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Baptism

A Biblical Perspective

Man has a knack for changing the truth of God and distorting the good and holy things that He has established. God gave the people of Israel His truth but they quickly perverted it. It was a constant battle to keep the people from blending the reality of Judaism with the pagan religions all around them (see Isaiah 1:11-17).

The Jewish people went through the motions of following God’s commands for worship, but they lost the true meaning behind those commands. Jesus Christ repeatedly denounced their emptiness during His ministry.

Today, mankind is guilty of treating God’s commands the same way. Baptism was given by god as an object lesson of our union with Him through faith in Jesus Christ. Romans chapter 6 spells out the truth that by faith we were buried with Christ in His death and raised with Him in His resurrection. Water baptism illustrates this dying and rising. Baptism is a public sign of identification that we have trusted Christ as our Savior.

Unfortunately, to many people, God’s command of baptism has lost it’s true meaning and gained a meaning it never had. The idea of being an illustration of death and resurrection has been ignored and baptism is often seen as washing away of sin. This confusion has been compounded by the “sprinkling” of babies as a ritual of infant baptism. Actually, only the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross cleanses us from sin (1 John 1:7).

The Scripture clearly emphasizes that the step of baptism is for those who have believed. If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you should be baptized in obedience to Scripture. Baptism doesn’t bring you salvation but it is a testimony of your faith and trust in Christ.


What it’s NOT

Necessary for Salvation – Luke 23:43 (thief on cross not baptized, still in Heaven)

Local church Membership – 1 Corinthians 12:13 (universal church)

For the Spiritual Elite – Acts 16:33 (people baptized immediately after salvation)

Infant or Child Ritual – Acts 2:41 (baptized after personally accepting Jesus as Savior)

Sprinkling – Acts 8:39 (came up out of water), Greek term baptize = immerse, submerge

Unnecessary – Matthew 28:19 (a fundamental art of making disciples today)


 What it IS

An act of obedience – Matthew 28:19 (a fundamental part of being a disciple of Jesus is being baptized)

The normal practice of the early church in response to Matthew 28:19

 Acts 2:41, 8:12-13, 8:36-38, 9:18, 10:44-48, 16:14-15, 16:31-33, 18:8

A symbolic picture – Romans 6:3-4 (an outward picture of an inward reality)

A picture of what Jesus did for us – death, burial, resurrection!

 A picture of our new life through faith in what He did – we die to sin and live for Christ! (Romans 6:8-11, 2 Corinthians 5:17

Public identification with Christ – Romans 6:3-4 (identifying with death and resurrection of Jesus)

Unashamed testimony – Matthew 10:32 (important to acknowledge Jesus publicly)


When to Do It

Ridgewood Bible Church hosts baptism services serval times a year. 

Please  contact  us to find out when the next class is offered.