What is Baptism?
“The earthly form of Christ is the form that died on the cross. The image of God is the image of Christ crucified. It is to this image that the life of the disciples must be con- formed; in other words, they must be conformed to his death. The Christian life is a life of crucifixion. In baptism the form of Christ’s death is impressed upon his own. They are dead to the flesh and to sin, they are dead to the world, and the world is dead to them. Anybody living in the strength of Christ’s baptism lives in the strength of Christ’s death.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“God is our bridegroom, who has chosen us, paid the dowry, and given us his ring so that all may know that we belong to him. Even more, he has done so to make clear to us that we are his. The ceremony of baptism asserts that his love for us is not a dream but a reality.”
– Marion Clark
Does Baptism Save?
“Our justification from sins takes place at the point of saving faith, not at the point of water baptism, which usually occurs later. But if a person is already justified and has sins forgiven eternally at the point of saving faith, then baptism is not necessary for forgiveness of sins nor for the bestowal of new spiritual life. Baptism, then, is not necessary for salvation. But it is necessary if we are to be obedient to Christ, for he commanded baptism for all who believe in him.”
– Wayne Grudem
Who Should be Baptized?
Paedobaptism – Infant Baptism
Credobaptism – Believer Baptism
How Should You be Baptized?
Should I be Baptized?
Baptism is both Spiritual and Physical
“Baptism separates the tire kickers from the car buyers.”
– Max Lucado
“Heavenly Father, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before be- lieved, but through your Son, Jesus, I can be more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you that he lived the life I should have lived, and paid the debt and punishment I owed on the cross. Receive me now for his sake. I turn from my sins and trust him as Savior. I want peace with You. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”