What is Baptism? (1 of 4)

Baptism is:

  • water

  • used with God’s promise of forgiveness and salvation and

  • by Christ’s command.


Christ commands us

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  (Matthew 28:19)


God promises

  • “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16)

  • Sins are washed away (Acts 2:38; 22:16)

  • The Holy Spirit is given (Luke 3:21-22; Acts 2:38)

  • God makes us members of the Church, the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13; Gal 3:27)

  • God brings us into his Kingdom (John 3:5)

  • We are adopted Children of God (John 1:12; Rom 8:14-16)

God does these things, not the water by itself

This means:

  • The amount of water is not important—God can use just a few drops

  • The type of water is not important—river, lake or tap water can all be used by God


God does these things, not the person being baptized

This means the baptized:

  • Do not need to know anything, understand anything, or do anything except receive

  • Can be an infant or adult

  • Can be a professor of philosophy or mentally handicapped

  • Does need to be trained and taught to believe God’s promises in baptism

  • Does need to be surrounded by faithful Christians who will guide, support, and train them to follow Jesus.