What is your first thought about reading of a series of sermons this summer about baptism? Perhaps you think it’s going to be a short series! God tells us to do it. When we make our decision to obey His will, we get into the water and someone else immerses us in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Case closed. Yes but not so fast, my friend! Technically that is all a person needs to know and his or her baptism is just as valid in the sight of God as anyone else’s baptism when it is done with sincere faith. But there is so much more to understand and appreciate about the blessings connected with this act of obedient faith. Several weeks ago in our Wednesday evening auditorium Bible class we were discussing Paul’s troubles with the false teachers in the church at Corinth. That led us into the consideration that anyone can claim to be a Christian but only those obey God’s revealed Word—including baptism—will receive His promised blessings. We discussed the truth that there are other commands that any person must also obey in order to be saved, namely, belief, confession, and repentance. They are no less important than baptism. But there are a number of spiritual transactions that take place at the moment of baptism. These spiritual transactions take place in no other way than through obeying God’s command of baptism. You do not feel these spiritual transactions taking place but we know that they happen because God tells us that they do. I have taken some of the points made by members of the class and added other thoughts to develop the following sermon titles for The Blessings Of Baptism. They are in no particular order. • Being Born Again • Gaining Entry Into The Body Of Christ • Obtaining Forgiveness And Salvation • Being United With Christ • Experiencing Spiritual Circumcision • Receiving The Gift Of The Holy Spirit There may be other thoughts for sermons that occur to me during the course of my study on this subject. If you have a suggestion you would like to share, please feel free to let me know. I am excited about these messages and I am looking forward to sharing them with you. We’ll begin next Sunday, Lord willing!