Baptism According to Scripture
Shiloh Baptist Church baptism class notes
Shiloh Baptist Church believes that Baptism is a symbol of deep spiritual experiences. Shiloh and the CBWC believe that it is by immersion only that this burial and resurrection are portrayed. Matthew 28:19 says, “Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”1
What is the definition of Baptism?
- Strong’s Concordance and Thayer’s Greek Lexicon: To submerge, to cover, to be overwhelmed by fluid, to
- Wuest’s Word Studies: literally “the introduction or placing of a person or thing into a new environment or into union with something else, so as to alter its condition or its relationship to its previous environment or condition” 2
Baptism in Water for Believers
Matthew 28:19, 20 “Goye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. JI
Mark 1:4, 5 “John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. JI
Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved,· but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christfor the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 8:35-38 “Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest
with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. ”
Acts 16:31, 33 “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. “
What Baptism Means to a Believer
Romans 6:3-6 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have beenplanted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. ”
1Corinthians 12:13 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into onB body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond orfree; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. ”
Galatians 3:27 “For as many ofyou as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
1 Peter 3:21 “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”
How many Baptisms?
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to oe hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one ba ptism; 6 one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all.
- There is only one baptism and we at Shiloh Baptist Church practice the believer’s baptism, which is an individual’s confession of their faith when they have reached a place of understanding of the saving work of Christ and decide on bapti This level of understanding is not limited to a particular age; it is dependent on the individual’s understanding and response to their faith. Therefore, we do not practice child (infant) baptism because a baby who is just born and being baptized have no conscience of their sinful nature and their need for God’s grace to be saved. A person when they have fully understood the saving work of Christ, that it is by grace through faith they have been saved (Ephesians 2:8-9) and have come to repentance, they are fully aware of their need for Jesus and have an understanding why they need to be baptized, they can be baptized. A baby, who is not grown or even matured to a level of understanding, is unable to appreciate the need for baptism.
- Baptism does not qualify you for a particular church neither is it an act of being a member of a . church but it is a church ordinance that a church universally recognizes a believer’s identity with the burial and resurrection of our ord Jesus Christ. Therefore, there is need for one baptism not many, because it is not a qualification for something but an identification to one’s Savior.
Why are we baptized?
- Baptism signifies a repentant heart that has come to Christ to be washed and forgiven of sins. (Acts 2:38, 22:16; Matthew 3:6-8)
- Baptism witnesses that we belong to, and are clothed with Christ; and that by faith we are children of (Galatians 3:26-28)
- Baptism is an identification with Christ signifying our death (the death -of our old nature), and burial (of our old nature), and resurrection (of our new nature in Christ Jesus). (Romans 6:1-7)