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WATER BAPTISM FAQ’S

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

These 9 FAQ’S are listed on the Water Baptism Pamphlet.  This post includes a very short reply and a few Scriptural references that support my responses.

In (simple/short) posts like these, many times questions arise.  For the sake of our growing relationship with Jesus through the Spirit and Scripture, please feel free to email me any comments or questions at rod@enewhope.org.

1.  Do I need to be baptized to be forgiven and go to heaven?”

No.

1 John 1:9, Rom. 10:9-10, John 3:16-17, 2 Cor. 5:17, Thief on the cross: Luke 23:40-43

2.  Can I be baptized more than once?

Yes. Not necessary, but not restricted.  It seems to me that Scriptures do not prohibit multiple baptisms.  A one time baptism is implied.

3.  I’m a Catholic. Can I be water baptized at your church?

Yes, if you love Jesus and want to grow in your relationship with Him.

Acts 19:3 And he said, Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

4.  Do I need to be a member of your church to be baptized?

No.

1 Corinthians 1:13-17, 1Cor. 12:13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

5.  Does baptism make me a better Christian or cleanse my sins?

No. Jesus, the Father and Holy Spirit does.

Ephesians 2:4-10, Titus 3:4-6

6.  How old do they need to be to be baptized?

Old enough to make a personal commitment to Jesus. I discuss this with parents.

7.  I’m still so imperfect and sin. Should I be baptized?

Yes. Who is ever “perfect” or ready to be baptized?

Luke 3:21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

  • “ All the People…” Imperfect people being baptized. Luke 3 – verses 10 (crowds), 12 (tax collectors), 14 (soldiers)

Luke 7:29 (When all the people heard this, and the tax collectors too, they declared God just, having been baptized with the baptism of John, 30 but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.)

8.  I’m a brand new Christian and don’t understand the Bible. Should I still be baptized?

Yes, with a heart to grow in love and obedience to the Lord.

Acts 16:33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.

Acts 18:8 Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized.

Acts 22:16 And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’

9.  What if my family or friends want me to be baptized and I’m not ready?

Don’t be baptized for any other reason than obeying God’s Word, wanting to follow Jesus example.

John 3:22   After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing. 23 John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized

John 3:26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.”

Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

My hope is that you’ve been stirred to search the Scriptures, to hunger and thirst to grow deeper and stronger in your relationship with Jesus.

And if you have not been water baptized, I encourage you to follow in Jesus footsteps!  God bless you in your journey, one day at a time in and for Christ!