Baptism and Essential Beliefs about Jesus:
Before a peson should be baptized, the Bible teaches that the following beliefs are essential to those who want to follow Jesus Christ:
1. Jesus is God.
John 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:18 - No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son (who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father) has made him known.
John 14:9-10 - Jesus said, "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?"
2. Jesus became a man.
John 1:14 - And the Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Philippians 2:7 - but (he) made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men...
3. Jesus is the only source of salvation and forgiveness of sin.
John 14:6 - Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Acts 4:12 - "And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
4. Jesus lived a sinless and perfectly obedient life.
Hebrews 4:15 - For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
5. Jesus died as a substitute for me. and my sin.
I Peter 3:18 - For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit...
6. Jesus rose from the grave.
Romans 10:9 - because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
I Corinthians 15:17- And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.