Defending the Doctrine

The Necessity of Baptism

The Lord has taught us that we need to obey.


Sadly, in the world today most denominational churches think to be a Christian all one need to do is believe. According to James 2:19 even the demons believe and tremble. However, God requires more to be a Christian.

Therefore, what must we do after we believe and repent...


We cannot enter the kingdom unless we are born again.


A fuller understanding of the water


Also, baptism is not the sprinkling of water. The Greek word for baptism literally means to be fully wet. Since baptism refers to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:3-6), being immersed in the water reflects this.

baptizo

to make whelmed (that is, fully wet); used only (in the New Testament) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism: - baptist, baptize, wash.

Some denominations may also say baptism is not required because there is no work we can do that will save us. (Romans 4:5) However, both believing (faith) and baptism is not a work of our own, but a work of God.



Others may say all we need to do is call upon the name of the Lord.


Furthermore, Paul believed prior to being baptized to wash away his sins.


The correlation of Christ's Blood and baptism


How are we reconciled through baptism?


Acts 2:40-41 - "41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized. There were added that day about three thousand souls. 42 They continued steadfastly in the apostlesí teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer."

  1. It is to enter the kingdom (John 3:3-5)
  2. It is to contact Christ's blood (Romans 6:3-4)
  3. It is to get into Christ (Galatians 3:27)
  4. It is for salvation (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21)
  5. It is for the remissions of sins (Acts 2:38)
  6. It is to wash away sins (Acts 22:16)
  7. It is to get into the church (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:23)