Contributed by David Fox on Nov 10, 2001
“Baptism” – Comes from the Greek word
- “Baptismo” which means to immerse or dunk.
Baptismo is a word which was used to describe:
a) Sinking ships as they sank water would fill
the inside of ship.
b) Another usage describes a garment being
immersed into dye… the dye
Contributed by Jeff Strite on May 8, 2001
Back in 1989 the missionary: Gene Dulin wrote:
A Romanian Christian told me of a communist government restriction on baptisms. One restraint was that proselytizing - baptizing someone from a non-church family - was forbidden.
Another law required that the names of all who were to be baptized
Contributed by Ted Sutherland on Jun 7, 2001
Dr. M.R. DeHaan put it this way:
In the early days of the church. . . , baptism was a declaration that the believer was definitely identifying himself with that group of people who were called Christians and were despised and hated. To be a Christian meant something. To identify yourself with
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 21, 2010
Baptism of Paul Harvey
Paul Harvey wrote about his own baptism. He said that even though he had received almost every reward for his broadcasting ability that he still felt empty inside. One summer, however, he and his wife were vacationing in a place called Cave Creek, AZ. Sunday morning came and
REPENTANCE AND BAPTISM
Steve Atkerson states: "John the Baptist explicitly stated the purpose of his baptism when he said, 'I baptize you with water for repentance' (Mt 3:11). Did John baptize them so that they could repent or because they already had repented? That is, was John's baptism a
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Jul 7, 2011
BAPTISM IS A LABEL
Some believed that because they were circumcised they were saved. But God never intended circumcision/baptism to do anything.
Consider, for example, labels. They name the products, but they do not bring them into being. So with circumcision: BAPTISM LABELS YOU A CHRISTIAN,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 28, 2012
AFTER THE BAPTISM
Recently my 7-year-old son was baptized at nearby Lake Tahoe. With tears streaming down my face, I watched as he came out of the water, then excitedly asked if he felt any different.
"Yeah, Mom, I do," he replied. "Now I have water up my nose!"
(Leslie A. Williamson,
Baptism is a lot like a wedding ring. Baptism is symbolic of the washing away of our sins. It is also symbolic of a new way of life. It has been said that Baptism is to the Christian faith what the wedding ring is to a marriage. It is a symbol. "Like the wedding ring, baptism draws a mark on
Contributed by Timothy Mills on Sep 27, 2002
Although baptism is not required for salvation, the instances in which it was not performed, and indeed sought out by the new believer, are few in the New Testament. The few who were not baptized were the exception to the rule due to extreme circumstances. The Ethiopian
Contributed by Oneal Stover on Feb 26, 2004
Regeneration is neither crucifixion, the baptism of fire, nor destruction; it is a birth and life. To make the matter plainer, we use a simple illustration.
A boy starts to roll up a big ball of snow, by taking a large rock or chunk of wood to begin with.
In a little while it becomes huge
Contributed by Chris Jordan on Jul 26, 2008
A drunk stumbles into a baptismal service on Sunday afternoon down by the river. He proceeds to walk into the water and stand next to the preacher. The minister notices the old drunk and says, "Mister, are you ready to find Jesus?" The drunk looks back and says, "Yes, preacher, I sure am." The
Contributed by Scott Jensen on Oct 8, 2008
Before performing a baptism, the pastor approached the young
father and said solemnly, "Baptism is a serious step. Are
you prepared for it?"
"I think so," the man replied. "My wife has made appetizers
and we have a caterer coming to provide plenty of cookies and
cakes for all of our guests."
Baptism is called the “portal to all the sacraments,” but it is our participation in the Eucharistic sacrifice which perfects within us the gifts given to us at Baptism.” It is here that our Christian initiation–which is
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jul 27, 2009
(Regarding the Baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch)
"Note also that baptism is by immersion: they came up out of the water. Otherwise, the Ethiopian could have just opened his canteen (goatskin)
Contributed by Brian Byers on Jul 29, 2009
The idea that Baptism is involved in the salvation process was universally taught for the first 1500 years…. And it was only 500 years ago … when Zwingli came along in the middle 1500s that it began to be taught as a sign and a seal only.
Zwingli said, “in this matter of baptism--- if I
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 26, 2009
Baptism Is A Sign of Submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ
When the early Christians declared their faith in baptism, they would shout out, “Jesus is Lord!” Baptism has always been a sign of submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. William Barker tells of a machinist at Ford Motor Company
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 20, 2007
The Number Of Baptisms is declining throughout the Christian community according to USA Today. Southern Baptists baptisms fell about 35% from ‘72 to ‘85 and has remained flat since. SBC membership increased from 13.6 million in ‘80 to 16.2 million in ‘04, while baptisms dropped from 430,000 in ‘80
What is the purpose of baptism?
Steve Atkerson states: “John the Baptist explicitly stated the purpose of his baptism when he said, "I baptize you with water for repentance" (Mt 3:11). Did John baptize them so that they could repent or because they already had repented? That is, was John’s
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Apr 1, 2012
BAPTISM: CLOTHED IN CHRIST
Just this last week we baptized a 9-year-old boy into Christ. His name is J.J. J.J. knew all the answers to the questions I posed to him, but his father was concerned that his young son viewed baptism as a "magic act" that would make all kinds of marvelous changes
Contributed by Guy Mcgraw on Apr 23, 2012
BAPTISM LONG AGO
Centuries ago the circumstances of one's baptism would come on Easter eve at midnight. In the semidarkness, he or she would disrobe and descend into the waters to be immersed three times, in the name of the Father, then the Son, and finally the Holy Spirit. The newly baptized