Lesson : BAPTISM

        Virtually every religion in existence teaches some form of Baptism as part of their doctrine, and the diversity in their teachings is wide. This paper is intended to give the Bible’s clear and definite teaching on the subject so you, the individual can understand perfectly what God’s intention is regarding Baptism.

READ the Bolded scriptures in your King James Bible - to help to understand.
(Some of these verses are not found in all the different versions of the Bible)

I. Who Should be Baptized?
A. The only requirements for Baptism are the requirements for salvation; found in - Romans 10: 9-11
1. Heart belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
2. Confession of heart belief that He is Lord and Savior.
B. The clearest case of an individual’s baptism in the Bible is the Ethiopian eunuch in - Acts 8: 26-39. In verse 36, the eunuch asked, "…what doth hinder me to be baptized?" Philip then answered with the condition of baptism in verse 37, "If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest." The eunuch’s response then sealed the matter, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
C. There are NO examples of baptism in the New Testament of anyone but believers.
D. Two other examples of baptism immediately after salvation include:
1. Acts 18: 8
2. Acts 8: 12
II. What is the Method of Baptism?
A. Again, Acts 8: 26-39 gives the clearest example. In - Acts 8: 38-39, BOTH Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch went down into the water and came up out of the water.
B. In - Mark 1: 9-10 Jesus was baptized in the same manner.
C. Baptism is a picture of death, burial, and resurrection. The only way to bury someone is to put them completely underground. The method of Baptism is to put them completely underwater. No one in the Bible was ever sprinkled. No one can be buried by sprinkling a little dirt on them, especially when they are upright.
III. What is the Purpose of Baptism?
A. There are 7 - types of baptism mentioned in the whole Bible. In each case, physical baptism is a picture of a spiritual truth. The important point to consider is the picture portrayed by baptism.
B. There are 2 - types that pertain to the New Testament believer…
1. Holy Spirit Baptism; As found in - Ephesians 1: 13 and John 14: 16-17,
And the basic purpose is as found in - John 14: 25-27 and I Corinthians 2: 9-14.
2. Water Baptism; This is as was previously discussed. The purpose is as found in Romans 6: 1-7, to show the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ IN the new believer. Sprinkling does NOT picture or communicate death. This also pictures the individual becoming a new creation in Jesus Christ, passing from the old person to the new - 2 Corinthians 5: 17.
IV. How Important is it to be Baptized?
A. It is NOT essential for salvation. Ephesians 2: 8-9 makes very clear that a person is saved by Grace through Faith WITHOUT works of any kind or type, including Water Baptism.
B. It IS essential for service and spiritual growth. The "Great Commission" as found in - Matthew 28: 18-20 proves that it is essential. Baptism is an integral part of the Great Commission and it is found in verse 19 preceeding teaching in verse 20.
C. Before anyone can be taught to follow Jesus Christ, they must be willing to submit to the "First Act of Obedience". If a person refuses to obey the Lord in the first point, they will not obey Him in future points.
V. Why Does God Instruct us to be Baptized?
A. Baptism is the First Act of Obedience in service to the Lord.
B. Jesus set the example Himself by submitting to baptism before He began His public ministry - Matthew 3: 13-15, "to fulfill all righteousness." This point of submission and obedience is the single most important thing to realize regarding Baptism.
C. It is a public testimony of the new convert’s identification with Jesus Christ through the death, burial, and resurrection. It identifies the new child of God with the Lord Jesus Christ - John 1: 12-13.
D. Three examples of people in the Bible who submitted to Baptism after salvation:
1. The Apostle Paul - Acts 9: 10-18.
2. The Philippian jailer and his household - Acts 16: 19-33.
3. The Ethiopian eunuch - Acts 8: 26-39, as previous discussed.

Now we see clearly that Baptism is most important, by the examples God has given us in His Word.

VI. There is much false teaching among religious groups concerning Baptism, because they do not rightly divide the Word of Truth. Three examples are;
A. Man must be baptized in order to be saved.
B. Babies should be baptized into God’s family, or into "the church".
C. Baptism by being sprinkled is just as meaningful as immersion.

From the Bible principles taught in this paper, you should understand

that these teachings are false, and why.


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