Baptism: Beneath the Surface

At ONE Church we wait until children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. The following notes & video from 9.11.2011 explain why:

I. In the Bible,  zero un-believing babies were baptized, and every born-again believer that could be baptized was.

An example – “They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all others in his house…then immediately he and all his family were baptized…he had come to believe in God – he and his family”– Acts 16:32-34.

II. It is an error to treat baptism as if it is an optional add on to salvation or as having saving power in and of itself.

“Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”-1 Peter 3:21.

III. Baptism is not a work that we do that earns God’s favor any more than faith is. Rather, it is the God-ordained expression of our God-given faith in Christ.

“By grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works” – Ephesians 2:8-9.

“Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” – James 2:18.

IV. Baptism is an obedient act of worship and witness that identifies us with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20

“We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life”-Romans 6:4.