Baptism with Water (Part 1)

Preached by Victor Tey

 

We believe that the baptism with water is by immersion and only for believers.

Where did baptism with water come from?

  1. John 1:6-8 – John the Baptist
    1. Sent from God
    2. Ordained by God
    3. Approved by Christ
    4. Not a “baptist” tradition.

Where should a person be baptized with water?

  1. River (my preferred method)
  2. Other suggestions for baptism:
    1. pool – summer
    2. spa – winter
    3. bathtub
    4. trough
  3. The location does not validate or invalidate your baptism.

What is the significance of being baptized with water?

  1. Public testimony that is symbolic of the baptism with the Holy Ghost by Jesus Christ.
    1. Verses showing the connection between the physical and spiritual.
      1. Matthew 3:11
      2. Mark 1:7-8
      3. Luke 3:15-16
      4. John 1:29-34
    2. Romans 6:3-14 – I believe this is referring to the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
      1. v3 added to the body of Christ
      2. v4 buried into the death of Christ
      3. v5 to be raised in the likeness of Christ – 1 John 3:1-2
      4. v4-14 freed from the dominion of sin to walk in newness of life

Is baptism with water required for salvation?

  1. Verses that oppose baptism for salvation
    1. 1 Peter 3:20-21
      1. Does not remove sin
      2. In response to salvation
    2. 1 Corinthians 1:17
      1. Why was Paul sent NOT to baptize if it was a requirement for salvation?
    3. Matthew 3:13-15
      1. Jesus was baptized but he had no sin.
      2. Jesus was baptized to fulfil all righteousness but we are not saved by works.
    4. Luke 23:39-43
      1. The thief, on the cross beside Jesus that believed, was not baptized and yet was promised eternal life.
      2. Every believer before John the Baptist was saved without baptism.
  2. Explanation of common verses used to support baptism for salvation.
    1. Washing of water under the levitical priesthood.
      1. Washing the flesh doesn’t wash the soul.
      2. Ephesians 5:25-27 – washing of water by the word.
    2. John 3:5-7
      1. Is this talking about baptism with water?
      2. Baptism symbolises death, not birth.
      3. v5 – go into his mother’s womb the second time
      4. v7 – that which is born of the flesh is flesh
      5. When a woman is about to give birth it is known that her “water” breaks (Job 38:8).
    3. Acts 2:37-38
      1. What shall we do? – There are many things we should do as believers.
      2. Acts 16:30-31 – What must I do to be saved?
    4. Mark 16:16
      1. Could possibly be referring to the baptism with the Holy Ghost (signs) in which case every believer is “baptized”.
      2. Verse confirms that condemnation is only due to the lack of faith.

Does baptism with water add you to a church?

  1. The word “church” means congregation
    1. Being part of a church is a physical presence.
    2. If you are here, you are part of this church.
    3. If you are not here, you are not part of this church.
  2. Where do people get the idea from that being baptized adds you to a church?
    1. Will talk more about this when I teach on the topic of “church”.

Should baptism with water be by immersion or sprinkling?

  1. Colossians 2:12
    1. Buried by baptism not sprinkled
    2. When you bury someone you don’t just sprinkle dirt on them.
    3. I prefer to baptize backwards and not face-down, but this doesn’t invalidate a baptism.
  2. How do proponents of baptism by sprinkling support their doctrine?
    1. Sprinkling of blood in the temple
      1. Baptism does not symbolise the blood or cleansing of sin but the death and resurrection.
    2. Traditions or old paintings of “church fathers”
      1. I don’t base doctrine and practice on traditions
      2. Why stand in water to sprinkle?
  3. Other verses supporting baptism by immersion
    1. Acts 2:1-4 – Holy Spirit filled the house
    2. John 3:23 – Much water there
    3. Acts 8:36-39 – Both Philip and eunuch went into the water.
    4. Matthew 3:13-17 – Jesus being baptized came up straightway out of the water.

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