Baptism is a Sacrament (God's work of salvation) where God claims us as His children. The Biblical mandate from Matthew 28 instructs the Church to "make disciples" by baptizing and teaching. Our Church encourages all members to be baptized and instructed in the Bible. The following are common questions about the Sacrament of Baptism and the answers from God's Word.
What is baptism? It is the means of grace by which we receive salvation.
“This water [Noah’s Flood] symbolizes baptism that now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” I Peter 3:21
“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:5-7
Why do we baptize? Jesus commanded it and it creates faith.
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:16
“Jesus 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” Matthew 28:18-20
Who is to be baptized? All people, especially children.
“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5
“There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“Peter said, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call…Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Acts 2:38-41
“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-15
What does baptism do? It forgives sins, rescues from death and the Devil, gives eternal life and bestows the Holy Spirit upon us.
“Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away.” Acts 22:16
“Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 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. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.” Romans 6:3-5