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While it is obvious to most Christians that there is great value and benefit in their baptism, it is not always obvious to them how they benefit from it. How can we profit from our baptism? Can we profit from it more? Ian Macleod answers these questions pastorally and biblically, pointing us to the riches of grace that have been signified and sealed to us in our baptism and showing us how the benefits derived from baptism through faith in Christ and with the Spirit’s blessing are lifelong.
Table of Contents:
An Illustration: From Rags to Riches
By Recognizing What God Has Done for Me In Christ
By Responding in Faith to What God Has Done for Me in Christ
By Raising Up Covenant Children in the Fear of God
By Thankfully Acknowledging God’s Covenant Provisions
By Seeking a Personal and Saving Relationship with Christ
By Living a Dependent and Thankful Life That Glorifies the God Who Saved Me
By Proclaiming the Gospel to Others
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said that what the church needs to do most all is “to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’” As Christians, one of our greatest needs is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the beauty of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of the triune God. With this goal in mind, this series of booklets treats matters vital to Christian experience at a basic level. Each booklet addresses a specific question in order to inform the mind, warm the affections, and transform the whole person by the Spirit’s grace, so that the church may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Ian Macleod is a pastor of the Free Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“How to use the sacraments—especially baptism—for maximal benefit is a sorely neglected but poignant issue for our spiritual life. Too often even believers focus only on the person(s) being baptized, and thus glean little from the administration of baptism for personal spiritual growth. In this booklet, Ian Macleod presents six helpful and major, scriptural ways that baptism can benefit us. I pray that God will use these ways powerfully in our lives so that we might consciously and habitually apply them to our mind and heart. Surely our souls would make great gain by doing so.” —Joel R. Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan