Water baptism is an ordinance or sacrament instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ, to be practiced until the end of the age, which signifies a believer’s union with Christ in his life, death, burial, and resurrection, and one’s membership in the church, God’s new covenant people.
This article will discuss the importance of water baptism as an ordinance or sacrament of the church. After discussing different views of baptism within historical theology, it will turn to what the New Testament says is the meaning and significance of baptism. The article will conclude on a couple of reflections of where evangelicals agree and disagree on the meaning of baptism.
How should a pastor approach baptizing an autistic believer?
Russell Moore answers a difficult question from a pastor who wonders how he should approach baptizing an autistic teenager who has expressed genuine saving faith, but has difficulty communicating.
Should We Baptize Small Children? Yes
I believe the Bible gives good cause for parents to baptize their kids upon observing a clear profession of faith in the gospel without a waiting period.
Why Did Jesus Need to Be Baptized?
Why did history’s only sinless person undergo a baptism of repentance?
From OT Baptisms to the Cross: Behold Your Escalating Bible
The baptism of Noah, then Moses, then Joshua, then Jonah, then Jesus. What Good Friday is all about.
You Asked: Does the Bible Separate Salvation from Baptism?
In baptism, we are reminded of God's pledge to bring us through the waters of judgment and raise us up with Christ.
What Does Paul Mean by ‘Baptism for the Dead’?
Baptism for the dead in 1 Corinthians 15:29 matters for two big reasons.
Should Baptism Be Spontaneous?
Obedience to the Great Commission gets complicated by misunderstandings about baptism.
Baptized Four Times
Listen to J. D. Greear describe why he was baptized four times while growing up.
40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
An excellent book on baptism and the Lord’s Supper that blend personal conviction with multi-denominational understanding.
Protestants and Catholics Use Same Terms, Different Dictionaries
Protestants and Catholics, while sharing similar terms, often mean widely different things.
Views: Infant Baptism
Why I Changed My Mind About Baptizing Infants
Lucas discusses God’s pattern in the New Testament was to deal with households and to grant those households the sign of baptism.
Why I Changed My Mind About Baptism
Gavin Ortlund explains why he has changed his mind on baptism, specifically discussing his experiences with paedobaptism.
You Asked: Should I Get ‘Re-Baptized’? (Paedobaptist Answer)
Jared Oliphant explains the paedobaptist view on rebaptism, whether to be baptized again because of a later, more tangible conversion experience.
You Asked: Should I Get ‘Re-Baptized’? (Credobaptist Answer)
If you were baptized before you were a converted believer, then, yes, you need to be baptized, since you have not, yet, been baptized.
Views: Remote Baptism
Practicing the Ordinances in a Pandemic
Scripture allows the necessary flexibility to permit us to continue to practice the ordinances during COVID-19.
Can Baptism and the Lord’s Supper Go Online?
To make the Lord’s Supper into something other than a meal of the whole church, sitting in the same room, is to make it something other than the Lord’s Supper.