common baptism Q&A
1. Can a person go to heaven without being baptized?
- Yes, the blood of Jesus ultimately cleanses us from sin, not the waters of baptism. (Hebrews 9:22; I John 1:7)
- The thief on the cross was never baptized, yet he went to heaven. (Luke 23:39-43)
- At Cornelius’ house they were converted and filled with the Spirit of God before they were baptized. (Acts 10:44-48)
- The Philippian jailer was told “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31). His baptism was a result of his salvation not a means to it.
- In Romans 10, one of the most important biblical chapters and books about salvation, no mention is made of baptism as being necessary to salvation. (vs. 9-13)
- Zacchaeus was declared “saved” by Jesus before baptism. (Luke19:1-10)
2. Then why be baptized?
- The Bible commands it. (Acts 2:38; Matthew 28:19)
- Jesus, our chief example, was baptized as a model for us. (I Peters 2:21; Matthew 3:13-17)
- The early church taught and practiced baptism. Ten baptism services in the book of Acts. (2:41; 8:12; 8:38)
- Our Baptism pleases God. (Matthew 3:17)Because of what baptism says: it proclaims the Gospel; it pictures our experience; it declares our hope.
3. Who should be baptized?
- All People who have invited Jesus into their heart and who choose to follow him as Lord.
- There is no scriptural precedent for baptizing infants; however, dedication of infants without the use of baptism is scriptural. See "how we baptize"
- Children should not be baptized until they fully understand what it represents and can testify that they have given their heart and life to Jesus.
If you have specific questions regarding water baptism or would like to be baptized, please contact the church office at 281-554-4200 or email [email protected]