorality, ungodliness, immodesty, liquor, and the greed
that's there is not good. If I'm going to grow as a Christian after baptism, I'm
sure not going to do it in a place like that.
Be careful about places that where immodesty is running rampant.
Friend I understand you can't walk out of the house without seeing some
type of immodesty, but places that I know people are going to be dressed
immodestly, in every scenario, I need to learn to avoid those places.
I need to learn to avoid places where language is going to be used,
where filthy music is going to be heard, where liquor and alcohol are going
to be served, where the people of the world are going to have a chance to
impact my life.
I need to learn to avoid places where ungodly scenes had the
potential to flood my mind. Whether be the movie place or whether be a
theater or whatever it may be. I've got a learn as a Christian there are
some places now that I just can't go that aren't going to help me to grow
What else can I do after baptism that will help me as a child of God?
Friend learn early, let it be impressed upon your mind from the very early
stages of Christianity, after baptism I need to attend all the services of the
The Bible clearly teaches in Hebrews 10:25 “Do not forsake the
assembling of yourselves together.” That's a clear teaching. Here's a
command of God. ‘Don't forsake the assembly.’ When Christians come
together as a group of people to worship God, I need to learn after baptism
I need to be there. No matter what I want to make it my goal every time,
unless I'm sick or I can't I'm hindered from doing that in some way, I need
to absolutely be there.
Now friend, it's not just a need. It ought to be a want for every child of
God. David said it this way, and this ought to be every Christian’s attitude.
Try to make this your attitude. “I was glad when they said, ‘Let us go into
the house of the Lord,’” Psalm 122:1.
Don't see it is a grudge. Don't begrudge and don't see it as something
‘if I don't do this, I'm going to go to hell.’ Don't see it is something that you
know you have to check off the checklist. Be glad to be able to worship the
Think about the things you get to do. When I attend the worship
service of the Lord, I get to worship Almighty God who's done so much for
me. We bow down. We honor Him. We praise His name. We worship Him
in spirit and truth.
What can I do for God who's done so much for me? God's asked us
to worship Him in spirit and truth. When I attend with the saints, I have the
privilege of observing the Lord's Supper. Acts 20:7, we do that on the first
day the week. According 1 Corinthians 11:30, we do that in memory of
Christ until He comes. I have the privilege and opportunity to think about, to
pay honor to, to worship the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in memory of
everything He did for me.
We have the opportunity to sing songs of praise to God. We have the
opportunity to come together as a group of Christians and pray and
encourage one another. We have the opportunity, and it is a privilege, we
have the opportunity and the privilege to have the word of God preached
and hopefully to have our hearts pricked by that message to motivate us, to
challenge us, to change us to do what God wants us to do in this life.
As a new Christian, make it a goal. I'm going to put God first,
Matthew 6:33. I'm going to be at worship no matter what- unless I'm sick
and I'm on my deathbed; and I can't be there. I will be at worship at every
opportunity to honor God, to praise Him, and to do the things that God
wants me to do.
What else can you do as a new Christian? Friend after baptism, we
encourage you have an earnest longing to go home and be with God.
Friend, that ought to be every Christian’s expectation. Paul said in
Philippians 1:20-21 he said, “I'm in between a rock and a hard place in
essence- I'm hard-pressed between the two.” What are the two? “I desire to
go home and be with God which is far better,” but he says, “I also want to
stay here with you which is needful for the time.” Paul said, “For me to live
is Christ and to die is gain.” We want to have that mindset. I really want to
go home and be with God. Paul said, “I consider the sufferings of this
present day not even worthy be compared with the glory which shall be
revealed in us.”
Do we realize how wonderful heaven is going to be? There'll be no
more sorrow, death, crying, pain; all the former things are passed away.
The two greatest things about heaven are God will be there and Satan
won't. Who doesn't want to go to a place like that? “Our Father who art in
heaven,” Matthew 6:9. The devil is cast out into hell and to the everlasting
darkness. God will be there. Satan won't. And all the troubles and
tribulations of this life cease to exist. Don't you want to go to a place like
In the words of Paul, we want to be further clothed with that
immortality and that beautiful incorruptible state. We've got a desire to go
home and be with God. Paul said in Philippians 3:20 and 21, “Our
citizenship is in heaven from which we eagerly look forward to the Lord
Jesus Christ.” When He comes, He'll change our lowly body into His
Friend as we think about the things we can do after baptism, there's
so many ways in which we can grow as a child of God. Are you growing in
the fruit of the Spirit? Are we trying every day to have more love in our life?
Are we striving to have the joy of Christianity? Do we have the peace of
God? Are we trying to do good to others?
As we think about things that I can do after baptism, here's one I can
help other people. “I can do good unto all men especially the household of
faith,” Galatians 6:10. The Bible commands in James 1:27, “Pure and
undefiled religion before God the Father's this to keep oneself unspotted
from the world and take care of or visit the widows and orphans in their
affliction.” I can help people- the poor and the needy- those who are
hurting, those who have lost family members, those who are sick, those
who are in need. I want to look for opportunities now that I'm a child of God
to help other people. I want to evangelize the lost and teach them about the
grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The main thing we want to emphasize is don't think baptism is the
end. Baptism is not the period at the sentence. Baptism is the opening line
in the novel that reads of our Christian life.
From this point forward, I've got to do my best to fill the pages of that
with God's love, His mercy, His grace, the Christian fruits and attributes that
I ought to have, and so baptism is not the ending point. It's not the period at
the end of the sentence. Baptism is the starting point. We're now a new
babe in Christ. We're now a new creature. I think about this, I got a second
chance. I got a do over. I got a reboot. The slate has been wiped clean.
Now I get to do it all over again this time with Christ as my Lord and my
master, this time following the teaching of the Bible, and doing my best not
to live for sin and for Satan and for self- but to live for the Savior our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ.
As always we want you to know today what God's plan of salvation
If you've heard these lessons concerning baptism, and maybe you've
watched the whole series, if you haven't you can go to our website
thegospelofChrist.com and do that. Maybe you've seen or watched or
heard this whole series of lessons and you've never obeyed the gospel.
Friend we want you to know today that the one thing God wants you
to do and the one thing we want you to do is respond in faith to the gospel
plan of salvation.
We ask you today to consider these things: Do you are you willing to
listen to what God has to say? If you say to yourself, ‘Well sure I want to
hear what God says, and I want to submit to Him.’ Then friend you're ready
to hear the word of God, Romans 10:17.
If you've heard the message about Christ, we ask you today: Do you
believe that Jesus is the Savior of the world and the Son of God? John
8:24, If you believe that and we follow up by asking you: Are you willing to
repent of sin?
We're not saying you're going to be perfect. None of us are perfect.
But are you willing to make a commitment? ‘I'm going to do my best to turn
from a life of sin- to not go down the path I've gone before, and to live for
Christ every day.’
Jesus said in Luke 13:3, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise
Would you, if you’re willing to hear the word of God, believe in Jesus
and repent of your sins? Would you confess Him as Savior?
Jesus said, “If you won't confess me before men, neither will I
confess you before the Father, but if you will confess me before men I'll
also confess you before the Father who is in heaven,” Matthew 10:32-33.
And friend if you're willing to do all that, would you be willing to do
what the Bible says concerning baptism?
Remember Jesus said, “He that believes and is baptized will be
saved,” Mark 16:16. Remember Peter under the inspiration of the Holy
Spirit said, “Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins.” And Saul
of Tarsus was told and this is what we encourage you today, if you've
never obey the gospel here's the encouragement Ananias gave to Saul,
“Why don't you arise and be baptized and wash away your sins calling on
the name of the Lord?” Acts 22:16
Friend if you've never done that we want you to know today that God
loves you that we love you, and more than anything in all the world God
wants you to be saved.
We want you to be saved.
Won't you submit to God? Obey the gospel. After that, be faithful until
Study Questions for: “Baptism: Lesson 8”
1. What does John 3:5 tell us about entering the kingdom of heaven?
2. What does 1 Peter 3:21 tell us about baptism?
3. According to John 15, what kind of fruit should we bear to God?
4. According to Hebrews 13:1, what should continue?
5. What new commandment did Jesus give us in John 13:34-35?
6. According to Mark 12:30, what is the first and greatest commandment?
7. What did Jesus purchase with his blood according to Acts 20:28?
8. According to Revelation 2:10, how long should we be faithful? Why?
9. What must we do to be faithful according to Luke 9:23?
10. According to 2 Timothy 2:15, what should we do to show ourselves
approved unto God?