Baptists on Believer's Baptism



The Schleitheim Confession of 1527

First: Baptism Observe concerning baptism: Baptism shall he given to all those who have learned repentance and amendment of life, and who believe truly that their sins are taken away by Christ, and to all those who walk in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and wish to buried with Him in death, so that they may be resurrected with Him, and to all those who with this significance request it baptism of us and demand it for themselves. This excludes all infant baptism, the highest and chief abomination of the pope. In this you have the foundation and testimony of the apostles (Matt. 28; Mark 16; Acts 2, 8, 16, 19). This we wish to hold simply, yet firmly and with assurance.
 
 

London Confession of 1644

39. That baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, given by Christ, to be dispensed only upon persons professing faith, or that are disciples, or taught, who upon profession of faith, ought to be baptized.

40. The way and manner of the dispensing of this ordinance the Scripture holds out to be dipping or plunging the whole body under water: it being a sign, must answer the thing signified, which are these: first, the washing the whole soul in the blood of Christ. Secondly, that interest the saints have in the death, burial, and resurrection. Thirdly, together with a confirmation of our faith, that as certainly as the body is buried under water, and riseth again, so certainly shall the bodies of the saints be raised by the power of Christ, in the day of the resurrection to reign with Christ. The word Baptizo, signifying to dip under water, yet so as with convenient garments both upon the administrator and subject, with all modesty.

41. The persons designed by Christ to dispense this ordinance, the Scriptures hold forth to be a preaching disciple, it being no where tied to a particular Church, officer, or person extraordinarily sent, the commission enjoining the administration, being given to them under no other consideration, but as considered disciples.
 
 

The Philadelphia Confession of Faith of 1742

Chapter 30
Of Baptism

1. Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ to be unto the party baptized a sign of his fellowship with Him in His death and resurrection; of his being engrafted into Him; of remission of sins; and of His giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to live and walk in newness of life.

2. Those who do actually profess repentance towards God, faith in and obedience to our Lord Jesus, are the only proper subjects of this ordinance.

3. The outward element to be used in this ordinance is water, wherein the party is to be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

4. Immersion, or dipping of the person in water, is necessary to the due administration of this ordinance.
 
 

The New Hampshire Confession of 1833

12. Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper That Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit, to show forth in a solemn and beautiftil eml)lem, our faith in a cruicified, buried, and risen Savior, with ins purifying power; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church, by the use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
 
 

Abstract of Principles
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1858

XV. BAPTISM. Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church fellowship, and to participation in the Lord's Supper.
 
 

1963 Baptist Faith and Message Statement

VII. Baptism and the Lord's Supper Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper.

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

Matt. 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; Acts 20:7; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 10:16, 21; 11:23-29; Col. 2:12
 
 

2000 Baptist Faith and Message Statement

VII. Baptism and the Lord's Supper

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believerís faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believerís death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lordís Supper. The Lordís Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

Mt 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mk 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Lu 3:21-22; 22:19-20; Jn 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Ro 6:3-5; 1Co 10:16, 21; 11:23-29 Col 2:12