“Open Bible Study”
March 13, 2010
“Is baptism absolutely essential for salvation?”
The apostle Paul wrote the following:
1 Corinthians 1:10
10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
While we ought to have unity, it is also clear, and to our shame, that we do not have unity.
We at the Good Hope Rd. Church of Christ believe the only way to have the unity Jesus prayed for is to gather with those who disagree and discuss the things which divide us. And while we may not immediately agree after these sessions, it is certain we will never have unity if we ignore each other and ignore the issues which divide us.
We are thankful for Mr. Randy Zinn, the Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dustin, OK, for his willingness to participate in our “Open Bible Study.” I have met very few men with such a friendly and kind disposition as Mr. Randy Zinn.
This present study concerns the subject of “Baptism – Is it absolutely essential for salvation?” On March 13, 2010 Mr. Zinn came to our church building and spoke in defense of his belief that, although baptism is a command of the Lord and people should be baptized, baptism is not essential for salvation. When he finished, George Battey, the preacher for the Good Hope Rd. Church of Christ, spoke for the same amount of time defending the idea that baptism is absolutely essential for salvation.
After the two sermons were preached and after a brief intermission, the study resumed with two thirty-minute question sessions. The floor was opened up for any man present to ask questions concerning this subject.
We hope you will enjoy both the speeches and the question session. We want to thank Mr. Randy Zinn for his involvement in this study.
May the Lord bless you in your study of His wonderful word. The “churches of Christ” salute you” (Rom 16:16).