Scriptures

Baptism

Introduction

In the religious world today you can find a variety of ‘baptisms’ on offer, these range from ‘infant baptism’ to ‘Holy Spirit baptism’. Sadly, there are also many religious groups who don’t even believe in baptism or understand the significance of baptism.


I’m sure we all know the scenario when someone walks into our assembly and wants to be a part of the ‘church’, they tell us they have been immersed for the forgiveness of their sins, but we know that the group they came form doesn’t practice baptism for that reason. Are The Churches Of Christ The Only Ones Who Baptise For The Forgiveness Of Sins?

I think it’s important to understand words and their meanings in the Scriptures, especially the original text in Hebrew or Greek, otherwise we can get ourselves into all kind of problems concerning what any passage of Scripture means. Are We Baptised In The Name Of Jesus Christ Or In The Name Of The Father, The Son And The Holy Spirit?

Some interpret the baptism of fire as referring to the day of Pentecost.

Some believe that the baptism with fire refers to the Holy Spirit’s office as the energiser of the believer’s service, and the purifier of evil within. Baptism Of Fire

We need to understand that it wasn’t something that He accepted casually, on the contrary, it was an act about which He had clearly given deep thought.

How do we know this? We know this because He made a special journey in order to be baptised. Baptism Of Jesus

The first public affirmation of the ordinance of baptism for the dead in the Church was Joseph Smith’s funeral sermon for Seymour Brunson in Nauvoo in August 1840. Addressing a widow who had lost a son who had not been baptized, he called the principle ‘glad tidings of great joy,’ in contrast to the prevailing tradition that all un-baptized are damned. Baptism For The Dead

It’s a mistake of major proportions both textually and contextually, to assign the Holy Spirit promises given to the apostles, to all disciples. When we read carefully we will see that only the apostles were addressed. And it was only the apostles who received the fulfilment of the promise. Baptism Of The Holy Spirit

It’s a sad situation today where many people claim they have been ‘born again’ because they believe they have God’s Spirit.

It’s sad because they miss out the ‘water’ part of Jesus’ teaching, they miss out being baptised. Is it possible to be born again without being baptised! Born Again!

I’ve heard many theories over the years concerning how much a person needs to know before they are baptised, some theories have been reasonable in their thinking, but others have simply taken it to the extreme where the candidate for baptism needs to jump through a whole bunch of ‘hoops’ before they can be baptised. How Much Does A Person Need To Know Before They Are Baptised?

I would be a very rich person if I got a pound for every time I’ve heard some say to me, baptism isn’t needed for salvation or isn’t really necessary because we are saved by grace alone.

Your understanding of this will make the difference between you being saved and not being saved! Is Baptism A Work?

Every single person who became a Christian in New Testament times were immersed into water.

And notice what I wrote, every single person was immersed, not a single one of them was sprinkled or poured upon. Is Baptism Necessary For Salvation?

Sometimes people wonder whether or not the baptism of John should still be practiced today.

Some claim that they do practice John’s baptism, others don’t.

Let’s take a look at what the Scriptures teach. John’s Baptism

In the religious world today, there are many ‘modes’ of baptism practiced, they say that the act may be carried out in various ways, ways which include the sprinkling or pouring of water on the head of the one coming to baptism.

What do the Scriptures teach about sprinkling as a form of baptism? Is Sprinkling A Biblical ‘Mode’ Of Baptism?

Baptism is a command for believers and an act done in the name of Jesus. Described in the Scriptures as a burial. Defined by Bible dictionaries as ‘plunging, dipping, immersing, submerging.’ Baptism is not a sprinkling of water on your head but a burial. It’s not a way of ‘joining’ the church because God is the One who adds you to the church. Water Baptism

When we turn to the New Testament, we learn several things about the person doing the baptising. The main lesson learned is that the personal characteristics of the individual doing the baptising have ‘no bearing’ on the effectiveness of the baptism. Who Can Baptise Another Person?

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life."

John 5:24

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