No. Baptism is a symbolic act. A person is baptized after he has committed his life to God. If a person, from his heart, has not accepted Jesus and has not consecrated his life to obey God's will, then baptism is simply a bath. [...]
When God sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the followers of Jesus began to speak in foreign languages (Acts 2:4-8). Devout Jews asked, “What does this mean?” Peter explained to these “men of Israel” (verse 22) that this was a fulfillment of prophecy (from [...]
Water baptism is only an outward symbol of what has occurred in a person's heart. Water baptism does not give salvation. A person receives immersion into water because he has accepted Jesus as his personal Savior and has given his whole life and will [...]
After Jesus received water baptism and after He received the Holy Spirit, He said, "But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!" Luke 12:50 (NKJV). What baptism was this? It was the complete death [...]
During a Church service a woman confessed Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and was admitted into the baptismal class. Soon, the Church discovered that she was not married but was living with a man (cohabiting). Should the Church stop her from being baptized and becoming a member of the local Church until she is either married or separated from the man?
The Apostle Peter said, "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out..." Acts 3:19. To repent and convert means to turn your life around and stop sinning. If a person is living in sin, that person has not yet fully [...]
If a pastor baptizes a person but not all his practices line up with the word of God is that person's baptism invalid? Can the baptizer be a godly woman pastor?
Much later after Jesus' water baptism, Jesus said, "But I have a baptism to undergo, and how it consumes me until it is finished!" Luke 12:50 (CSB). What baptism was this? It was a baptism of Jesus' will and life to obey God's will [...]
“…do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory [...]
What's the difference between being baptized in Jesus' name and baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirt?
The words of the scripture, Matthew 28:19, have been changed from the original. At first, the verse read, “Go ye and make disciples of all the nations in my name, teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19, 20) [...]
There are likely as many proofs of spirit begettal or of God’s anointing as there are people experiencing it. To some, the Lord may show His approval through answered prayer. Others may experience peculiar incidents that demonstrate clearly that God is now dealing with them [...]
The Holy Spirit comes to the church from the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ. When John baptized Jesus at the Jordan River, he was told "...The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with [...]
In Matthew 3:11, 12, John the Baptist says, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and [...]
Can you explain Colossians 2:ll: – In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ.
Circumcision was a requirement for male Israelites under the Law. However, the ordinance preceded the law and was first practiced by Abraham. When Jesus, their promised Messiah, fulfilled the Law, the Law came to an end and the aspects of the promises to Abraham [...]
Acts 1:4, 5, “…wait for the promise of the Father…for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with (in) the Holy Spirit. Verse 4 tells us that this was a promise from God. The Greek word for baptize is Strong’s #907 baptizo, and [...]
Not only okay, but wise and supported by scripture. John's baptism for the remission of sins was an invitation to consenting adults at the age of reason (Matthew 3). Jesus himself, the perfect son of God, was an adult when he presented himself in [...]
The Lord Jesus and the apostles were baptized and that means that baptism is the right thing to do. It demonstrates what has happened in a person’s heart. Mark 16:16 “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will [...]
Jesus’ baptism was important because it was an outward sign or symbol of Jesus’ complete dedication of his life to do God’s will. Jesus’ baptism differed from the other baptisms performed by John the Baptist. We are told that John baptized with water for [...]
When the ruler asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life, Jesus replied that he must forsake all to follow after Him (Luke 18:18-30). If truly following after the Lord, we should consider all our time, talent, money, influence, etc…as belonging to [...]
If we find that all of our time must be taken in earthly matters, we can still do our work as "unto the Lord". Ephesians 6:5-8 (NASB) says "Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and [...]
“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.” Eph. 1:18. If you are truly looking to follow Jesus and serve God, [...]
If we look at Scriptures relating to both ideas, we trust it will provide the answer. What does the Bible say about baby dedication? Exodus 13:2, "Sanctify unto me all the firstborn," and verse 18, "the firstborn males shall be the Lord's." The firstborn [...]