Sunday, December 31st
WHAT is water baptism?
It is a physical act of obedience to give testimony to a spiritual experience (the new birth). It is an outward ritual, which shows an inward reality (Romans 6: 3-8; I Peter 3:21).
WHY is water baptism necessary?
It follows the example of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17) and obeys His command (Matthew 28:19). It was practiced by the apostles (Acts 2:38, 41; 8:12, 36-38). It allows us to have a clear conscious before God (I Peter 3:21). It is also one way to confess our faith in Christ before men (Matthew 10:32).
WHO should be baptized in water?
All believers in Christ should be baptized (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, 8:36-37).
WHEN should I be baptized in water?
The New Testament pattern was to be baptized immediately following conversion or as quickly as the believer understood and was ready to make a public commitment of faith (Acts 2:41, 8:12, 36-38; 9:17-18).
HOW should I be baptized?
Water baptism in the New Testament was practiced by immersion
(Matthew 3:16, Acts 8:38).