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 A weekly publication by the Metropolis church of Christ for the express purpose of perfecting the saints, for the work of
 the ministry, and for the edifying of the body of Christ.                                       EPHESIANS 4:12, KJV

August 16, 2009                                          Metropolis church of Christ, Romans 16:16

Is Baptism a “Work”? (Part II)
Many sincere, loving, good-hearted denominational people use Ephesians 2:8    2:8-9 to try to support
their claim that baptism is a work that has nothing to do with salvation. Let’s look at the text: For
by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works,
lest any man should boast (KJV). We addressed this issue last week, revealing that (1) this
                                                                                  Ephesus (both Jews
scripture is used out of context, because (2) Paul was telling the Christians at Ep
and Gentiles) that the former works of the Law of Moses (i.e. circumcision) would not save, and (3)
this text has nothing to do with baptism. Furthermore, this is seen in Paul’s letter to the church at
           Behold,                you,
Galatia, “Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For
I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is
become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from
grace (Gal. 5:2-4, KJV).”

                                              Now I’d like you to consider Paul, and his own conversion.
                                              The Apostle Paul stated that Ananias (a man also being
                                              directed by God, [Acts 9:10-17]) told him to “Arise, and be
                                              baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the
                                              Lord (Acts 22:16).” If baptism was a work, as alleged by
                                              most denominations today, and if baptism has nothing to do
                                              with salvation, then doesn’t it stand to reason that Paul
                                              would have said to Ananias, “No, I will not be baptized!
                                              Baptism is a work! It has nothing to do with salvation, or the
                                              forgiveness of sins?” If I say to you, “Arise, and be baptized,
                                              and wash away thy sins”, you will say to me, “No, baptism is
                                              a work and has nothing to do with washing away sins!”

                                           2:8 9,
But, wait a minute…let’s revisit Ephesians 2:8-9, which is the scripture many
use to support their claim that baptism is a work. What about verse 10?   10                         IN THIS ISSUE
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ
                         For                                                                       Minister’s Desk        1
Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should
                                                    o     ned                                      Leadership Info        2
walk in them (KJV).”                                                                               Prayer Requests        2

Didn’t Jesus say, “We must work the works of him that sent me (John 9:4) ?”                        Shut Ins/Nrsg Hms      2
It is certainly true that that even the good works of Christians are, in no                        Welcome                2
way, adequate grounds for God’s mercy to be poured out upon them in                                GROWTH!                2
Christ, but any theory which detaches the works that a Christian does from                         Safest Place           2
having relationship with his or her salvation is a false theory. Many of the                       12 Guides for Living   2
greatest Bible scholars have declared, “The doctrine of belief alone is an                         Anniversaries          3
arrogant and false doctrine of which God will deal out retribution upon.”                          Birthdays              3
Paul writes, “God will render to every many according to his works: to them                        Laugh!                 3
                         doing          glory and
that by patience in well-doing seek for g            (continued on page 3)                         Service Times & Map    4

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                                    Our Church Picnic and
                                                                                                                        In Fear & Faith
                                   Softball Game was Great!
                                                                                                                              Fear imprisons, Faith
 WELCOME!                        The church gathered together at the
                                 home of Sue Parkers on Saturday, August                                                   liberates. Fear paralyzes,
Welcome to the worship                                                                                                       Faith empowers. Fear
                                 8th, at 4:00p.m., and the event was a
services of the church of
                                 blast! Attendance estimates were around                                                disheartens, Faith encourages.
Christ.        We are very
pleased that       you     are   65-75, with a big part of the estimate                                                 Fear sickens, Faith heals. Fear
here with us this morning,       being young people!     We had a huge                                                    makes useless, Faith makes
and we hope that you give        potluck styled picnic meal, along with a                                                serviceable. Most of all, Fear
us the opportunity to talk       lot   of   deserts.     People    talked,
                                                                                                                        puts hopelessness at the heart
with you a few minutes right     fellowshipped, pitched washers, and
                                 played softball. Some of the kids wrong                                                of life, while Faith rejoices in
after services. Please take
a moment to fill out a           the Parker’s “Dune-Buggy” and golf-cart.                                                           its God.
Visitor Card located in the      Others climbed on their playground-                                                                       Henry Emerson Fosdick
pew-back in front of you,        swingset.     Many visitors and non-
                                                                                                                        The Lord is my helper, and I will
then pass it to the inside       members attended the function, as well,
isle! Be sure to put your        and you made them feel welcome and                                                     not fear what man shall do unto
email on it too. (Acts 16:40)    wanted! We pray God was glorified.                                                           me.” Hebrews 13:6
Baptism a Work? (continued)                             BIRTHDAYS
honor and incorruption, eternal life; but unto         Michael Hooks       20
them that are factious and obey not the                                       nd
                                                       Sammy Jo Burkhart   22
truth, but obey unrighteousness, shall be                                     st
wrath and indignation, tribulation and
                                                       Steve Middleton     31
anguish, upon every soul of man that
worketh evil, of the Jew first and also of the
Greek (Rom. 2:6-9).”
Let me call upon your intelligence. Jesus
said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,                                            ANNIVERSARIES
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:                                                                           th
                                                                                    Bill & Freda Whitnel: August 27
(Matt. 28:19, KJV). In other words, “go,
                                                                                   Elmer & Wanda Johns: August 29th
teach, and baptize.” Call baptism whatever
you like; call baptism a work, an act, an                                          “Marriage is honourable in all…”
event, or any other label you choose to put                                                Hebrews 13:4
on it, but ask yourself this question…“Am I
going, teaching, and baptizing,” or am I               ENCOURAGEMENT: God’s Spiderweb
“going, teaching, and rejecting Christ’s
command to baptize?”                                   During World War II, a US marine was separated from
                         In Christian Love,
                                      Love             his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been
                          Michael Shank                intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost
                         Minister                      touch with his comrades.
                                                       Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers
                                                       coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found
TEACHING THE FAITH:                                          ay
                                                       his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the
What is the Gospel?                                    rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves.
                                                       Although safe for the moment, he realized that once
When I’m “out and about”, I routinely ask people,
“What is the gospel?”          The responses are
                                                       the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge,
interesting. Some of the many responses I       I’ve                                                     wou
                                                       they would quickly search all the caves and he would
heard are, “It’s Jesus in the flesh; it’s 4 books of
                                        s              be killed.
the Bible; it’s Jesus dying on a cross; it’ the life
                                                       As he waited, he prayed, "Lord, if it be your will, please
of Jesus, it’s all the different churches in the
world, etc.”                                           protect me. Whatever your will though, I love you and
                                                       trust you. Amen."        After praying, he lay quietly
What is the Bible answer? Paul reveals the gospel      listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He thought,
in 1Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I                                d
                                                       "Well, I guess the Lord isn't going to help me out of this
declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto
                                                       one." Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over
you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye
stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in
                                                       the front of his cave.
memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have        As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for
believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of    him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand
all that which I also received, how that Christ died
                                                       of web across the opening of the cave. "Hah, he
for our sins
According                                              thought. "What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord
to the                                                 has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of
scriptures;                                            humor." As the enemy drew closer he watched from
And that he                                            the darkness of his hideout and could see them
was buried,                                              arching
                                                       searching one cave after another. As they came to his,
and that he                                            he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement,
rose again                                             however, after glancing in the direction of his cave,
the third                                              they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with the
                                                                                                 looked as if no
                                                       spider web over the entrance, his cave look
to the                                                 one had entered for quite a while. "Lord, forgive me,"
scriptures:”                                           prayed the young man. "I had forgotten that in You a
(KJV)                                                  spider's web is stronger than a brick wall."

                                                         Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your
                                                        heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Psalms 62:8
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