Summary: 1. What is the meaning of water baptism? 2. Who may be baptised? 3. What is the method for water baptism? Includes Revision and Test exercises.
Compiled by: Herman Abrahams (Senior Pastor), Cornerstone Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 740, Westridge 7802, Rep. of South Africa.
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This study is taught in our church to new converts as part of our Foundation Series Bible Study Course. It is also used to explain the meaning of Water Baptism to potential Baptismal Candidates. Revision & Test Exercises are included.
CORNERSTONE FAITH MINISTRIES - FOUNDATION SERIES BIBLE STUDY
WATER BAPTISM BY IMMERSION
1. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF WATER BAPTISM?
In water Baptism the Christian declares his identification, or union, with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
Read Romans 6 1-8
In Christ’s death (vs 3) - We also died, i.e. our old sinful nature died to sin.
In Christ’s burial (vs 4) - We buried our sinful nature.
In Christ’s resurrection (vs 4-5) - We were raised to a new life.
We experienced all this at our conversion. Therefore 2 Cor 5:17 says,
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come!” (NIV);
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same any more. A new life has begun” (The Living New Testament).
Baptism is an external symbol of an inward work of Grace which Christ has done.
2. WHO MAY BE BAPTISED?
BAPTISMAL PRACTICE IN BIBLICAL TIMES
Firstly one should note that the sacrament of baptism is not a theological deduction like, say, the doctrine of the Trinity, but something instituted by the Lord Jesus himself. This implies that He gave the commission to baptize on a specific occasion, and that those to whom He gave it - His disciples, and those who came after them - understood what He meant and applied it as He had told them.
In Matthew 28: 18-20 we read:
‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go 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 everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always to the very end of the age.”’
Together with this we should read Mark 16: 15-16:
‘He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptised, will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned”’.
Who then is to be baptised?
Those who believe or become disciples as a result of the preaching of the Gospel to all nations. That is how the disciples understood baptism and how they applied it.