Believer's Baptism In Water

Baptism by immersion

Believer's baptism in the River Jordan  Photo:© Gwen Paget

The Meaning of "Baptism "

The word "baptism" comes from a Greek word meaning "to immerse, plunge or submerge something or someone in a liquid".

•  Cloth was dyed different colours by being baptised in vats of different
    coloured dyes.

•  The same word in Greek was used to describe a ship that had sunk ie was
    completely submerged

So to baptise means to submerge or immerse a person or thing in water.

Jesus' Baptism In The River Jordan: An Example For Us To Follow 
MATTHEW 3:1-14

Q What was John the Baptist doing? (vv 1,6)

Q Before people were baptised in water by John, what did they have to do?    (vv 2, 6)

Q What does the word repent mean?

Baptism As A Sign Of Confession & Cleansing From Sin

So being baptised in water was a sign of -

1. CLEANSING OF SINS because their sins were forgiven by God after

2. CONFESSION OF SINS & REPENTANCE from their sinful way of life.     ACTS 19:1-7

NOTE:

1. BAPTISM ITSELF DOES NOT MAKE A PERSON A CHRISTIAN - only
    God can do that.

2. BAPTISM IS A SIGN THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS ALREADY DONE A WORK     OF GOD'S GRACE
    the person has admitted he/she is a sinner in God's eyes, has asked     God's forgiveness and has become a new creation as a result of the Holy     Spirit causing the person to be 'born again' or 'born from above'.

3. BAPTISM CLEARLY INVOLVES CONFESSION OF SIN, REPENTANCE &      FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST,which is why it is sometimes called Believer's      Baptism to distinguish it from other forms of  baptism practised in     different denominations of the Christian Church.  

(For an outline of some  of the different views on baptism, including infant baptism and baptism as a sacrament go to DIFFERENT VIEWS ON BAPTISM.)

4. BELIEVER'S BAPTISM INVOLVES A PERSON BEING SUBMERGED     UNDER WATER so his/her whole body is completely covered from head to     toe.

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