Introduction to Water Baptism

When God used Peter the Apostle to preach the first outreach sermon after Jesus’ resurrection, He had Peter reveal nan everlasting set of principles.

These principles are revealed in Acts 2:36-42. In this Scripture, the Gospel is preached by Peter (vs 36), listeners are convicted by the word of God (vs 37), baptism and repentance are commanded (vs 38) and the Holy Spirit is delivered (vs 38).

Verse 39 shows how long this promise lasts — “For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” – Acts 2:39

About 3,000 listeners were baptized that day. They received the message, repented, were baptized and received the Holy Spirit.

The Book of Acts (Acts of the Apostles)

The book of Acts is filled with examples of baptism. Peter, Paul and John all believed in biblical baptism of adults. From the average new convert to Paul the Apostle, baptism was an essential part of their personal conversion to Jesus Christ.

  • Simon the Sorcerer baptism – Acts 8:12-13
  • Ethiopian Eunuch (Court Official of Candace) baptism – Acts 8:26-39
  • Paul the Apostle baptism – Acts 9:1-19;22:6-16
  • Jailer baptized by Paul – Acts 16:25-34

We also recommend that you examine Romans chapter 6:1-11.

United with Him in Death

“Baptized into His death”

“Newness of Life”

Jesus Commanded Baptism

Matthew 28:18-20

“8 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Mark 16:15-16

“15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 The one who has believed and has been baptized will be saved; but the one who has not believed will be condemned.”

Peter Reveals the Appeal

It is about the heart. Heart and action working together through faith and commitment. understanding your appeal to God through baptism. — 1 Peter 3:18-22

Other Scripture to review

  • Colossians 2:9-14
  • Galatians 3:25-29

Our hope and prayer is that this study helps you in some way. God bless you. He loves you deeply.

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2 Replies to “Introduction to Water Baptism”

  1. Maureen lombardi

    If we are baptized in church when we are a child, does that count as being baptized? Or are we supposed to be baptized again as an adult?

  2. Mark Marshall

    The Bible does not teach infant baptism. One of the requirements is repenting of sins, something a baby cannot do.

    Baptism also requires confessing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Again, a baby is not capable of making such a confession.

    We come to God by hearing his Word, confessing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, repenting of our sins and then being baptized by immersion. Then and only then do we become Christians and begin out walk either until the day we die or when Christ returns, whichever comes first.

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