Calvary Bible Baptist Church of Barrow, Alaska - Burdens are lifted at calvary
What is scriptural baptism?
I. The Meaning of Baptism
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. --Mark 16:16Belief in Christ comes before Baptism. Baptism does not mean regeneration or forgiveness of sins.
The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: -- 1 Peter 3:21Baptism is the answer of a good conscience toward God. Baptism means OBSERVING Christ’s example. Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River
And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. --John 1:9Jesus in submitting to baptism fulfilled all righteousness
nd Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. --Matthew 3:15Christ is the believer’s example
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: --I Peter 2:21Christ’s baptism pleased the Father
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. --Matthew 3:17Baptism means ONENESS with Christ and His Church
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: -- Romans 6:3-5When a person is scripturally baptized that individual in so doing is publicly identifying with the Death of Christ “planted together in the likeness of his death.”
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, --Romans 6:5aThe Burial of Christ “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death”
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. --Romans 6:4aThe Resurrection of Christ
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. --Romans 6:4bThe Body of Christ
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. --I Corinthians 12:13II. The Manner of Baptism.
The Bible teaches one, and only one form of baptism, and that is baptism by IMMERSION.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: --Matthew 3:16No where in the New Testament is baptism by sprinkling or pouring found to be taught or practiced.
The above Scripture references all support and promote the Bible doctrine of baptism by immersion. Baptism by immersion pictures the believer’s death and being buried with Christ to the old life of sin, and resurrection to live for God as a new creature in Christ, old things being passed away, all things becoming new.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. --II Corinthians 5:17
The INDIVIDUALS of Baptism by immersion according to the Bible are those who have heard the gospel and believed it.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. --Mark 16:16Those whose eyes have been opened
nd immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. --Acts 9:18Those who have repented of their sin
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. --Acts 2:38Those who have received the Holy Spirit
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? --Acts 10:47Those who have been taught the Word of God
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. --Matthew 28:19-20Those who bring forth fruit worthy of repentance
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. --Luke 3:8INFANT Baptism is not found to be taught or practiced anywhere in the Bible.
In the scriptures it is taught that scriptural baptism is to be administered only to those who have made a profession of faith in Christ, being old enough and mature enough to understand the plan of salvation, and the biblical conditions of baptism. No child in the state of infancy is conscience of their sinfulness or need of salvation, and since baptism is only for those who have believed the gospel, it is unscriptural to baptize infants who are not yet old enough to repent and believe.
III. The MINISTRATION of Baptism.
hen they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. --Acts 2:41
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. --I Corinthians 14:33When we study the subject of baptism in the light of the Scriptures we find that while Baptism is important, and is a command to be obeyed by every believer, it is simply a public stand with Christ and righteousness, against the devil and sin.