What’s the Deal with Baptism? Part 2.

October 6th, 2011

There are many, widely differing views on water baptism.

  • Is it necessary for salvation or not?
  • Is it by sprinking or by immersion?
  • Is it for infants or those of have come “of age”?
  • When and how, by whom and in whose name should one be baptized?
  • Is it required for church membership?
  • Then you have several other baptisms mentioned in the Bible –
  • what about baptism for the dead?
  • baptism of fire?
  • Holy Spirit baptism?

Many who hold a particular view have a long church and family history in that tradition.  Furthermore, each view claims to have strong biblical support.  Two people arguing about baptism can each come up with various “proof” verses for their position.

All of this is a recipe for any discussion about water baptism to be very emotional and divisive.

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What’s the Deal with Baptism?

October 25th, 2009

In Mark 16:15-16 Christ tells his disciples to preach the gospel and includes baptism as part of it: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved”.

In Acts 2:38 Peter obeys Christ by preaching exactly that message.

Yet in 1 Corinthians 1:17 we see that Christ did not include baptism as part of the gospel which Paul was supposed to preach.

In the baptism debate today, you have some that teach it is necessary for salvation and accompanies repentance. Others preach that it is necessary for salvation but should be performed on infants. Still others teach that it is only an “outward sign of an inward work” – that it is not necessary for salvation but merely a symbol of what has already taken place.

Which viewpoint is correct? Or, is their another possibility?

What kinds of questions have you had about baptism?

Stay tuned to this blog for the answers…

UPDATE (10/31): this week has been beautifully busy with things related to the upcoming move. Keep checking back for more baptism posts shortly.

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