Baptism

All churches  have baptisms.  Some baptize infants and some vary.  So, what does baptism represent and why is it important?

About Karen Smith

Karen Brooks Smith is a guest blogger and passionate volunteer at Changing the Face of Christianity. Karen became a Christian in her early adulthood. She isn't religious, but has a relationship with Jesus Christ. Karen recognizes the differences between the church of this world and the church of the Bible and is motivated to reconcile those differences in our culture. Karen enjoys volunteering with her Church’s youth group, her children’s school and with the Girl Scouts. However, her most important blessing and ministry is her wonderful husband and three delightful daughters.


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  1. Bruce Kuzma says

    Baptism, This best explains the reasoning behind the meaning and need of the baptism.. Act 10:37 “that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: Act 13:24 “after John had first preached, before His coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. Act 18:25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. Act 19:3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Act 19:4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” Rom 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Eph 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; Col 2:12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with [Him] through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 1Pe 3:21 There is also an antitype which now saves us–baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, .

  2. John Bosquet-Morra says

    I have no idea what baptism does or means anymore. Sorry, I know I am supposed to be a mentor and thus have proficient knowledge of these things. But consider — Roman Catholics and Lutherans alike think that baptism removes original sin, and when I read why they say this, I don’t get it. Other groups think it is some sort of visual aid that actually does nothing; others, when baptizing a baby, seem to suggest that it is really not for the child but for the parents and congregation to promise the child good training in Christian things — huh? There are then the usual religious wars concerning when (as babies versus adults) and how (by a priest sprinkling or by a full-emersion dunk in a fiberglass tank filled with overly-clorinated water). Oh, and what about former Catholics re-doing their baptism? You mean the first one didn’t work? I am sure these are just a few of the problems we encounter, so feel free to insert your question here on this forum, as I only mentioned a few. Whew! In spite of all this, we are commanded to do it. So , if you want to be a Christian, you must be baptized, whatever that may mean. I see this as related to the problems in the Eucharist — it does not say, “take, eat and understand”: it says, rather, that we should do this. Often, by the way. But I see baptism in the same manner — go do it if you want to be a Christian.

  3. Carl Williams says

    Repent. Change your mind, stop looking at the sin and look to the Savior. This is the message of John the Baptist. Baptism does not save you but it is a statement, “my “FAITH’ is in Jesus” . Baptism with any other motive is folly. Jesus set the example for us. The Apostles agreed that when one was saved and received the Holy Spirit, he should be baptized. Baptism in the early church could mean total rejection of society, Christians could neither buy or sell. The testimony of baptism is indelibly inscribed in the heart even if you can’t remember exactly when you were baptized, If you are a believer that has not experienced baptism of the believer you have missed a blessing. God blesses obedience. Consider the anti-type: baptism of the anti-Christ or the mark of the beast. Time is short and soon billions of folks will have to take the Mark in obedience to the anti-Christ. This will be an indelible mark on the skin and without it you will not be able to buy or sell. God’s reward is eternal blessing, (happiness), the anti-Christ will reward you with misery.

  4. Loran Yunevich says

    There were two different baptism’s, John’s was for repentance and not for the forgivenance of sin. The act of baptism was to identify what school of teaching you were following. John;s was repentance, Jesus was for the forgivenance of sin as that was what he was teaching. The Kingdom of God, the forgivenance of sin’s. The ordinal act of baptism was by going into the water and being dunked not sprinkeled or having water poured over you. If you want to follow the teaching of Jesus the Christ you have to be bapiized into His name then you proclaim that you are following His teaching and not John’s.

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