Notes on Believer's Baptism

by Derek Gentle

1. Baptism is for Believers

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

2. Baptism is by Immersion

Mark 1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens rent asunder, and the Spirit as a dove descending upon him

3. Baptism Does Not Save (or help to save) Us

Mark 1:8 I baptized you in water; But he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit.

1st Corinthians 12:13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Ephesians 4:5 "One Lord, one faith, one baptism"

Galatians 6:15 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

4. Baptism is a Symbolic Act

A. It Symbolizes Identification with Jesus

Acts 19:1-5
And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper country came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples:  and he said unto them, Did ye receive the Holy Spirit when ye believed? And they said unto him, Nay, we did not so much as hear whether the Holy Spirit was given.  And he said, Into what then were ye baptized? And they said, Into John's baptism.  And Paul said, John baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe on him that should come after him, that is, on Jesus.  And when they heard this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.

B. It Symbolizes Christ's Substitutionary Work

Romans 6:3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

C. It Symbolizes Cleansing from Sin

Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name.

D. Baptism Testifies of the Death Christ Has Made For Us

Romans 6: 4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

5. Baptism is Required for Church Membership

Acts 2:41 They then that received his word were baptized: and there were added unto them in that day about three thousand souls.

6. Baptism is Not Dependant upon a Special Person to Administer It

Acts 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.