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Scripture Reading: Titus 3:4-8

The Appeals of Baptism



1.   When a person knows he is in trouble he cries out for help. (cf. Peter, Matt 14:30)

2.   Sinners learn they are “in trouble” (lost in sin) by the gospel that is preached, 1 Cor 1:21.

3.   Sinners learn of grace and salvation by the gospel, Col 1:5-6.

4.   The place baptism has in the sinner’s salvation shows it is an earnest appeal made to God to obtain His grace (Eph 2:8-9).


I. BAPTISM IS AN APPEAL. (Plea, petition, call)

   A.   It is an Appeal made by Sinners to God, Acts 2:21.

      1.   Call on the name of the Lord: To invoke, to cry out; to call upon for help.

      2.   Acts 2:36-41: Explanation given and obeyed – Saved.

   B.   Without making this Appeal You Will Not be Saved, Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 16:30-34.

      1.   Acts 2:38: eis – towards, in order to remission of sins.

      2.   Acts 16:30-34: “Believe” – Heard…Believed…Repented…Baptized…Rejoiced, having believed in God.



   A.   It is an Appeal of Faith, Acts 8:30-38; Mk 16:15-16.

      1.   “Your faith has saved you”, Lk 7:48-50 (Acts 18:8).

      2.   Lydia had shown herself faithful to the Lord, Acts 16:14-15.

      3.   Living faith, Jas 2:17.

   B.   An Appeal for Mercy, Titus 3:4-7.

      1.   A plea for forgiveness, Acts 2:37-38.

      2.   A plea to be saved from death, Acts 16:30-34.

      3.   A plea to wash away sins, Acts 22:16.

      4.   A plea for entrance into the kingdom, Jno 3:3-5; Acts 8:12.

   C.   An Appeal of a Good Conscience, 1 Pet 3:21.

        -(“Inquiry…avowal of consecration to God after inquiry”, RWP; “earnest seeking, craving, an intense desire”, Thayer)

      1.   A new creature; purged of sin, 2 Cor 5:17.

      2.   Brought forth through the gospel, 1 Cor 4:15; 1 Pet 1:22-23.

   D.   An Appeal for New Life, Rom 6:3-4.

      1.   To reach His death, Rom 6:3.

      2.   To die to sin, Rom 6:4 (6).

      3.   Circumcision of Christ: Putting off of sins, Col 2:11-13.

   E.   An Appeal to be United with Christ, Rom 6:4-5.

      1.   To put on Christ, Rom 6:3; Gal 3:26-27.

      2.   In the name of: Authority and relationship, Matt 28:19; Acts 19:4-5.    

   F.   An Appeal that Justifies God, Lk 7:29-30.

      1.   By their obedience in baptism they declared God to be just in what He required of them; they accepted the will of God, cf. 7:30; Matt 3:15.

      2.   These did not resist His will; cf. Rom 9:19-20.



1.   Now it is left for you to decide whether you wish to appeal to God for His grace and the salvation that is in Jesus Christ:

   a.   If you believe, you may. Acts 8:36-37

   b.   Do not wait any longer. Acts 22:16

   c.    If you will receive this word, then be baptized. Acts 2:41

2.   Obey Jesus in faith and be saved by God’s grace, Heb 5:9; Eph 2:8-9 (1 Pet 1:22-23).