This week I had the privilege to talk with someone about being baptized. This person whom I love, respect and appreciate asked me about the doctrine of baptism. I did my best to explain what the Bible teaches and I think we had a great conversation and came to a reasonable understanding. I was just myself and let God handle the rest.
In writing here are a few things that I would always want to include when having a conversation about baptism. Maybe this will help you when you talk about baptism with others.
- A Command of Jesus – Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16
- Commanded by the apostles – Acts 2:38; Acts 10:48
- Immersion in water – Acts 8:35-38; Romans 6:4
- For those that believe in Jesus – Mark 16:16; Acts 8:36-37
- For the remission of sins – Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Ephesians 1:7
- A union with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection – Romans 6:3-4
- Required for those that want to be saved – 1 Peter 3:21; Mark 16:16
After reading these seven things that define what baptism is and reading what the scriptures say I can not imagine coming to the conclusion that baptism is not absolutely imperative to the person that wants to obey Jesus, and be saved.
Do you want to obey Jesus? Do you want to be saved? Then be baptized. It’s really that simple. When it comes to baptism there are no, ifs ands or buts about it.
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