Review the Home Study questions from Lesson 6
I. God Warns Against Subverting The Holy Spirit’s Work 神警告破坏圣灵的工作的事情
Acts 7:51 – “You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!
使徒行传 7:51 —你们这硬着颈项、心与耳未受割礼的人，常时抗拒圣灵；你们的祖宗怎样，你们也怎样！
1 Thessalonians 5:19 – Do not put out the Spirit’s fire;
帖撒罗尼迦前书 5:19 —不要消灭圣灵的感动，
A. People can resist and undermine the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work in the Gospel. God warns us to be on guard against this and not refuse the Spirit’s converting and strengthening influence in our hearts.
2 Corinthians 6:1-2 – As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says, ”In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you. I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
哥林多后书 6:1-2 ——1我们与 神同工的，也劝你们，不可徒受他的恩典。 2因为他说，在悦纳的时候，我应允了你。在拯救的日子，我搭救了你。看哪，现在正是悦纳的时候，现在正是拯救的日子。
Hebrews 3:18-19, 4:2, 7b – 18And to whom did God swear that they would never enter His rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief. （4:2）For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. （7b） “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”
希伯来书 3：18–19， 4：2，7b —
John 12:37 – Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe Him.
约翰福音 12:37 —他虽然在他们面前行了许多神迹，他们还是不信他。
B. God urgently pleads with people in their time of opportunity to believe the Gospel and not resist the Spirit’s work to bring them to faith in Jesus.
The Holy Spirit’s call to faith in the Gospel is freely offered, sincere given, powerful communicated, and clearly intended for all.
Sadly, people can prevent their coming to faith and forfeit Christ’s salvation blessings by allowing influences such as self-righteousness, a love of sin, pride and despair to dominate their hearts and so spurn the Spirit’s converting influence.
God does not want anyone to despise or deny the opportunity He presents to come to faith. God gives a limited number of opportunities to come to faith and no one can be sure if he/she will receive another chance （For example: The rich fool in Luke 12:15-21）
Ephesians 4:30 – And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
以弗所书 4:30 —不要叫神的圣灵担忧；你们原是受了他的印记，等候得赎的日子来到。
Hebrews 3:12-15 – See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
希伯来书 3:12-15 ——12弟兄们，你们要谨慎，免得你们中间或有人存着不信的恶心，把永生神离弃了。 13总要趁着还有今日，天天彼此相劝，免得你们中间有人被罪迷惑，心里就刚硬了。 14我们若将起初确实的信心坚持到底，就在基督里有分了。 15经上说：“你们今日若听他的话，就不可硬着心，像惹他发怒的日子一样。”
Luke 8:13b – They believe for awhile, but in the time of testing fall away.
路加福音 8:13b –不过暂时相信，及至遇见试炼就退后了；
C. God warns Christians not to damage or destroy their faith in Christ.
Believers can weaken and even destroy their faith in Jesus. The Bible does not teach an “eternal security” which claims that once a person is saved he/she can never fall away and lose their faith.
Among the influences that can lead to a loss of faith are: neglect of the Gospel, accepting a work-righteous view of salvation, a love of the pleasures of the sinful world, willful sins and a refusal to repent of sin.
Psalm 19:13 – Keep Your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
诗篇 19:13 – 求你拦阻仆人不犯任意妄为的罪，不容这罪辖制我，我便完全，免犯大罪。
1John 5:16b – There is a sin that leads to death.
约翰一书 5:16b —有至于死的罪。
1 Tim 1:19 – Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith.
提摩太前书 1:19 —常存信心和无亏的良心；有人丢弃良心，就在真道上如同船破坏了一般。
Willful sins are sins which a person commits when he/she clearly knows what God’s Word says on a manner, and is convinced the Word is true, but then purposely rejects the warning of his/her conscience and commits that sin without repenting. Such sins destroy saving faith.
Matthew 26:41 – “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
马太福音 26:41 –总要警醒祷告，免得入了迷惑。你们心灵固然愿意，肉体却软弱了。
2 Peter 3:17-18 – Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
彼得后书 3:17-18 ——17亲爱的弟兄阿，你们既然豫先知道这事，就当防备，恐怕被恶人的错谬诱惑，就从自己坚固的地步上坠落。18你们却要在我们主救主耶稣基督的恩典和知识上有长进。愿荣耀归给他，从今直到永远。阿们。
The way to avoid weakness or loss of faith is to be watchful at all times against temptation and to be growing continually in the Gospel of Christ.
Ephesians 4:18 – They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
以弗所书 4:18 —他们心地昏昧，与神所赐的生命隔绝了，都因自己无知，心里刚硬；
Romans 11:7b-8 – The others were hardened, as it is written: “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they could not see and ears so that they could not hear, to this very day.”
罗马书 11:7b-8 ——7b其余的就成了顽梗不化的。8如经上所记：“ 神给他们昏迷的心，眼睛不能看见，耳朵不能听见，直到今日。”
D. People who persist in unbelief and resistance to the gospel harden their hearts against the Holy Spirit’s influence. God may, as an act of judgment, harden their hearts further so that it is no longer possible for them to come to faith.
Mark 3:28-29 – I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.“
Hebrews 6:4-6 – It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, 6if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to public disgrace.
希伯来书6:4-6 ——4论到那些已经蒙了光照、尝过天恩的滋味、又于圣灵有分、 5并尝过神善道的滋味、觉悟来世权能的人， 6若是离弃道理，就不能叫他们从新懊悔了。因为他们把神的儿子重钉十字架，明明地羞辱他。
Hebrews 10:26-29 – If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
希伯来书 10:26-29 ——26因为我们得知真道以后，若故意犯罪，赎罪的祭就再没有了，27惟有战惧等候审判和那烧灭众敌人的烈火。28人干犯摩西的律法，凭两三个见证人尚且不得怜恤而死；29何况人践踏神的儿子，将那使他成圣之约的血当作平常，又亵慢施恩的圣灵，你们想，他要受的刑罚该怎样加重呢？
E. People who persist in unbelief may also commit the sin against the Holy Spirit.
The sin against the Holy Spirit is a malicious, spiteful rejection and open, callous contempt for the Gospel truths through which the Holy Spirit works to bring people to and keep them in saving faith in Jesus.
This sin is unforgivable, not because Jesus didn’t pay for it, but because its direct assault against the Spirit’s efforts to convert people makes repentance impossible.
Jeremiah 31:18b – Restore me, and I will return, because You are the Lord my God.
耶利米书 31:18b –求你使我回转，我便回转，因为你是耶和华我的神。
Job 33:26-28 – He prays to God and finds favor with him, he sees God’s face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state. Then he comes to men and says, ‘I sinned, and perverted what was right, but I did not get what I deserved. He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light.’
约伯记33:26-28 ——26他祷告神，神就喜悦他，使他欢呼朝见神的面； 神又看他为义。27他在人前歌唱说：‘我犯了罪，颠倒是非，这竟与我无益。28神救赎我的灵魂免入深坑，我的生命也必见光。’
God can and does bring back to faith people who have previously fallen away.
In great mercy God does reconvert people who have carelessly fallen from faith （Perhaps this was true of King David.）
We rejoice in such a great love that reclaims the fallen, but we dare not abuse His love by presuming that God must and will do it for us.
Acts 20:28a, 31a – Keep watch over yourselves. Be on your guard.
使徒行传20:28a, 31a –
F. God charges us to be vigilant against temptations to resist or reject the Spirit’s work in our lives.
II. The Holy Spirit Preserves Believers In Saving Faith 圣灵保守信徒救赎的信心
Acts 20:32 – “Now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
A. God the Holy Spirit strengthens and preserves us in saving faith through our use of the Word of God. We are to use that Word regularly and not neglect it.
Hebrews 6:19a – We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
B. We use God’s Word so that our faith will grow stronger and not become weaker. A strong faith is a great blessing because it allows us to have greater confidence of salvation and increased strength for a fruitful life of good works.
C. In order to preserve us in faith, the Holy Spirit uses both the Law and Gospel:
1 Corinthians 10:12 – So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!
哥林多前书 10:12 —所以，自己以为站得稳的，须要谨慎，免得跌倒。
Hebrews 2:1 – We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
希伯来书 2:1 —所以，我们当越发郑重所听见的道理，恐怕我们随流失去。
The Spirit speaks sharp warnings of the Law to our sinful nature so that we do not become proud and careless and fall from faith.
John 10:28-29 – I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.
Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
The Spirit speaks comforting promises of the Gospel to our believing nature so that we do not despair over our sinful weakness, but cling to Christ in faith for forgiveness and eternal life.
III. Sacraments 圣礼
A. God has not only accomplished our redemption through Christ. He has also provided the Gospel as the means by which the Holy Spirit can and does bring the benefits of Jesus’ redeeming work into our hearts and lives.
B. The Gospel comes in the form of the Word （as it is heard, read or remembered by people） and of the Sacraments. These means of grace are God’s precious “Gospel delivery system” for us.
C. We will now consider the two Sacraments God gives us to bring us Christ’s blessings.
D. What a sacrament is:
The word “sacrament” originally comes from the Latin word “sacramentum” which means “a solemn, sacred pledge.” In the sacraments, God makes a solemn, sacred pledge to bless people because of Christ.
We define a Sacrament as:
a. A sacred act – in which God is at work, imparting something to us.
b. Instituted by Christ – established and commanded by Jesus for us to do.
c. In which through visible elements – physical substances （water, bread, wine,） which affect our senses.
d. Connected with God’s Word – which give the Sacraments their power.
e. God offers, gives and assures to us forgiveness of sins, eternal life and saving grace. - the blessings that Jesus has won for us.
E. The Sacraments are the Sacrament Of Holy Baptism and the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
F. Sacraments are not just marks that identify people as Christians. Nor are they merely signs which only symbolize spiritual blessings. Sacraments are means by which God actually gives spiritual blessings to people.
G. Sacraments are not sacrifices in which people offer something to God. In Sacraments God is the one who offers and gives His blessings to people.
H. Sacraments are also not like other rites and ceremonies of the Church （such as confirmation, marriage, funeral）。 Although these are fine practices, God has not attached His promise of Gospel blessings to them.
IV. What Baptism Is 受洗是什么
Matthew 28:18-20 – Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
马太福音 28:18-20 ——18耶稣进前来，对他们说：“天上地下所有的权柄都赐给我了。 19所以，你们要去，使万民作我的门徒，奉父、子、圣灵的名给他们施洗（或作”给他们施洗，归于父、子、圣灵的名）。20凡我所吩咐你们的，都教训他们遵守，我就常与你们同在，直到世界的末了。“
A. Jesus instituted Baptism as part of His ”Great Commission“
Baptism is the application of water connected with God’s to a person.
A person is baptized ”in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit“, that is, into an intimate, blessed relationship with the Triune God. In Baptism God lovingly lays claim to a person’s life, makes that person His own dear child and gives him/her all His spiritual blessings （including His mercy, pardon and protection）。
Matthew 3:11 – ”I baptize you with water for repentance. But after Me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
马太福音 3:11 ——我是用水给你们施洗，叫你们悔改；但那在我以后来的，能力比我更大，我就是给他提鞋也不配。他要用圣灵与火给你们施洗。
B. The earthly element in baptism is water.
God uses a common element, often used for physical cleansing, to accomplish spiritual cleansing.
The word “baptize” originally comes from the Greek “baptizo” which means “to wash with or apply water.”
We must use water, not another substance, for a proper baptism.
God does not specify the amount of water we are to use or the method of applying the water.
a. Some insist that total immersion is the only valid way to be baptized.
b. While immersion is a valid way to baptize, it is not the only way. Sprinkling, pouring or touching with water are equally valid ways.
Luke 11:38 – But the Pharisee, noticing that Jesus did not first wash before the meal, was surprised.
c. Limiting the meaning of “baptizo” to “immerse” is not proper and makes nonsense of some Scripture passages where it is used.
C. A valid baptism requires the application of water with God’s Word of promise, the name of the Triune God. Where these things are not present, there is no valid baptism.
V. The Blessing Of Baptism 施洗的恩惠
A. Baptism is more than just an empty ceremony. It is a true means of grace by which God’s blessings come to us.
Galatians 3:26-27 – You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ.
加拉太书 3:26-27 ——26所以，你们因信基督耶稣，都是神的儿子。27你们受洗归入基督的，都是披戴基督了。
B. Through baptism, the Holy Spirit brings spiritually separated people into personal union with Christ and makes them God’s children.
Acts 2:38 – Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
使徒行传 2:38 —彼得说：”你们各人要悔改，奉耶稣基督的名受洗，叫你们的罪得赦，就必领受所赐的圣灵“
1 Peter 3:21 – And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
彼得前书 3:21 —这水所表明的洗礼，现在藉着耶稣基督复活，也拯救你们；这洗礼本不在乎除掉肉体的污秽，只求在神面前有无亏的良心。
C. Through baptism, the Holy Spirit gives sinful people the forgiveness of sins and saves them.
John 3:5 – Jesus answered, ”I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
约翰福音 3:5 —耶稣说：“我实实在在地告诉你：人若不是从水和圣灵生的，就不能进神的国。
D. Through baptism the Holy Spirit gives spiritually dead people new spiritual life and a place in God’s kingdom.
VI. The Power In Baptism 施洗的能力
Ephesians 5:25b-26 – Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.
以弗所书5:25b-26 ——25b正如基督爱教会，为教会舍己。 26要用水藉着道把教会洗净，成为圣洁。
A. The water used in baptism has no power of, or in, itself. Baptism receives its great power to give blessings through the Word of God connected with the water.
Titus 3:5-7 – He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
提多书 3:5-7 ——5他便救了我们，并不是因我们自己所行的义，乃是照他的怜悯，藉着重生的洗和圣灵的更新。5圣灵就是神藉着耶稣基督我们救主厚厚浇灌在我们身上的，7好叫我们因他的恩得称为义，可以凭着永生的盼望成为后嗣（或作”可以凭着盼望承受永生“）。
John 1:12-13 – Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
约翰福音 1:12-13 ——12凡接待他的，就是信他名的人，他就赐他们权柄，作神的儿女。13这等人不是从血气生的，不是从情欲生的，也不是从人意生的，乃是从神生的。
B. The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God in baptism to work faith in the hearts of the baptized so that they receive the blessings of Christ.
Saving faith in Jesus is entirely God’s creation in a person’s heart. It is not, in any way, the result of a person’s own decision, powers or effort.
Saving faith is always a gracious, miraculous gift of God whenever and in whomever it is worked.
VII. Who Is To Be Baptized 谁应该受洗
Matthew 28:19a – ”Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…“
马太福音 28:19a —所以，你们要去，使万民作我的门徒，奉父、子、圣灵的名给他们施洗（或作”给他们施洗，归于父、子、圣灵的名）。
A. Christ commands us to baptize all people everywhere. He sets no limits （such as age, gender, nationality） on eligibility for baptism. Our Savior’s love is so great that He wants all to receive its blessings.
B. Christ intends infants and children to be included in those baptized. We baptize them for the following reasons:
They are part of “all nations.”
Psalm 51:5 – Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
诗篇 51:5 —我是在罪孽里生的，在我母亲怀胎的时候就有了罪。
Ezekiel 18:4 – For every living soul belongs to Me, the father as well as the son—both alike belong to Me. The soul who sins is the one who will die.
以西结书 18:4 —看哪！世人都是属我的：为父的怎样属我，为子的也照样属我。犯罪的他必死亡。
They are sinful by nature, are accountable for their sin, and need God’s forgiveness.
Acts 2:38-39 – Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
使徒行传 2:38-39 ——38彼得说：“你们各人要悔改，奉耶稣基督的名受洗，叫你们的罪得赦，就必领受所赐的圣灵； 39因为这应许是给你们和你们的儿女，并一切在远方的人，就是主我们神所召来的。”
God promises to give them forgiveness and the Holy Spirit through baptism.
Luke 18:15-16 – People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have Him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
路加福音18:15-16 ——15有人抱着自己的婴孩来见耶稣，要他摸他们；门徒看见就责备那些人。16耶稣却叫他们来，说：”让小孩子到我这里来，不要禁止他们，因为在 神国的正是这样的人。
Matthew 18:6a – One of these little ones who believe in Me
马太福音 18:6a —凡使这信我的一个小子跌倒的，
They can believe in Jesus as their Savior.
Acts 2:41a – Those who had accepted his message were baptized.
使徒行传 2:41a —于是，领受他话的人就受了洗。
Acts 8:35-38 – Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
使徒行传 8:35-38 ——35腓利就开口从这经上起，对他传讲耶稣。 36二人正往前走，到了有水的地方，太监说：“看哪，这里有水，我受洗有什么妨碍呢？”（有古卷在此有 37腓利说：“你若是一心相信，就可以。”他回答说：“我信耶稣基督是神的儿子。”） 39于是吩咐车站住，腓利和太监二人同下水里去，腓利就给他施洗。
C. Older children and adults are baptized after they come to faith through and are instructed in God’s Word. In situations like this, the Holy Spirit works in baptism to give added assurance to believers that they are God’s children and heirs of His blessings.
D. We do not rebaptize people.
God’s promise in baptism is always valid and does not need to be repeated.
In fact, to rebaptize a person denies the truth and power of God’s Word.
People who fall away from faith and are reconverted are not to be rebaptized. With their renewed faith, they are to claim the blessing God had previously extended to them in their baptism.
We will baptize a person who does not know if he/she ever was baptized. Although it may be a “rebaptism”, it will offer the certainty and comfort God wants him/her to have.
VIII. Who Is To Baptize 谁来施洗
A. Christ’s command to baptize is given to all Christians. Every believer has the authority to baptize others.
1 Corinthians 14:40 – But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
哥林多前书 14:40 —凡事都要规规矩矩地按着次序行。
B. Pastors generally perform the baptism in our congregations. We call them to do this on behalf of the members so that the ministry of the Gospel is carried out efficiently and orderly.
C. In cases of emergency, when a pastor is not available, any believer can perform a baptism. To perform baptism:
Apply water to the person
Say, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
D. Can an unbeliever perform a valid baptism?
Yes. The power of baptism is dependent on the Holy Spirit working through the Gospel, not on the faith of the baptizer.
A baptism which uses the gospel is valid even if the baptizer does not personally believe it.
E. Sponsors and witnesses
Many people follow the fine Christian custom of having godparents for their baptized children.
Some parents choose sponsors who witness the baptism and later strive to encourage and assist their godchild in his/her spiritual life with their counsel, prayers and example.
Because of the nature of their responsibilities, sponsors should be strong, mature Christians who embrace the teachings of the church and are members of its fellowship.
Some parents choose witnesses who witness the baptism but do not assume the duties of a sponsor. Witnesses do not have to be members of the church or its fellowship.
IX. The Need For Baptism And The Unbaptized 受洗的必要和没有受洗的人
A. Do people need to be baptized in order to be saved?
Mark 16:16 – Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
马可福音 16:16 —信而受洗的，必然得救；不信的，必被定罪。
B. God clearly states that He wants everyone to be baptized and that baptism is a way through which He saves people.
C. However, God does not say that all who die without being baptized are lost eternally.
It is faith in Jesus that saves and unbelief that condemns.
Saving faith can exist without baptism. A person may come to faith through the Word apart from baptism.
Luke 7:30 – But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.
路加福音 7:30 —但法利赛人和律法师，没有受过约翰的洗，竟为自己废弃了神的旨意。（二十九三十两节或作众百姓和税吏听见了约翰的话就受了他的洗便以神为义但法利赛人和律法师不受约翰的洗，竟为自己废弃了神的旨意。）
While baptism is not absolutely necessary for salvation, it is not optional. A person cannot despise baptism and still be saved.
One who truly believes will want baptism.
D. What about the children who die before they have an opportunity to be baptized or learn the Gospel?
God has bound us to the Gospel in the Word and Sacraments as the means of salvation. God has told us of no other way by which people may come to faith in Christ.
Luke 1:41 – When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
路加福音 1:41 —以利沙伯一听马利亚问安，所怀的胎就在腹里跳动。以利沙伯且被圣灵充满，
However, God does not limit Himself to save by those means only. He gives the extraordinary example of John the Baptist who was given the Holy Spirit even before birth.
God does not specifically say anything about the destiny of those who die without the opportunity for baptism. We cannot speculate and deliver ultimate judgments about them.
We do know that all are in need of a Savior to forgive their sins. We also know that God is merciful and gracious and desires their salvation.
Psalm 25:6 – Remember, O Lord, Your great mercy and love, for they are from old.
诗篇 25:6 —耶和华啊，求你记念你的怜悯和慈爱，因为这是亘古以来所常有的。
We commit those who die without the opportunity for baptism to the wisdom, justice and mercy of God. We can be sure that the God of grace will handle their destiny in exactly the right way.
Christian parents of such children have the added comfort that their children had some contact with the Gospel through their mother and were committed to God in their prayers.
Matthew 19:14 – Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
马太福音 19:14 —耶稣说：“让小孩子到我这里来，不要禁止他们，因为在天国的，正是这样的人。”
E. Parents are to make sure that they have their children baptized as soon as possible. Parents will place the urgency of their children becoming God’s children ahead of other concerns in conducting baptism.
Ephesians 6:4 – Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
以弗所书 6:4 —你们作父亲的，不要惹儿女的气，只要照着主的教训和警戒养育他们。
F. Parents who refuse to baptize their children and train them in God’s Word severely damage them and can destroy them spiritually.
Parents have a tremendous influence on and obligation toward the spiritual welfare of their children.
Parents can influence their children for a life of unbelief and an eternity in hell by failing in their duty to baptize them and instruct them in God’s Word.
One cannot bring up children apart from the Gospel and expect them to be Christians. Even parents who have their children baptized can “starve” them spiritually by not continuing to feed their faith with God’s Word. Regular worship, Bible teaching, family devotions, prayers and informal discussions of God’s Word are all indispensible practices of every believer’s life.
Parents who choose to let their children grow up to make their own spiritual decisions are gambling with their children’s salvation. To choose not to influence children for God is to choose to influence them against Him.
We must do what we can to reach the unbaptized with the Gospel in baptism and God’s Word.
X. Baptism’s Importance For Our Daily Lives 受洗对我们日常生活的意义
A. God’s blessings in baptism have enduring value and benefit for our lives.
Galatians 3:26-27, 29 – You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
加拉太书 3:26-27, 29 —
B. God’s grace in baptism gives us the confidence of knowing at all times that Christ is our Savior and that we are God’s heaven-bound children.
1 Corinthians 12:13 – For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
哥林多前书12:13 – 我们不拘是犹太人，是希利尼人，是为奴的，是自主的，都从一位圣灵受洗，成了一个身体，饮于一位圣灵。
C. God’s grace in baptism gives us the comfort of knowing that we are members together with other Christians in the Spirit-created fellowship of the Church.
Romans 6:4, 6, 13 – 4We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—13Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to Him as instruments of righteousness.
罗马书 6:4, 6, 13 —
D. God’s grace in baptism gives us a new life in Christ in which we share in the blessings of His saving work and receive strength and encouragement to set aside the control of sin and live in obedient service to God.
E. The faith worked by baptism must be nourished and fed through continual feeding on the Gospel in the Word and in the Sacrament of Holy Communion throughout life.
XI. Home Study: 作业
A. LESSON REVIEW: Mark each statement either A （Agree） or D （Disagree）
—– 1. People who ignore God at present can count on the fact that He will give them opportunities to come to faith later in life.
—– 1. 那些现在忽视神的人可以指望神以后给他们机会决志信主。
—– 2. Once a person comes to faith in Jesus, it is impossible for him/her to ever fall away from Him.
—– 2. 一旦一个人决志信主，就不会跌倒远离神。
—– 3. The most damaging sin of all is the refusal to believe God’s Word.
—– 3. 最具杀伤力的罪是拒绝信神的话语。
—– 4. There are important things we can and must do to preserve our faith in Christ throughout life.
—– 4. 在我们一生里，我们能够而且必须要做一些重要的事情，来保守基督里的信心。
—– 5. In the Sacraments God provides two powerful ways to bring the Gospel and its blessings into our lives.
—– 5. 在圣礼仪式里，神提供了2个强大有力的方式把福音和福音的恩惠带到我们的生命里。
—– 6. The two things essential for a valid baptism are water and the Word of God.
—– 6. 正确有效的施洗必须包括水和神的话语。
—– 7. Totally immersing a person in water is the only proper way to perform a baptism.
—– 7. 用水把人完全浸湿是施洗唯一正确的方式。
—– 8. In Holy Baptism, God uses the Gospel to claim people for His own and make them His blessed children.
—– 8. 在圣洗礼中，神通过福音把人归为神的子民，使人成为神祝福的儿女。
—– 9. Baptism can and does save us.
—– 9. 受洗能够而且确实拯救了我们。
—– 10. Only those able to consciously understand the Gospel should be baptized.
—– 10. 只有那些能够自觉的理解福音的人才应该被施洗。
—– 11. A person should not be rebaptized.
—– 11. 一个人不能重复受洗。
—– 12. Any Christian may baptize a person.
—– 12. 任何一个基督徒都可以给别人施洗。
—– 13. We must believe that all people who die without baptism are doomed to hell.
—– 13. 我们必须相信， 所有没有受洗的人死去都会下地狱。
—– 14. Christ expects nothing more of parents than that they have their children baptized and brought to faith in Him.
—– 14. 基督仅仅期望父母让孩子受洗，归到耶稣基督的信心里。
—– 15. Our baptism has little ongoing importance for our lives as believers.
—– 15. 作为信徒，我们的受洗对于目前的生活来讲没有什么重要性。
B. PERSONAL REFLECTION （Answer the following questions）
What is the greatest concern about yourself as you consider the challenge of continuing to believe in Jesus throughout your life?
When, where and by whom were you baptized?
What points would you want to be sure to emphasize as you talk with a person about having their young child baptized?
C. MEMORY TREASURES （Memorize the following bible verses to build up your knowledge of God’s Word）
Matthew 28:19 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Galatians 3:26-27 – You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ.
加拉太书 3:26-27 ——26所以，你们因信基督耶稣，都是神的儿子。27你们受洗归入基督的，都是披戴基督了。
D. READING DURING THE WEEK
—– Day 1 – Hebrews 3 第一天–希伯来书第3章
—– Day 2 – Hebrews 6 第二天—希伯来书第6章
—– Day 3 – 1 John 1 第三天—约翰一书第1章
—– Day 4 – 1 John 2 第四天—-约翰一书第2章
—– Day 5 – 1 John 3 第五天—约翰一书第3章
—– Day 6 – 1 John 4 第六天—约翰一书第4章
—– Day 7 – 1 John 5 第七天—-约翰一书第5章
F. HYMN / PRAYER
F. 赞美诗/ 祷告
Hymn 294: 1, 2 in Christian Worship: ”Baptized into Your Name Most Holy“
Baptized into Your name most holy, O Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
I claim a place, though weak and lowly, Among Your saints, Your chosen host,
Buried with Christ and dead to sin. Your Spirit now shall live within.
My loving Father, there You took me To be henceforth Your child and heir.
My faithful Savior, there You let me The fruit of all Your sorrows share.
O Holy Spirit, comfort me When threat’ning clouds around I see.
赞美诗第294章： 1, 2节