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What does the Christian community believe about the ordinances of the church? We understand that there are two sacred ordinances, baptism and communion, and that they were prescribed by Jesus Christ our savior. We know a physician gives a prescription when one is suffering from some illness. The prescription is to make you well. So it is with baptism and communion.
Here are five bible verses that speak of baptism. 1) Mark 16:16. “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved; and he who does not believe shall be condemned.” 2) Acts 2:38 “Then Simon (Peter) said to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of the Lord Jesus for remission of sins, so you may receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” 3) Acts 8:12. “But when they believed Philip, preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, they were baptized both men and women.” 4) Acts 9:18. (Paul’s conversion) “And in that hour, there fell from his eyes something like scales; and his eyesight was restored; and he arose and was baptized.” 5) 1 Corinthians 1:21. “It pleased God …to save them that believe and that are baptized.”
All of these verses include believing and being baptized. A person first believes and then is baptized. Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that it happens on the same day. Usually we believe first and then sometime later we are baptized publically as a proclamation that we are now going to follow our Lord Jesus.
At the beginning of His ministry Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan by John the Baptist setting an example for all believers. He was immersed into the water. This is a symbol of being buried with Christ in a watery grave.
Baptism is a part of the equation in salvation. First we must believe. Then we must confess we are sinners, receive forgiveness and be baptized. It is a step toward receiving the Holy Spirit. It cleanses one from all past sins.
What about re-baptism? There is a precedent that has been set in the New Testament when Paul came to the city of Ephesus. He encountered twelve men who formerly had been baptized with the baptism of John, which was by immersion. After questioning them as to the nature of their earlier baptism, and determining that their pre-baptism instruction on the previous occasion had been lacking in essential information, he proceeded to re-baptize them.
We must also consider this situation. When a young child is baptized and later in life they have learned so much more about Jesus and His teachings they want to be rebaptized, there is nothing wrong with this decision. If this action anchors a believer’s faith in God it can’t be wrong.
Pastor Jerry Bandy