7907 baptism, practice of
Baptism is associated with repenting of sin, believing the gospel message and becoming a member of Christ’s body.
Baptism is ordained by Jesus Christ himself
Baptism is linked with repentance
Baptism follows the decision to believe
Baptism in the name of God or Jesus Christ
Baptism in the name of the Trinity Mt 28:18-20
Baptism was by immersion
Baptism is linked with the gift of the Holy Spirit
Manifestations of the Holy Spirit may follow or precede water baptismSee also Ac 8:12-17; Ac 9:17-18; Ac 10:44-48
The person who baptises is of little importance
1Co 1:14 What matters is not who baptises but the Saviour in whose name it is done.
Baptism “for the dead”
1Co 15:29 It is not certain if there was a ceremony of baptism “for the dead” in the NT church, nor whether, if it existed, Paul approved of it.
Passages which may imply infant baptismThe “households” (not merely individuals) may well have included children: Ac 16:15,33; Ac 18:8; 1Co 1:16
Mk 10:13-16; 1Co 7:14; Col 2:11-12 If baptism is here equated with circumcision, this suggests baptism is the sign of the new covenant.
Passages apparently negating infant baptism
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